Monday, February 1, 2016

Micro Imaging Technology Adds Staph aureus to its Catalog of Identifiers


Micro Imaging Technology, Inc. announced that its MIT 1000 System can now identify Staphylococcus aureus ("S. aureus"), a bacterial pathogen which can cause skin infections and commonly leads to abscess formation. S. aureus sometimes can also lead to pneumonia, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis. It is also a common food contaminant. "This is a significant step forward for the MIT 1000 technology," said Dr. David Haavig, Micro Imaging Technology's Chief Scientist. "The completion of this S. aureus Identifier, which gives the MIT 1000 System the ability to identify S. aureus, continues to demonstrate the sensitivity of this non-biological bacterial identification technology and adds to MIT's growing catalog of Identifiers. Adding S. aureus to our catalog of Identifier's, gets MIT one step closer to creating an Identifier for the superbug, Methicillin Resistant S. aureus also known as MRSA."

Completing this S. aureus Identifier is a significant milestone in the previously announced collaboration with the Northern Michigan University (NMU) Department of Biology. The goal of this collaboration is to rapidly and cost-effectively identify and differentiate the healthcare threats, S. aureus and MRSA, using the MIT 1000 System.

The MIT 1000 is a rapid, bacterial cell-based detection and identification system that can identify pathogenic bacteria, now including Staph aureus. In addition to this new Identifier, the MIT 1000 can also identify Listeria genus, Staphylococcus genus, Salmonella enterica serotype Choleraesuis (S. Choleraesuis) and Enterococcus faecalis. All MIT 1000 System bacterial identification tests consist of a simple, chemical-free, very low-cost, one-minute sample preparation procedure and a two-minute average hands-off sample measurement.

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