Stratix Labs, a biotechnology company based in St. Paul, Minn., has unveiled Instant Inoculator QC microorganisms, a novel, ready-to-use product that delivers reference microorganisms to solid media with a one-step method. 

Each device comes individually sealed with authentic reference microorganisms coated and preserved on the applicator region. Using a patent-pending technology, the Inoculator directly transfers isolated colonies to solid media without the need for preparation, rehydration, or liquid handling. Users simply spread the Instant Inoculator on solid media for five to 10 seconds to deliver an ideal spread of isolated colonies.

“By eliminating all prep work, including rehydration and liquid handling steps, Instant Inoculator is positioned as the easiest and simplest way to work with reference microorganisms,” says Mark Mulvahill, Stratix Labs CEO. “And with its one-step direct transfer method, it reduces opportunity for error and contamination in microbiology testing workflows.”

Reference microorganisms are a crucial part of microbiology testing, including in quality control for the clinical, pharmaceutical, medical device, food and beverage, cosmetic, and dietary supplement industries.

“We set out to create a product that simplifies microbiology testing across industries,” Mulvahill says. “As a company founded by microbiologists, we know that increasing efficiency and reducing risk of error is important. With Instant Inoculator, we’ve set the bar for the easiest way to use reference microorganisms in microbiology applications.”

The device is designed for use with solid media, including traditional agar plates as well as alternative systems, such as dry sheet media for culturing microorganisms. A variety of reference strains are available in the Instant Inoculator format. Stratix Labs is expanding the list of available strains and invites requests for new reference strains or environmental isolates in the Instant Inoculator format.

For more information, visit Stratix Labs.

Featured Image: Instant Inoculator eliminates prep work and reduces risk of error with its one-step method. Photo: Stratix Labs