Microbiology News : Jan 2021

Synthetic Molecular Constructs for SARS-CoV-2
ATCC release 3 quantitative synthetic molecular constructs for SARS-CoV-2 assay development; eliminating the need to culture viruses in the laboratory, and are safe to use under BSL-1 conditions. more...
BinaxNow Rapid Antigen Test
The CDC COVID-19 Response Team & Epidemic Intelligence Service has published an evaluation of the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Card. The test showed high-sensitivity on culture-positive specimens.   more...
ISO 16140-3
Latest ISO standard: ISO 16140-3, Microbiology of the food chain – Method validation – Part 3: Protocol for the verification of reference methods and validated alternative methods in a single laboratory, has been published. more...
SARS-CoV-2 qPCR test detects new variants
The Gold Standard Diagnostics Group is pleased to announce the launch of two validated assays for the identification of B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.351 (South Africa) variants with a short turn-around time. more...
Find Listeria mono from Listeria spp on chromogenic media
CHROMagar™ Listeria and CHROMagar™ Identification Listeria are two chromogenic culture media that can be used to screen Listeria spp. and identify Listeria monocytogenes. more...
Steritest solution for sterility testing
Want to know how the Steritest™ system has been invented? Read the fabulous story of its invention to discover why and when it has been invented, and what were the challenges at this time. more...
SARS-CoV-2 UK Variant qPCR test kit
Genetic PCR Solutions™ has developed a qPCR reagent kit for the specific genetic detection of the new B.1.1.7 strain described and recently published in the UK. This qPCR can be used on the same patient sample and assayed simultaneously with the usual qPCR test. more...
Pathoquest Viral Safety Testing
PathoQuest signs agreement with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to join Consortium on Adventitious Agent Contamination in Biomanufacturing (CAACB) as viral safety expert.
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Rapid Lateral Flow SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test from Prognosis Biotech
The rapid antigen test of ProGnosis Biotech shows high sensitivity and specificity, has a CE-Mark and is included in the list of approved COVID diagnostic tests by the European Commission, the German BfArM and the Italian Ministry of Health. more...
Rapid Antigen CE-marked Lateral Flow Test for SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19
Bioperfectus Technologies CE-marked Novel Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) Ag Rapid Test Kit is a rapid chromatographic lateral flow immunoassay that detects the nucleocapsid antigens from nasopharyngeal swabs. Easy-to-use with excellent diagnostic accuracy and just 15 minutes for a result. more...
Surface Tests for SARS-CoV-2 AOAC validated
AOAC has validated Eurofins GeneScan Technologies & ThermoFisher Scientific's SARS-CoV-2 surface kits. The AOAC certification program validates accuracy claims of test kits sold for use in situations when maintaining surfaces free of the virus is a public health concern. more...

New CE-Marked Quantitative SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody Test

22 Jan 2021 | ClinicalPharmaceutical

CE-marked SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody test
Beckman Coulter has announced CE-marking for its quantitative SARS-CoV-2 IgG Antibody test. The assay is designed to detect antibodies to the spike protein of SARS CoV-2, which is the design of the vaccines on the market today. more...
Automate Pre-Analytical Processing of Whole Blood Samples
Tecan has launched the Fluent® Mix and Pierce Workstation to provide end-to-end automation for whole blood pipetting in clinical environments. This will optimize sample preparation for latent tuberculosis (TB) testing with the QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus assay. more...
EU Common list for Rapid Antigen Tests
EU Member states will begin to create a 'common list' of validated rapid antigen tests and share performance data from evaluations. This digital platform will also include RT-PCR test kit data.  more...
Microfluidic rapid antigen test for sars-cov-2 the virus that causes Covid-19
LumiraDx's microfluidic point-of-care antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 is now available in over 30 countries, including US, Japan & Brazil. The test is designed for nasal or nasopharyngeal swab specimens and a turnaround time-to-result of 12 minutes.  more...
Rapid Testing for Listeria with RiboFlow
SY-LAB´s RiboFlow® Listeria Twin will detect Listeria contamination quickly and reliably, reducing the need for sophisticated techniques. No expensive instruments. Fast, easier, and more affordable than conventional molecular tests. more...
Detect and Identify Listeria with Pall GeneDisc
Pall® GeneDisc® technology provides maximum flexibility for testing strategies: to rapidly assess contamination level of their working environment, raw material, in-process samples and final products with AOAC and NF VALIDATION certified methods. more...

Save Time, Not Energy With Solus One Listeria

21 Jan 2021 | Food & Beverage

Solus One Listeria
Discover how Solus One Listeria can maximise your workflow potential with automation solutions that unleashes capabilities of carrying out two 96-well plates simultaneously, generating results for up to 576 samples in an 8-hour shift. more...
New Products for COVID 19 Testing
This week: Two Surface SARS-CoV-2 test are AOAC valdiated; New CE-marked SARS-CoV-2 IgG & Antigen tests; EU to share 'common list' of validated rapid antigen test kits; Italy, Brazil and Japan approve microfluidic antigen test.  more...
Environmental Monitoring in Pharmaceutical manufacturing
In this episode, Andy Whittard (MD at Cherwell Laboratories) and Gethin Jones (MD at Pinpoint Scientific) lend their expertise to environmental monitoring in pharmaceutical manufacturing with a particular focus on changes to continuous monitoring in the proposed Annex I.  more...
Nemis technologies empowering you to fight the invisible
The AOAC PTM certified Nemis N-Light™ Listeria monocytogenes testing kit is transforming the way food factories carry out their environmental monitoring. more...
AI sorts culture plates postive negative or review
Bringing AI based automation to microbiology labs, the APAS® Independence automatically reads, interprets and sorts microbiology culture plates, successfully identifying plates with no significant growth, significant growth and those needing further review. Use the Automation Justification Tool. more...
Full microbiology lab automation from COPAN
Recent multicenter study examines laboratories of various size, location, patient mix and acuity demonstrating that implementation of COPAN automation results in cost savings and increased efficiency and productivity for the laboratory. more...

Special Focus on Artificial Intelligence and Automation

19 Jan 2021 | Food & BeverageWaterClinicalPharmaceuticalCosmetic/Personal CareMicrobiome

Automate your microbiology laboratory
This special focus on Artificial Intelligence and Automation brings you the latest Industry/Quality 4.0 technologies designed to make human-robot collaboration easy, to improve productivity and deliver cost-savings for your microbiology lab.  more...
Three type strains of the genus Alicyclobacillus have been added to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. Strains of this genus are a cause of spoilage in fruit juices. more...
New Variants for COVID-19 Antigen Tests
Sino Biological has developed a panel of recombinant RBD/Spike and nucleocapsid protein variants based on Brazil, South Africa and UK lineages. It is now critical to assess if antigen tests can detect these variants due to N-protein mutations.  more...
Oxford Sequencer supported by Super computer
Oxford Nanopore Technologies and NVIDIA are collaborating this year to integrate the NVIDIA DGX Station A100 into Oxford Nanopore’s ultra-high-throughput sequencing system, PromethION. more...
Rapid Reader for Gluten Allergen Testing
Hygiena starts 2021 with a new product - Hygiena Cube, a smart way to scan GlutenTox® Sticks Plus. A clever little device that, in a few simple steps, helps user track their gluten testing results. more...

Integra's Electronic Pipettes Make Your Lab Life Easier

18 Jan 2021 | Food & BeverageWaterClinicalPharmaceuticalVeterinaryCosmetic/Personal CareMicrobiome

Voyager adjustable spacing electronic pipette screen
It takes just minutes to find out about the intelligent features of the lightweight VIAFLO electronic pipette and VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing pipette by viewing INTEGRA's short video tutorials. more...
COVID-19 and winter virus testing with saliva
The Seegene Allplex™ multiplex assays for COVID-19 & winter viruses can now detect viral RNA directly from a saliva specimen. These new and improved Allplex tests are CE-marked and require no nucleic acid extraction step.  more...
Automation in endotoxin testing
In this article, we explore the efficiencies gained by automating the bacterial endotoxins tests with Lonza’s PyroTec™ PRO Robotic Solution integrated with WinKQCL™ Endotoxin Detection Software. more...

Certablue Automated Rapid Microbiology for Every Laboratory

14 Jan 2021 | Food & BeverageWaterPharmaceutical

Automated rapid microbiology for every laboratory
Determine if microorganisms are present with the Certablue method.  The autoscanner and Certablue vials provide both a microbial detection system and a culture medium with suitable nutritional, selective, and environmental conditions for the rapid detection of microorganisms. more...
Plate and count in seconds
Are you a small, medium, or large laboratory? Even with a low throughput, automation is a reality. Now you can automate your microbiology lab, increase productivity, and reduce errors. Learn about IUL’s instruments and plate and count in seconds! more...
Rapid automation in the QC Micro Lab
Rapid automation is becoming a gold standard in standardizing and streamlining QC micro lab EM, bioburden, and water testing. Growth Direct system is the leader in rapid automation allowing labs to eliminate inefficiencies, optimize their processes, and make decisions faster. more...
CRISPR COVID-19 Test
The Nepalese Government will begin using the CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 kit as part of its COVID-19 testing strategy after a generous donation from a non-profit organization established by the test kit manufacturer.  more...
T2 SARS-CoV-2 Test detects variants
T2 Biosystems has announced its SARS-CoV-2 Panel can detect multiple variants of the virus, including those most recently identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the U.S. The test returns results in two hours.  more...

Protect Your Surfaces from an Outbreak

13 Jan 2021 | Food & Beverage

Puritan have 100 years of sampling expertise
You follow food industry news - looking for trends, new products, and reports of foodborne illness outbreaks. Protect your facility or retail operation by following industry guidelines, and test routinely for Listeria and other foodborne pathogens.  more...
Detect COVID-19 RSV and Flu with one test
TCA/GENETWORx has launched a RT-PCR test to detect COVID-19, RSV and Flu from just one sample. Patients or providers can be informed of the result faster via the Aura digital platform.  more...
New Products for COVID 19 Testing
This week: New COVID-19/Flu/RSV Combo RT-PCR test; Nepal starts CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 testing; T2 Biosystems say test detects variants; Perform multiplex testing for COVID-19 & winter virus using saliva sample with CE-marked kit. more...
MICA Counter and Analyzer
The DIAMIDEX MICA (Microcolony Counter & Analyzer) combines traditional Pasteurian microbiology with new artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to enable rapid detection, identification & enumeration of targeted microorganisms. more...
Micrology Laboratories, LLC has changed its name to Roth Bioscience, LLC.  The name change reflects a reorganization of the company after an acquisition of limited assets took place in June 2019. more...
Campden Guidance on Food Factory Hygiene
Campden BRI has updated guidance on the design, implementation and control of cleaning and disinfection of food factories. The revised version can help factories maintain a high hygienic standard and continue to produce safe products. more...
Three FDA Authorized Tests Impact by SARS-CoV-2 Variant
The US FDA has issued an alert regarding SARS-CoV-2 viral mutation to health care providers and clinical laboratory staff. The alert identifies three tests, which have EUA, that might be imapcted by the variants in circulation.  more...
Rapid and Affordable COVID-19 Testing
The $6 million XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing prize, a competition to create newer, higher standards of COVID-19 testing to help society safely return to everyday activities has announced 20 finalists into the next stage, concluding in February 2021.  more...
Bruker MBT Sepsityper rapid identification
Bruker has announced FDA clearance for its MBT Sepsityper Kit US IVD that enables rapid, specific detection of many cases of bacteremia-induced sepsis to assist infectious disease specialists in potentially life-saving decisions.  more...
Validation of MAS-100 Air Samplers - MBV
MBV Ltd announces the renewal of its distribution agreement with Merck KGaA for market-leading MAS-100 air samplers for the next five years. more...
RNA control for new SARS-CoV-2 variant
Mutations in the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 have made some S-gene PCR tests invalid. Twist Bioscience is now offering an RNA control for labs to check the validity of their RT-PCR tests. This new control adds to Twist Bioscience's range of SARS-CoV-2 reagents.  more...

The Role of LIMS in Supporting ISO 17025 Accreditation (Whitepaper)

05 Jan 2021 | Food & BeverageClinicalPharmaceutical

LIMS for ISO 17025
Autoscribe Informatics' new white paper examines the role of LIMS in supporting ISO 17025 accreditation. The white paper explores how a LIMS can play a key role in achieving, maintaining, and benefiting from ISO 17025 accreditation. more...
Rapid Saliva-based Antigen test for COVID-19
Beijing Tisgun Diagnostics has received CE-marking for its COVID-19 Saliva Antigen Rapid Test. The test detetcs the N-protein of SARS-CoV-2 and provides a result in 15 minutes, is easy-to-use and inexpensive.  more...
New Products for COVID 19 Testing
This week: CE-IVD Saliva Rapid Antigen Test; XPRIZE COVID-19 Test competition update; FDA issues alert to COVID-19 testing labs to beware that single-target tests can produce false-negatives if variant is present.  more...
New products for SARS-CoV-2 the coronavirus that causes COVID-19
This week: New PCR & antigen tests to differentiate between Flu & COVID-19; Surface tests for SARS-CoV-2 receive AOAC approval; Room temperature stable viral transport media; PCR test to identify mutations & New EC rules for using rapid antigen test kits. more...
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests for Europe
The European Commission (EC) has put forward rules to ensure the uniform use, validation and recognition of rapid antigen tests in the EU and signed a contract with Abbott and Roche to provide 20 million rapid antigen test kits to member states more...
CE Marked COVID-19 Antigen and Antibody Tests Approved
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen and Antibody Test Kits from WESAIL have now been added to the list of approved kits by Ministero della Salute (the Health Department, Italy),  Paul-Ehrlich-Institut and the European Commission. more...
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Mutant Protein
Sino Biological has produced a collection of recombinant antigens for new variants of SARS-CoV-2. The reagents can be used to evaluate the efficacy of antibodies and vaccination. more...