Identifying Microorganisms by Their Molecular Fingerprint


MALDI Biotyper in action

Clinical Microbiology

The MALDI Biotyper identifies microorganisms using MALDI-TOF (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight) Mass Spectrometry to measure a unique molecular fingerprint of an organism. Specifically, the MALDI Biotyper measures highly abundant proteins that are found in all microorganisms.



The characteristic patterns of these highly abundant proteins are used to reliably and accurately identify a particular microorganism by matching the respective pattern with an extensive open database to determine the identity of the microorganism down to the species level.

The MALDI Biotyper System:

  • Highly Accurate
  • Applicable to a Wide Range of Microorganisms
  • Much Faster than Traditional Methods
  • Cost Effective
  • Robust and Easy to Use

The Best Technology from the Market Leader in MALDI-TOF

Bruker's FLEX™Series

The MALDI Biotyper is based on the well proven, industry leading FLEX Series of MALDI-TOF MS instruments. These systems are designed as robust, compact, high performance platforms intended for extensive and routine usage. Many features of these outstanding systems have been incorporated into the MALDI Biotyper to enhance performance, simplify operation, and extend system lifetime and utility.

A True Bench Top System

A smart compact design that packs a punch. Employs the same high end electronics and developments from its big brothers.

Silent and Pleasant Operation

With WhisperMode™ you really have a system that can sit on bench next to you almost silently. By eliminating noisy oil based vacuum pumps, the vacuum system is not only quiet, but virtually maintenance free.

Greatly Enhanced Sensitivity

With the most sensitive detector technology available (FlashDetector™) you can benefit from having the same high performance technology as large research grade instruments.

Self-Cleaning Source

This MALDI-TOF Ion Source is a unique, automated self-cleaning instrument source. This technology enables routine maintenance of the system to insure peak performance in less than 15 minutes without the costly and time consuming need to break system vacuum.

SmartSpectra™ Acquisition

This capability accelerates data acquisition speed by minimizing the time and amount of sample needed to generate a signal. Typically, 96 samples can be fully analyzed in well under 30 minutes.



"For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures!"

CE - IVD Workflow

Optional a fully validated workflow according to the European Union IVD Directive 98/79/EC is also available and utilizes most of the same strains contained within the combined database.