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a culture of service…

July, 2017


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For the detection


of Gardnerella vaginalis
G. Vag Select
  • Detects Gardnerella vaginalis colonies due to a yellow color change.
  • Inhibits other vaginal flora.
  • No risk from the dangers of using human blood.
  • Quickly screen for bacterial vaginosis.
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For the detection
 of Group B Strep…
Carrot Broth
Carrot Broth
  • Detects hemolytic Group B Strep from the initial broth culture.
  • Provides results in as little as six hours.
  • Found to be 100% sensitive and 100% specific in a recent study.
View a short video.
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Automate your Wights-Giesma stain!

No Mess!
No Stress!
Hardy’s HemaPRO is the world’s most consistent, versatile, and durable blood smear slide stainer. Find out why…



Watch a brief video about how easy it is to set up the HemaPRO in your lab.
Learn more about the HemaPRO
View the brochure on all of Hardy’s automated stainers.



Please contact me to discuss automated slide stainers.





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Hardy’s Culture
Media Catalog


Hardy is proud to announce its 2017 catalog of all culture media offerings.
This 85 page booklet contains descriptions of the 2,700 products that Hardy manufactures for the microbiologist.
View the digital version.
Send me the paper version.
Please have an account rep contact me about a price quote.

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Derived from the Old French term ballie, meaning bailiff, combined with the Old English word wic, meaning village. A bailli was a kingʼs representative with jurisdiction over a particular area.


Originated in the 15th century. Thus the term means your area of expertise or your domain.

Above is an army poster from 1943 addressed to the troops in the South Pacific area. During the war, over 60% of the troops contracted malaria at some point. In 1942, almost 48,000 cases were reported.
Although the preferred treatment and prophylaxis was Quinine from the cinchona tree, the Japanese controlled its production and distribution. Consequently, an alternative drug, Atabrine, had to be used in spite of its many side effects including nausea, headaches and diarrhea; thus leading to low compliance among the troops.









What is Hardy all about?
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A strenuous word work out for
your gray matter.

Think about it…
The Thinker


Why do they call them express lanes when during rush hour everything is stopped?


* Why is abbreviation such a long word?
* If sour milk is used to make yogurt, how do you know when yogurt has gone bad?
* Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?
* Why do we send cargo by ship, and shipments by car?
* Why call it a building if it’s already been built?


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Wisdom to Ponder…
Salvador Dali


1904 ~ 1989



Spanish painter noted for his
surrealistic and sometimes bizarre work.


“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”


“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”


“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.”


“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.”


“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”


“There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.”


“I don’t do drugs…I am drugs.”


“I am not strange, I am just not normal.”


“The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.”



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Online ordering

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to order from Hardy on-line!


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And your order is on its way!


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Did you know? 


Hardy Diagnostics…
  • Is celebrating its 37th year of serving microbiologists.
  • Manufactures from three ISO certified factories; one in California, Ohio, and Texas.
  • Is ISO 13485 certified for the manufacture of medical devices to give you confidence in our products.
  • Services over 10,000 labs and maintains a worldwide network of over 80 distributors.
  • Is a 100% Employee-Owned company. “If we act like we own the place…it’s because we do!”

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“As Hardy Diagnostics enters its 37th year of serving microbiologists in the laboratory, I would like to thank each of our customers for their support and loyalty. It truly has been a pleasure to serve you!
If there is any way we can improve or expand upon our service, would you please let me know?”
Jay Hardy, CLS, SM(NRCM)
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Wise man does not keep
sledge hammer and slow computer
in same room



Man who leaps off cliff
jumps to conclusion.




Micro Musings…

New antimicrobials on the way…
What’s in the Pipeline?
Mueller Hinton
Concerns about antimicrobial resistance have been growing for many years. At one point it seemed as though we were out of options -organisms were becoming resistant to all antibiotics on the market and no new drugs were being produced. A healthy return on investment for an antibiotic was lacking. The cost to develop a new drug is currently over $1 billion. Bacteria would become resistant and make the drug obsolete and all that investment would be a waste of money. But what were clinicians going to use for a sick patient when nothing on the market would be effective?
An attempt at a solution came in 2016, when the Obama administration created the Presidential Advisory on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) in response to Executive Order 13676. The fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria became a National priority. The objectives were as follows:


1. First, the unnecessary use of antibiotics was slowed with the implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs.
2. Second, surveillance efficiency and response to detection were brought to a national level with the creation of regional and national public health networks where antibiotic use and resistance data is shared quickly. International collaboration, surveillance, and control were also improved.
3. Third, Government funding was increased in order to facilitate and accelerate the development process of rapid detection and characterization devices, as well as support basic and applied research for the development of new antibiotics, other therapeutics, and vaccines.
Tax dollars were put to good use in our opinion. Since the implementation of the above mentioned actions, the healthcare market has seen a few new antibacterial compounds make it to market. Some of the most promising ones are combinations of older compounds mixed with novel inhibitors – just give that old rice some extra spice! For example, two products to gain clearance recently are Zerbaxa (ceftolozane/tazobactam) and AvyCaz (ceftazidime/avibactam).
As for the state of our current pipeline, within the next three years we should see from eight to twelve new antibiotics released to the market.
Great! We’ve given physicians the tools they need to save their patients! Unfortunately, just getting the antibiotics into a physician’s hands doesn’t completely solve the problem. Physicians rely on the microbiology lab to let them know which antibiotic will work against the organism causing disease. The microbiology lab needs a reliable AST (Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test) method in order to obtain that information.


In the past, the AST device manufacturers had to wait until the compound was cleared for use in humans before they could develop and submit the device for clearance. Thankfully, this process is changing. There has been a very recent push for pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, and the different branches of the FDA to jointly bring AST devices to market as close as possible to the time that the antibiotic itself is available for use. This way the antibiotic can brought to the market and be used as effectively without delay as it was intended to.
Unfortunately, the current administration has proposed deep cuts for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The programs crucial in combating antimicrobial resistance initiatives such as CDC, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), NIH, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are likely to be affected. While most programs will continue, uncertainties regarding the extent and scope of these programs persist, due to unknown funding levels at present.
Most importantly, Hardy Diagnostics understands the importance of making AST devices available as quickly as possible. This is why we have a dedicated team that collaborates with pharmaceutical companies and the FDA to get HardyDisks™ available to laboratories as quickly as possible. Understandably, while Disk Diffusion is a older method dating back to the 1950s, it is still a wonderful tool and a staple in laboratories that many microbiologists still employ on daily basis and utilize for the confirmation of other methodologies, whenever needed. If read and interpreted carefully (i.e, slight enhancements when key indicator disks are placed strategically by each other, blunting of the inhibition zones, or even comparison of differences of zones between antibiotics of same class) disk diffusion can provide valuable information.


After all, susceptibility results are crucial for patient care, and we at Hardy Diagnostics are proud of our history of consistently being the first manufacturer to provide FDA-cleared commercially available disks of new antibiotic compounds for the clinical community in the United States.



The authors, Andre Hsiung and Rianna Malherbe, head up the Hardy Diagnostics antibiotic disk development program.
Andre Hsiung, Director of Technical Services, Hardy Diagnostics

C diff Banana Broth
With nearly 500,000
infections annually…
Are you doing enough to
control C. diff?
Hardy announces a new broth medium for the detection of Clostridium difficile bacteria and spores. This new medium is capable of saving hospitals many thousands of dollars. It is useful in monitoring the efficacy of cleaning procedures used in patient rooms. Positives turn yellow!


This is the first and only culture medium designed for the detection of C. difficile and its spores on surfaces in a hospital setting.  The specificity was found to be 100% in a recent study (see reference below). No special equipment or anaerobic supplies are needed! Obtain results in as little as 24 hours!

View a short video explaining how C. diff Banana Broth can increase the level of patient safety and save your hospital many thousands of dollars!
Request a sample for your evaluation.
View the Study  showing 100% specificity (no false positives).
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How do we know that
clean rooms are really clean?
Read more about how
pharmaceutical products are kept safe…
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Trio Bas
Air Samplers
Two heads are better than one!
Now with Bluetooth capability!
Trio Bas from Orum International has a robust impact air sampler for every type of use. Single, double, or triple heads are available from Hardy Diagnostics.
Testimonial from a Pharmaceutical Lab worker…
The two heads of TRIO BAS DUO air sampler was one of the best investments during the last two years. The laboratory staff responsible of the bacteriological sampling is able to double the number of environmental microbial cycles per day. This means more efficiency and lower cost, together with the  possibility to increase in the future the number of sampling in other areas of the premises.”
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Increase your recovery rate for anaerobes!


Hardy’s AnaeroGRO is packaged with an oxygen scavenger and flushed with nitrogen gas to ensure anaerobic conditions, leading to better recovery of anaerobic bacteria.


See the short video.
Request a free sample.
View a catalog of all our
anaerobic microbiology supplies.
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Public health poster from the British
before D-day in 1944.


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   Optical oddities… 


All the colored shapes appear to be
the same in these two figures.
So why is there an extra white space
left over in the bottom figure?
Give up? Scroll to bottom to find out.





  “Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

 ~ Benjamin Franklin ~




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Identification by 
color and fluorescence!
  • Detects and differentiates all three pathogenic Vibrio species: V. vulnificus, V. cholerae, V. parahemolyticus.
  • Avoid the high costs of molecular methods!



Vibrio vulnificus colonies shown fluorescing under a UV light on HardyCHROM Vibrio Agar


Choose the comfortable option!

 Lab Coats
  • Three pockets: two hip and one breast
  • Laminated 3-ply for better protection
  • Knit collar and knit cuffs for comfort
  • Snap closures
  • Available in white or blue
  • Five sizes available: Small to XXL
  • Inexpensive and disposable
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* I’d tell you a chemistry joke right now, but I know I wouldn’t get a reaction.
* I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.
* A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.
* I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me
* Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.


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Optical Oddities
The bottom figure has a very slight bulge to the hypotenuse.
In the top figure it sags slightly.
Thus freeing up space for the additional white square.