Category Archives: Microbiome

BioChek – A Hygiena® Company and Global Specialists in Animal Health

BioChek’s innovative, user-friendly veterinary diagnostic tools and services consist of:

BioChek – more than experts in Veterinary Diagnostics
Infectious bronchitis, Newcastle disease, Gumboro, PCV2, PRRS… any Poultry and Swine farmer would rather do without these threats to the productivity of their animals and therefore, maximise business return. For every Poultry and Swine farmer, the health of the chicken flock or swine herd is the number one concern. This is something BioChek has supported since its formation in 1997. Our mission is to maximize Animal Health by partnering with Poultry and Swine vets and veterinary labs. BioChek utilises state-of-the art diagnostic products and systems to monitor and optimise the health of Poultry and Swine across the globe.

Smart Veterinary Diagnostics
In addition to service, innovation is key to BioChek’s success. We have a modern research and development department, which without doubt deserves the innovative label. A department staffed by an expert R&D team that guarantees the design and development of smart veterinary diagnostics. These diagnostic tools are developed in conjunction with the wishes and requirements of Poultry and Swine vets, which is of paramount importance to their chances of success.

Furthermore, BioChek invests intensively in collaboration with veterinary professionals and producers of vaccines. This collaboration results in a varied but focussed product portfolio which fully meets the requirements of the vets, laboratory technicians and professional livestock farmers. Our production facility is ISO 9001 certified and as such, our products are produced in accordance with the highest quality standards, which are often certified by, amongst others, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), among others.


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ELISA Antibody Test Helps Surveillance and Vaccine Compliance Testing of Poultry Flocks

Developed for surveillance and vaccine compliance testing, the flocktype AIV Ab (FLI-B 435) is a screening ELISA for specific and sensitive detection of antibodies to Avian Influenza A Virus in serum and plasma samples from poultry, including chicken and turkey.

The flocktype AIV Ab uses a structural protein of AI virus prepared by recombinant technology as the antigen.

Key Features include:

*n = 104 AIV antibody-positive samples. †n = 432 AIV antibody-negative samples.

INDICAL offer a comprehensive flocktype poultry ELISA portfolio.


Availability/distribution: Only available outside the U.S. and Canada



New Canine Coronavirus Antibodies From ViroStat

Canine Coronavirus causes a highly contagious infection of the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. It does not infect humans as it is an Alphacoronavirus 1 and does not cause respiratory disease. It is spread via oral contact with fecal matter or contaminated food. Puppies are especially susceptible often resulting in severe diarrhea.

ViroStat has just released a number of monoclonal antibodies to the Canine Coronavirus. These new antibodies are specific to the nucleocapsid of the virus and do not cross react with other Canine viruses. These antibodies form pairs for the rapid detection of the virus by immunoassay.


Meet Tianlong’s NEW Portable Real-Time PCR System: Gentier Mini+

Portable, fast, and always online, the Gentier Mini real-time PCR system is designed for mobile or small laboratories or on-site testing.

With excellent performance and portability, the Tianlong Gentier Mini revolutionizes and solves the problem of limited space and fragmented samples in laboratories and makes your experiments easier, more accurate, and more efficient.

It can be widely applied in animal and human infectious disease prevention and control, food safety, scientific research, and other fields. The Gentier Mini can be a good solution for testing farm and companion animals.

The previous Tianlong Gentier Mini, with two fluorescence channels, has been proven to be popular among many clients, and in order to meet more clients’ needs, we have updated this product to the Gentier Mini+ which now has four channels, giving a 16 sample throughput making it suitable for more applications.

Find out more here or use the Request Information button to get a quote.


R-CARD®: A Fast, Accurate, and Sensitive Test Method

Our R-CARD® products have been designed to make microbiological testing more convenient and less complicated to use. It reduced the amount of equipment needed for testing, decreased the time to start seeing results, and easier to interpret results. R-CARD® rapid test method allows testing for a targeted bacterial genus or species without the use of petri dishes, agar, or even a filtration device. The ease of use and compact design of the R-CARD® have made them a popular alternative to more complicated and expensive methods.

Find out more by visiting Roth Bioscience, LLC, or contact them directly by using the Request Information button below.


How an EMS Can Help You Meet Annex 1

With the new Annex 1 set to roll out in August, are you thinking about how you can improve your environmental monitoring plan?

After all, this vital part of your contamination control strategy has a greater prominence in this revision than ever before in EudraLex. Considering if your current processes are complaint – not just the monitoring itself, but also your data recording and analysis– will be necessary over the coming months.

This will especially be the case if you are still using paper and spreadsheets in your facility.

Environmental monitoring teams process vast amounts of information, which can make data-driven decision-making challenging. It’s too easy to miss trends, too hard to create graphical representations of your data, and there are significant data integrity issues to this approach. Even an overloaded access database or LIMS will experience these same issues.

Sounds familiar? If so, you should consider an EMS.

What is an EMS?
An EMS is a software solution to help you store and analyse your environmental monitoring data in a compliant manner. It will help you to overcome challenges such as delays in accessing the data you need, minimise the risk of data loss and help you get more out of your data at the click of a button. Another benefit of an EMS is that it is designed specifically for your monitoring, unlike LIMS, which are often designed with QC Chemistry in mind, or spreadsheets.

How will an EMS help you meet Annex 1?
Your environmental monitoring plan will need to consider how your results are generated and include trend analysis to allow you to understand the source and root cause of any contamination. The use of historical data and scientific judgement to make decisions will be key to doing this – which means more data.

How can your EMS help with this?
Secure data storage: reduce the risk of data loss or accidental manipulation, so you can trust the accuracy of new and historical records

Have all your data in one place: easily accessible with no need to re-transcribe or move data. Also, you can look at multiple data types concurrently – something specifically mentioned in the Annex regarding viable and total particle levels.

Meaningful visualisations of data in minutes: perform in-depth analysis of your data hassle-free, boosting your productivity whilst enabling you to take better environmental monitoring decisions sooner

Trend all your data: whilst isolated limit breaches may not mean a loss of control, having no limit breaches may not mean good control either. Your EMS will help you trend all your data, such as samples taken nearby, to help you better understand your facility.

What is SmartControl EM?
SmartControl EM is a dedicated environmental monitoring software designed by Microbiologists for Microbiologists. It will help you meet regulation, even updating in line with any changes so you can be certain of staying ahead.

SmartControl EM will also streamline your monitoring process; in fact, from scheduling samples through to reporting, you can save up to 90% time compared to spreadsheets.

When you enter your data into SmartControl EM, it’s saved to the cloud. Any changes to your data will also be recorded as part of a complete audit trail – required by Annex 1. These records are instantly accessible to an unlimited number of approved users from anywhere. Moreover, cloud-based storage has enhanced security, so the chances of data loss is minimal.

As well as simple data entry, you will also benefit from easy-to-understand reporting and analysis tools. One of the changes with the new Annex 1 is around organisms that indicate loss of control (previously called objectionable organisms). You not only have to identify all organisms in Grade A and B environments but also periodically look at isolates from Grade C and D areas to give an idea of normal flora and identify any changes. SmartControl EM allows for easy analysis of this kind of data.

When it comes to trending, SmartControl EM is always looking at your data. You can be sure to never miss a trend or limit breach again as you’ll be instantly notified through the software and via email notification. This also reduces delays in investigations, helping you to minimise any issues when they do occur.

SmartControl EM comes with pre-prepared plans and tools, so you can leverage central testing such as IQ and OQ tests and validation by Microgenetics. This saves significant set-up time, so you can have the software in your facility faster than it will take you to adapt your current spreadsheet or LIMS to the coming Annex 1 changes. In fact, SmartControl EM could be up and running in your facility in just six weeks.

Why not get the ball rolling today and download a brochure to find out more, or use the Request Information button to connect directly with the supplier.


Microbiology Product Launches Made Easy on rapidmicrobiology

Got a product launch coming up in 2023 but don’t know where to start?

At rapidmicrobiology we’ve made it so easy to select the dates and placements that suit your campaign.

First – decide your budget – our standard package is just 1900 USD and the more comprehensive premium package is only 4,500 USD. If you’ve want a bigger reach then get in touch for a bespoke quote – we’ll fit your schedule to your campaign objectives.

Once you’ve signed up as an advertiser you will be able to log into our new client account platform where you can choose what insertions you want, and when you want them – see our ‘at a glance’ availability, make a provisional reservation with one click. Once we have your request, your campaign manager will issue you with an insertion order confirming dates, specs and prices. If all’s OK click ACCEPT and your bookings will move from Reserved to Booked.

You can then see material specs, upload materials and get your site metrics at any time.

Download our 2023 Media Kit to see our special focus calendar for this year or contact for more help.


AnalytiChem Expands with bioTRADING Benelux B.V. Acquisition.

AnalytiChem Holding GmbH has announced the acquisition of bioTRADING Benelux B.V., a Dutch manufacturer of high-quality culture media in all forms of packaging.

Founded in 1979, bioTRADING Benelux B.V. serves customers in a wide range of industries from pharmaceutical, veterinarian, and food industries to hospitals, pharmacies and also supplies to regional distributors. The production facility in Mijdrecht, The Netherlands, meets pharmaceutical regulations for prepared culture media, and its quality control is accredited by the Dutch Council of Accreditation Standards according to ISO/IEC 17025. The Belgian subsidiary, bioTRADING Belgium bvba, is located in Keerbergen.  

Gerjan De Jonge, Managing Director of bioTRADING Benelux B.V., commented: “AnalytiChem shares our vision, philosophy, culture, market approach and guarantees the continuity of bioTRADING in the interest of our customers. Within the AnalytiChem group, especially with media manufacturer Northeast Laboratory Services, we see great opportunities to share knowledge and expand our customized approach to other markets.  Together with our loyal employees and strong management team, we look forward to taking the next step in the development of the company.”

“AnalytiChem is focused on market-leading capabilities, something bioTRADING clearly demonstrates with its broad media portfolio manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities. From bottled to bagged and ready-to-use forms: With the addition of bioTRADING our group is able to offer a much broader portfolio across the geographies we are active in,” said Raoul Biskupek, CEO of AnalytiChem. “This complementary offering opens exciting growth opportunities with our subsidiaries in the adjacent countries and our strong distribution partners.”

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The gut–liver axis in HCV infection

Newman, K.L., Kamada, N. The gut–liver axis in HCV infection.
Nat Microbiol (2022).

A Galaxy of Colonies With a Clear View

Scan 50 pro is a manual colony counter with HandPad and multiple ergonomic supports for improved posture, vision and hearing. It offers contrasted lighting of the colonies while protecting the eyes. The export of the counting result by USB to a computer, ensures the traceability of the data.

Compatible with all types of media
Scan 50 pro is a manual colony counter that is suitable for all types of media: Petri dishes (from Ø 55 to 90 mm), Petrifilm, MC‑Media Pads, easyPlate, filtration membranes. Counting is done by a simple touch pressure and is then recorded. You can count from 0 to 1999 CFU.

Contrasting colony lighting: Dark  Field 2
Dark Field 2 is an indirect lighting system with adjustable intensity. Light reflectors diffuse the light at all points without any reflections or shadows. It makes all colonies stand out on the surface, in the mass, and around the edge of the dish. Flashes of light are eliminated, and the operator’s eyes are protected.

Touch surface with adjustable sensitivity
Counting with Scan 50 pro is intuitive: count the colonies on your dish, the touch surface is doubled by a sound or light signal.

Ergonomics redesigned
Audio Comfort

•  9 different sounds and headphone jack to enable work without disturbing colleagues

Light signal
•  Light signal for each counted colony

Optimal working posture
•  Inclined reading surface with magnifying lens (optional), hand rest and HandPad
•  Prevents Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

•  Duplicated count buttons on both sides
•  HandPad,180° arm-rest that turns on the machine

Scan 50 pro is equipped with a HandPad, an ambidextrous armrest. It can be slid to either side with a single movement and turns the machine on. Resting the arm when counting prevents Musculoskeletal Disorders caused by unsuitable equipment and poor posture.

The colony counter is also suitable for both right and left-handed users thanks to the duplicated counting keys on each side of the keyboard.

Easy to clean and disinfect
To keep the workstation clean, the glass and the smooth handrest are removable. Easy to disinfect, they ensure perfect hygiene of the workstation.

Save time by exporting the data recorded during the count via USB, LIMS, spreadsheet or text format. You will avoid errors rewriting the results. You can also connect a barcode reader for data transmission.

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