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Microbial Identification

Microbial ID pageWickham Laboratories offers a range of both traditional and rapid methods for microbial identification services. These include the globally recognised API strip method as well as Gram stain testing, microscopy, morphological analysis, presumptive biochemical tests, a variety of selective media and rapid identification by MALDI-ToF (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation – Time of Flight).

We specialise in identification of microorganisms commonly encountered in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing facilities.  In GMP regulated environments, it is vital to know what the background flora of your facilities are, in order to maintain the levels of cleanliness required, and take appropriate action as necessary.  Our expert microbiologists can assist in identifying your contaminant quickly, and accurately, and can support you in assessing the risk to your process or product.

Over the years, we have been heavily involved in determining the identification and source of several high profile contamination investigations.  Additionally, we are able to subcontract genomic testing work, in order to provide a more comprehensive service.  Through our in-house and subcontracting microbial identification methods, we are able to identify thousands of microorganisms, and work closely with our clients to determine the best method for their particular needs.  We are also continually assessing new technologies and methods to complement our current service offerings, and assist our clients further with their particular requirements.

Why Outsource Identification?

We have an expert team of Microbiologists specialising in microbial identification testing, using a vast array of techniques and the newest technology.  Outsourcing identification to Wickham Laboratories means that you get a quick and accurate result without the burden of high labour and equipment costs, ongoing maintenance and validation.


As an alternative to traditional microbial identification, we have brought in a new method to our validation department, the Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation-Time Of Flight or MALDI-ToF.  Please follow the links below to learn more about this rapid microbiological method.