Siemens to Acquire Blood Gas Subsidiary of Alere
By Labmedica International staff writers
24 Jul 2017
Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, Germany), the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Epocal Inc., a subsidiary of Alere Inc. (Waltham, MA, USA) that develops and provides point-of-care (POC) blood diagnostic systems for healthcare enterprises.
Siemens Healthineers offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services in its core areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and in laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine. Epocal’s portfolio of POC blood diagnostic systems includes the epoc Blood Analysis System, a handheld, wireless testing solution that provides blood gas, electrolyte and metabolite results near the patient in approximately 30 seconds after sample introduction. With a complete offering for blood gas diagnostics from a low-volume, single-use handheld device up to a high-volume, multi-use benchtop solution, Siemens Healthineers aims to help customers improve their workflows and utilize the correct system for the needs of their particular settings.
“We want to help our customers innovate care delivery. As one of the market leaders in blood gas, the acquisition of the epoc product line will enable us to provide the right solution in the right setting, all from one partner,” said Peter Koerte, President, POC Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers. “The epoc product line will seamlessly integrate with our digital ecosystem offering customers the broadest solution available in the market. The acquisition complements our existing offerings in the point of care diagnostics space, with a view to provide customers globally with a full range of blood gas solutions.”