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Microtest Labs Doubles Microbial Identification, Analytical Services
Date:6/3/2008

AGAWAM, Mass., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Microtest Laboratories (http://www.microtestlabs.com) has doubled their microbial identification and analytical services with the purchase of an additional MicroSeq(R) Microbial Identification System.

The MicroSeq is a state-of-the-art DNA sequence-based system that enables Microtest technicians to more quickly and accurately identify bacteria isolates that are not viable or easily identified.

"With the purchase of our second MicroSeq system, we are not only complimenting our existing unit but doubling our analytical capacity and ability to service our clients," stated Dr. Steven Richter, Microtest President and Chief Scientific Officer. "As one of the only testing labs in the area with this technology, we are providing our customers with a significant competitive advantage."

Using the MicroSeq system, Microtest technicians can provide precise and reliable bacteria, mycoplasma, and mold identification in a 24-hour time period. Traditional bacteria and mold identification lab tests are often less accurate, and require up to a one-week turn around time.

"In the highly competitive biotechnology industry, accuracy and speed cannot be compromised," stated Dr. Richter. "Our ability to provide rapid identification helps our customers minimize down-time, which directly affects their bottom-line. When manufacturing is halted or a cleanroom is shut-down and awaiting test results, there is no product going out the door and that translates to an interruption in sales."

The MicroSeq system is integrated for use across the spectrum of services that Microtest provides. Customers that will benefit most are those that utilize their analytical testing services in:

-- Contract Manufacturing

-- Pharmaceutical Testing & Validation

-- Medical Device Testing & Validation

-- Environmental Control and Testing

-- Water Validation

-- Mold Identification

-- Biologics/Virology

The MicroSeq systems are 99% reliable with repeatable results, and is especially beneficial for companies with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing applications. Made by the Applera Corporation, the MicroSeq Microbial Identification System is the most accurate and rapid bacterial identification system available today.

For more information about Microtest's analytical testing and related services, visit contact the Microtest on the Web at: http://www.microtestlabs.com/medical-device-testing or by phone 1-800-631-1680.

About Microtest

Microtest is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, the company's expertise and flexible processes enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680.
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