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ERBA Diagnostics Acquires the Calbiotech Group

ERBA Diagnostics Mannheim acquire Calbiotech group of companies 

Mannheim, Germany , 21st April 2017 ... ERBA Diagnostics Mannheim, a leading global player in the in-vitro diagnostics market, has acquired Calbiotech Inc, a USA based specialist in immunoassay development and manufacturing; Calbiotech Veterinary Diagnostics Inc, and Moduline Systems Inc. 

Financial details were not disclosed. 

ERBA Diagnostics Mannheim, with operations across Europe, USA, Russia and Asia, specialise in the development of reliable, innovative and accessible medical diagnostic solutions. The company has a comprehensive portfolio of products across a range of fields including clinical chemistry, immunology, haematology, coagulation, critical care, urine analysis, diabetes monitoring, microbiology and molecular diagnostics. 

Calbiotech Inc, based in California, USA, specialise in immunoassay development and manufacturing, with a comprehensive range of ELISA and CLIA assays for human and animal research, including specific assays for autoimmune disorders, cancer and infectious diseases. The company has over 200 products which are distributed to over 60 countries globally. 

Calbiotech Veterinary Inc, based in California is a specialised manufacturer of veterinary diagnostics and has secured a number of significant contracts in the recent past 

Moduline Systems is a manufacture of high precision liquid dispensing systems including microplate-dispensing and vial-filling equipment that continues to grow and offers versatility to IVD manufactures. 

Mr. Suresh Vazirani, Chairman and Managing Director of ERBA Diagnostics Mannheim, said: “Calbiotech Inc and Dr. Noori Barka have developed an excellent range of immunoassay products that will complement our growing range of diagnostic products. Their expertise in Immunoassay will allow Erba to strengthen our position in this high growth market and integrate their strong R&D programme to further enhance the product development strategy of the ERBA Diagnostics Mannheim group.” 

Dr. Noori Barka, CEO and President of Calbiotech Inc, Calbiotech Veterinary Inc and Microplate Dispensers Inc, said: “We’re are excited to join the growing Erba Mannheim group and enjoy the synergies of being part of a larger organisation. We found a strong strategic and cultural fit with Erba Mannheim and are eager to realise the potential of the combined companies. The strength of the ERBA brand will support our growing sales activities while enabling Calbiotech to access a wider range of global markets for our products. The acquisition will also bring synergies with ERBA’s R&D and work to accelerate the development of our novel and innovative products” 


Calbiotech and Moduline Systems attended the China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) last month. Check out the impressions of this wonderful trip!

CMEF 2016 was held in Sanghai, China, from April 17 to 20. Calbiotech showcased its complete line of ELISA & CLIA tests as well as the latest products, like our new MagCLIA line based on Magnetic Beads for Random Access Immunoassay Analyzers. Moduline Systems, Calbiotech's sister company, also presented the full line of microplate & vial filling equipment.

"CMEF was a great opportunity to have an insight in the Chinese Healthcare Market and to make contact with very interesting people there. Besides, Shanghai is a beautiful city and the food is excellent," says Ignacio Toomey, Calbiotech's International Sales Manager.


Calbiotech is implementing a fully automated filling, capping, and labeling line custom designed by Capmatic, Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. The addition of this new line will increase production throughput and capacity to meet the demands of Calbiotech’s growing business.


Ignacio Toomey, our International Sales Manager, was one of the speakers at the event held in San Diego. His speech was focused on exporting challenges of small In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) companies.

Ignacio Toomey and David Barka at the Town & Country Convention Center

Aiming to build diagnostic industry leadership by providing industry knowledge, professional development, and a venue for the exchange of ideas, The Diagnostics Marketing Association (DxMA) promoted the Global Marketing Summit. The event was held in San Diego, from April 13-14, at the Town & Country Hotel. On the invitation of Scherago International’s President, Herbert Burklund, Calbiotech was asked to present about the export challenges of a small IVD company. 

Ignacio Toomey, Herbert Burklund and David Barka at the Town & Country Convention Center

Although new to the industry Ignacio hit the ground running when he joined Calbiotech in October 2014,accumulating a significant amount of knowledge in this competitive market. Ignacio emphasized that personalized communication, identifying commonalities and creative marketing efforts were the keys for success. During his first year, Ignacio was able to identify over 40 new international distributors for Calbiotech. His goal is to surpass that in this year. 

Ignacio Toomey's presentation


After 18 years at our Spring Valley site, this week Calbiotech is moving to a brand new, state of the art facility in El Cajon. The new facility, which is three times the size of the Spring Valley site, will allow room to grow both our production lines and production and R&D teams.

Calbiotech new facility

The new facility will also accommodate Moduline Systems, a sister company that manufactures and sells liquid handling equipment, including microplate dispensers, washers, and vial fillers. Our whole team is very excited about the move and is looking forward to the new space, which has been loaded with more automation and technology. Calbiotech will maintain it's Spring Valley facility for other projects.