Point-of-care diagnostics are medical devices or tools made available in proximity to the patient, in a satellite lab or in the in the clinic, rather than at a centralized laboratory. It includes both high and low-tech methods. The devices used are generally inexpensive, and provide fast and accurate results. It is also referred as satellite testing, near-patient testing, rapid diagnostics and self-testing. The global point-of-care diagnostics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period 2018–2024. The global point-of-care market is growing with increasing incidence of infectious disease and lifestyle diseases (diabetes, heart diseases and others), increasing adoption of rapid diagnostics in various diseases and technological advancements related to testing procedures. The popularity of the point-of-care diagnostic devices can be gauged by the number of new product launches, acquisitions and funding. For instance, Radiometer America launches the advanced ABL90 FLEX PLUS blood gas analyzer in the US in March 2017. In February 2017, GenePOC, Inc. (GenePOC) announced the commercialization of its first two CE-IVD marked tests, GenePOC CDiff and GenePOC GBS assays on the revogene platform in European and Middle East Countries.
Here are the list of top point-of-care companies,
- Abbott Laboratories
Abbott Laboratories manufactures and markets healthcare products globally and focuses on pharmaceutical, diagnostic, diabetes, nutrition, and vascular areas. The company operates its business through four major segments, established pharmaceuticals, nutritionals, diagnostics and medical devices. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Illinois, US.
- Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
The company is one of the market leaders in the healthcare domain providing pharmaceutical and diagnostic solutions worldwide. Roche was founded in 1896 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.
- Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is among the leading companies in the healthcare industry and has a broad range of business segments. It manufactures consumer healthcare products, pharmaceuticals AND medical devices. J&J was established in 1886 and is based in Brunswick, New Jersey, US.
- Danaher Corporation
Danaher Corporation is a well-known designer and manufacturer of medical and commercial products and services globally. Instruments and assay kits for clinical chemistry, immunoassay, hematology, microbiology, haemostasis, and urinalysis are marketed under IVD segment of the company. The former name of the company was Diversified Mortgage Investors, Inc. and in the year 1984, it was changed to Danaher Corporation. The parent company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Washington, the District of Columbia.
- Siemens Healthineers Inc. (Siemens AG)
Siemens Healthineers, a business segment of Siemens AG, is a global provider of clinical diagnostics and therapeutic systems. Siemens Healthineers was formerly known as Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and changed its name to Siemens Healthineers in May 2016. The company was originally founded in 1971 and is based in Tarrytown, New York. Siemens Healthineers operates as a subsidiary of Siemens Aktiengesellschaft.
- Trinity Biotech plc
Trinity Biotech plc is an Irish enterprise that develops, manufactures, and markets medical diagnostic products for point-of-care (POC) and the clinical laboratory segments of the diagnostic market. The company is established in 1992 and is headquartered in Bray, Ireland.
- Qiagen N.V.
QIAGEN is a European company specializing in developing technology for molecular diagnostics. It offers technologies and products for applied testing such as separating and purifying nucleic acids. The company was founded in 1984 and is based in Venlo, Netherlands. Its operational headquarter is in Hilden, Germany.
- BioMerieux S.A.
BioMérieux is a US-based global provider of clinical diagnostics and industrial application products. It is a leader in the microbiology segment of the IVD market. Hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, cancer, respiratory infections, and cardiovascular diseases are the therapeutic areas the company is working on currently. The company was founded in 1963 and is based in North Carolina, US.
- OraSure Technologies, Inc.
OraSure Technologies, Inc., is a leading medical device company. Together with its subsidiaries, the company manufactures oral fluid diagnostic products and specimen collection devices and markets its products across the globe. The company was incorporated in 1979 and is headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
- Instrumentation Laboratory (a Werfen company)
Instrumentation laboratory (IL), a subsidiary of werfen company develops, manufactures and distributes haemostasis and innovative critical care in IVD system, assays and data solutions for clinical laboratories and hospitals. The company was established in 1959 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts with global operations.
- Becton Dickinson and Company
It is an American enterprise specializing in the development and marketing of medical technology. The company operates through two segments, namely medical device and life science. The company was incorporated in 1897 and is based in New Jersey, US.
- Nova Biomedical
Nova Biomedical Corporation is a privately held in-vitro diagnostic company that develops, manufactures, and markets diagnostic products and blood testing analyzers for healthcare companies. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts with global subsidiaries.