Multi-Cartridge Endotoxin Testing System
The Endosafe nexgen-MCS endotoxin testing benchtop system is comprised of five individual spectrophotometers built into a unit with a single Ethernet connector that links to your computer running EndoScan-V™ version 5.5.5 or higher, our 21 CFR Part 11 compliant-ready endotoxin measuring software.
Since each cartridge runs independently with the Endosafe nexgen-MCS, you can run your LAL testing samples as needed and not wait for a full batch of samples for testing, obtaining results in approximately 15 minutes.
Welcome to the Endosafe Nexgen-MCS virtual demonstration. The Endosafe Nexgen MCS is a multi cartridge endotoxin detection system that utilizes FDA licensed Endosafe cartridges for fast, quantitative, and accurate endotoxin results. The Nexgen MCS comprises five individual spectrophotometers built into a unit with an ethernet connector that links to a computer running our endotoxin measuring software, Endoscan V version 5.5.5 or higher. This bench top test system can test up to five samples in about 15 minutes.
In order to begin your testing, you will need to ensure ethernet and power cords are plugged into the Nexgen MCS and power supply respectively. Once powered on, the LEDs over the bays will illuminate to green. Turn on your computer and launch Endoscan V endotoxin measuring software version 5.5.5 or higher.
In addition to your Nexgen MCS reader, to begin testing, you will need a calibrated fixed volume 25 microliter pipetter, pipette tips certified to be free from endotoxin, Endosafe cartridges with the certificate of analysis and your sample. We recommend you use a calibrated fixed volume 25 microliter pipetter with Eppendorf bio pure pipette tips. However, if you do not have a 25 microliter pipetter please note, do not use pipette tips with a cotton plug or filter. Please allow your cartridges to come to room temperature before removing them from the patch.
The system will perform a self test and will take approximately five minutes to reach the appropriate 37 degrees Celsius. Remove your cartridge from its pouch. Take care to touch only the handle or edges of the cartridge. The desiccant included in the pouch with the cartridge can be discarded. Once the cartridge is fully removed, touch only the handle end of the cartridge as you begin to place it in the first bay of the reader with the wells facing up. The reader has an engagement mechanism to ensure the cartridge is securely inserted into the system. Using Endoscan V, within the first box enter the lot number, which is the cartridge lot number on the certificate of analysis supplied with the cartridge. Calibration code, sample lot number, dilution factor and endotoxin limit if applicable.
After entering your information, you are now ready to add your sample. Select send setup with Endoscan V. Carefully pipette 25 microliters of sample into all four sample reservoirs of the inserted cartridge. To do so, hold the pipette so that the tip is at an angle and not completely at the bottom of the sample reservoir. Press start within Endoscan V after each sample has been added to the cartridge. Repeat this procedure for four additional samples. For reliable results, it is important that you pipette the sample correctly. You need exactly 25 microliters of sample before the test is started. Do not under or overfill the well and do not pipette straight up and down touching the bottom of the well. Also be careful not to create bubbles when adding the sample.
Once the assays are complete, you can retrieve results through the Endoscan V, endotoxin measuring software.
Once your results have been received through the Endoscan V, you can easily import your data into Charles River Cortex, a client server based data management platform that allows you to securely consolidate, query, and analyze all real time endotoxin data. Cortex allows you to effortlessly elevate your compliance status, gain complete QA QC oversight, increase visibility into key performance indicators, and proactively manage the operational integrity of your equipment fleet. Cortex should be set up to automatically import data from Endoscan V. From within cortex, click on the icon for view and trend data.
From within this screen, utilize the gray filter area at the top of the screen to choose all Nexgen MCS results from under device type. You can also use the date filters in the section to filter data down to a specific day. Once data has been filtered, select the assays required and right click on them in the main view screen. From here, the user can print individual reports, summary reports, and apply electronic signatures.
Please note, the user must document if they will print and sign reports in cortex or in Endoscan V. They cannot do this in both. This data can be filtered further to include only the columns of data the user wishes to see. The user can carry out this function by clicking on the view dropdown box in the top right hand corner of the main view and trend data screen. Click on custom view to edit the view you wish to customize. This custom view can then be named. Users can also use the trending pane by clicking on view, trending pane. Under the trending pane, users can produce multiple graphs depending on their requirements.
Once completed, the filtered data can be exported from cortex by clicking on file, then export data as a CSV or XML file, which can then easily be uploaded to a LIMS. It's as simple as that.
The Endosafe Nexgen MCS is the ideal bench top system for efficiently, accurately, and rapidly detecting endotoxin in multiple samples simultaneously. Contact us today to discover how easy it is to transform the way you manage your endotoxin data and maintain a centralized state of control throughout your manufacturing facility.
- PRODUCT VALIDATION
- Test multiple samples simultaneously
- Samples run independently, allowing for random access
- High throughput for real-time endotoxin detection results
- Single-step, quantitative LAL testing
- Uses FDA-licensed LAL endotoxin testing cartridges
- LAL testing components all included in cartridges
- Results can be analyzed via EndoScan-V endotoxin measuring software
- Sophisticated endotoxin detection data management and reporting capabilities
- Samples can be traced to the individual spectrophotometer used to perform endotoxin testing
- Four levels of sensitivity are available as endotoxin testing options: 0.005, 0.01, 0.05 and 0.10 EU/ml
- No microbiology training is required; anyone can run this simple endotoxin detection assay
- System qualification and validation support is provided if needed
The nexgen-MCS runs with EndoScan-V version 5.5.5 or higher, our 21 CFR Part 11 compliant-ready endotoxin measuring software. Find out more on EndoScan-V to increase your confidence in the accuracy and security of your release testing data.
Product Code Endosafe nexgen-MCS instrument
MCS150K Endosafe nexgen-MCS package
MCS650K EndoScan-V software M1250
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Endosafe nexgen-MCS
- When would you use a Charles River Endosafe nexgen-MCS over a Charles River Endosafe nexgen-PTS for LAL testing?
How many product samples can you run on a Charles River Endosafe nexgen-MCS per 8-hour shift?
A Charles River Endosafe nexgen-MCS can run at least 120 samples depending on sample composition and sensitivity in an 8-hour shift if continuously running.
Why would I switch from a kinetic endotoxin testing method to a Charles River Endosafe nexgen-MCS?
There are several reasons a Charles River Endosafe nexgen-MCS can benefit your company if you switch from a kinetic method:
- Reduce human error
- Increase data integrity
- Reduce LAL usage
- Purchase less accessories
- Reduce retest rates
- Reduce technician training time
- Is the LAL cartridge technology utilized by the Charles River Endosafe nexgen-MCS is a compendial method?
What is the difference between the Endosafe-MCS and the Endosafe nexgen-MCS?
The Endosafe nexgen-MCS is the next generation of the Endosafe-MCS. While both utilize Endosafe cartridge technology, the Endosafe nexgen-MCS is able to store all assay information for data integrity compliance and has advanced optics that help the sample to center in the optical well to ensure accurate readings.
How is sensitivity determined for the LAL cartridges?
Charles River supplies LAL cartridges with different sensitivities as the level of endotoxin that is allowed in specific products vary. Your choice of cartridge sensitivity will depend on the type of sample being tested, the endotoxin limit, and level of interference (how much dilution is required). The Charles River Technical Support Team is here to help you choose the correct cartridge sensitivity. Please reach out with any questions you have to [email protected].