Express Diagnostics News
Express Diagnostics joins Inc. 5000 for the third year in a row
For the third year in a row, Inc. magazine has named Express Diagnostics Int’l (EDI) to its annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Express Diagnostics, listed at #4354 on the 2015 Inc. 5000, manufactures and distributes DrugCheck® onsite drugs of abuse tests, as well as a growing line of rapid alcohol screening and health diagnostics devices.
“We are very honored to be named again to the Inc. 5000,” says Paul Johnson, CEO of Express Diagnostics. “Making this prestigious list three years in a row is a true testament to the combined efforts of our dedicated employees, customer-partners, and valued suppliers. I’d like to express my appreciation to each of them for the role they’ve played in our continued growth, demonstrated in part by our successive listings on the Inc. 5000.”
Express Diagnostics Int’l joins well-known companies such as Anytime Fitness, FitBit, and GoDaddy.com as 2015 Inc. 5000 honorees.
Founded in 2004, Express Diagnostics has distribution partners in over 60 countries, including distributors with exclusivity in Australia and Mexico. EDI also has company representatives in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Sofia, Bulgaria.
About the Inc. 5000
The 2015 Inc. 500 | 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2014. The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000 and $2 million for 2014. Companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in the magazine’s September issue and online.
Express Diagnostics hosting an open house and job fair July 1
Express Diagnostics Int’l (EDI) in Blue Earth, Minn., is pleased to announce an open house and job fair to be held Wednesday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the EDI headquarters at 1550 Industrial Drive. The public and interested job seekers are invited to stop by the facility for free hamburgers and lemonade, facility tours, and a chance to win one of five Canon color image scanners — a $350 total value.
The job fair aspect of the event focuses on open positions for device Assembly Technicians. Express Diagnostics is offering up to a $500 hiring bonus to each individual hired as an Assembly Technician, as well as additional ongoing bonus opportunities for personal attendance, department performance, and hiring referrals.
Guests are also invited to tour Express Diagnostics’ office, warehouse, and an expanded production area, which is in the process of receiving new device assembly lines to accommodate the company’s continual growth, evidenced by its inclusion on the 2013 and 2014 Inc. 5000 lists of fastest-growing companies in the U.S.
Express Diagnostics featured in Business In Focus article
Express Diagnostics was featured in the March 2015 issue of Business In Focus magazine (Link to article).
Express Diagnostics receives patent for onsite saliva drug test
Express Diagnostics Int’l today announced that its patent for the DrugCheck® SalivaScan™ Oral Fluid Drug Test, titled “Device for Verifying Analytes in Bodily Fluids,” was approved by the European Patent Office. The patent is currently pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO Patent Publication Application Number: 20130022517).
“I am more than elated to announce that the first of many patents for the DrugCheck SalivaScan Oral Fluid Drug Test – the European patent – has been granted and published,” says Paul Johnson, CEO of Express Diagnostics Int’l, Inc. “This is a significant milestone for Express Diagnostics. The granting of this patent, and the expected forthcoming U.S. patent, represents another asset in our intellectual property portfolio and in the value we are gaining as a company.
“With the issuance of the European patent, we fully expect the U.S. patent – the most valuable patent – to be granted and published in early 2015.” Adds Johnson, “Again, this is a great accomplishment for Express Diagnostics. I’d like to thank everyone for their work in both the product development and patent application processes, and most importantly, for our customers’ continued support of this innovative product.”
Leading features of the DrugCheck SalivaScan include an integrated sponge saturation indicator in the collection swab that notifies test administrators when sufficient specimen has been collected. Determining adequate specimen according to the color change on the indicator strip helps reduce the potential costs of test failure due to insufficient specimen often associated with competing saliva devices.
The collection swab locks into the DrugCheck SalivaScan for a tamper-evident seal. The device can then be sent to a laboratory for confirmation, on a presumptive positive result. Dual side extraction ports simplify specimen access for laboratory personnel.
The device can screen simultaneously for up to 10 drugs of abuse, with 16 total available, including market-leading cutoffs, or detection levels, for buprenorphine, cotinine, EDDP, ketamine, and methadone. Express Diagnostics manufactures the DrugCheck SalivaScan at its ISO 13485:2003-certified facility in Blue Earth, Minn.
The DrugCheck SalivaScan is for Forensic Use or export only. Forensic Use in the U.S. is limited to criminal justice or government agencies, including correction centers, court systems, jails, police departments, probation offices, the Department of Defense, U.S. military, and laboratories performing forensic testing for these entities.
Express Diagnostics thanks distributors, staff, and community in celebrating 10th anniversary
Express Diagnostics today announced upcoming 10th anniversary celebrations of the company’s founding. Anniversary celebrations will include a lunch and commemorative gifts for employees, as well as an open house October 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to the open house at the Express Diagnostics headquarters at 1550 Industrial Drive to tour the facility, meet staff, and enjoy refreshments.
Express Diagnostics was founded on October 4, 2004, by CEO Paul Johnson, COO Rich Strasser, and three additional partners. As distributors of DrugCheck® onsite screening devices through their respective companies, the founders recognized the opportunities available with the purchase of the DrugCheck brand, which was completed at the inception of the company.
From its founding with one full-time employee, Express Diagnostics has grown to employ over 100 people, manufacturing product for distribution partners in over 60 countries, including distributors with exclusivity in Australia and Mexico. EDI also has company representatives in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Strasbourg, France.
The production processes employed by Express Diagnostics are some of the most advanced in the industry and, coupled with continual product innovation and skilled staff, provide customers 100% U.S.-made, cost-effective alternatives to devices manufactured in traditionally low-labor-cost countries.
“The company’s success can be attributed primarily to our distributor partners, dedicated staff, and a supportive community,” says Johnson. “Express Diagnostics has grown significantly in the decade since its founding thanks to our discerning customers and staff, and the support of Blue Earth area residents and businesses. Our continued success is directly tied to the efforts of these folks and we thank them.”
In its 10 years of operation, EDI has been a consistent leader in drugs of abuse and alcohol testing with first-to-market urine tests for alcohol, K2/Spice, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG), a unique biomarker of alcohol use. Express Diagnostics has also been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. the last two years in a row.
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