Company: About MIDI

History of MIDI


Microbial IDentification Inc (MIDI) is a privately held, veteran-owned biotechnology company based in Newark, Delaware USA. The company has been developing rapid chemical analysis and microbial identification solutions for agriculture and environmental microbiology laboratories under the Sherlock™ brand name since 1991.

By 1998, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized the Sherlock MIS as an official method for aerobic bacterial identification (CDC-NIOSH Method # 0801) because of the system's ability to rapidly identify a wide range of bacteria. In addition, the Sherlock MIS gained AOAC INTERNATIONAL clearance in 2005 for the confirmation of the anthrax pathogen, Bacillus anthracis


In 2017, the Sherlock platform was extended to Shimadzu Corporation's GC-2010/2030 product line. The Shimadzu version is called The Sherlock™ Chromatographic Analysis System (CAS), keeping in line with MIDI's evolving mission to provide automated chromatographic solutions beyond microbiology.




Mission Statement

To provide automated and advanced chromatographic data analysis solutions to today's most complex chemical analysis challenges, in order to improve the safety of products and ultimately improve human health.




Management Team

President, CEO & R&D Director of Laboratory Research - Myron Sasser, Ph.D.
Dr. Myron Sasser founded MIDI in 1991 and has more than 40 years of experience in microbiology and fatty acid-based microbial identification in particular, with numerous published articles to his credit. He has led the R&D efforts at MIDI since its inception, resulting in numerous patents and products. Prior to MIDI, he was a Professor of Plant Pathology for 20 years at the University of Delaware (UD, 1968-1988). During his tenure at UD, he developed the first microbial libraries for HP's Microbial Identification System. In 1987, Myron gained the rights to the fatty acid-based technology behind HP's Microbial Identification System and MIDI and the Sherlock Microbial Identification System were created in 1991. Myron earned a B.S. in Horticulture / Chemistry, an M.S. in Vegetable Crops and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, all from the University of Florida, Gainesville.


Vice President & Director of Software Development - Gary Jackoway
Gary Jackoway has more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of software development projects, including development of MIDI's Sherlock Operating Software user interface and libraries. Prior to MIDI, he worked for 20 years at HP as a Software Engineer, leading the development of the first and subsequent generations of ChemStation software. Gary earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University and an M.A. in Computer Science from Duke University.




MIDI has been a Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) Partner since 2016.