ARUP Laboratories has installed the IVD-CE marked Bruker Maldi Biotyper system as its rapid microbial identification system, which is currently for research use only (RUO) outside of the European Union.

The Maldi Biotyper is a Maldi-TOF mass spectrometry based platform for rapidly identifying bacteria, yeasts and fungi and its curated database includes quality-controlled entries of over 3,700 strains from about 2,000 well-characterised microbial species.

ARUP said that the Maldi Biotyper offers rapid time-to-result, high specificity, very low false positive rates, low operational costs, and low technical barriers for new operators.

ARUP plans to collaborate with Bruker to develop additional tests on the Maldi Biotyper and is also investigating the use of the Maldi to replace phenotypic methods for identification.

ARUP laboratories chief medical officer and director Sherrie Perkins said that they hope the equipment will improve their microbiology services to clients, and look forward to a fruitful collaboration with Bruker.

Bruker Daltonics Business Development vice president Gary Kruppa said that they have selected the Maldi Biotyper for use both in their research and their routine microbial identification production facility and look forward to continuing to work with ARUP on further applications of the Maldi Biotyper.