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API®  ID strip range

10 API® strips are used every minute in the world.

The choice of microbiologists worldwide for its ease-of-use and high-performance, the API® ID strip range is the global reference for identification.

  • Reference in microbiology labs
  • Reliable results
  • Comprehensive, easy-to-use solution
  • New apiweb™ for anytime, anywhere identification
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API®: Worldwide recognized performance

Right from the moment it launched, API® completely revolutionized the field of bacteriology. API® brings together high quality and ease of use with standardized, miniaturized strips of biochemical tests to use with comprehensive identification databases. With API®, bacterial and fungal identification is simple, rapid and reliable.

That’s why today, API® is recognized as THE REFERENCE for identification of bacterial and fungal species.

  • API® strips are established as the reference technique worldwide: on top of routine use, it is also used to assess the performance of other identification products
  • API® products have led to the identification of new bacterial species (e.g.: within the Staphylococcus and Streptococcus genera)
  • Now supported by apiweb™ for easy interpretation

Reliable and accurate

With multiple biochemical reactions in limited wells along with a wide identification database on the market, API® makes bacterial identification reliable and accurate.

  • Brings standardization
  • API® numerical identification calculation method, with related software, makes identification easy and ensures accuracy
  • Regularly updated databases and software applications
  • Most extensive range available
    • 15 identification systems – practically all groups of bacteria and yeasts
    • Over 700 different species
    • Around 1,000 different biochemical tests in routine use

Easy to use and implement in labs

API® is easy to use and implement for both routine use and as a complementary method in labs that primarily use automated methods. See just how easy it is in this “by customer, for customer” video

  • ID/AST for improved workflow
  • Part of bioMérieux’s complete offer in microbiology
  • As a complementary method:
    • Reliably confirms results
    • Comprehensive – covers gaps (Neisseria, Haemophilus, anaerobes, etc.)
  • Easy to use – supported by educational tools and videos done “by customers, for customers” :
  • Several publications available to support implementation and use (see resources section)

Comprehensive database supported by APIWEB™

Simplify the interpretation of your API® strip result.

As innovative today as when API® was first developed, bioMérieux gives a new dimension to this range by making identification simple and available to everyone, anytime, and anywhere. apiweb™ leverages advanced technology to be the essential complement to manual identification.

  • Widely used and appreciated by our customers as you’ll see in this video
  • User-friendly internet platform: Easy-to-use interface which is integrated and intuitive
  • High-performance:
    • Contains all the regularly updated API®/ID32 databases
    • Enables the identification of 700 species of bacteria and yeasts
    • A complete report for each identification including proposed species and comments on reliability (through calculation of identification percentage and typicity index)
    • Complete biochemical profile
  • Fully secure site

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Gram (-) rods
API® 20E Identification of Gram (-) rods in 18-24 hrs Ref. 20 100 (25 strips) Ref. 20 160 (100 strips)
RapID 20E Rapid identification of enterobacteriaceae in 4 hrs Ref. 20 701 - 25 strips
API® 20 NE Identification of non-enteric Gram (-) rods in 24-48 hrs Ref. 20 050 - 25 strips + media
API® 10 S Simplified identification of Gram (-) rods in 18-24 hrs Ref. 10 100 - 50 strips
API® Candida Identification of yeasts found in clinical infections in 18-24 hrs Ref. 10 500 - 10 strips + media
API® 20 C AUX Identification of yeasts in 24-48 hrs Ref. 20 210 - 25 strips + media
API® Staph Identification of staphylococci and micrococci in 18-24 hrs Ref. 20 500 - 25 strips + media
API® 20 Strep Identification of streptococci and related bacteria in 4 or 24 hrs Ref. 20 600 - 25 strips + media + swabs
Anaerobic bacteria
API® 20 A Identification of anaerobes in 24-48 hrs Ref. 20 300 - 25 strips + media
Other bacterial groups
API® Coryne Identification of corynebacteria and coryneform bacteria in 24 hrs Ref. 20 900 - 12 strips + media + McFarland Standard
API® Listeria Identification of Listeria species in 24 hrs Ref. 10 300 - 10 strips + media + reagent
API® NH Identification of Neisseria, Haemophilus and B. catarrhalis in 18h to 24 hrs Ref. 10 400 - 10 strips + media + reagents + swabs
API® Campy Identification of Campylobacter in 24 hrs Ref. 20 800 - 12 strips + media + McFarland Standard
API® 50 CH “Research’’ strip (metabolism of carbohydrates) Ref. 50 300 - 10 strips

Please contact your local bioMérieux representative for product availability.



API & ID32 Identification databases booklet



Evaluation of API 20 NE in routine diagnostics of nonfermenting gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria

Geiss HK, Piotrowski HD, Hingst V.

Rapid and economical method for species identification of clinically significant coagulase-negative staphylococci

Ieven M, Verhoeven J, Pattyn SR, Goossens H.

Evaluation of the RAPID ID 32A system for the identification of Bacteroides fragilis and related organisms
Jenkins SA, Drucker DB, Keaney MG, Ganguli LA. University of Manchester

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