InnovaPrep launches novel, automated mechanical enrichment device to replace antiquated common sample prep methods

InnovaPrep LLC of Drexel, MO, a leader in sample prep technology, is set to launch their latest in a collection of sample prep instruments. The Concentrating Pipette is an automated microparticle concentrator developed to replace antiquated, time consuming, and labor intensive sample prep methods such as culture enrichment, filtration, and centrifugation. The automated one-pass system can rapidly reduce sample volume while removing matrix-associated inhibitors enabling the latest detection systems to quickly identify pathogens at previously undetectable levels.  

The Concentrating Pipette utilizes a first-of-its-kind single-use tip. As liquid samples are drawn into the disposable tip, particles are captured with an internal membrane filter. When the entire sample has been processed, InnovaPrep’s patents pending “wet foam elution” process is triggered to efficiently recover the captured particles into a highly concentrated final sample (user selected volume sizes from 200 µL to 1000 µL). The elution fluids are compatible with most rapid analytical methods including immunoassay or PCR.  Nowhere is the technology more important than for the preparation of biological samples for trace analysis in food and beverage, biodefense, water, environmental, and other applications where tolerance for sample-to-sample carryover is zero. 

First introduced in InnovaPrep’s HSC-40 Bench-top and subsequent HCI-40 integratable version, the concentration technology has been tested by a wide variety of users from homeland security applications to food and pharmaceutical labs and has proven to be efficient and robust for a variety of sample types.

The system is exceptionally fast—able to concentrate at a rate of over 100 mL per minute. This greatly reduces the time to result, allowing the ability to respond to pathogenic threats rapidly, avoiding expensive recalls and reducing holding times. With a simplified one button operation system, the system is easy to use and requires no special operator skill compared to other common sample prep methods.