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Millipore has launched the Milliflex Quantum rapid microbial detection system.

The system enables drug and vaccine manufacturers to respond to micro-organism contamination earlier in the production process.

Roland Heinrich, vice-president for process monitoring in Millipore’s Bioprocess Division, said: ‘The system is based on two widely adopted technologies – membrane filtration, performed with proven Milliflex membrane filtration devices, and fluorescent staining – to ensure consistent, reliable results.

‘In addition, the validation process is streamlined because it involves only minimal changes to the compendial tests currently used,’ he added.

The Milliflex Quantum system is suitable for testing raw material, in-process samples, final product and environmental samples.

According to Heinrich, the system is non-destructive, enabling operators to grow micro-organisms in order to identify them with standard identification technology.

He said: ‘The Milliflex Quantum system consists of a reader, camera and fluorescent reagents used in combination with the Milliflex Plus pump, Milliflex filtration devices and media cassettes.

‘It is compact and easy to learn for smooth integration into an existing laboratory set-up.

‘Millipore offers a comprehensive range of services to support the system’s implementation, including installation, operational and performance qualification guidelines.

‘The simple two- to three-step method ensures accurate microbiological results, while reducing the overall time to result,’ added Heinrich.

Merck Millipore, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, offers solutions that enable scientists to conduct life science research easily, efficiently and economically. With a range of more than 40,000 products, Merck Millipore is one of the top three suppliers of tools to the life science industry.

“The new Merck Millipore combines agility and intense customer focus with a deep research capability and a long term strategy for success.” Bernd Reckmann, 

Head of Merck Millipore.

Our Vision Unleash the potential of Science for Life
Our Mission Side by side with our customers we drive innovative solutions to transform research, development and production, worldwide.

Lab Solutions

The new Lab Solutions business combines Millipore’s Lab Water and the majority of Process Monitoring Tools Business Units, along with Merck’s business in Microbiology, Food & Environmental Analytics, inorganics, solvents and other laboratory chemicals.

Key Products & Services

·      Lab Water Purification systems, consumables and services

·      Chemical reagents

·      Biomonitoring Microbiology & Process Monitoring

·      Test Assays

·      Organic and Analytical Chemicals

Merck Millipore’s water purification systems and installations are present in most industry sectors and include the Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Clinical (Medical, Hospital), Chemical, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Cosmetics, Electronic and Food & Beverage industries.


Our lab water experts take the time to evaluate the needs of individual labs and particular applications in order to recommend a system that balances water quality with volume and distribution requirements, removing water quality concerns so that customers can focus on their research. They also collaborate closely with architect and engineering firms in hundreds of laboratory construction or renovation projects.


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