Alternative and Rapid Micro Methods – Automated Colony Counters
This workstream focuses on the increased use of automation in colony counting and the resulting potential benefits from cost reduction, accuracy of results and improved data integrity.
Manual colony counting can be subjective and require contemporaneous verification by a second analyst
In addition to a degree of subjectivity, manual colony counting has increased the risk of transcription errors.
Systematic approach to the evaluation, equipment qualification and deployment of automated colony counting systems
The subjective evaluation of microbial enumeration tests by analysts is replaced with a more accurate and precise process. This leads to significant improvements in data integrity compliance. Automated colony counting systems also often enable cost reduction in the microbiological laboratory, e.g., by not requiring a contemporaneous verification by a second analyst. They also enable direct integration of count data into an existing laboratory information management system, reducing the hands-on time, costs per test and also preventing human errors caused by manual transcription. Altogether, these instruments can lead to improved monitoring and assurance of control of biopharmaceutical processes and manufacturing environments, as well as shortened cycle times in the supply chain.
Alternative and Rapid Micro Methods – Automated Colony Counters deliverables
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