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Protecting transplant patients and saving lives

Protecting transplant patients and saving lives

Immunity at the Heart of the Matter

Surgeons worldwide perform more than 100,000 solid organ transplants annually, with successful transplantation of hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys saving and changing thousands of lives. After complex surgery, the risks of infection and organ rejection mean the patient’s fight for recovery starts immediately; even anti-rejection medication can lead to serious adverse effects. Eurofins’ work in immunity is helping to change patient recovery outcomes. Read more...

 

Tackling Global Antibiotic Resistance

Tackling Global Antibiotic Resistance

Testing for multiple resistance genes

Since the accidental discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, the world’s reliance on antibiotics has increased dramatically. Yet overuse and misuse across the world has seen antibiotics become ineffective against an increasingly large number of bacteria, and antibiotic resistance is now a globally ticking time bomb. Eurofins is at the forefront of efforts to tackle this crisis. Read more...

 

Busting the Identical Twin Myth

Busting the Identical Twin Myth

Milestone research proves genetic differences

Amid abandoned legal cases, high-profile acquittals of serious crimes and paternity suit dismissals, scientists were increasingly questioning the dogma that identical twins could not be genetically differentiated. Only theoretical approaches existed to solve this conundrum, until a Eurofins breakthrough provided an answer to the puzzle of how to tell identical twins apart. Read more...

 

New Generation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Methods

New Generation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Methods

Breakthrough genetic disorder determination

Prenatal tests are conducted during pregnancy to provide information about the health of the mother and her baby. Eurofins has pioneered work to develop improved prenatal screening tests for conditions that might affect the foetus, and help inform healthcare decisions before and after the birth. Read more...

 

SNIF-NMR - How It All Began

SNIF-NMR - How It All Began

Authenticity and origin testing to protect our food and drink

Food fraud and the adulteration of what we eat and drink is a global problem and one which is only worsening. Fraudsters are substituting genuine, everyday ingredients for cheaper alternatives that mislead buyers and consumers, risk allergies, side-effects and even more severe harm to human health. The desire to help put an end to such dishonest practices led to the birth of the company that became Eurofins. Read more...

 

The Future of Bees, the Future of Life

The Future of Bees, the Future of Life

Breakthrough science supporting better bee health

Honey bees travelling from flower to flower are more than just a pretty sight; the species is the world’s most important, and most threatened, pollinator. Environmental changes including increased pesticide-usage mean high levels of concern globally about pollinator safety in the present agricultural climate. Eurofins is leading efforts to support and protect bee health and reverse the trend. Some of Eurofins’ innovative approaches in this area are now becoming part of standard industry protocols. Read more...

 

Helping to Stop Zika in its Tracks

Helping to Stop Zika in its Tracks

Rapid real-time Zika test results

Summer 2016 could be remembered as the summer of Zika, with thousands of confirmed and suspected cases of the virus, real fear among travellers to affected regions, and withdrawal from the Rio Olympics by dozens of worried athletes. Eurofins responded with the fast-track development and emergency launch of a test to help stop the spread of this heart-breaking and virulent virus.  Read more...

 

A Pioneer in Dioxins Detection

A Pioneer in Dioxins Detection

Detecting one part out of 1,000 billion is not the limit

To protect human health, understanding the levels of dioxins in the environment and the food chain is imperative. Eurofins is at the forefront of global efforts to limit our exposure to dozens of dangerous chemicals. Read more...

 

Acrylamide on the Tip of Everyone’s Tongue

Acrylamide on the Tip of Everyone’s Tongue

First to detect acrylamide in food

Some rather unusual discoveries in Sweden in the 1990s led to the finding that acrylamide is not only toxic, but also present in a high number of foodstuffs. Acrylamide is understood to be probably carcinogenic to humans and both the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations view the levels of acrylamide in foodstuffs as a major concern. Eurofins has played a leading role in detecting and tracing occurrences of the substance and working to increase understanding of its dangers. Read more...

 

Testing for Traceability of Meat From Farm to Fork Down to Individual Animals

Testing for Traceability of Meat From Farm to Fork Down to Individual Animals

Clarity and confidence for the food chain

Food safety crises, from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or “mad cow disease”), to the European horsemeat scandal, have rocked the food industry and driven consumers to demand safer food products and reliable information about sources and production processes. Eurofins’ innovative testing approaches have helped provide true “farm-to fork” traceability and much-needed confidence to the sector. Read more...

 

The Forefathers of Pesticide Testing

The Forefathers of Pesticide Testing

First multi-pesticide method in Europe

Pesticides were launched in the 1930s, and the protection they afforded crops was lauded. However, the hundreds of pesticides sold worldwide, with more developed each year, plus cases of the use of banned pesticides like DDT and other persistent organochlorine compounds, mean ongoing pressure to ensure that foodstuffs are safe for consumption. Read more...

 

30 Years of Data for Life

30 Years of Data for Life

Building rich databases before Big Data

Over the last three decades, Eurofins has earned its place as a leading provider of analytical services. The Company now performs more than 150 million tests each year to establish the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability, and purity of biological substances and products. Its extensive databanks offer years’ worth of information about pharmaceuticals and food and their properties. Read more...

 

Finding Adulteration Even When Not Looking for it

Finding Adulteration Even When Not Looking for it

Leading the way with non-targeted screening

When you search for something specific, that’s probably all you are likely to find. By removing the constraints of targeted analysis and searching without restriction, Eurofins has opened up a whole world of new possibilities. Read more...

 

Modern Farming is Precision Farming

Modern Farming is Precision Farming

Farming and herd improvement testing – in six seconds

Dairy farming had been undergoing evolution since the 1960s. Large and highly-specialised farms are now the standard, and dairy farmers are ever-more focused on herd improvements and introducing value-added tests to their farm management. Through its highly- automated milk laboratories, Eurofins is helping farmers produce increased and higher quality yields from healthier herds. Read more...

 

Beating Drug-Assisted Rape Forensically

Beating Drug-Assisted Rape Forensically

Identifying knock-out drugs in hair

Detecting drugs in hair has been possible since the early 1980s using forensic toxicology, a useful diagnostic tool in proving past drug use or exposure. Two Eurofins forensic toxicology laboratories – Toxlab in Paris and ChemTox in Strasbourg – were involved in the ongoing evolution of testing techniques for several years and together achieved an important breakthrough that assists the judicial system and victims of drug-assisted crimes. Read more...

 

High-Flying Innovation

High-Flying Innovation

Unconventional inspiration for DNA synthesis

Ready access at realistic cost to short DNA strands is crucial to many areas of scientific investigation. Turning to aerospace for inspiration, Eurofins made a vital ingredient more affordable and, in doing so, helped enable huge numbers of scientists elsewhere continue with valuable research. Read more...

 

Testing for Tailored Cancer Treatment

Testing for Tailored Cancer Treatment

Empowering cancer research through innovation

Cancer is a complex and multi-dimensional disease, driven by genetic instability and influenced by a multitude of factors. Each patient is unique, and each tumour ever-changing, yet treatment historically has taken a generalised approach with limited success. Advances by Eurofins are helping researchers to “personalise” cancer treatment and better target care for better outcomes. Read more...

 

Nurturing Cells to Grow

Nurturing Cells to Grow

Culture media monitoring with Spedia NMR<sup>TM</sup>

Solid understanding of cell growth patterns and behaviours is central to the development of effective vaccines and antibodies. An innovative analysis service from Eurofins has enhanced researchers’ access to the data they need to optimise research and production conditions when using cell cultures. Read more...

 

Out of the Box Product Testing

Out of the Box Product Testing

When nothing is available, build your own robot

The market is brimming with a vast array of consumer hygiene products, from diapers for babies to feminine sanitary items. Eurofins’ sophisticated and realistic testing device revolutionised leak protection testing, providing manufacturers with reliable information about the effectiveness of products. Read more...

 

Inventing The Most Sensitive Heavy Metals Detection Method

Inventing The Most Sensitive Heavy Metals Detection Method

Testing for safety in soil, water, food and pharmaceuticals

Heavy metals in foodstuffs such as fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and cereals are a serious threat to health. Exposure to even small amounts of cadmium, lead, mercury or arsenic can prove to be extremely toxic as they accumulate in the liver and other organs. Eurofins’ pioneering tests for these substances can detect the minutest traces. Read more...

 

A Passive Revolution In Water Sampling

A Passive Revolution In Water Sampling

From spot-checking to continuous environmental monitoring

Traditional water-sampling techniques are complicated, time-consuming, and often expensive. Worst of all, they provide either only snapshots of pollution events or need expensive sampling stations that require electricity and servicing. Eurofins Sorbisense came up with a unique alternative. Read more...