BioVigilant Introduces Instantaneous Microbial Detection for Pharmaceutical Water Monitoring
TUCSON, AZ – October 13, 2014 – Azbil BioVigilant (www.biovigilant.com), inventors of
Instantaneous Microbial Detection™, today announced the introduction of its IMD-W™ rapid
microbial detection system for real-time water monitoring of pharmaceutical water sources.
“The IMD-W system is one of the first of its kind to respond to a call from the pharmaceutical
industry for on-line water bioburden analysis (OWBA),” said Jeffrey Weber, PAT project manager
at Pfizer and one of the founding members of the OWBA workgroup. He added, “BioVigilant’s
IMD-W system is a new complementary tool at our disposal, for trending the state of control of
water systems in real time through continuous bioburden monitoring.”
The system targets applications where the instrument can be used immediately to manage and
mitigate risks, increase process understanding, save energy through better use of heat
sanitization cycles, and drive labor efficiencies.
Using laser-induced fluorescence, the IMD-W system simultaneously measures particle size and
determines whether a particle is biologic or inert. This optical design does not require staining or
reagents, and incorporates three light scatter signals with advanced software algorithms to detect
biologic particles and discriminate non-biologic “interferent” materials which could otherwise be
counted as biologics by other systems. The system may be used on-line for continuous
monitoring, or at-line, for point-of-use samples and in laboratory settings. Other features include
a touch panel for easy-to-use operation, a set of standard reports for data export and analysis,
and a flexible communications interface for networking and integration with common industrial
The IMD-W system augments BioVigilant’s current product offerings focused on rapid microbial
monitoring for air in pharmaceutical manufacturing areas and other controlled environments.
About Azbil BioVigilant
With headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, BioVigilant invented instantaneous microbial detection
technology to address environmental monitoring needs in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology,
healthcare, and environmental applications. BioVigilant’s parent company is Azbil Corporation of
the azbil Group, part of the TOPIX Mid400 traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Together with
its parent company, they hold 37 related patents with an additional 23 applications pending, in the
U.S. and elsewhere. For more information, go to www.biovigilant.com.
IMD-A®, IMD-W™, BioVigilant®, the BioVigilant logo, and the term Instantaneous Microbial
Detection™ are the trademarks or registered trademarks of Azbil Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be the property of others.
For More Information
Contact Mary Parsons, BioVigilant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-292-2342.