Local medical product, out of Smithfield, gets gold in Pyeongchang

Local medical product, out of Smithfield, gets gold in Pyeongchang

Karla Ruggeri Natale, ALCOR Scientific president, with her father and company founder, Carlo Ruggeri, say they are proud the diagnostic iSED Analyzer, invented and manufactured in Smithfield, is in the Olympic Medical Center. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SMITHFIELD – The founder of ALCOR Scientific, Carlo Ruggeri, said the company’s product being chosen to be in the 2018 Olympic Medical Center in Pyeongchang proved that the diagnostic machine is “best in class.”

ALCOR researched, designed and manufactured the iSED Analyzer, a fully automated erythrocyte (red blood cells) sedimentation rate analyzer. The machine looks at red blood cells for signs of inflammation, and is capable of diagnosing bacterial or viral infections as well as a patient’s reaction to medications in just 20 seconds. Other systems could take between 30-60 minutes, said Ruggeri.

Smithfield-based ALCOR is excited and proud to take part in the Olympics, said Janet Aveni, the company’s marketing director. She explained that the Olympic Medical Center was compiled to prepare the best medical care for Olympic athletes by a task force from South Korea’s major hospitals.

The Olympic Medical team approached ALCOR distributors, she said. If looked at as a sort of vetting process for medical equipment, she said this would prove that the iSED Analyzer is the best available.

“That confirms what we know and what we aspire to be,” Ruggeri said. “There are no Olympics for medical equipment. This is it for us.”

Ruggeri’s daughter, Karla Ruggeri Natale, ALCOR’s president and owner, said there are 1,500 iSED Analyzers used in 70 countries, including two at the Olympic Medical Center. ALCOR conceived the instrument in 2011, and introduced it worldwide in 2013, she said.

“No one can believe everything we’re doing has been done here,” Natale added, and said that reactions to the equipment are incredible.

Each iSED unit is manufactured by medical laboratory professionals in Smithfield, and costs around $15,000.

ALCOR makes a variety of products out of its Thurber Boulevard office in diagnostics and infusion development. The diagnostic side works in hemorheology, or the study of blood flow. The infusion development side makes enteral nutrient pumps, or nutrition pumps for patients unable to eat.

“This is not the only product this company makes; it is the one that went to the Olympics,” Ruggeri said.

With 100,000 units worldwide, the nutrient pump is the company’s most popular device. With a recently renovated design, the pump’s popularity is continuing to grow.

All ALCOR products and work associated with them are handled in-house. The building is home to the sales and marketing team, research and development, manufacturing and servicing, regulatory services, shipping and more.

“We are indeed very honored to be recognized, but more than anything, we feel a sense of pride knowing that the hard work and dedication of all of our employees has contributed to the success of our iSED and company as a whole,” Natale said.

Ruggeri said he chose to keep his company in Smithfield to give more opportunities to young people fresh out of school. He said his company is 99 percent Rhode Island, “and the 1 percent plans to move here.”

He said in 2010, the company struggled to compete, but after investing in business, the company of five turned to 50 employees in a few years.

In this photo sent from Pyeongchang, South Korea, the iSED Analyzer (center) is shown being used in the Olympic Medical Center to quickly identify and diagnose infection from inflammation.


This is great news for RI and ALCOR, congratulations on your success. A very fast turnaround time!
However I'm afraid the description of what an erythrocyte sedimentation rate is as mentioned here is highly simplistic and misleading to a layperson by saying it's
"capable of diagnosing bacterial or viral infections as well as a patient’s reaction to medications in just 20 seconds".
The test is extremely non specific and is not a stand alone diagnostic tool. There are hundreds of conditions that can elevate your "sed rate". It does not diagnose anything... it simply alerts to some sort of inflammation which absolutely requires an extended workup to obtain a differential diagnosis.
It can also be a tool to monitor certain known inflammatory conditions.