Agawam’s Microtest Enhances Analytical Lab Services

AGAWAM — Microtest has enhanced its analytical lab services with the installation of a new, advanced technology, the MicroSeq Microbial Identification System. MicroSeq is a state-of-the-art, DNA-sequence-based system that enables Microtest technicians to more quickly and accurately identify bacteria isolates that are not viable or easily identified.

Using the MicroSeq system, Microtest technicians can provide precise and reliable bacteria, mycoplasma, and mold identification in a 24-hour time period. As one of the only testing labs in the area with this technology, Microtest says it is providing its customers with a significant competitive advantage. Traditional bacteria and mold identification lab tests are often less accurate, and require up to a one-week turnaround time.

“In the highly competitive biotechnology industry, accuracy and speed cannot be compromised,” said Dr. Steven Richter, Microtest president. “Our new MicroSeq system enables our specialists to provide customers with consistent and rapid results that, unlike previous equipment, ensures that the issues and concerns that prompted our clients to undertake their testing are properly analyzed and resolved, thus putting their production back on track.

“Our ability to provide rapid identification helps our customers minimize downtime, which directly affects their bottom line,” he added. “When manufacturing is halted or a clean room is shut down and awaiting test results, there is no product going out the door, and that translates to an interruption in sales.”

The MicroSeq system is integrated for use across the spectrum of services that Microtest provides. Customers that will benefit most are those that utilize its analytical testing services in contract manufacturing, pharmaceutical testing and validation, medical device testing and validation, environmental control and testing, water validation, mold identification, and biologics/virology.

Microtest is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, the company’s expertise and flexible processes enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption.

The new MicroSeq system is 99{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} reliable with repeatable results, and is especially beneficial for companies with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing applications.