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Abaxis supply point of care blood analysers to the medical market and the veterinarian market. Abaxis provides leading edge technology, tools and services that support physicians and veterinarians to respond to the health needs of their clients at the point of care while operating economical and profitable practices. Abaxis is headquartered in northern California, USA, and conducts operations around the world.

The Abaxis Laboratory System is a chemistry analyser capable of electrolytes, blood gas and immunoassays, a complete easy to use hematologic analyser and a series of 8-cm diameter single-use plastic discs, called reagent rotors, which contain all the necessary reagents to perform a fixed menu of tests. It performs multiple tests on whole blood, serum or plasma and provides test results in minutes with the precision and accuracy equivalent to a clinical laboratory.

Abaxis was formed in 1989 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), scientists sought to develop and manufacture a small biochemical analyser for use in space laboratories.

The Orbos technology allows the manufacturing of stable reagents in minute quantities with extraordinary precision. In September 1994, Abaxis entered into a supply agreement with Becton Dickinson to provide them with immunochemical reagents in the Orbos format. Today, Abaxis licenses and manufactures reagents utilizing the Orbos technology to other companies.

The VetScan analyzer was introduced in the US veterinary market in July 1995. Abaxis initially launched the analyzer with the Diagnostic Profile, a nine-test reagent rotor. Since then Abaxis has added 14 different assays and eight different profiles targeted to fulfil different veterinary diagnostic needs.

Currently, Abaxis covers more than 90% of the general chemistry tests normally used in medical and veterinary diagnostics.