|[December 10, 2012]
Bruker Announces Multiple Placements of MALDI Biotyper Systems with Various German Federal, State and Local Governmental Authorities
BREMEN, Germany --(Business Wire)--
Bruker today announces multiple placements of MALDI Biotyper systems for
rapid, differentiated and cost-effective microbial identification with
various local, state and federal authorities and institutes in Germany.
These local authorities are responsible for public health, animal
health, food safety, consumer protection, agriculture and fisheries.
In recent years, European clinical laboratories have been increasingly
performing routine microbial identification using MALDI-TOF mass
spectrometry. In contrast to previous biochemical testing methods, the
MALDI Biotyper offers the benefit of very fast identification with
results available in a few minutes starting from a culture plate.
Additionally, the MALDI Biotyper reference library has broader coverage
of microbial species as compared to commercially available biochemical
methods and is applicable for isolates obtained from food safety and
consumer protection sources. Frequently, isolates from these sources are
not sufficiently represented in previous commercial identification
Microbial identification with the MALDI Biotyper is done using a
proteomic fingerprint. This unique species-specific pattern is
automatically compared with proteomic fingerprints of reference spectra
from more than 2100 species in the MALDI Bioptyper library. In addition,
the MALDI Biotyper supports the Open Microbiology Concept which allows
customers to generate their own entries from their own regional isolates
via a push-button process and storage in a customer-specific sub-library.
Among recent new MALDI Biotyper customers are state and local
authorities in Baden-Württemberg (www.ua-bw.de),
Stuttgart (CVUA Stuttgart), Karlsruhe (CVUA Karlsruhe), Freiburg (CVUA
Freiburg) and Aulendorf (STUA Aulendorf). Additional orders were
received from authorities in Arnsberg (STUA Arnsberg), Rostock (LALLF
and Bad Langensalza (www.thueringen.de/de/tllv).
Previously, authorities in Oldenburg (www.laves.niedersachsen.de),
Krefeld (CVUA Krefeld) and Oberschleißheim (www.lgl.bayern.de)
have implemented the MALDI Biotyper workflow.
Recently, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für
Risikobewertung, Berlin, www.bfr.bund.de)
and the Industry Control Office Hildesheim (www.gewerbeaufsicht.niedersachsen.de)
have also chosen the MALDI Biotyper. As a result, a wide range of German
state and local authorities, regulatory bodies and federal control
institutes now rely on Bruker's MALDI Biotyper solution for their
microbial identification requirements. Bruker complies with ISO 9001 and
ISO 13485 requirements for quality management in its MALDI Biotyper
production facilities in Bremen (Germany) and in Billerica,
Massachusetts (USA) in compliance with the strict quality assurance
requirements of this customer group.
Dr. Jörg Rau at the CVUA Stuttgart commented: "In our laboratory we have
utilized Bruker´s FT-IR spectroscopy instruments for a number of years.
We see a general trend that such modern physical techniques increasingly
replace outdated biochemical testing. Accordingly, it was a logical step
to introduce also a MALDI-TOF MS based workflow with the MALDI Biotyper
in our laboratory for broad identification and typing purposes to
complement the FT-IR spectrometer. It is especially helpful that the
MALDI Biotyper reference library is an open system, where we can add our
own isolates, if needed. We can even exchange these new entries between
our cooperating laboratory sites in Baden-Württemberg."
Dr. Wolfgang Pusch, Executive Vice President - Microbiology Business at
Bruker Daltonics, added: "We are pleased that these authorities involved
in consumer protection, food safety and risk assessment have selected
the MALDI Biotyper for their microbiology labs. This clearly indicates
that the Bruker MALDI Biotyper is setting new standards for
high-quality, rapid and cost-effective methods for microbial
identification for these laboratories. We see food safety testing as one
of the additional broad application fields for our MALDI Biotyper
About the Bruker MALDI Biotyper
The dedicated MALDI Biotyper solution 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.
Applications include clinical routine microbial identification,
environmental and pharmaceutical analysis, taxonomical research, food
and consumer product safety and quality control, as well as marine
microbiology. The robust MALDI Biotyper method requires minimal
sample preparation and offers low consumables cost. The MALDI Biotyper
is available in a research-use-only version, or in an IVD-CE version
according to EU directive EC/98/79 in various European countries.
ABOUT BRUKER CORPORATION (NASDAQ: BRKR)
Bruker is a leading provider of high-performance scientific instruments
and solutions for molecular and materials research, as well as for
industrial and applied analysis. For more information: www.bruker.com.
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