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bioMérieux Partners with Ultimate Labs to Bring Unprecedented Speed to Pathogen Identification for Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Manufacturers
Date:7/11/2013

ering a mass spectrometry solution for industry needs. VITEK MS provides fast, flexible, and robust results, and can provide an identification of a microorganism’s genus and species in just a few minutes. As the world leader in microbiology, bioMérieux pairs VITEK MS system with the most comprehensive microbial database in the business.

“Reference laboratories today are striving to improve productivity and shorten their time-to-results,” said Pierre-Louis Thiney, Executive Director US Industry for bioMérieux. “Providing a fully integrated, rapid solution for microbial identification is a significant step in providing timely and accurate results to the customer.”

VITEK MS is available for industrial use and has been submitted for marketing clearance to the FDA for the clinical market. For more information on VITEK MS along with other bioMérieux industry technologies, please visit http://www.biomerieux-industry.com.

About MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry

In the MALDI-TOF* process, the sample to be analyzed is mixed with another compound, called a matrix. The mixture is applied to a target slide, placed inside the instrument, and irradiated with a laser. The matrix absorbs the laser light and vaporizes, along with the sample, in the process gaining an electrical charge (ionization).

Electric fields then guide the ions into the flight tube, which separates them according to ‘weight’ (mass) and displays the results as a series of lines (spectrum) which correspond to different fragments that have broken away from the original molecule. By analyzing the pattern of fragments, it is possible to deduce the structure of the molecule.

VITEK MS takes this further by comparing the sample spectrum to an extensive database of spectra from bacterial species to allow the system
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