Microtest Inaugurates New Virology Testing Labs, Offers “Free Lab Qualification” to New Clients

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Microtest offers new virology testing clients “Free Lab Qualification.” New clients may submit three (3) samples – free – in order to qualify Microtest as one of their vendors. Go to: http://www.microtestlabs.com/biologics.shtml.

AGAWAM, MASS. – October 3, 2006 – Microtest is offering “free lab qualification” to new clients to inaugurate its new virology testing laboratories.

Microtest’s new virology testing laboratories were designed and constructed as part of the firm’s recent $7.5 million investment in new facilities, laboratories, technology, and personnel at its Agawam, Mass. headquarters.

The new virology labs include separate facilities for cell maintenance, test materials and inoculations, and virus assay positive controls. “All are served by state-of-the-art handling and building management systems,” said Microtest President Steve Richter.

The virology testing service complements Microtest’s established expertise as a leading provider of testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology industries.

To highlight its new facilities and expanded services, Microtest is offering new clients the opportunity to receive a complimentary lab qualification. New clients may submit three (3) samples – free – in order to qualify Microtest as one of their vendors. More information is available on the web at: http://www.microtestlabs.com/freequal/ or by calling toll-free: 1-800-631-1680.

“Our virology capability marshals our specialized knowledge for your competitive advantage. We deliver the expertise to solve problems, for quicker regulatory approval and faster time to revenue. And we have the flexibility to provide control, high-quality customized testing, and minimal disruptions to our clients’ schedules. We reduce costs and risk and ensure rapid, reliable turnarounds,” Richter said.

Microtest’s expanded virology and biosafety testing services include:

  •     Virus Testing: Bovine viruses (9 CFR); Porcine viruses (9 CFR); In vitro adventitious agents (FDA/ICH); Retrovirus infectivity assays; and Replication competent adenovirus assay
  •     Microbial testing: Mycoplasma detection (DNA fluorochrome and direct inoculation methods); and Sterility (21 CFR/USP/EP/JP)
  •     Associated Services: Endotoxin testing; Virucidal and antimicrobial efficacy studies; Environmental monitoring; Package stability and validation; Water validations; and Contract manufacturing.

Microtest offers virology testing on a stand-alone basis, or as a logical extension for clients already utilizing its services – such as biological fills derived from cell culture or transgenic sources. “We’re a superior alternative for clients needing fast, expert, validated virology testing,” Richter said.

For more information, visit the Microtest website at http://www.microtestlabs.com or call toll-free 1-800-631-1680.

About Microtest

Microtest is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, the company's expertise and flexible processes enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com, or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680.

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