Perfectus Biomed are leading the market with accredited biofilm methods.
Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and yeast can exist as free floating planktonic entities or they can attach to a surface (or one another) to form a microbial biofilm. In nature, 80% of bacteria exist within a biofilm. When microorganisms live beneath a biofilm, they are significantly less susceptible to antimicrobial agents (and the host’s immune system). We offer a variety of biofilm testing methods, such as the Single Tube Method, the Drip Flow Biofilm Reactor, the CDC Biofilm Reactor and the Minimum Biofilm Eradication Concentration (MBEC).
Standard microbiological testing, however, focuses almost exclusively on planktonic bacteria. As such, current standard testing may underestimate the quantity of active agent required to effectively remove a microbial biofilm.
The type of biofilm testing that we offer?
Perfectus Biomed will work with you to help you understand the benefits of different biofilm testing models. We will then choose a test method that is most suitable for your product, using either ISO 17025 accredited biofilm models or adapting/designing a biofilm model that suits your requirement.
GLP compliant testing is also available.
examples of ISO 17025 accredited methods:
Minimum Biofilm Eradication Concentration (MBEC)
The Minimum Biofilm Eradication Concentration (MBEC) assay is a high throughput screening model. The MBEC assay evaluates biofilm grown under batch conditions (no flow of nutrients into or out of an individual well). The model can be used to determine the efficacy of multiple antimicrobial products simultaneously at multiple concentrations against pre-formed biofilms.
SOP 536: Standard test method for testing disinfectant efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus biofilms using the Minimum Biofilm Eradication Concentration (MBEC) assay.
CDC Biofilm Reactor
The CDC Biofilm Reactor model develops reproducible biofilms on 24 individual coupon surfaces under flow. The coupon materials used in the model are interchangeable and can be chosen to help simulate the use of a product. Examples include polycarbonate, copper, ceramic, stainless steel and glass. The reactor can be tested in a batch system or can include addition of fresh nutrients during incubation. These variations help simulate real-world environments in which biofilms develop.
SOP 537/555: Quantification of biofilm growth with low shear using the CDC biofilm reactor (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans).
Drip Flow Biofilm Reactor
The Drip Flow Biofilm Reactor is used to reproduce biofilms on glass coupons under defined conditions suitable for efficacy testing. The biofilms represent generalised situations where biofilm exists at the air/liquid interface with a continuous flow of nutrients under low fluid shear. The Drip Flow Reactor can be used for growing and characterising multi-species biofilms. Based on the growth requirements of the organism, the method can be optimised by changing the operational parameters.
SOP 538: Standard test method for the quantification of biofilm grown using the Drip Flow biofilm reactor with low shear and continuous flow.
Examples of ISO 9001 METHODS:
Single Tube Method
The Single Tube Method utilises the CDC Biofilm Reactor and is used to determined the efficacy of biocides against pre-formed biofilms. This method is designed to test water soluble powders or liquid formations on hard or non-porous surfaces in which biofilm can grow.
The Single Tube Method is used to obtain biofilm removal claims, which demonstrate a products’ ability to remove biofilms. In order to register an antimicrobial product for a public health biofilm removal claim, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require efficacy data to be submitted under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
- Colony Drip Flow reactor model
- Porcine skin explant drip flow model
- Single and multi-species biofilm assays
- Bacterial and fungal biofilm assays
- Microtitre plate assay
- Flow cell reactor model
Models are available using static or continuous flow systems.
Our library of test organisms includes:
Enterococcus faecium (VRE)
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA)
Other- please ask.
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