Epocal was founded in March 2001 and is located in Ottawa, Canada. Epocal's founding entrepreneur, Dr. Imants Lauks, is a recognized world leader in biochips and micro-fabrication of solid-state diagnostic devices. The technology that he developed in the 1980s and 90s, at a previous company he founded, led to the world's first commercial biochips. This biochip technology was the enabling core of the clinical diagnostic products invented by Dr. Lauks. The products comprise a range of acute-care tests run on the world's first handheld general purpose patient-side blood analyzer. This system is now a well established tool of the medical profession available worldwide.

Epocal brought together a team of professionals having well over 200 years of combined technical, sales, marketing, operational and manufacturing expertise in the development and commercialization of state-of-the-art blood analysis systems and commercialized a next generation of point-of-care blood diagnostic product (The epoc™ Blood Analysis System) based on its patented technologies.