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Bedfont Scientific is a second-generation family company which specialises in the design and manufacture of medical devices.
It produces breath and gas monitoring devices used to help quit smoking, diagnose carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and control asthma.
The business began with the Smokerlyzer, which helps people give up cigarettes through measuring CO on the breath.
Over the past 30 years, it has been continually redeveloped and improved, and the new iCO Smokerlyzer is the first to connect to a smartphone or tablet.
The pioneering piece of technology has also proved useful in other ways – doctors using an early version of the product found that some patients had high CO readings, even though they didn’t smoke.
Another patient was found to be breathing out elevated levels of hydrogen, suggesting they may have digestive issues, which led to the development of the Gastrolyzer.
PR and communications coordinator, Kristina Sedge, said: “We have been established for more than 40 years, with only 42 members of the Bedfont family, and are revered as pioneers in the breath analysis market.
“Our aim is to continue improving health worldwide.” The company, which has products available in more than 70 countries, aims to venture into new territories, focusing on America, South America, China and the Middle East over the next few years.
It also recently redeveloped the TOXCO CO monitor, used by emergency services to mass screen for cases of CO poisoning. This monitor is set to be launched across both Europe and the USA.
Miss Sedge added: “Our longevity of trading gives us a competitive edge, and being a family business, we believe that our family values are expressed through our dedication to our customers.”