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Point of care coronavirus test from Randox and Bosch will launch in April 2020

News       About Us        Randox Biosciences

26 March 2020

 

Vivalytic Viral Respiratory Tract Infection Array Detecting SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

A game-changing point of care coronavirus test from global diagnostics company Randox Laboratories and leading technology manufacturer Bosch Healthcare Solutions will launch in April 2020.

The Vivalytic Viral Respiratory Tract Infection (VRI) Array can identify SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and differentiate it from nine other respiratory infections with similar symptoms, including influenza and all known coronaviruses.

This provides a more comprehensive respiratory screening which enables precise and informed treatment decisions to be made.

Dr. Heather McMillan, Molecular R&D Manager at Randox Biosciences, commented;

“This array focuses not only on the identification of the novel coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19, but also nine other respiratory infection targets simultaneously, including Influenza A and B, Sarbecovirus and MERS. The aim is to diagnose patients fast and accurately from a single genetic sample, maximising containment of the virus whilst minimising the spread. With the development of this array onto a fully automated platform, patients can be diagnosed rapidly at point of care locations globally such as pharmacies and doctor surgeries.”

The Viral Respiratory Tract Infection Array is one of the world’s first multiplex molecular diagnostic tests meeting the COVID-19 testing recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC).

The target genes for COVID-19 being used on the VRI array represent conserved regions of the genome which have been chosen for their high sensitivity and specificity.

Marc Meier, Managing Director of Bosch Healthcare Solutions, a subsidiary of Bosch Group, said:

“We are enthusiastic about partnering with Randox to offer their assay technology on the Vivalytic platform. The core competencies of Bosch in automation, miniaturization, sensor technology and connectivity are complemented by Randox’s expertise in developing excellent biocontent for a wide range of assays and commercializing innovative diagnostic solutions.”

The new VRI test will be conducted on Vivalytic a point of care platform brought to the market by Randox Laboratories and Bosch. The Vivalytic system is a fully-automated, cartridge-based platform capable of both Hi-Plex and Lo-Plex testing. The cartridges are fully-sealed which minimises the risk of contamination, require room temperature storage (space-saving), contain all the reagents on-board the cartridge and utilises end point PCR.  The test only requires a single nasal swab from the patient and an easy four step process to be carried out by the user to run the patient sample.

 

Key Benefits of Vivalytic | Point of Care Platform

  • Fully-automated
  • User friendly
  • No laboratory training required
  • 4 step work flow
  • Minimal contamination risk – fully contained system
  • No peripherals required – hygienic
  • Touchscreen
  • Connects to LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System)
  • Sample Type: Nasopharyngeal Swab
  • Sample Volume: 300µl clinical sample

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact info@randoxbiosciences.com

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Multiplex STI assay for 10 sexually transmitted infections receives CE marking

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02 March 2020

 

Multiplex assay for 10 sexually transmitted infections receives CE marking

CE marking has been granted to one of the most comprehensive cartridge-based STI tests.

The test, developed by the UK’s largest health diagnostics company, Randox Laboratories, tests simultaneously for 10 of the most common sexually transmitted infections, on the firm’s patented Biochip Technology.

Quickly and efficiently testing for multiple STIs, which often have mild symptoms if any at all, ensures early diagnosis at a stage when treatment is most successful, supports the targeted use of antibiotics, and ultimately reduces their mishandling.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, commented;

“Antibiotic stewardship is a critical issue which we all have a responsibility to embrace and drive forward. The CE marking of the STI assay, which incorporates Randox Biochip Technology, will be a game-changer for clinicians and patients across Europe, by facilitating early, accurate and comprehensive diagnoses of STIs that allows for the best possible patient outcome. Never before has there been this level of accessibility and speed with regards to STI testing.”

The Randox STI assay is performed on the Vivalytic system, an intuitive point-of-care platform, developed in partnership with German technology company Bosch that provides the broadest range of test options ever seen for an analyser of its size.

Harnessing the application of multiplex assays to provide greater information from a single patient sample, the Vivalytic simplifies the testing process for otherwise complex laboratory testing procedures.

Marc Meier, Managing Director of Bosch Healthcare Solutions, a subsidiary of Bosch Group, said:

“We are enthusiastic about partnering with Randox to offer their assay technology on the Vivalytic platform. The core competencies of Bosch in automation, miniaturization, sensor technology and connectivity are complemented by Randox’s expertise in developing excellent biocontent for a wide range of assays and commercializing innovative diagnostic solutions.”

Benefits of the Randox STI assay technology on the Vivalytic system

  • Fully automated, cartridge-based molecular diagnostics.
  • Multiplex technology detects multiple STIs, including co-infections, from a single patient sample.
  • Full molecular workflow of extraction, PCR amplification and detection.
  • A hygiene and space-saving all-in-one solution that does not require additional peripherals such as laptop, keyboard, barcode scanner or filling stations.
  • Ultimate protection of data and valuable sample material thanks to integration of software with instrument that ensures a safe and reliable run.
  • Test results can be presented either in summary or in detailed raw data form.
  • Instantly available results due to easy integration with popular standard IT systems.

The assay tests simultaneously, from one patient sample, for the STIs below;

  • Chlamydia trachomatis (CT)
  • Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (NG)
  • Trichomonas vaginalis (TV)
  • Mycoplasma genitalium (MG)
  • Treponema pallidum (syphilis) (TP)
  • Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1)
  • Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2)
  • Haemophilus ducreyl (HD)
  • Mycoplasma hominis (MH)
  • Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU)

For further information please contact the Randox PR team on 028 9442 2413 or email randoxpr@randox.com

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Randox actively testing samples for Coronavirus COVID-19

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12 February 2020

 

Introducing the COVID-19 Coronavirus Test from Randox

A ground-breaking test for the potentially fatal COVID-19 strain of coronavirus, is available at global health diagnostics company Randox Laboratories.

The test, developed on Randox’s patented Biochip Technology, is as an enhanced multiplex array which includes tests for COVID-19 and nine other respiratory viruses which can display the same symptoms.

The new enhanced Biochip therefore allows clinicians to quickly and efficiently differentiate between potentially lethal and non-lethal infections.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, commented;

“Current technologies for the diagnosis of coronavirus are designed simply to detect the presence or lack of COVID-19, and therefore neglect to differentiate between this strain and other respiratory infections.

“We have therefore developed an extended Viral Respiratory Infection Array that tests simultaneously for COVID-19 and nine other viruses. This will eliminate the need for multiple back-and-forth tests before the root cause of symptoms is found, and empower clinicians to make fast and informed decisions.”

The test is available on the Randox Evidence Investigator with a turnaround time of 5 hours.

Benefits of the new Randox COVID-19 test

  • Quick Turnaround Times (5 hours on Evidence Investigator)
  • Multiplex array differentiates between mild and serious infection
  • Automated and Semi-Automated options available
  • Medium to high throughput (54 samples in 5 hours)

For further information please visit www.randox.com/coronavirus-randox

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Coronavirus test available at Randox

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26 January 2020

 

Introducing the COVID-19 Coronavirus Test from Randox

A ground-breaking test for the potentially fatal COVID-19 strain of coronavirus, is in the final stages of development at global health diagnostics company Randox Laboratories.

The soon-to-be-launched test, developed on Randox’s patented Biochip Technology, will be available for immediate COVID-19 testing, but an additional enhanced multiplex array will also include tests for other respiratory viruses which can display the same symptoms.

The new enhanced Biochip will therefore allow clinicians to quickly and efficiently differentiate between potentially lethal and non-lethal infections.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, commented;

“Current technologies for the diagnosis of coronavirus are designed simply to detect the presence or lack of COVID-19, and therefore neglect to differentiate between this strain and other respiratory infections.

“Whilst we’re very quickly developing an efficient novel test for this new strain of coronavirus, we are therefore also working on an extended Viral Respiratory Infection Array that will test simultaneously for COVID-19 and a range of other viruses. This will eliminate the need for multiple back-and-forth tests before the root cause of symptoms is found, and empower clinicians to make fast and informed decisions.”

The test will be available for the Point of Care analyser, the Vivalytic, within 3 hours, and within 5 hours on the Randox Evidence Investigator.

Benefits of the new Randox COVID-19 test

  • Quick Turnaround Times (3 hours on Vivalytic and 5 hours on Evidence Investigator)
  • Multiplex array differentiates between mild and serious infection
  • Automated and Semi-Automated options available

Randox also currently has available a Respiratory Tract Infection Array, which can test for 22 viral and bacterial respiratory infections simultaneously. The test therefore determines the exact cause of your symptoms and differentiates between mild and serious infections, such as coronavirus. This is also available from Randox Health as a Cold, Cough and Flu test.

For further information please visit www.randox.com/coronavirus-randox

For enquiries email marketing@randox.com or to book your Randox Health Cough, Cold and Flu test please ring 0800 2545 130.

Randox is committed to saving and improving lives on a global scale, and will bring you updates on developments on our test for COVID-19 as and when they happen.

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Metabolic Syndrome Array from Randox Biosciences

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20 December 2019

 

Metabolic Syndrome Array from Randox Biosciences

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

According to the NHS, it occurs when a person has three or more of the following measurements1:

  • Abdominal obesity (Waist circumference of greater than 40 inches in men, and greater than 35 inches in women)
  • Triglyceride level of 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater
  • HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women
  • Systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater, or diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater
  • Fasting glucose of 100 mg/dL or greater

Metabolic syndrome is a serious health condition that affects about 23 percent of adults and places them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to atherosclerosis in arterial walls.The underlying causes include obesity, physical inactivity, genetic factors and aging. 3

Randox offers 10 metabolic syndrome biomarkers over 2 panels enabling multiplex testing to be performed on Randox Biochip Technology. One patient sample is required per test enabling multiple results. Biochip Technology powers the Randox Investigator, a semi-automated benchtop immunoassay analyser.

Metabolic Syndrome Array I

  • Ferritin
  • Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
  • Insulin
  • Leptin
  • Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1)
  • Resistin
  • Tumour Necrosis Factor α (TNFα)

Metabolic Syndrome Array II

  • Adiponectin
  • C-reactive Protein (CRP)
  • Cystatin C

Key Benefits of the Metabolic Syndrome Array

 Biochip Array Technology allows multiplex testing from one patient sample

  • Applicable to fully automated and semi-automated Evidence analysers
  • Biochips are ready to use, thus saving time, labour and resources
  • Rapid turnaround time
  • Validated for both serum and plasma samples – suitable for clinical research studies
  • Small sample volume – 100μl to measure all analytes on each array
  • Excellent analytical performance
  • Multi-analyte controls and calibrators
  • Highly efficient use of valuable patient sample banks
  • No non-specific aggregation, which is associated with multi-analyte bead assays
  • Can be used in the investigation of insulin resistance, pro‑thrombotic state, abnormal body fat distribution, pro‑inflammatory state and atherogenic dyslipidaemia

Randox Biochip Technology is an intelligent chemically activated 9x9mm ceramic biochip which acts as a solid phase reaction vessel. The biochip is spotted with multiple antibodies offering multiplex testing.

The good news is that if you discover that your metabolic health is sub-optimal you can improve it through a combination of diet, exercise and lifestyle adjustments from 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise 5-7 times a week to quitting smoking and limiting your alcohol intake.

Randox can assist your metabolic research by providing innovative diagnostic technology and tests that will continue to revolutionise the healthcare landscape and assist in academic research. This technology includes our Evidence Investigator and our Metabolic Syndrome Array I and Array II which can be used to assist you in the discovery and research of Metabolic diseases.

For more information visit Randox Biosciences or email info@randoxbiosciences.com

 References

1 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/metabolic-syndrome/

2http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome/about-metabolic-syndrome

3 https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/health-wellbeing/conditions/cardiovascular/metabolic-syndrome

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Vivalytic Powered by Randox Biochip Technology: Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract Testing

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15 November 2019

 

Vivalytic Powered by Randox Biochip Technology: Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract Testing  

Vivalytic will revolutionise the way laboratories and healthcare professionals access molecular diagnostics.  A result of a collaboration between Bosch – providing innovative strength – and Randox Laboratories – dedicated to improving global healthcare – Vivalytic is the new innovative testing platform.  It’s the perfect fit for any laboratory, with numerous benefits to enhance testing capabilities.

The Vivalytic is a fully-automated, cartridge-based platform capable of both Hi-Plex and Lo-Plex testing.  Vivalytic cartridges are compact, utilising micro-fluidics to enable simple and accurate diagnostic testing.  Hi-Plex tests utilise Randox patented Biochip Technology, enabling end-point qualitative PCR and providing multiple test results from each sample.  Lo-Plex tests are based on a variety of detection methods including real-time qualitative PCR and melting curve analysis.  Nucleic acid extraction, PCR amplification followed by a suite of detection methods are combined in a truly revolutionary platform.  Manual preparation, cold chain reagents and the use of multiple devices are no longer required.

Vivalytic is the perfect fit for a healthcare professional in a point of care setting to a laboratory, which can implement the Vivalytic Up – modular and expandable testing system for higher throughput.

Benefits include:

  • Fully Automated Platform
  • Protected System
  • Direct and Clear Results
  • Hygienic and Space Saving

Vivalytic Test Menu

Vivalytic offers the most comprehensive multiplex screening test for infectious diseases including respiratory, genitourinary and hospital acquired infections; simultaneously detecting both viral and bacterial infections (please see figure 1.).

Respiratory Tract Infection Array Sexually Transmitted Infection Array Hospital Acquired Infections
Bacterial Viral
Bordetella Pertussis Influenza A Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) Methicillin-resistant

Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Chlamydophila pneumoniae Influenza B Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU) Methicillin-sensitive

Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

Haemophilus influenzae Human adenovirus A/B/C/D/E Neisseria gonorrhoea (NG) Methicillin-resistant

coagulase-negative Staphylococci (MRCoNS)

Legionella pneumophila Human bocavirus 1/2/3 Mycoplasma genitalium (MG)
Moraxella catarrhalis Human coronavirus 229E/NL63 Trichomonas vaginalis (TV)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae Human coronavirus OC43/HKU1 Haemophilus ducreyi (HD)
Streptococcus pneumoniae Human enterovirus A/B/C Mycoplasma hominis (MH)
Bordetella parapertussis Human Metapneumovirus Treponema pallidum (TP)
Human parainfluenza virus 1 Herpes simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1)
Human parainfluenza virus 2 Herpes simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2)
Human parainfluenza virus 3
Human parainfluenza virus 4
Human respiratory syncytial virus A & B
Human rhinovirus A/B/C

Figure 1.

Lower and Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

The economic burden of respiratory illness in the UK costs a staggering £11 billion every year on lung disease alone1.  Lower respiratory tract infections (LRIs) are a substantial public health problem and a leading cause of illness and death in people of all ages2. It is estimated that LRI causes nearly 4 million deaths annually3.  Upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) account for an estimated 10 million outpatient appointments a year. Most of these appointments end with physicians needless writing of antibiotic prescriptions4.

Randox Biosciences offers a Respiratory Multiplex Array which rapidly detects and identifies the cause of 22 bacterial and viral pathogens helping to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance.  Given that only bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, rapid diagnostic tests are urgently needed to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections.  This test will aid clinicians in their selection of the most appropriate antibiotic treatment for patients.  GPs would have additional efficiency savings for the NHS, by eliminating the need for lengthy microbiology lab tests and unnecessarily writing prescriptions.

The test is performed utilising our Biochip Technology which enables the simultaneous detection of multiple results from one patient sample. Biochip Technology powers Vivalytic which is the all-one solution for molecular diagnostics.

The main benefits of the Respiratory Multiplex Array are:

  • Turnaround time of 2 hours
  • Validated for sputum, lavage and nasopharyngeal samples
  • Panel includes viral and bacterial species to consolidate testing

Randox Biosciences are committed to the ongoing development of diagnostic tests, through our research into numerous disease areas, to improve health worldwide.

MEDICA World Forum for Medicine International Trade Fair

Randox Biosciences team will be attending Medica from the 18th – 21st of November 2019 at Messe Dusseldorf, Germany.  Stop by and say hello to some of our team members at our stand, and to learn more about our latest game-changing partnership with Bosch – the innovative Vivalytic platform!

Medica is at the forefront of new approaches in laboratory medicine, addressing the complexity of an evolving healthcare landscape.  This event attracts more than 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries, engaging diverse professionals enabling them to discover new and innovative solutions to improving patient outcomes through effective lab testing, diagnosis and treatment.

To learn more about the Vivalytic offering, visit https://www.randoxbiosciences.com/clinical-laboratory/infectious-diseases/molecular-arrays/ or email us at info@randoxbiosciences.com

References:

  1. British Lung Foundation. (2019). Estimating the economic burden of respiratory illness in the UK. [online] Available at https://www.blf.org.uk/policy/economic-burden [Accessed 06 Nov. 2019].
  2. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2015). Estimates of the global, regional, and national morbidity, mortality, and aetiologies of lower respiratory tract infections in 195 countries: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. [online] Available at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(17)30396-1/fulltext [Accessed 29 Oct. 2019].
  3. Forum of International Respiratory Societies. The Global Impact of Respiratory Disease – Second Edition. Sheffield, European Respiratory Society, 2017.
  4. Thomas, M. and Bomar, P.   The National Centre for Biotechnology. Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. United States of America.

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World Heart Day from Randox Biosciences

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29 September 2019

 

World Heart Day 2019

 

The World Heart Federation (WHF) is the acting global voice in leading the universal fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Part of the WHF mission is to ensure heart health equity for everyone. They believe everybody is entitled to cardiovascular health and well-being through health promotion, access to prevention, control and management of CVD 1.

World Heart Day falls on the 29th September where people make a promise to promote and implement healthier lifestyles to maintain a happy and healthy heart, reducing the potential risks of heart disease and stroke.  CVD takes the lead being the number one cause of death world-wide 2 relating to all heart and circulatory diseases consisting of coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, congenital heart disease, hypertension, stroke and vascular dementia 3.

According to the World Health Organisation2:

  • An estimated 17.9 million people died from CVD in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85% were due to heart attack and stroke.
  • Out of the 17 million premature deaths (under the age of 70) due to noncommunicable diseases in 2015, 82% were in low- and middle-income countries, and 37% were caused by CVD.
  • Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioural risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and alcohol abuse.
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Cytokines have a central role within the immune system; they are a category of signalling molecules that mediate and regulate immunity, inflammation and hematopoiesis 4.  Cytokine and inflammatory mechanisms have major implications for the vascular system and can lead to CVD.

Cytokines exist in broad families that are structurally related but exhibit diverse function.  The major classes of cytokines include: pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines, cytokines of neutrophil and eosinophil recruitment and activation, cytokines derived from T-helper (Th) and T-regulatory (Tregs) cells, and cytokines of T-cell recruitment and growth factors.

Randox offers a comprehensive menu of 26 cytokine, cytokine receptors and growth factors over four multi-analyte arrays.  Each cytokine assay is performed on biochip array technology with spatially discrete test regions containing antibodies specific to each of the analytes.  The combination of highly specific antibodies and advanced chemistries enables up to 12 cytokines and growth factors to be detected simultaneously in a single sample.

Cytokine Array I                                                            Cytokine Array III

  • Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) –    Granulocyte Macrophage Colony Stimulating
  • Interferon-y –    Interleukin-5
  • Interleukin-1a –    Interleukin-15
  • Interleukin-1b –    Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-1a
  • Interleukin-2
  • Interleukin-4
  • Interleukin-6
  • Interleukin-8
  • Interleukin-10
  • Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1
  • Tumour Necrosis Factor-a
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor

Cytokine Array IV                                                                         Cytokine Array V

  • Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 –    Interleukin-3
  • Soluble IL-2 Receptor a –    Interleukin-7
  • Soluble IL-6 Receptor –    Interleukin-13
  • Soluble Tumour Necrosis Factor Receptor I –   Interleukin-12 p70
  • Soluble Tumour Necrosis Factor Receptor II –   Interleukin-23

Key Benefits of Randox Cytokine Arrays:

  • Multiplex testing from a single sample.
  • Suitable for human serum and plasma samples.
  • Small sample volume required.
  • Excellent analytical performance.
  • Fast throughput.
  • Applicable to fully automated and semi-automated Evidence analysers.

Randox manufacture the majority of assay raw materials in-house and can therefore take a more tailored approach, by adapting assays to the needs of your research project to best fit your individual requirements.

  1. https://www.world-heart-federation.org/
  2. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cardiovascular-diseases-(cvds)
  3. https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/conditions/cardiovascular-disease
  4. https://www.sinobiological.com/cytokine-rerview-receptor-source-targets-main-function-disease-association-a-1310.html
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/cytokines
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Metabolic Syndrome Arrays from Randox Biosciences

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17 September 2019

 

Metabolic Syndrome Arrays from Randox Biosciences

 

Metabolic syndrome is described as a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. As result of three health conditions going on, it puts the individual at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke and many other risks. 1 As well as developing additional health conditions it can cause damage to the blood vessels, the blood pressure damages the blood vessels, the obesity causes a lot of strain on the blood vessels and the heart.2 Therefore, can result in serious long-term risks.

This serious health condition is very common, and studies state that it affects about 23% of adults. 3One in four adults in the UK are currently living with metabolic syndrome and often becomes more common with age2.

Usually it affects those who are overweight or considered obese, have an unbalanced diet containing high levels of sugar and fat and have high cholesterol and extremely high blood pressure2 therefore, the condition can be prevented by reducing the risks.

1 According to the NHS, metabolic syndrome occurs when a person has three or more of the following measurements:

-Abdominal obesity (Waist circumference of greater than 40 inches in men, and greater than 35 inches in women)

-Triglyceride level of 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater

– HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women

– Systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater, or diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater

There are many ways to prevent metabolic syndrome from developing, making lifestyle changes for example, ensuring their weight is healthy by increasing physical exercise, eating a well-balanced healthy diet containing whole grains, fruit, vegetables and fish and finally, visiting the GP to monitor and manage blood glucose, blood cholesterol and blood pressure, quit smoking and managing your stress.

Randox offers the Evidence Evolution including two Metabolic Syndrome Arrays which allows multiplex testing from a single sample allowing rapid turnaround time and are suitable for both serum and plasma samples.

 

 

metabolic syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome Array I

  • Ferritin
  • Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
  • Insulin
  • Leptin
  • Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1)
  • Resistin

Metabolic Syndrome Array II

  • Adiponectin
  • C-reactive Protein (CRP)
  • Cystatin C

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DIKI: Drug Induced Kidney Injury Array from Randox Biosciences

Randox Biosciences introduces the innovative Randox Drug Induced Kidney Injury Array (DIKI). The new panels allow superior monitoring of nephrotoxicity for enhanced safety in drug development. It has been developed to identify four early stage markers of DIKI by screening for the biomarkers KIM-I, NGAL, Cystatin C, and Clusterin which have been identified as more sensitive than transitional testing methods to enhance accurate diagnosis of DIKI.

Our Biochip Array Technology enables multiplex immunoassay testing. The DIKI panel of 4 markers is combined on a single biochip, enabling simultaneous results from each patient sample, delivering:

  • Excellent inter-assay precision and required sensitivity
  • Superior specificity
  • Lower sample volume
  • Fast turnaround time
  • Safer drug development

 

With the number of hospitalised patients who develop a drug-induced renal problem due to the numbers of potent drugs have been added to the therapeutic arsenal in recent year1 – the DIKI can have a detrimental effect on a person’s health and wellbeing. Blakely stated that “drug-induced nephrotoxic contributes to 8 to 60% of all cases of AKI seen on the intensive care unit (ICU)”.2 Randox offers a 4-plex Drug Induced Kidney Injury test which detects early stage toxicity across the nephron, assisted through composite measurement. Earlier and more reliable detection of drug-induced kidney injury would improve clinical care and help to streamline drug-development. (Dieterle et al., 2010)3.

The poor sensitivity of serum creatinine for detecting and monitoring DIKI is well documented in academic journals. As a result, for early phase trials European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are encouraging the use of more novel urinary biomarkers alongside conventional safety monitoring. The new panel will be able to identify the levels of toxicity present in the kidneys which is classified as one of the most common side effects of drug development trials.

 

The new Randox Drug Induced Kidney Injury (DIKI) panel can help you conduct clinical trials safer and faster. For more information contact info@randoxbiosciences.com.

 

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2043284
  2. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-84628-937-8_3
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20458316

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We Are Randox | Biosciences Placement Student Kathryn Wilson

For our 2018/19 placement students, their year with Randox is almost at an end.

To mark their time with us and wish them the best of luck with their future studies, we took the opportunity to speak with one of our placement students in the sales team, to give us an insight of her experience during a Randox placement year.

Meet Kathryn Wilson, Business Placement Sales Executive for Randox Biosciences.

 

Hi Kathryn, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a 21-year-old student studying Bsc Equine and Veterinary Bioscience at Aberystwyth University in Wales. In September 2018 I began working in the Biosciences division of Randox Laboratories, specifically working on the release of new molecular technologies for clinical diagnostics. As part of a newly formed sales team, my focus is on the diagnostics market in Ireland.

Why did you want to forge a career in sales?

Whilst studying my bio-veterinary degree my only focus had been on science, so I was keen to broaden my horizons and explore opportunities in a business role for a company involved in the life-sciences industry. Initially, I was tentative of a role in sales, but I knew it would be a good way to develop a broad knowledge of business and the industry, and develop new skills.

Why did you decide to take your placement year with Randox?

Randox was a perfect fit for me, as a global scientific company based in Northern Ireland. I was looking for a placement that would allow me to spend time at home before returning to Wales for university.

I was intrigued by their range of products and diverse market presence in industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotech, research and healthcare. It seemed like a good company to gain an insight into new research in a variety of career sectors.

Describe a typical day as a Business Placement Sales Executive.

My role has evolved as we have moved through the different stages of product development throughout the year. Initially, when I first joined the team, we were in the planning stage. This involved mapping potential contacts and key sites in Ireland, and developing a sales strategy.

As this is a new venture for Randox the role also involved educating the market on our technology and creating awareness in all potential points of sale. This educational aspect of my job involved regular trips and meetings across Ireland, and frequent UK team meetings to discuss market feedback and problem solve. It’s important that we have been able to adapt our sales strategy for the specific healthcare areas -from public to private and point-of-care to large laboratories. Coming into the final month of my placement we are now prepared for product release with confirmed validation studies and initial placements, and significant interest across Ireland.

What are some examples of the tasks and responsibilities of your role?

There has been a range of ongoing tasks throughout the year to facilitate a busy and growing division. I was given the responsibility of forecasting, logging orders and organising meetings, and have been involved in internal decision-making processes alongside management. I have also helped to manage the university contracts in Ireland for our lab equipment, reagents and outsourcing some testing for specific studies.

Before I finish my placement I’m researching the market for upcoming arrays for launch next year, and planning a final trip in Ireland.

What was the most exciting part of your placement with Randox Biosciences?

The opportunity to travel around Ireland and London has been excellent. To date I have participated in over 10 conferences on behalf of Randox. Highlights for me have been corporate hospitality with potential customers at the Randox Health Grand National, and presenting at the first Infectious Disease Forum for Randox, in front of representatives from microbiology sites across Ireland.

I was also trusted to conduct a trip on my own around Donegal and Sligo, coupled with a visit to our Donegal R&D site, Randox Teoranta in Dungloe, to learn about future veterinary arrays in development.

It has been a privilege to be able to work with such a diverse range of people – from the scientists developing the products, to the sales team specialising in markets across the globe.  There are so many different career paths here at Randox.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your time at Randox Biosciences?

I have been challenged to quickly adapt to the business environment and gain an in-depth understanding of the wide range of products. I have been pushed outside my comfort zone to discuss with customers, present to the team and take responsibility of the day-to-day tasks.

Knowing the new molecular diagnostics range, infectious disease panels, and competitors in the market well enough to be confident in front of potential customers on my own, has also been a challenge. Hard work at Randox is acknowledged however, and I was awarded runner-up Business Student of the Year.

What is the best thing about Randox and would you recommend this placement to other students?

The best thing about a placement with Randox is that you will be given as many opportunities as you are willing to take. They are very supportive and will push you as much as any other member of the team.

As a non-business student this year has given me a wealth of insight into the workings of a global company, as well as furthering my scientific knowledge and interests in many aspects of the industry.

I would recommend a Randox placement for students who are keen to gain as much experience as possible in a global company focused on new and exciting health research.

What are your goals for the future?

My experience at Randox has given me an excellent insight into the world of business in the biosciences industry, and has prepared me well to build a career in this exciting industry. I think that the experience gained through Randox will be applicable to many life sciences sectors which I would like to explore further.

Although I am not sure what the future may hold, in the shorter term I am looking forward to returning to finish my final year at Aberystwyth.

For more information about Randox Biosciences and what career opportunities we offer please contact info@randoxbiosciences.com

 

 

 

 

 

Placement student Kathryn Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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