Embracing Rapid Microbiology

Microbiological approaches are faster and more advanced than ever before – so why on earth isn’t the pharma industry using them?

By Tim Sandle, head of Microbiology at Bio Products Laboratory Limited, UK.

For the majority of the last one hundred years, microbiology laboratory methods have remained relatively unchanged, with tests being based on culture media and the foundations that were laid down by the pioneers of microbiology: Pasteur and Koch. It’s only relatively recently that the fundamental basis of testing has begun to change; as a result, rapid and alternative microbiological methods have emerged.

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