AESKU.GROUP Acquires DST Diagnostische Systeme & Technologien GmbH

DST, Schwerin, Germany

“Due to the increasing importance of central laboratories, it is of advantage to get as many products as possible from a single source, particularly if these tests can be performed on a single system.”

AESKU.GROUP, an innovation leader in autoimmune diagnostics, is taking over the allergy specialists DST Diagnostische Systeme & Technologien GmbH, thereby expanding its product portfolio to include allergy and food intolerance diagnostics.

We all know someone who suffers from hay fever, urticaria, asthma, atopic eczema or a food allergy. Allergies are escalating to epidemic proportions and becoming more severe and complex; due to their frequency and the growing socioeconomic burden they are now firmly in the spotlight. Similar to autoimmune diseases, allergy rates have drastically increased in recent decades. The reason for this development is unclear, but environmental factors such as pollutants, infections, lifestyle and diet are thought to be triggers.

The search for allergy-triggering factors resembles an investigation of a complex criminal case. The type and severity of the symptoms are very individual and hence different from person to person – a common feature of allergy and autoimmune disease. In contrast to autoimmune diseases, the allergic response is not directed against the body’s own tissues, but against normally harmless environmental substances, misclassified as invaders, leading to an inappropriate immune response. Discrimination of certain autoimmune diseases and allergic reactions is difficult since the symptoms of both diseases may be very similar. A reliable diagnosis is, however fundamental to successful treatment. Symptoms of wheat allergy, gluten…

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