EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc is a global medical diagnostics business with specialisms in point-of-care testing, central laboratory tests, enzyme manufacturing and the provision of contract manufacturing services to the healthcare industry.
EKF is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.
EKF Point of Care (POC) analyzers are designed for use within doctors' surgeries, clinics, blood banks and hospital and private laboratories to provide fast and accurate results at an affordable price.
EKF Central Laboratory division manufactures a wide spectrum of reagents for use in hospital laboratories. It also supplies benchtop automated and semi-automated analysers, as well as centrifuges and some rapid test kits.
EKF Life Sciences specializes in producing enzymes and contracted custom products for use in medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and industry. EKF Life Science facilities are based in two locations in Indiana, USA.
EKF Contract Manufacturing provides specialized services to the diagnostics and healthcare industries for the production of custom kits. With facilities in the US, UK and Germany EKF is able to provide bulk formulation, dispensing and kitting services, as well as provide advice and guidance on Regulatory requirements. EKF's end-to-end service also includes sourcing, print and compilation of packaging, IFUs and labelling.
Quo-Lab™ A1c is a desktop point-of-care analyser that combines accuracy of result with a low cost per test and ease of use.
Quo-Lab is a semi-automatic point-of-care device designed specifically to meet the needs of diabetes clinics and laboratories in settings that demand low costs of purchase and use. Quo-Lab has received its CE marked and is available for sale in most global markets subject to local registration requirements.
From a simple procedure, Quo-Lab provides lab-accurate test results within four minutes (CV < 3% at 7% A1c) from a venous or finger prick blood sample of just 4 μl. Quo-Lab uses the same boronate affinity methodology used by Quo-Test and is similarly unaffected by Hb variants.
Step by step instructions are displayed on a clear, multi-lingual display. Staff training time can therefore be minimised and the opportunity for error is reduced.
Quo-Lab can store up to 7,000 results which can be downloaded as text files to a PC via the integrated USB interface. Alternatively, results can be printed using a printer which connects via a serial port.
Results within 4 minutes
Imprecision: CV <3% at 7% A1c DCCT
Measuring range: 415% A1c DCCT
4 μl blood required from finger prick or venous sample
Intuitive, step by step on screen instructions minimise training time
Boronate affinity method which is recognized as interference free
Unaffected by Hb variants, which do not result in reduced erythrocyte life span
Traceable to the IFCC reference method
Barcode reader included to scan calibration data, patient and operator ID
User selectable dual reporting. User can select % DCCT, IFCC mmol/mol,
eAG mg/dl or eAG mmol/l
Optional lab printer available
Compact: 95 mm (h) x 205 mm (w) x 135 mm (d)
Lightweight: 0.7 kg
EKF Diagnostics is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of HbA1c analyzers, also known as Hemoglobin A1C analyzers or Glycated Hemoglobin analyzers.
HbA1c has gathered momentum as the preferred method for monitoring diabetes over the last decade. The primary advantages of HbA1c tests are that diabetic patients are not required to fast before taking a test, unlike an oral glucose tolerance test, and the procedure need only be carried out four times a year.
Diabetes is a non-communicable disease characterised by the body’s inability to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels due to an inability to produce or respond to a hormone called insulin.
Glucose is one of the basic building blocks of our food and is the main source of energy for the body. It is found not only in the table sugar with which you sweeten your morning coffee but as a constituent in nearly all starchy foods (potatoes, bread, pasta) and all fruit and vegetables. Glucose is not just found in foods typically thought of as 'bad for you' such as doughnuts and chocolate. Glucose cannot be used as an energy source without the presence of insulin.
Insulin is a hormone produced in a part of the digestive system called the pancreas. Insulin regulates the uptake of glucose from the blood stream by muscles for use as an energy supply. The storage of glucose (as glycogen) by the liver is also regulated by insulin.
Long term exposure to high glucose levels in the blood is toxic to your tissues and organs. The inability to use glucose or store glucose due to lack of insulin or the body not responding correctly to insulin is therefore significant in terms of your health. This glucose toxicity damages blood vessels and nerves and results in damage or failure of the parts of the body supplied by those nerves and blood vessels. Parts of the body that can be affected are the heart, brain, kidneys, nerves, eyes and skin.
Type 1 diabetes is caused by the pancreas not producing any insulin either due to the body destroying the cells that produce insulin as a result of an auto immune disease or as a result of damage to the pancreas.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body not being able to produce enough insulin or the body cannot respond to the insulin it does produce.
Regardless of disease type, the symptoms of diabetes are the same. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms you may have diabetes and should consult your GP, who may recommend an A1c test:
Download the white paper on HbA1c point-of-care testing by Professor Chris Price.
Hemoglobin is an iron containing molecule present in red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. Glucose can bind irreversibly to hemoglobin via a process known as glycation. Hemoglobin that has glucose attached is known as glycated hemoglobin, often abbreviated to HbA1c or simply A1c.
Because red blood cells have a life span of 120 days (three months) measuring the level of glycated hemoglobin in blood effectively shows the average blood glucose level for the previous 6-8 weeks. In conjunction with regular blood glucose monitoring diaries, A1c tests can aid care providers in determining if a patient's treatment plan needs altering in any way to better control blood glucose levels.
Quo-Test uses boronate fluorescence quenching, a patented technology, to deliver HbA1c results in four minutes. The video demonstrates how boronate fluorescence quenching technology measures glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) from whole blood samples.
EKF is a leading point-of-care diagnostics and central laboratory assay manufacturer with an estimated 80,000 hemoglobin, hematocrit, HbA1c, glucose and lactate analyzers in regular use across more than 100 countries.
EKF specialises in developing tests for use in diabetes and anemia diagnosis and management, as well as providing a portfolio of reagents for use in clinical chemistry analyzers. During the COVID-19 pandemic EKF developed and expanded its contract manufacturing capabilities in three countries to be able to provide a full suite of services to third party customers.
The EKF range of HbA1c analyzers and glucose analyzers deliver fast and reliable results that provide both diabetes practitioners and patients with the information they need to make clinical or lifestyle decisions in minutes.
EKF offers an extensive range of hemoglobin and hematocrit analyzers that provide physicians, blood bank professionals, and nutritional and paediatric nurses with fast and accurate results they can rely on. Choose between analyzers with different measuring methodology, features and connectivity options to suit your budget and requirements.
The EKF women’s health range aims to improve healthcare outcomes for women and children by providing physicians with a suite of products including pregnancy testing, anemia screening, fetal scalp lactate testing and post birth creamatocrit measurement.
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EKF Diagnostics is also a global manufacturer of central laboratory products including Stanbio Chemistry reagents, benchtop laboratory analyzers, rapid tests and centrifuges. Stanbio chemistry reagents can be used on the majority of analyzers found in hospital laboratories around the world.
EKF Life Sciences' has been offering high quality enzyme fermentation and contract manufacturing services for over 20 years. Our facilities in Elkhart and South Bend, Indiana, are designed to produce a wide range of clinically important enzymes used in many diagnostic applications. EKF Life Sciences contract fermentation enzymes can be provided either in bulk or supplied in customer branded packaging.
EKF provides tailored services for third party business seeking to outsource their bulk formulation, kitting and logistics requirements. With sites across three countries, including multiple locations in the USA, EKF is able to provide scalable manufacturing solutions as well as advice on regulatory and marketing issues that often provide significant challenges to businesses.
“EKF is one of the most responsive medical device suppliers we have ever worked with as a distributor. For us it has been an absolute pleasure to work with EKF Sales and marketing team for the last 10 years. Staff changes, level of service remains high. The open and friendly communication with sales and logistics, backed by excellent marketing support and technical service helps us to easily overcome the challenges we face with on our local market. Our customers are delighted with their best-in-class Biosen devices for measuring glucose and lactate. In my opinion, the Biosen product is unbeatable for the moment”
EKF Distributor in Bulgaria
“We distribute the Hemo Control product in Peru and we find it to be a very reliable, resistance and versatile product that works brilliantly for us. Peru is a country of difficult geography and our teams have had to endure extreme cold, unbearable heat and vast differences in altitude (from sea-level right up to 4,500 meters). The Hemo Control analyzers are installed in sea-level establishments operating in temperatures over 35°C and in the mountains, at more than 4,500 meters above sea level at far lower temperatures. We also have establishments in the jungle, with the Hemo Control operating in the hot and humid climate”
EKF Distributor in Peru
"We have been enjoying working with EKF Diagnostics as their distributor in the Philippines for more than 5 years. They have good quality products that satisfy our clients, and they have a top notch sales and support team"
EKF Distributor in Philippines
We have written a series of guides to help medical professionals understand more about point-of-care testing for anemia, diabetes, ketosis and lactate measurement.
Find out more about the different methods for testing, the symptoms, the associated conditions and understand how POCT can help deliver accurate results in minutes.
EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The ordinary shares are traded on the AIM market. For Investor Announcements, Company information and background to the Board of Directors and Advisors view the Investors section of this website.
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