bioMérieux launches VITEK MS automated mass spectrometry solution


VITEK MS provides micro-organism identification in minutes with its specifically developed pharmaceutical database

bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, has launched the VITEK MS automated identification system for the pharmaceutical industry.

Using the MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry technology and a database developed by bioMérieux for bacterial and fungal identification, VITEK MS provides rapid, robust and accurate identifications. The 21CFR part 11 compliance of the VITEK MS offers the traceability needed by pharmaceutical laboratories.

Accurately identifying potential micro-biological contamination of sterile processes and products is essential for pharmaceutical manufacturers. The VITEK MS can reduce this microbial identification time to a few minutes using molecular analysis of proteins from isolated colonies. Other benefits include a very small sample size, minimal analyst hands-on time, and flexibility for use in different kinds of pharmaceutical industry laboratories.

“bioMérieux is pioneering the future of microbial identification in the pharmaceutical industry with VITEK MS,” says Jean-Marc Durano, Corporate Vice President, Industrial Microbiology Unit. “We worked closely with pharmaceutical customers to validate the new solution and it offers an excellent complement to our Pharma Solutions portfolio, which includes: API, PREVI Color Gram and VITEK 2 Compact.”

The VITEK MS system and performance results have already been presented at different conferences such as PDA Microbiology Europe, where it was presented by Sanofi Pasteur in February 2012. The system is now available worldwide for the pharmaceutical industry.

VITEK MS provides ultra rapid results:

deposit the micro-organism directly onto the target slide, add the ready-to-use matrix solution and insert slide into the VITEK MS system. Identification results are displayed within minutes.

VITEK MS offers security and traceability:

Not only is VITEK MS 21 CFR Part 11 Compliant, but the VITEK MS includes the VITEK MS Prep Station, which securely links specimen information with each spot on the target slide. Unique barcodes on the plated media and the VITEK MS target slides offer complete workflow traceability.

VITEK MS provides accurate identification:

The VITEK MS database, which contains a large number of specific micro-organisms for the pharmaceutical industry, was developed from multiple regions, countries, sources and environments. In addition, the proprietary algorithm vastly increases the accuracy of identification.

VITEK MS is flexible:

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VITEK MS can be integrated into quality control laboratories with either centralised or decentralised workflows by utilising its unique VITEK MS Prep Station. This flexibility allows multiple users to work in parallel by preparing their own target slides with the capability to identify up to 192 isolates per run.