BÜHLMANN at EuroMedLab 2022

Offering the broadest fecal calprotectin product portfolio from lab to patient

Calprotectin in IBD Diagnosis and Monitoring

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) includes Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC), two currently incurable serious chronic diseases of the intestinal tract. IBD symptoms strongly resemble those of non-inflammatory diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Fecal calprotectin has proven itself as an excellent surrogate marker in IBD diagnosis and helps to reliably select patients for further invasive diagnostic procedures. Further, calprotectin in stool can also be used for disease monitoring in diagnosed patients since it correlates closely with mucosal healing. High calprotectin values are indicative for active inflammation in the gut, while moderate fecal calprotectin values can represent mild organic disease. In addition to fecal calprotectin, the monitoring of biologics trough levels (TDM) as part of the therapeutic follow-up in IBD patients is becoming standard care. Taken all this together, BÜHLMANN offers the broadest product portfolio supporting decision making in the IBD treatment management. BÜHLMANN is the only company offering biologic trough level measuring as well as anti-biologic antibody testing as rapid tests.

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BÜHLMANN fPELA® turbo

CALEX® Cap on clinical chemistry analyser

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Fecal p-elastase is a well-established surrogate marker for the detection and/or confirmation of suspected Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI). Since the product launch in June 2020, BÜHLMANN fPELA® turbo quickly established itself as integral part of the routine laboratory for fast measurement of fecal pancreatic elastase. Because of its speed, random access possibilities and easy handling of fecal specimens with CALEX® Cap, our assay is a great choice for modern automated fecal p-elastase measurements. The results are highly comparable with the established manual ELISA methods but with the advantage of being easy, fast and flexible.

The BÜHLMANN fCAL® turbo in combination with the CALEX® Cap stool extraction device offers total laboratory automation (TLA) for fecal calprotectin testing.

CALEX® Cap Extraction Tutorial

CALEX® Cap Stool Collection Set

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The CALEX® Cap stool extraction device is an efficient, convenient and hygienic tool for extraction of stool samples and is fully compatible with total laboratory automation (TLA) solutions.

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The CALEX® Cap Collection Set allows for home stool collection at patients home. Using the CALEX® Cap extraction device, both fecal calprotectin and p-elastase can be measured out of the same extraction tube. The CALEX® Cap Collection Set is fully compatible with the BÜHLMANN turbidimetric fecal assays.

BÜHLMANN Calprotectin Assays – From niche to full automation

BÜHLMANN is the gold standard for IBD diagnosis and monitoring offering the largest product portfolio of calprotectin testing and TDM rapid tests for biologics in IBD. The product portfolio includes the FDA cleared BÜHLMANN fCAL® turbo for high throughput testing. The immuno turbidimetric fecal calprotectin assay BÜHLMANN fCAL® turbo provides flexible and random access applications on all major clinical chemistry platforms. The assay allows short turnaround time from fecal sample to the reportable result. The combination of the test with the CALEX® Cap extraction device or the fecal home extraction kit CALEX® Cap Collection Set strongly simplifies the cumbersome procedure for stool pre-analytics and is adapted to be applied on clinical chemistry analysers. BÜHLMANN also offers the FDA cleared market leader BÜHLMANN fCAL® ELISA and the Quantum Blue® calprotectin rapid tests. Further to that, the portfolio includes IBDoc®, a highly successful IBD home test for patients using an app that transforms smartphones into a calprotectin test reading device.

The new assay BÜHLMANN fPELA® turbo and the well-established BÜHLMANN fCAL® turbo together with the CALEX® Cap have revolutionized fecal testing. Both turbidimetric immunoassays can be easily applied for a wide choice of clinical chemistry analysers, providing TLA with fast turn-around-time (TAT) and improve laboratory workflow. The combined use of these products make reliable results possible for an extended measuring range.

BÜHLMANN CALEX® Cap extraction device offers efficient, convenient and hygienic stool extraction. Its simple design and buffer offers the user high safety as well as high stability of stool samples. Furthermore, the CALEX® Cap is designed to be fully compatible with TLA solutions.

The CALEX® Cap Collection Set places this device to patients home, further reducing the laboratory task of stool extraction procedure for fecal calprotectin and pancreatic elastase testing with BÜHLMANN assays. The CALEX® Cap extraction device offers efficient, convenient and hygienic direct home stool collection.

The BÜHLMANN Quantum Blue® rapid test combines the ease and speed of lateral flow technology, with full quantification by means of a small table top reading device. The Quantum Blue® Reader provides a quantitative value within minutes and is therefore an ideal tool in a point-of-care setting. The BÜHLMANN product line offers two different fecal calprotectin test ranges suitable for IBD diagnosis and therapy follow-up of IBD patients. Besides calprotectin assays, BÜHLMANN TDM assays for biologics in IBD are also measured with the Quantum Blue® Reader.

BÜHLMANN has launched its first assay for fecal calprotectin testing more than 15 years ago and the BÜHLMANN fCAL® ELISA is considered today to be the gold standard. Two protocols are available to cover different calprotectin ranges for IBD diagnosis and monitoring.

IBDoc® is the first in vitro diagnostic home testing device measuring the inflammatory marker fecal calprotectin at home. The CalApp® turns your smartphone into a test cassette reader using state of the art image processing. Stool extraction is performed using the CALEX® Valve that is characterized by its simple and convenient handling of stool samples. The secure data connection of CalApp® with the IBDoc® Portal allows Health Care Professionals to directly monitor patient results. The IBDoc® Portal also includes an application programming interface (api) that directly transfers test results into electronic patient records (EHR) or laboratory information systems (LIMS) via a common web standard or HL7 based interface.

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