Aug. 20, 2008
New Microbial Detection System Detects Yeast and Mold RNA in as Little as Four Hours

Lonza, the global life sciences company, introduces microCompass TYMC Detection Kit - the second in the microCompass series and a supplement to the patented breakthrough technology in microbiology testing which was introduced by Lonza last year. 

microCompass TYMC Detection Kit is used for the universal detection of yeast and mold RNA by Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT) PCR, and is the only genetic-based test on the market to quantify yeast and mold.  The new kit can produce results in a little as 4 hours compared to the standard method for yeast and mold which can take 3-14 days to produce results.

“We are excited to offer this latest innovation in rapid microbial detection solutions. Early indications show customers appreciate the speed and accuracy microCompass TYMC provides,” said Shawn Cavanagh, President, Lonza Bioscience.

With the introduction of microCompass last year, Lonza became the first bioscience company to provide a molecular testing method to attain a viable count of microorganisms in as little as four hours. The microCompass system dramatically increased the speed for microbiology testing. microCompass TYMC is an exciting new addition.

The microCompass system offers improved sensitivity and detection of viable organisms without pre-enrichment. The system allows quantitative detection of bacteria, yeast and mold at a high throughput-level by batching up to 96 samples at a time. Quick time to results (TTR) with microCompass enables significant labor and cost savings, as well as delivers more rapid product release to the market. These benefits allow for an appreciable increase in client profitability.

The microCompass system is ideal for applications in personal care products, pharmaceutical raw materials, over-the-counter drugs, nutraceuticals, preservative efficacy test and cell culture.