Rapid Microbial Testing with IntuGrow

Controlling the bioburden of a production facility is important to avoid difficulties during processing and to assure a safe product for consumers. However, the long time-to-result of the traditional methods serves as a bottleneck in processing and hinders processing decisions based on the actual quality.

With IntuGrow the well-known colony forming unit (CFU) result is provided in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.

The growth detection system employs traditional cultivation methodology but catches growth long before it becomes visible to the naked eye. By doing this a more representative quantification is achieved, as fused colonies which would be counted as one, easily are divided. IntuBio IntuGrow is a platform utilizing sample enrichment by filtration and traditional microbiological growth media, including a broad range of selective media (patent pending).
The adaptable design enables analysis on a broad range of sample types, including complex products, water, swabs and more.  

By enrichment, an adjustable sample volume can be analyzed in order to detect low levels of bacteria or meet specified regulatory volume requirements.

  • CFU in hours, not days
  • Easy sample prep
  • Automated colony counting
  • Continuous growth monitoring
  • Easily interpreted data presentation
  • Results as CFU, not arbitrary units

Compendium Organisms and IntuGrow

Pharma compendium organisms represents a broad range of organisms from all ways of life.

The compendium organisms are readily detected with IntuGrow, both as pure suspensions and from naturally contaminated products, swabs and water.

Early Detection of Colony Formation

The scanning platform enables for the high resolution required for early detection of colony formation.

The colony morphology is used to distinguish between major groups bacteria, filamentous bacteria, yeast and moulds.

The high resolution allows for quantification of colonies when they are only 10 µm in diameter, compared to 300 µm with the naked eye.

With great precision colonies are identified and quantified with intuitive continuous result presentation.

No more counting agar plates!

With automatic quantification software,no colonies are overlooked, eliminating errors while counting.

Up to twelve samples are simultaneously quantified and the possibility to perform ongoing monitoring,

where data is plotted onscreen, allows for fast reactions if deviations occur.

IntuGrow and Golden Standard

IntuGrow correlates great with the traditional method, as the fundamental principles are the same. Using the same cultivation media, incubation temperatures and sample volumes makes this possible.

Approved medium types

Includes but not limited to:
BHI Good
Blood agar May require enhanced illumination
LB Good
M17 Good
MRS Good
Nutrient agar Good
PCA Good
R2A Good
TBX Good
TSA Good
VRBG Good
XLD May require enhanced illumination
YPD Good

Filter Units for Easy Handling

The sterile filter units, is specifically designed to reduce handling of the filter, with no tweezers or human contact required.
This minimizes the exposure to the surroundings and prevents contamination of the analysis,
to ensure correct and reliable CFU quantification in a fraction of the time compared to standard methods.

The filtration device ensures easy sample preparation with minimal contamination risk.
With a durable design the device can be reused countless times, and repeatably sterilized by e.g. autoclavation.
The filter rings are equipped with 0,22 µm or 0,45 µm PTFE membranes.
These membranes becomes transparent when wet, creating the optimal conditions for our high resolution imaging.

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