What’s in your vial? Best practices for microbial QC strains

Presented by

Elizabeth Kerrigan, Jaspreet Sidhu, Ph.D.

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What’s in your vial? Best practices for maintaining microbial QC strains. Speakers: Elizabeth Kerrigan Director, Standards and Certification, Microbiology, Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases ATCC Jaspreet Sidhu, Ph.D. Vice President of Business Development and Pharmaceutical Microbiology Molecular Epidemiology, Inc. Seminar Overview: In the pharmaceutical and personal care industries, products, processes and environments are quality control tested to prevent microbial contamination. Microbial strains with confirmed identity, viability and purity, produced by meticulous laboratory procedures that minimize subculturing, are important components of quality control testing programs. Responding to industry demands for rapid microbiological testing, instrumentation and associated databases have been developed that allow for the standardized testing of phenotypic and genotypic traits across a wide array of microorganisms. A polyphasic approach to identification provides strain confirmation and avoids the pitfalls of misidentification, painful recalls and regulatory repercussions. Case studies will be provided to illustrate key points. Major Learning Objectives: •Understanding the importance of polyphasic microbial identification •Best practices for maintaining the stability and integrity of microbial QC strains. •Importance of confirming microbial identification – pitfalls of misidentification.

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