SOURCE: Micro Imaging Technology, Inc.

September 11, 2007 08:00 ET

MIT Rapidly Identifies the Life-Threatening Bacteria MRSA

SAN CLEMENTE, CA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - Micro Imaging Technology (OTCBB: MMTC) announced that its laser-based, microbial rapid identification system, the MIT 1000, is able to rapidly identify the life-threatening bacterial strain Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Staphylococcus aureus or 'Staph,' the most common cause of Staph infections, is a bacterium frequently living on the skin or in the nose of a person and can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections, like pimples, boils, and abscesses, to life-threatening diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and toxic shock syndrome. Some strains of Staph bacteria have become resistant to common antibiotics, including methicillin, oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. These bacteria have become known as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.

Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among immunocompromised persons and are a rising problem for both hospitals and healthcare facilities. Hospital staff, visitors, patients, and even inanimate objects can all be reservoirs for a MRSA infection. Often MRSA carriers do not develop an infection, so they do not receive or require treatment. However, patients with weakened immune systems have a 30 - 60% risk of infection once the bacteria are introduced by the carrier and have colonized.

"The MIT 1000 system went into limited production in July 2007 and, including MRSA, contains 23 different bacterial species in its identification library. The product's ability to identify MRSA at this time was beyond our expectations. We will now seek a partner to help us expand system performance so that it can repetitively differentiate MRSA from non-resistant Staph bacteria. Our goal is to complete this task by year end," stated Michael Brennan, MIT Chairman.

Mr. Brennan further stated, "We are excited that the MIT 1000 system's rapid identification capability could play an important role to quickly identify MRSA carriers and subsequently reduce spreading these dangerous bacteria."

Micro Imaging Technology (MIT)

The Company has developed and patented a laser-based technology for rapid microbe detection and identification. The system measures scattered light intensity as individual microbes pass through a laser beam. The intensity pattern of the scattered light is a direct consequence of the size, shape, and external and internal optical characteristics of the microbe. The MIT System is non-biological and does not rely on biological agents, conventional chemical processing, fluorescent tags, gas chromatography or DNA analysis.

MIT has demonstrated the ability to detect and identify, within several minutes, the microbes Escherichia coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella and other pathogenic bacteria. The identification process has been verified by North American Science Associates, Inc. (NAMSA), an independent, internationally recognized biological testing laboratory. The Test Report, in the Company's opinion, demonstrated the accuracy, speed and efficiency of the MIT system over conventional processes and is available from the Company.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
    Michael Brennan
    Chairman
    Micro Imaging Technology, Inc.
    Email: Email Contact
    Telephone: (805) 557-0614