- What exactly does EIKEN CHEMICAL do?
EIKEN CHEMICAL is a total manufacturer of clinic diagnostics that manufactures and sells clinical diagnostics covering almost all the diagnostic areas. In addition, we develop and sell automated clinical analyzers and systems, thus also contributing to the increase in efficiency and speed of diagnosis, as well as to standardization of diagnostic data. Moreover, we also have an extensive lineup of products for the industry, such as microbiological reagents for food and environment, and equipments, tools and materials for various other types of testing. Furthermore, on the basis of its own specific technology, EIKEN CHEMICAL developed a nucleic acid amplification method called "LAMP" that is currently being deployed in a large number of areas, such as medical care, food, environment, agriculture and stock farming, and plants.
- What is a clinical diagnostic?
Generally various tests of our health information conducted in hospitals such as routine health checkups are called "clinical diagnosis”. Roughly clinical diagnosis can be divided into "laboratory testing " and "physiological testing". " Laboratory diagnosis" examines samples such as urine and feces excreted from a human body, blood and the cerebrospinal fluid which flows through our bodies, or cells and internal organs of which the human body is comprised, while "physiological testing" identifies the condition of internal organs physically, for example, by an ultrasound test, diagnostic imaging, etc. Laboratory testing is classified according to the principles used as the basis of the test, and to the type of the sample, etc. into microbiological, general, chemistry, immunological and serological, blood, RIA, genetic diagnosis, etc.
- Where are the products manufactured by EIKEN CHEMICAL used?
Our products are used for diagnosis in hospitals, test centers, blood centers, health centers, etc., always watching over your health.
- What are the most representative products?
The most representative products are firstly the reagent "OC series" used to detect fecal occult blood when screening for early identification of colon cancer, secondly the "Uropaper III", an urinalysis test strip, and thirdly "Pourmedia", "Pearlcore" and other culture media for microbiological examinations. We also develop and sell various automated clinical analyzers used for the tests mentioned above. Also, products based on the nucleic acid amplification technology "LAMP" are sold as "Loopamp" series.
- What is your domestic share and ranking?
In terms of sales of the diagnostic department (domestic sales of diagnostics + testing equipment as of 2007), we were ranked 7th, while in diagnostics alone we were ranked 5th. In the area of reagents for immunoassay fecal occult blood test, we are the biggest manufacturer and account for over 50 percent in total domestic sales.
Moreover, in the long-established field of the microbiological reagents (culture mediums), our share is 18.9% and we rank 2nd.
(Source: "Prospects and Strategies of the Clinical Diagnostics Market, 2008 Edition" Yano Research Institute Ltd)
- What are the company's target management indexes?
We aim at early achievement of 10% or more of operating profit ratio on sales.
- Are there any hospitality programs for stockholders?
None are implemented at present.