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Rapid Micro Biosystems to stage hands-on workshops – 16-May-2013
Company hosts live demonstrations of the Growth Direct System at new European headquarters in Munich, Germany
TEMPO AC automated test will help agri-food laboratories save time and release their product faster
Wickham Laboratories receives positive feedback on its excellent facilities, staff expertise and GMP systems
Free webinars provide further technical information and education for clients
Charles River signs partnership agreement with Bruker – 26-Apr-2013
Charles River to sell the Axcess System, a MALDI Biotyper solution for environmental monitoring applications
For the efficient extraction of mycotoxins from food matrices
Bactiquant-water tool offers on-site bacteria monitoring
Hyglos can use recombinant factor C technology protected by Lonza patents to produce own products
Cherwell updates Redipor prepared media range– 26-Mar-2013
New price list for microbiological media
Able to perform ID of bacterial cultures using Biolog MicroStation Identification System
Opinion: Digesting the DNA results– 29-Jan-2013
The discovery of horse DNA in beefburgers could lead to more stringent checks on the food industry
ISO 14698 revision process underway– 22-Jan-2013
Several countries voted to go ahead with a revision but the US voted against
A review process of the biocontamination control standard ISO14698 has begun. The standard is chiefly concerned with environmental monitoring, but has not been widely adopted because it is not mentioned in any GMP guidance, not does it offer details on how environmental monitoring should be undertaken. The comprehensive review should raise its profile.
Spacecraft are assembled in cleanrooms under the strict controls for bio-contamination as once sent into space the risk of biological contamination of other planets is high. Space agencies have defined standards by which to measure the bioburden and diversity of microbial species in the cleanrooms and on the spacecraft. The European Space Agency (ESA) is funding a collection of microbial strains from spaceflight hardware and associated assembly facilities at the DSMZ. This collection is an important resource for research institutes and industry to investigate adaptive mechanisms of bacteria (for instance, resistance to heat, UV radiation, ionizing radiation, desiccation, disinfectants).
Pharmig celebrates 20 years of microbiology forums– 30-Jan-2013
Celebrating its 20th year of existence Pharmig, the UK organisation for pharmaceutical microbiology professionals, got to grips with future regulatory challenges and technical issues. One of the speakers, Dr Tim Sandle, provides highlights from the event
The ins and outs of microbial monitoring– 4-Jan-2013
Routines for microbial monitoring of ambient air, surfaces and personnel in critical areas need to be as straightforward and fail-safe as possible to yield reliable results. Disposables, such as settle plates, contact plates and swabs, should thus be filled in cleanrooms that meet high microbiological standards. For testing irregular surfaces such as equipment recesses, nooks, crevices, tubing and filling needles, where contact plates are impractical, pre-moistened swabs may be used to validate cleaning and sanitation procedures and to verify that a required hygiene level has been reached.
Trending and strain-typing microbes– 4-May-2012
In industrial settings characterisation of micro-organisms is an important part of the comprehensive environmental monitoring programme. Strain-typing is the best resource in the case of a major excursion or sterility failure where characterisation to the strain level can be critical. Currently, there are two methods primarily used to differentiate accurately and reproducibly between closely related micro-organisms: ribotyping and single- and multi-locus sequence typing (S/MLST).