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BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the 24th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Bruker introduces new and expanded research-use only (RUO) capabilities for the MALDI Biotyper™ platform.
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The MALDI Biotyper (MBT) is the market-leading system for microbial identification based on MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. It is widely used in industrial microbiology, animal health, food safety and its IVD and FDA-cleared versions are changing the paradigm in clinical microbiology. With nearly 1,200 customer systems, the MBT platform has become an accepted laboratory-standard for next-generation microbial identification and emerging further high-value functional assays. The MALDI Biotyper RUO and IVD-CE versions cover a broad range of about 2,300 species with more than 5,600 well-characterized microbial isolates from gram-negative bacteria, gram-positive bacteria, yeasts, multicellular fungi and mycobacteria. Microbial identification with the MALDI Biotyper is done using proteomic fingerprinting, where unique species-specific patterns are automatically compared with reference spectra in the MALDI Biotyper library.
Due to the modular design of the MALDI Biotyper software, the system can be configured according to the specific needs of each laboratory: the basic microbial identification functionality is now available in versions for clinical routine laboratories (IVD), for industrial applications and for research-use-only (RUO) purposes.
Industrial and research customers can configure their MALDI Biotyper systems with further functionality by adding various new or expanded RUO software modules or hardware accessories:
Dr. Ulrich Eigner, Head of Study Department at Limbach Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, commented: “We have been working with Bruker´s MALDI Biotyper system in our network of microbiology laboratories for several years and we are very pleased with the analytical performance. With the MBT Pilot and MBT Galaxy Bruker now introduces further smart and convincing workflow improvement tools.”
Dr. Wolfgang Pusch, Executive Vice President - Microbiology Business at Bruker Daltonics, explained: “We believe that our MALDI Biotyper can now provide even more than best-in-class identification to microbiology laboratories. That’s why we are continuously working on adding additional high-value functional assays, new software tools, library extensions and productivity tools to the MALDI Biotyper platform.”
About the Bruker MALDI Biotyper
The MALDI Biotyper family of systems enables molecular identification, and taxonomical classification or dereplication of microorganisms like bacteria, yeasts and fungi. Classification and identification of microorganisms is achieved reliably and quickly using proteomic fingerprinting by high-throughput MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The MALDI Biotyper uses a molecular approach based on specific proteomic fingerprints from bacterial strains and published studies have highlighted the greater accuracy and lower cost offered, as well as the typically much faster time-to-result (TTR).
Applications of the various MALDI Biotyper solutions include clinical routine microbial identification, environmental and pharmaceutical analysis, taxonomical research, food and consumer product safety and quality control, as well as marine microbiology. In many European and international laboratories the MALDI Biotyper has replaced classical biochemical testing for bacterial identification in the past five years due to the accuracy, speed, extensive species coverage, ease of use and cost effectiveness of the system. Classical biochemical techniques detect different metabolic properties of microorganisms, can take many hours or even days for completion, and they often lack specificity.
The robust MALDI Biotyper method requires minimal sample preparation and offers low consumables cost. The products of the MALDI Biotyper family are available in a research-use-only (RUO) version, as the U.S. FDA-cleared MALDI Biotyper CA System, or in an IVD-CE version according to EU directive EC/98/79. The MALDI Biotyper also has medical device registrations in numerous other countries. RUO versions of the MALDI Biotyper even allow selected high-value antimicrobial resistance tests in translational research.
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