Pharmaceutical Micro

Environmental Isolate Case File: Moraxella osloensis

Moraxella osloensis isn’t a well-known bacterium outside the laboratory, but this opportunistic human pathogen has been found to cause life-threatening diseases such as endocarditis, osteomyelitis, central venous catheter infection and meningitis.1 M. osloensis is also known to be an environmental…
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2018 #CreepyCultures Winners

The votes are in! Our team had a tough time choosing only a few winners and honorable mentions out of all the unbelievably eerie agar art you submitted this year. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you to…
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Put Your Best Plate Forward – #CreepyCultures is Back!

Our favorite time of the year is finally here – #CreepyCulture is back! You created some exceptionally eerie agar art in the past, and we can’t wait to see what you conjure up this year! Unleash your creative side and…
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Preservative Testing – Choice of Challenge Isolates

“What you see is that the most outstanding feature of life’s history is a constant domination by bacteria.” – Stephen J. Gould. Preservation capacity is a central element of consumer product quality.  Though necessary to any microbiological risk assessment, adequate…
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Growth Promotion Best Practices Auditors are Looking for in Pharmaceutical Labs

Performing growth promotion testing (GPT) on new batches of media is an essential task for all sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing laboratories. Your laboratory performs GPT regularly, but are you certain of what best practices auditors will look for when…
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Dear Stanley: Why We Recommend Testing in Parallel for Growth Promotion

Dear Stanley, When performing growth promotion with Microbiologics products, do you recommend testing in parallel with a previously approved media? The USP, EP, and JP don’t require testing in parallel. They only state “Test each batch of ready-prepared medium and…
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Take a Break with Our Sci-Fi Movie Trivia

It probably comes as no surprise that we think sci-fi is the best movie genre, especially when rogue viruses or genetic mutation are involved. We created our latest quiz with our fellow sci-fi connoisseurs in mind. Give it a go…
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9 Tips for Students Pursuing a Career in Microbiology

As a microbiology student, you have a passion for understanding the microscopic organisms that live on, in, and all around us. Even though you love your field of study, leaving school and starting your career can be intimidating. So, what…
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How Certified Reference Materials Help Labs Meet Regulatory Requirements

As regulatory standards continue to increase, additional responsibility is being placed on laboratories to ensure the quality and safety of finished products. Now more than ever, traceability is a major concern. Laboratories are required to provide evidence that the reference…
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Dear Stanley: Tips for Maintaining Fastidious Microorganisms

Dear Stanley, I’m having a tough time keeping my stock culture of Campylobacter viable. Do you have any tips for maintaining a stock culture of fastidious microorganisms like Campylobacter? Sincerely, Jordan from Mankato, MN Dear Jordan, Maintaining fastidious microorganisms, such…
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