Irmo biotech company uses enzymes that expose drugs in urine
Co-founder Andrew Lee is constantly researching and developing new ideas for future products to better the healthcare industry.
IMCSZyme is manufactured in house and is distributed to clients across the country, as well as Canada.
By Jennifer Harmon
The lab at Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems in Irmo specializes in manufacturing enzymes, which are crucial in illegal drug testing. These enzymes are able to find drugs in the body through urine testing.
IMCS has created its own enzyme, called IMCSZyme, specifically for urine drug testing. The product is manufactured completely in house and shipped to clients across the U.S., and to Canada. IMCS supplies this enzyme to businesses that conduct drug tests, medical labs, and police labs, including the FBI.
Doctors or Lab Specialists mix the urine sample with a standard solution and the IMCSZyme and run an analysis to find out how much of a drug is in a person's system.
IMCS created this product because when a person receives pain medicine or takes drugs for an addiction, the liver changes that drug and adds a sugar. The sugar hides the drug in urine, so the enzyme comes in and removes that sugar.
Andrew Lee is one of the Co-founders of the company. He says this product is much more time efficient when it comes to drug testing. IMCSZyme is also being used in forensic science labs.
"The enzyme is used in forensic cases. How the person may have overdosed with heroin or a combination of anti-depressants...morphine or codeine, Hydrocodone, and how that affected that person, or how much they've overdosed with," Lee said.
This ability to expose these strong narcotic controlled substances in the body is one way IMCS is working toward enhancing the world of healthcare. Lee says IMCS is continuing to research and develop products for the future. He says as time goes on, IMCS could become a medical device company to create other products that could enhance lab testing.