We are specialises in the study and detection of infectious diseases and our laboratories are dedicated to 4 different sectors. We have a Class 3 mycobacteriology laboratory, a microbiology lab for the study of bacterial and viral cultures as well as parasitology, and 2 labs dedicated to the study of molecular biology for the diagnosis of infectious diseases as well as general serology.
In terms of volume and expertise, our mycobacteria laboratory is the top private laboratory in France. For the diagnosis of tuberculosis, we use the most-sensitive, direct-PCR techniques available, whereby we can directly detect the presence of the mycobacteria tuberculous complex in less than 2 hours. We use molecular biology techniques for the identification of mycobacteria, identification via DNA-DNA hybridisation, as well as for the detection of mutations that modify the effectiveness of rifampicin and isoniazid. For cultures, antibiograms and CMIs, we use the latest, state-of-the-art techniques (cultures in liquid media with automatic, growth-detection, and antibiograms in a liquid media).
We can also perform the QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus® test (a test used to evaluate the production of interferon-gamma or Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA)), for the diagnosis of latent tuberculosis as recommended in 2011 by the Haut Conseil de la Santé publique.