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Randox launches world’s most comprehensive third party haematology control

Randox Laboratories has launched a third party multi-analyte haematology control; the most comprehensive haematology quality control (QC) solution on the market to date. 

Recently CE marked, Randox’s Acusera Haematology control contains 45 parameters – more than any other haematology control on the market – enabling labs to completely cover the commonly tested full blood profile in a single control. It provides a true third party QC solution for Sysmex haematology analysers, with clinically relevant target values provided for instruments with 5-part differential technology guaranteeing an unbiased, independent assessment of analytical performance.

The new control is liquid ready-to-use for added convenience, with open vial stability for 14 days for all analytes when stored at +2 to +8°c. The tri-level controls have barcoded labels enabling quick and easy sample recognition and increased productivity.

Steven Jordan, Global Business Manager, Randox Quality Control said:

“This new control from Randox effectively trebles laboratory efficiency in blood testing by streamlining the quality controls process, helping laboratories to drastically cut the number of costly and time-consuming single controls they need to use to cover the full blood profile.”


Randox ‘falls’ for the lights, camera and action

County Antrim biotechnology firm Randox Laboratories, celebrated across the globe for its ground-breaking diagnostics has welcomed two famous faces, also recognised internationally…

The award winning firm, which has recently acquired the former army base at Massereene, has been putting the ‘A-list’ in Antrim,  opening up the 42 acre site to actors Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson and the rest of the cast and crew of BBC2’s hugely successful series ‘The Fall’.

Parts of the site were transformed into a police station, custody suite and forensics laboratory, for filming of Season 2.  David McCann of Randox who worked with the production team, said it was surreal seeing the well-known actors on the set:

“It was a fantastic experience to see stars like Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson in action on the set. The wider film crew were great to work with and very courteous to all involved. I believe Jamie liked to wind down with a kick about with the crew after filming. I’m happy he didn’t break any of the windows!”

Randox was called into kit out the forensics laboratory and even provided filming extras, Human Resources Executive, Hannah Hutchinson, was one of them:

“It was a great experience, I was asked to play the part of a lab technician – but I wasn’t nervous because everyone was really nice.  Gillian Anderson is so professional, it was terrific to watch.  I’m really looking forward to the new series – might even catch a glimpse of myself”.

Randox Laboratories owner and managing director Dr Peter FitzGerald was delighted to provide this location for the BBC Two production and hopes to work with similar projects in the future:

“Randox is an innovative, progressive company which is proud to support the growing Northern Ireland film and TV industry.  We are pleased to see big production companies coming here to film, it can only be good news for Northern Ireland.  We have had location scouts come to view our new site in Antrim and indeed our lands around the lough shore, but all I can say for now, is watch this space!”

Season 2 of ‘The Fall’, will air on BBC Two in November.


Randox launches White Paper on Quality Control in POCT

Randox has launched the first in a series of White Papers, focusing on the importance of quality control in point-of-care testing (POCT). The White Paper is free to download and will help laboratories define an appropriate QC procedure for all POCT devices.

Patient testing at the point-of-care has increased dramatically in recent years, as technology makes it more convenient to test patient samples at the bedside producing rapid results and allowing immediate action. However, the benefits of this are only true if the results are both accurate and reliable, making quality control vitally important in the POC setting, just as it is in the laboratory.

A recent survey* identified that POCT is the largest source of error when compared to other sources of laboratory testing errors. Furthermore, the most common phase for errors in POCT is in the analytical stage, whereas in laboratory-based testing this is the least common source for errors. This highlights how vital it is to have a robust QC procedure in place for POCT as the potential risk of harm to a patient appears to be far greater for POC tests compared to those performed in a laboratory.

The White Paper from Randox covers the fundamentals of developing a POCT QC strategy in line with ISO15189 requirements, looking at who is responsible for QC, what QC is appropriate for different types of POC devices and tips for choosing IQC material and an EQA scheme.

The Paper can be downloaded from the Randox website here.

Randox second White Paper, which studies the importance of using 100% human serum controls to avoid lot-to-lot variations in immunoassay testing, will be available in December.


Preventing Cancer- Various Effective Diets and Tests

People get confused about whether certain vitamins and foods prevent cancer? Cancer is not a single disease and can have many different causes that make it impossible for anyone nutrient to protect against all types of cancer. There is no guarantee that you’ll remain cancer free for your life time. But proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle like no smoking, not abusing alcohol, limited exposure to pollutants, eliminating food additives and exercise can lower your odds of developing cancer.

What is an anti-cancer diet?

Healthy food is like an anti-cancer agent, which helps people in reducing cancer growing properties. Some of the anti-cancer foods that people can add in their diet are:

  • A variety of fresh, natural and less processed foods that lowers the risk of cancer production in humans.
  • Fruits such as berries and kiwifruit are a good source of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Fish and chicken (organic) lays the foundation of lowering the risk of cancer development.
  • Fruits like nuts and whole grains are also a great source of anti-cancer diet.
  • Tomatoes are antioxidant that is rich in lycopene. These have the capability to reduce the possibilities of prostate, lung and stomach cancers.
  • Avoiding fast food, fried foods and packaged foods.
  • Spinach is full of iron and other antioxidants that protect cells from the type of damage that can create cancerous mutations.
  • You can also eat fish once or twice a week.

These are some of the anti-cancer precautions that people can add in their diet plan so as to prevent cancer developing agents.

Various tests for anti-cancer

There are only two main popular and effective tests for anti-cancer are

  • In-virto
  • In-vivo efficacy.

In-vitro anti-cancer efficacy testing

In-vitro anti-cancer is a test research that provides patients with various options and its effective capabilities include:

Medicines and drug radiation combination and scheduling studies

  • Cell cycle analysis
  • Apoptosis measurements
  • Custom assay
  • Angiogenesis assays
  • Caco-2 assays
  • Hollow fibre screening assay
  • Enzyme and receptor binding assays
  • Gene and protein expression
  • Imaging and cellular localization
  • Drug uptake/retention studies

In-vivo testing efficacy

This testing efficacy is the most clinically useful agents. Following are the In-vivo anti-cancer efficacy evaluations that are available to assist clients in advancing pharmaceutical products:

  • Anti-cancer efficacy models
  • Establishment of maximum tolerated dose
  • Determination of schedule dependency
  • Spectrum of activity analyses
  • Radiation treatments
  • Early vs. late-stage disease comparisons
  • Evaluation to maximize compound effectiveness
  • Cross-resistance profiles

Some cancers are treated primarily by a wide range of anti-cancer drugs, whereas many cancers are treated by a combination of surgery and radiotherapy.
Meggie is a niche writer who loves to write on hot and trending topics. She is currently writing for OnlineRxMEdicines.


Statement from Dr Peter FitzGerald on the passing of Lord Ballyedmond

I knew Lord Ballyedmond for many years. When I was endeavouring to start Randox Laboratories in the early 1980’s I went to him for advice. He was of great help to me in the early years of Randox. Eddie and I would frequently discuss business issues and the challenges of managing international business in Northern Ireland. I had great admiration for his courage and enterprise; he will be sadly missed.

Eddie Haughey played an integral part in contributing to economic development in Northern Ireland and to our constantly expanding biotechnology sector. His willingness to invest heavily in innovation and his tireless entrepreneurial efforts to create and grow Norbrook Laboratories into a global success has been an inspiration to businesses operating in the sector across the world. My thoughts are with his family, friends and his staff at Norbrook at this very sad time.


Randox Appoint US Director as Part of Strategic Expansion in the States

This appointment is of strategic importance in Randox’s plans to increase its market presence in the United States. As part of this Randox is committed to increasing its on the ground leadership and customer support network, with a view to significantly expanding its US market share.

Schaefering brings a wealth of experience to Randox from a career spanning more than 20 years in the industry. He joins Randox from Bio-Rad where he was National Account Manager handling the negotiation and contract management for several GPOs and key accounts including Quest Diagnostics, MedAssets and Premier.

Moving to Randox, Schaefering said:

In today’s healthcare climate, labs are increasing looking for opportunities: opportunities to increase productivity; to be more efficient; to realize labor savings, but without sacrificing on quality. Randox brings opportunity and quality that has largely been missing in the US until now. With QC solutions that are increasingly regarded as the highest quality and most accurate available globally, Randox stands apart from the competition.

Randox Chief Customer Officer, David Brown said:

“Offering first-class customer support is one of the fundamental tenets on which Randox operates. As we grow our customer base in the US we are committed to also growing our customer support network. John Schaefering’s appointment is a key step to ensure our US customers have access to on the ground assistance as and when they need it.”

Randox has had the US market in its sights since 2010, when it opened its 33,000ft² US Headquarters in West Virginia following a multimillion dollar investment. The company’s determination to grow its US market share was reasserted earlier this year when it announced plans to expand its West Virginia HQ into a key manufacturing facility, significantly expanding the company’s capabilities Stateside.

Randox recently announced that it’s won a major supplier agreement with leading healthcare supply chain company Novation, meaning its third party quality control products will now be readily available to hospital organizations throughout the US.


Manchester laboratory deal gives Randox room to grow

Randox Testing Services, a leading drug & alcohol testing company has announced a major expansion after securing a state-of-the-art 6,500 sq ft laboratory facility in Manchester.

The asset was purchased from joint administrators at KPMG, who were appointed administrators to a leading UK testing company earlier this month.

Randox Testing Services Global Manager Gary McCutcheon explained the rationale behind the purchase, “Providing forensic toxicology services to over half the UK police forces as well as workplace testing to a number of household brands, means we have experienced a rapid period of growth in recent years. This new laboratory facility gives us additional capacity to comfortably accommodate that work and now focus on increasing market-share”.

The company indicated Manchester offered particular benefits for a drug & alcohol testing provider. Gary McCutcheon said, “Manchester ranks second in terms of metropolitan economies within the UK, but when you factor in its geographical location, it really becomes an obvious choice. Outstanding air, road and rail infrastructure makes it an ideal hub location to service the UK market and further afield. Looking towards the future with Manchester’s proud tradition of science and innovation, its universities offer a strong pool of quality graduates as we require to expand.”

The purchase included state-of-the-art hair testing apparatus. Compared with other matrices, such as saliva or urine, hair gives a more complete picture of a persona’s compliance or behaviour meaning it is particularly suited to family law and child protection cases.

Gary McCutcheon welcomed the opportunity to scale up Randox’s presence in this market; “Hair-testing has experienced a period of flux recently, with one of the largest firms exiting the market, and another shifting their operations. Clients such as solicitors or social services & local authorities require stability, technical expertise and reliability. Randox Testing Services are not new to hair-testing and our customer support infrastructure means we are confident anyone looking for a provider will enjoy a smooth transition.

As part of the global Randox Group employing 1300 people and trading in 145 countries our experience draws from the wider businesses’ 30 year expertise in the clinical diagnostic and testing sector. More than doubling the size of our UK operational laboratory space is a clear statement of intent for our ambition, and we look forward to success at our new Manchester base.


Randox TxB Cardio Assay gains CE Approval

Global diagnostics company Randox Laboratories has secured CE marking for their TxB Cardio Assay. TxB Cardio is used to measure the effectiveness of aspirin (ASA), a drug which is used therapeutically around the world for its blood thinning properties. Clinical studies have shown that up to 25-30% of all patients who regularly take low doses of the drug are resistant to its full affects, meaning that these patients are at a considerably increased risk of a future cardiovascular event.

The primary action of aspirin is to inhibit the production of thromboxane in the blood, a chemical which helps to cause blood clotting. However, methods of directly measuring the level of thromboxane in blood are unreliable, and so not widely used. TxB Cardio measures a direct urinary metabolite of thromboxane, 11dhTxB, therefore providing a reliable and stable measure of a patients response to their daily aspirin therapy.

TxB Cardio is the latest generation assay for measuring 11dhTxB, and means that it can now be tested by hospitals and clinics via their routine laboratory instruments, without the need for dedicated and expensive additional equipment. Randox also offers TxB quality controls and calibrators, delivering a complete testing package.

Speaking after the approval announcement, Randox Managing Director Dr Peter FitzGerald said,

“We are delighted to bring this, the first automated assay of its kind on to the global market. 11dhTxB has been clinically validated as an independent predictor of myocardial infarction (MI) and cardiovascular death in patients suffering from decreased aspirin sensitivity. The 25-30% of patients thought to be aspirin resistant have a 2 fold risk of MI and are 3.5 times as likely to die as a result of a cardiovascular incident, than those who respond fully to their aspirin therapy. This test therefore has the potential to have a significant impact on identifying and prescribing these patients with alternative and  more personalised treatment.”


FDA clears Randox Diabetes Quality Control

Randox today announced that the Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company’s HbA1c quality control, a product used to ensure accuracy in diagnosis and the ongoing monitoring of diabetes.

Randox’s Acusera HbA1c is a lyophilized control, enhancing stability and longevity, with assayed values provided for HPLC and a wide range of clinical chemistry analyzers. It is a 100% human whole blood control, which helps minimize matrix effects reducing lot-to-lot variations between batches. When reconstituted the control remains stable for 4 weeks at +2 – 8°C. The control is available in levels 1 and 2, and a calibrator is also available.

The FDA has also cleared for use two Randox clinical chemistry controls, namely Aldolase calibrator and controls, and Ammonia Ethanol control.

Acusera Aldolase calibrator and controls can be used when testing for liver damage as well as skeletal muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy. Randox Aldolase control is available in levels 2 and 3 and is lyophilized, with a reconstituted stability of 5 days at +2 – 8°C.

Randox Ammonia Ethanol control is liquid ready to use, with an open vial stability of 30 days at +2 – 8°C, and comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.

Randox has also received FDA clearance for its Immunology CSF control. This is a multi-analyte cerebrospinal fluid control, which is suitable for use on most clinical analyzers providing method specific target values and ranges for 11 analytes, as follows:

  • Albumin
  • Alpha Globulin
  • Alpha Globulin
  • Beta Globulin Gamma-Globulin
  • Chloride
  • Glucose
  • Immunoglobulin G Lactate
  • Protein (Total)
  • Sodium

Randox’s US Director of Sales QC, John Schaefering said: “We are delighted to receive FDA clearance. It gives US laboratories more choice in the marketplace and will allow our US customers to benefit from improved accuracy in patient testing.”

All Randox controls are true third party controls, manufactured independently meaning they have not been optimized for use with any reagent, method or instrument. All assigned targets and ranges have been assigned using data from totally independent laboratories, resulting in genuinely independent, multi-method and multi-analyzer data.

For enhanced laboratory performance, all of Randox QC products can be used in conjunction with Acusera 24·7 Live Online, an interlaboratory data management and peer group reporting package designed to help monitor analytical performance, interpret QC results and, ultimately, to improve patient diagnosis through accurate and reliable patient test results.

For more information email: acusera@randox.com.


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