Central Lab Services

Micro and Molecular Central

ACM Global Laboratories is at the forefront of many technological advances, offering state-of-the-art microbiology and molecular diagnostic services worldwide. We can help you best optimize the yield of microbiologic cultures at every stage, from pre-analytical sample collection and handling to lab analysis and post-analytical reporting. Our team is able to design and develop solutions for virtually any clinical trial involving infectious diseases, aided by our microbiology laboratory. Our microbiology and molecular diagnostic services include

  • Bacteriology
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility
  • Virology
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Molecular Diagnostics

ACM is more than a central microbiology laboratory. Our longstanding affiliation with Rochester Regional Health means we are also a sizeable diagnostic lab, with outstanding knowledge of the complete analytical cycle of clinical microbiology.

Our Approach

Our usual approach to antimicrobial trials includes the receipt and processing of bacterial or yeast isolates. We perform bacterial and yeast identifications using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, which can shorten the identification process of hundreds of different bacteria and yeast to mere hours. This is a dramatic improvement compared to the multiple days required with more traditional biochemical techniques. We also set up customized susceptibility testing for the sponsor’s antibiotic, and any other comparator antibiotics, as required. Our laboratory can also perform molecular analysis of isolates. If additional comprehensive analysis is required, we’ll partner with more specialized labs.

Decades of Experience

We have more than 40 years of experience and 550 laboratory professionals, enabling us to efficiently manage and provide expert analysis for your clinical trial research programs. Our expert staff includes an American Board of Medical Microbiology-certified Director of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics; a staff of flow cytometry specialists; and a team of board-certified pathologists and dedicated project managers. We perform more than 30 million tests annually and our test menu features more than 1,700 assays. Since 1994, we have provided central laboratory services for more than 2,300 clinical studies involving more than 7,000 investigator sites.

The Most-Requested Tests

Clients choose us for the knowledge and experience we have to conduct their trials as well as for our capacity to move their specimens through the process quickly and efficiently without impacting the data. The tests we are most frequently asked to perform are:

  • Identification and susceptibility
  • PCR-based testing, including:

  • Multiplex PCR for syndromic panels
  • Individual analytes, such as HIV, HCV and C. difficile

Our services are frequently requested for trials involving the gastrointestinal system, including such conditions as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and IBS. Throughout the process, we adhere steadfastly to the regulatory mandates and program protocols of Phase II and Phase III testing, to ensure the most accurate and repeatable results. These are just a few reasons why 75 percent of the new studies we’ve been awarded are with clients we’ve worked with in the past two years.

A wide range of data management reports are available on request to meet each client’s specific requirements.

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Through efficiency and continual quality improvement, ACM provides high-quality, cost-effective services that exceed expectations.

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