DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurofins North America food division announces the successful purchase of Craft Technologies, Inc., a leading contract laboratory providing analysis of nutrients, vitamins, carotenoids, bioflavonoids and phytochemicals.
Craft Technologies, located in Wilson, North Carolina, employs a team of top scientists and technical staff serving private industry, governments and academia world-wide. The lab occupies over 10,000 square feet and includes a range of instrumentation for HPLC, UHPLC, GC, MS, spectrophotometric, fluorometric, ELISA and clinical testing. Craft Technologies brings a broad scope of analytical services to Eurofins for products ranging from human and animal foods, to dietary supplements, biological samples and tissues.
"I am excited to have Neal Craft and his team bringing strength in biologically active components," said Lars Reimann, Chief Scientific Officer, Eurofins Scientific, Inc. "They will have capabilities that are a nice addition to the standard routine performances within the Eurofins Group currently."
Craft Technologies' alignment with Eurofins carries with it a portfolio of work in fighting global nutrition challenges. Most recently, the lab received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to identify and test methods of collecting finger-stick blood spot samples and measuring 11 nutritional biomarkers. The goal is to apply the findings of this research in developing countries with adverse health, environmental and infrastructure conditions.
Since its founding, Craft Technologies has been involved in global nutrition assessment. In 1994 the lab developed a test for Vitamin A in dried blood spot that has since been used in over 17 developing nations. The biochemical analysis the lab provides enables clients around the globe to test components in a broad variety of matrices and determine if populations in developing countries are in need of nutritional intervention.
Recent work at the lab has focused on meeting analysis needs for Vitamin K, Vitamin D, bixin/norbixin, curcuminoids, anthocyanins, less common carotenoids, nutritional biomarkers, and very high-resolution separations. Craft Technologies will also bring new vitamin analyses to the Eurofins Group, including assays for hydroxylated Vitamin D and Vitamin D metabolites in biological samples, and Vitamin K tests for menaquinones including MK-4, MK-7, and MK-9.
"Craft Technologies has good technical competence and a strong customer focus, I cannot see anything more fitting," said Reimann.
Statement from Neal Craft, President, Craft Technologies, Inc.: "We are looking forward to a bright future with Eurofins and we are hoping to make a significant contribution in areas that the group may not have a large presence currently. For a long time, people have said that Craft Technologies is the best kept secret in this area. By becoming part of the Eurofins international group of labs we will be able to let the secret out and have a bigger impact as a result of this association."
Statement from David Bryant, Group Senior Vice President North America: "Neal and his team bring us tremendous synergy with their deep level of expertise and experience. From a technical standpoint, their knowledge of testing and assay development in food chemistry and nutritional supplements is well known within industry and government agencies. Craft's continued pursuit of excellence and commitment to developing new technical competencies is important to the mission of Eurofins and for our customers' satisfaction."
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Eurofins – a global leader in bio-analysis
Eurofins Scientific through its subsidiaries (hereinafter sometimes "Eurofins" or "the Group") believes it is the world leader in food, environment and pharmaceutical products testing and that it is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for agroscience, genomics, discovery pharmacology and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, Eurofins is one of the key emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing in Europe and the USA. With over 30,000 staff in 400 laboratories across 42 countries, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 150,000 analytical methods for evaluating the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin and purity of biological substances and products, as well as for innovative clinical diagnostic. The Group objective is to provide its customers with high-quality services, accurate results on time and expert advice by its highly qualified staff.
Eurofins is committed to pursuing its dynamic growth strategy by expanding both its technology portfolio and its geographic reach. Through R&D and acquisitions, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of biotechnology and analytical chemistry to offer its clients unique analytical solutions and the most comprehensive range of testing methods.
As one of the most innovative and quality oriented international players in its industry, Eurofins is ideally positioned to support its clients' increasingly stringent quality and safety standards and the expanding demands of regulatory authorities around the world.
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