Microbial Identification

Rapid Identification Service for the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Markets.

Rapid methods for microbial identification in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing and packaging environments can be vital to an organization to avoid large periods of production downtime should a contamination event occur.

STERIS Laboratories offers a range of both traditional and rapid methods of microbial identification. These include Gram stain testing, microscopy, selective media and now rapid identification via MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry.

MALDI-ToF (Matrix Assisted Light Desorption Ionisation Time Of Flight)

Our new MALDI-ToF microbial identification method utilizes mass spectrometry. Within minutes, it can identify bacteria and yeasts to species level by producing a unique protein fingerprint for each microorganism, and matches this to a pre-populated database.

This microbial identification method replaces our previous API testing and allows us to improve ID accuracy and compliance, providing rapid microbial identification and reducing the requirements and risk of performing repeat tests.

Watch our Introduction to MALDI-ToF webinar to find out more:


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