Fast, accurate and traceable identification of microorganisms
Within the past few years, the MALDI Biotyper has changed the way that microbial identification is performed. The speed, accuracy, ease-of-use and cost efficiency of the system has convinced customers in different industries worldwide who acknowledge MALDI Biotyper as the state-of-the-art rapid microbiology method for the identification of microorganisms.
Identifying microorganisms by their molecular fingerprint
The MALDI Biotyper identifies microorganisms using MALDI-TOF (Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization – Time of Flight) Mass Spectrometry to determine the unique protein fingerprint of an organism. Specifically, it measures highly abundant proteins that are found in all microorganisms. The characteristic spectrum pattern of these proteins is used to reliably and accurately identify a particular microorganism by matching against thousands of reference strains for, currently, more than 2,500 species of 434 microorganism genera.
Time and cost savings
MALDI Biotyper has the ability to reduce confirmation times because it can be performed on colonies from selective agar; removing the need to subculture and incubate.
These time savings can directly translate into significant cost savings by accelerated testing along the entire process chain for e.g. foods, beverages and pharmaceutical products. QC laboratories monitoring water quality are enabled to rapidly identify and narrow down the source of infection in the case of waterborne pathogens.