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New USDA publication highlights CP Select for significantly speeding food safety testing
July 22, 2022

A new publication by the United States Department of Agriculture 2022 - Rapid detection of Salmonella enterica in leafy greens by a novel DNA microarray-based PathogenDx system

Highlights how the InnovaPrep CP Select reduces incubation time for testing leafy greens for Salmonella contamination from 24 hours or more to as little as 3 hours. This allows producers to release perishable product to market a day ahead, reduces product storage costs, and most importantly, reduces the instances of illness and recalls.

"The use of InnovaPrep concentrator showed greater and more consistent detection rates as compared to other concentration methods including centrifugation and filtration. The validation study highlights the need for a shorter enrichment period of 3 h with InnovaPrep concentration to increase the sensitivity of Salmonella detection in food samples. The results of this study support the application of the methodology for rapid Salmonella analysis in fresh produce and may help the industry in avoiding potential recalls of Romaine and Iceberg lettuce with shorter detection time." - Hsin-Bai Yin et al. USDA, Beltsville

CEO, Alburty to lead Sample Prep Short Course at BioDetection Conference
June 23, 2022

Dave Alburty, InnovaPrep CEO will be co-leading the Sample Prep Short Course at the Biodetection Technologies Conference again this year along with James Brayer, Associate Director, Market Development, Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

This tutorial will discuss sample preparation technologies for detection, identification, and analysis of biomedical, biological, and chemical agents, biothreats in point-of-care, laboratory, and field settings. It will review the novel and rapid technologies for sample preparation, application of analytical strategies, and automation in biodetection.

The BioDetection Technologies virtual meeting is June 28-29th. Visit BioDetection Technologies Virtual to register.

The Concentrating Pipette (CP) Select™ is recommended by both CDC-approved analysis platforms for the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS).
June 22, 2022

The Concentrating Pipette (CP) Select™ is recommended by both CDC-approved analysis platforms for the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS). It is a perfect front-end concentration method for PCR, dPCR, and sequencing platforms. Public Health Labs are expanding monitoring programs beyond SARS and we can help make it faster, easier, and better. Visit our COVID19 page for more information.

We'll be featuring new products at the annual Association of Public Health Labs meeting in Cleveland
May 12, 2022

InnovaPrep will be exhibiting at the annual APHL meeting held in Cleveland, Ohio this year. We will be showcasing the Concentrating Pipette used by public health labs throughout the USA for its ability to rapidly concentrate pathogens in environmental and wastewater samples. The COVID outbreak brought this technology to many of these state labs for wastewater-based epidemiology monitoring programs. Several APHL labs are using the CP Select system to monitor other pathogens of concern including anti-microbial resistant organisms.

InnovaPrep will also be featuring its new AirPrep Cub Sampler, a new highly efficient air sampler for collection and concentration of airborne pathogens including COVID as well as other human and animal disease pathogens, airborne contaminants, and allergens.  

InnovaPrep Participates in the Genomics Standards Consortium Reefs to Ridges Sampling Event - Moorea
March 18, 2022

InnovaPrep was invited to participate in the Genomics Standards Consortium Annual Sampling Event at this year's GSC22 meeting held on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia. 40 one-liter samples were collected from surface and marine waters, concentrated on the CP Select, and will undergo genomic sequencing for a collaborative publication now underway, that will discuss issues of biodiversity and climate change. Learn more about this year’s conference and, if you’re attending, be sure to mark InnovaPrep CTO’s presentation on Thursday - Low Biomass Environmental Sample Collection and Concentration Tools for Metagenomics. Learn more:

50th Patent Filed for InnovaPrep
February 21, 2022

InnovaPrep is an innovation company to the core - with 30 patents awarded, 5 of which were awarded in 2021. We filed 7 new patents last year for a total of 20 patents pending. 50 in all!

CP Select used to detect COVID variant from single passenger on an international flight
January 17, 2022

Australian researchers were able to detect the Omicron variant from a single infected passenger on an international flight using a sample from the airline wastewater using the InnovaPrep CP Select paired with sequencing. This is the second publication demonstrating the utility of the CP Select for concentrating disease pathogens from airline wastewater with such sensitivity to isolate from a single passenger. The wastewater sampling results corroborated with individual passenger COVID tests.

This demonstrates the value of this method and the tools used for monitoring disease pathogen spread by international travel.

NASA researchers detect new fungal species isolated from the Mars 2020 spacecraft assembly facility using InnovaPrep
January 9, 2022

NASA researchers detect new fungal species isolated from the Mars 2020 spacecraft assembly facility using the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette. NASA has developed a surface sampling method using the concentrating pipette that has been widely used by the Planetary Protection Group at JPL for large area monitoring of terrestrial pathogens. In this publication, the group isolated a new species of fungus called, Parengyodontium torokii sp. nov., a Biofilm-Forming Fungus. This is the 7th peer reviewed publication using the Concentrating Pipette for large area surface sampling.

Announcing New Distribution Partnership with Scientific Laboratory Supply
October 13, 2021

InnovaPrep is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Scientific Laboratory Supply (SLS) serving clients and customers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. SLS is the UK’s largest independent supplier of laboratory equipment, chemicals, and consumables.

The New AirPrep Cub Sampler is Now Available!
September 23, 2021
InnovaPrep engineers have developed a new, even more affordable compact commercial version of the Bobcat Air Sampler trusted by researchers and US military since 2012. Using the same 360° aerosol inlet design and rapid filter elution kit, the AirPrep Cub Sampler is just as efficient as the Bobcat Air Sampler for the collection and recovery of bioaerosols and particulate matter from 0.01 microns to 10+microns. It's perfect for disease monitoring in public spaces and airborne contamination monitoring. Two models are available –
· AirPrep Cub Model ACD210 has an internal rechargeable battery
· AirPrep Cub Model ACD220 is plug in only

CP Select recommended as go-to Sample Prep Method in Qiagen/GT Molecular-Sponsored Webinar
September 22, 2021

The InnovaPrep CP Select was recommended as the go-to sample concentration method for wastewater based epidemiology in a recent webinar sponsored by Qiagen and GT Molecular, titled, From Our Lab to Yours: Setting up a Molecular Workflow for Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater. The method offers faster, easier, and better concentration of viruses from difficult matrices such as raw influent. Please see our COVID-19 application page for more details.

InnovaPrep cited in 15 Peer Review Publications this Year by Customers
September 21, 2021

InnovaPrep instruments have been cited in fifteen peer reviewed publications this year. The bulk of the publications feature the Concentrating Pipette (CP Select) for the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater samples for public health COVID monitoring. Additionally, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab has published three papers this year using the CP Select to concentrate bacteria and fungi from surface samples of spacecraft, spacesuits, as well as spacecraft assembly facilities. The papers are linked on the Technical Reports and Presentations page of this website.

Podcast interview with Drs. Rose Nash and Dave Goad on Wastewater Based Epidemiology
August 25, 2021

Check out our podcast on the usefulness and application of wastewater-based epidemiology for universities, municipalities and others! Really cool interviews with Drs. Rose Nash and Dave Goad, discussing the methods and actionable intelligence that can give you up to a week's head start on preparations for an outbreak. This sort of monitoring will become a mainstay of public health. The InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette is a key piece for speeding up the lab workflow and making it repeatable.

InnovaPrep Exhibits at the Aquaculture America Conference
August 16, 2021

InnovaPrep Exhibited at the annual Aquaculture America 2021 Conference in San Antonio, Texas. InnovaPrep products provide a fast and robust way of monitoring fresh and marine production waters of finfish, crustacean, and shellfish diseases. InnovaPrep aims to help make the world safer and healthier for humans and animals.

InnovaPrep Exhibits at the International Association for Food Protection 2021
July 30, 2021

InnovaPrep exhibited at the International Association for Food Protection Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. InnovaPrep products are used to rapidly concentrate foodborne, waterborne, surfaceborne, and airborne pathogens that can cause food recalls and illness. The InnovaPrep products speed detection time so outbreaks can be averted.

Dave Alburty to Lead Sample Prep Workshop at BioDetection Meeting
June 9, 2021

Dave Alburty, CEO, will be giving a short course in Sampling Strategies & Sample Prep technologies at the upcoming Biodetection Technologies 2021 Virtual Conference! Here's the link and use my Code 20WBPM to get 20% off the registration for the conference Hope to see you there!

InnovaPrep Presenting at World Society of Virology Meeting
June 4, 2021

Dave Goad, InnovaPrep Senior Scientist will be presenting some impressive data on Wastewater SARS-CoV-2 samples with the Concentrating Pipette and soon-to-be-launched new sample prep tool. Check it out! Great speaker line-up

InnovaPrep hits KC Watchlist for Scaling Businesses
June 4, 2021

InnovaPrep was named on the KC Watchlist as one of the top companies in Kansas City for scaling in 2020. We received six utility patents granted for a total of 26 granted and 20 more pending. Our staff grew by 26 percent, increased product sales by more than 215%, scaled manufacturing capability by 300% and signed an agreement to develop and manufacture an OEM Product for a global partner!  

InnovaPrep announces new distribution partnership with Generon Italy
May 27, 2021

InnovaPrep is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Generon Italy. Generon has specialized in providing tools and kits for Food Safety and other microbiology applications for 15 years. They will be promoting and supporting the FluidPrep™ and AirPrep™ # products in Italy.

New USDA publication highlights the efficiency of the Concentration Pipette for water-based food systems
February 5, 2021

A new publication from the USDA highlights the efficiency of the Concentration Pipette for water-based food systems such as process water, vat rinses, food processing-related equipment rinses, produce wash water, and water/buffer-suspended surface/air samples coming out of food processing plants.”

InnovaPrep names DOOH Inc. China as Distributor of the Year
January 25, 2021

InnovaPrep names DOOH Inc. Distributor of the Year for best-ever partner sales. They have outfitted the Chinese Centers for Disease Control in nearly every Chinese province with CP Selects and ACD-200 Bobcat Air Samplers. Well Done DOOH!

December 23, 2020

The Black & Veatch COVID-19 Response Accelerator is designed for growing companies looking to scale emerging solutions to save lives, help communities cope, and protect the economy.

InnovaPrep is nominated for The Edison Awards
December 23, 2020

InnovaPrep is nominated for The Edison Awards. The Edison Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Their vision is guided by the legacy of Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park team who successfully brought an unprecedented number of innovations to the market.

December 23, 2020

InnovaPrep recognized at the Mid-America Trade Summit as an Outstanding Exporter. The company was nominated by the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the International Trade and Investment Office for InnovaPrep's increase in foreign exports this year.

New NASA Publication Reports InnovaPrep Development Successful
October 30, 2020

A recent publication in the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports validation of the InnovaPrep concentration technology adapted for use in space. The report presents the data from a validation study of a NASA-sponsored small business research initiative to develop a microgravity-compatible, automated water concentrator to be used on the International Space Station, which has been named the ISS Smart Sample Concentrator (iSSC).

"Not only did the iSSC system outrank the other 2 systems in efficiency, the iSSC was also shown to have better reproducibility. An added benefit of the iSSC system is that it could concentrate 1 L of PBS in ~2 min, with a concentrate volume of <1 ml (304 µl), whereas the Millipore filter took 10 min to concentrate and process, and the lowest volume that could be used to unbind the captured microbes was 1 ml. In addition, the iSSC system is automated and self-contained, require less crew time, is capable of filtering large volume of water, is designed to collect filtered water for other use without wasting, and is tested for the microgravity applications."

The CP Select is Adopted by Colorado for Monitoring COVID-19 Outbreaks
August 23, 2020

Monitoring wastewater as an epidemiological approach for COVID-19 has become a leading application for our rapid concentration technology. The State of Colorado was one of our earliest adopters. Now, after a successful pilot, the state is implementing InnovaPrep's concentration method for the public health program. (Denver news article).

InnovaPrep partners with Federal Resources- a leading provider of quality solutions for warfighters and first responders worldwide.
August 2, 2020

InnovaPrep partners with Federal Resources - a leading provider of quality solutions for warfighters and first responders worldwide.

InnovaPrep Recieves 18th Patent Award for Underlying WFE Technology
July 31, 2020

InnovaPrep received its 18th Patent Award for its Wet Foam Elution Technology this month - a process for rapid concentration and recovery of microbes from air, surfaces and liquids. The WFE technology is the key process of InnovaPrep's commercial products including the Concentrating Pipette Select, a rapid bio-concentrator, and the ACD-200 Bobcat Air Sampler. The company has 21 patents pending for a total of 39 patents so far.

InnovaPrep Pleased to Announce New Distributor for the Middle East and Africa
June 23, 2020

InnovaPrep is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Meslo covering the Middle East and Africa. Meslo is a leading scientific and process equipment provider selling top-quality Laboratory equipment brands covering thousands of process and laboratory products used in wide range of applications and market segments.

InnovaPrep Celebrates 11th Anniversary
June 2, 2020

InnovaPrep celebrates eleven years of making microbiology faster, easier, and better, preventing sickness and making life safer for people and animals.

Rapid Concentration of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater for COVID-19 Monitoring
May 29, 2020

Researchers around the world have already begun to use wastewater as a means detect the emergence or spread of COVID-19 outbreaks and it could prove to be a significant epidemiological method to help Public Health officials mobilize resources and help determine the degree and duration of intervention needed in a community by community real-time approach.  The Concentrating Pipette is capable of bridging the gap between relevant sample volumes and the volumetric capacity of rapid molecular methods is needed in order to adequately monitor SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.

May 5, 2020
InnovaPrep Bevrage Tech Award 2020

Beverage Tech Magazine has named InnovaPrep as a Top Ten Solutions Provider for the Beverage Industry. The May 2020 edition includes an annual listing of the year's top ten companies that are at the forefront of tackling customer challenges and includes an interview with CEO, Dave Alburty on page 27. InnovaPrep technologies provide faster, easier, and better quality control for brewers.

InnovaPrep Technologies Helping to Monitor COVID-19
February 21, 2020

We had our best-ever month of sales due to the new Coronavirus outbreak. The Concentrating Pipette and ACD-200 Bobcat help public health agencies monitor for the virus in liquids and in the air. Glad we can help but sorry it is because of this. As a reminder, best practices for reducing the spread of this - or any other illness - is to remember to cough or sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands, don't touch your face, and stay home when you are sick.

16th Patent Awarded to InnovaPrep
February 4, 2020

InnovaPrep receives another patent award! This is our 16th awarded out of 35 filed to date as we build and strengthen our portfolio of technologies that use Wet Foam Elution for rapid sample prep!

Riding the Wave for New Methods in Aquaculture Disease Monitoring
January 28, 2020

InnovaPrep is riding the new wave of using environmental DNA to monitor pathogenic diseases in aquaculture production. Rapid and easy concentration of bacterial and viral threats with our tools will help put monitoring in the hands of the producers. This is a shift from strictly using tissue culture to monitor the health of their stock. Visit us at the upcoming Aquaculture America in Honolulu. We are booth 82

See Us At The Master Brewers Conference in Calgary
October 28, 2019

Visit us at the upcoming Master Brewers Conference in Calgary. We will be demonstrating the CP Select and showing how it makes the quality testing process in brewing  - faster, easier and better.

Presenting Poster and Participating in Hands-on Tutorial AAAR
October 14, 2019

We are in Portland, OR this week for the American Association for Aerosol Research Meeting. InnovaPrep is participating in the hands-on-tutorial session,

presenting a poster on a NASA air sampling project, as well as exhibiting the ACD-200 Bobcat Air Sampler and the CP Select Bio Concentrator. See us there!

InnovaPrep Adopts Entrepreneurial Operating System
October 1, 2019

InnovaPrep is preparing for rapid growth! To do it, we are embarking on intensive training in a new operating system called Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), The system will prepare us to identify, define and solve sticky problems, create and follow proven processes, keep and find great people, and reach our goals for scaling to the next level fast! *John M. Fulwider, EOS Implementer™, helps visionaries and their leadership teams grow their businesses faster than they ever thought possible.

InnovaPrep begins Phase II on NOAA funded Aquaculture Project
August 14, 2019

InnovaPrep has been awarded follow-on funding in the amount of $400,000 for a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the development of rapid, easy-to-use sample preparation tools to aid in detecting disease in marine aquaculture operations. This project addresses both food safety and health monitoring of production oysters but has application for almost any aquaculture operation or water quality testing application.


The goal of the 20-month project is to have a commercial-ready solution enabling seafood producers to perform sample-to-answer monitoring within 35 minutes or less using 1 liter production water samples, while providing a 2000X concentration factor and decreasing limits of detection for real-time sea water monitoring using molecular methods. Work on this begins immediately under the direction of Dr. Michael Hornback, InnovaPrep Senior Scientist.

InnovaPrep partners with First Source Laboratory Solutions for distribution in India
August 2, 2019

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with First Source Laboratory Solutions who represents over 70 International Laboratory equipment and consumables brands in India and is a preferred supplier to most Research and Quality Control laboratories across many markets. The products, technologies and services offered enable scientists in various disciplines like Life Science, Academia, Pollution Control, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Life Science , Testing , Clinical and Diagnostics to achieve results faster and conveniently. First Source Laboratory Solutions has a pan India presence with Marketing, Application, Operation and Service support, with strategically located Technical specialists all over India for Consultative Sales.

Mike Hornback to Present at Upcoming Food Safety Conference
July 16, 2019

Dr. Michael Hornback will be presenting a poster titled, "Concentration and Molecular Detection of Vibrio harveyi in Experimentally Infected Oyster Farm Water" at the upcoming International Association for Food Protection meeting. The presentation outlines a recent development project funded under a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for new tools and methods for detecting pathogens in aquaculture production waters. See us there, we'll be exhibiting!

InnovaPrep Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
July 15, 2019

It has been ten years since our little boutique Aerosol Research Lab, AlburtyLab Inc. spun out a manufacturing company (InnovaPrep) to commercialize its newly invented concentration technologies – we launched our first Bench-top Concentrator, the HSC-40 in 2009. We’ve come a very long way!

Dave Alburty leading dinner short course at the Biodefense World Summit on Sample Preparation Technologies
June 17, 2019

Once again, Dave Alburty will be leading a dinner short course at the Biodefense World Summit on Sample Preparation Technologies.

This course will discuss sample preparation technologies for detection, identification and analysis of biomedical, biological and chemical agents, biothreats in point-of-care, laboratory and field settings. It will review the novel and rapid technologies for sample preparation,application of analytical strategies and automation in biodetection. Biosurveillance sampling and sample preparation strategies and technologies will be presented in light of the overall goals of the sampling program.

Additional areas to be covered will include:

  • Reasons for choosing different strategies and techniques, and methods for improving detection of low-abundance analytes will be discussed.
  • A hands-on section will enable participants to gain experience in sample preparation and identification.
  • Finally, case studies will illustrate implementation of these concepts.

CP Select Used in the Fields of Iceland for Concentrating Microbial DNA in Water and Soil Samples
March 25, 2019

Researchers from Georgetown University took the Concentrating Pipette Select into the frigid ice fields in Iceland to concentrate DNA for subsequent analysis with a field portable DNA sequencer. The aim of this study is to learn more about microbes in extreme environments. The CP Select comes with an optional battery pack for field-use such as this - though it is not recommended for use in extreme temperatures like these! Learn more about this research here.

Presenting at the American Society for Microbiology Biothreats Conference
January 11, 2019

Dave Alburty, InnovaPrep CEO will be presenting a poster at the upcoming American Society for Microbiology Biothreat conference on a "Mini Meta Study: Improved Pathogen Detection of Air, Surface and Liquid Samples through Rapid Concentration". The presentation highlights three studies performed by the CDC NIOSH, University of Maryland & NASA JPL, and the University of Maryland & the USDA using InnovaPrep technologies. InnovaPrep will also be exhibiting and performing live demonstrations at the conference.

Top Distributor Award 2018 goes to DawinBio South Korea
December 11, 2018

We are pleased to announce the 2018 InnovaPrep Top Distributor Award to our partner DawinBio South Korea. The award is well deserved by Tracy Jung and her team. They sold 21 Concentrating Pipette instruments this year, mainly in the Public Health sector. DawinBio has been distributing InnovaPrep products since May 2015.

New Distributor in China
October 25, 2018

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partner for China and Hong Kong with DOOH Ltd. a professional distributor of scientific instruments committed to providing  the highest quality products and professional services.

DOOH Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with twelve representative offices in China, located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Chengdu, Xi'an, Shenyang, Lanzhou, Wulumuqi and Wuhan. China is a developing country with the highest development momentum in the world.

Testing Success by NASA of InnovaPrep's Passive Debubbler
October 24, 2018

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold is inside NASA's U.S. Destiny laboratory module testing the InnovaPrep technology (in hand) on the International Space Station. We received word that it worked great and they requested us to send more!The experiment involves extracting ribonucleic acid (RNA) from biological samples to help researchers decipher the changes in gene expression that take place in microgravity.

For more information about the project

InnovaPrep Exhibiting at the upcoming PDA Microbiology Conference
October 11, 2018

InnovaPrep will be exhibiting and giving demonstrations at the upcoming PDA Microbiology Conference in Bethesda, MD.

Dave Alburty Presents Poster on a Recent DHS Project at the International Aerosol Conference
September 1, 2018

InnovaPrepCEO, Dave Alburty presented a poster on an ongoing project funded by The Department of Homeland Security. The poster was titled, SenseNet BioAerosol Collector Development by InnovaPrep. InnovaPrep is a subcontractor to ENSCO on the SenseNet Project.

The Sensenet project was recently extended to a Phase IIB.

Dr. Mike Hornback to Present at Brewer's Conference
August 10, 2018

InnovaPrep's Dr. Mike Hornback is presenting a poster at the Brewer's Conference in San Diego in August.

His Presentation is entitled,  "A Rapid and Efficient Sample Preparation Method for Spoilage Organism Detection in American Lager Beer".

InnovaPrep is also exhibiting at the conference.

NOAA Phase I SBIR grant Award
July 25, 2018

InnovaPrep is pleased to announce a new Small Business Innovative Research grant award from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The grant will help fund development of a rapid monitoring system for detection of pathogens in marine aquaculture– specifically vibrio bacteria in shellfish estuaries.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Vibrio causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the United States every year.  People with vibriosis become infected by consuming raw or undercooked seafood or exposing a wound to contaminated seawater.

Faster, easier, and better tools are needed for monitoring vibrio and other waterborne pathogens in seawater. This project aligns with InnovaPrep’s company mission of helping people and animals lead healthier and safer lives.

Dr. Mike Hornback to Present at IAFP
July 9, 2018

Dr. Mike Hornback will be presenting recent testing data on a method for rapidly concentrating spoilage organisms in 

beer and wine. This method is much faster, easier and more

effective for trace detection allowing rapid quality testing for the industry.

InnovaPrep Technology has been Delivered to the International Space Station for Testing
July 5, 2018

The InnovaPrep Concentration Technology is now in SPACE! It was transported by the Space X Dragon for delivery to the International Space Station earlier in early July. Our components will be part of the system that tests the crew's potable water for microbial contamination. The work has been funded by NASA under a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research Grant

Dave Alburty to co-lead Sample Prep Short Course at BioDefence World Summit
June 19, 2018

Dave Alburty will be co-leading the dinner short course on RAPID SAMPLE PREPARATION FOR PATHOGEN DETECTION with Byron Brehm-Stecher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Iowa State University.

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Rapid Microbial Detection and Control Laboratory, Iowa State University at the Biodefense World Summit conference June 28th. It's not too late to book your spot.

InnovaPrep CP Select was used by the CDC to Detect Rare Influenza Virus
June 18, 2018

The InnovaPrep CP Select was used to concentrate the H7N2 virus in liquid aerosol samples in this study by the CDC in which the avian flu infects a feline facility and in turn infects an attending veterinarian. 

Detection of an Avian Lineage Influenza A(H7N2) Virus in Air and Surface Samples at a New York City Feline Quarantine Facility

Francoise M. Blachere  William G. Lindsley  Angela M. Weber  Donald H. Beezhold  Robert E. Thewlis Kenneth R. Mead  John D. NotiFirst published: 16 May 2018

Ariel Lewis is presenting a poster at the Association of Public Health Labs 2018
June 3, 2018

Our Ariel Lewis, Assistant Biochemical Engineer is presenting a poster at the Association of Public Health Labs in Pasadena. Her study was on Rapid Concentration of Opportunistic and Pathogenic Fungi from Source Waters.

BioPharm International Magazine Features Concentrating Pipette Select
April 13, 2018

from liquid samples such as ingredients, like water, intermediate products, such as cell culture media, and finished products, including parenteral fluids, and compounded drugs. 

In the News - Lab Manager Magazine
February 15, 2018

InnovaPrep's new Concentrating Pipette Select is featured in Lab Manager Magazine's How it Works feature. The article is posed in a problem / solution format. Problem: Traditional microbiological methods for detecting pathogens involve an enrichment step because the dangerous pathogens are usually very dilute and the volume used for analysis is so small that the threat is often undetectable.

Solution: InnovaPrep’s Concentrating Pipette Select is a small benchtop instrument that allows users to accomplish pathogen concentration and inhibitor removal from large liquid samples with incredible ease and the entire article to find out how.

New Comparison Study by the USDA Featuring the Concentrating Pipette
February 9, 2018

The InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette (CP-150) was compared to standard membrane filtration in a recent study by Hsin-Bai Yina of the University of Maryland, Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Jitendra Patel of USDA, ARS, Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory. The paper titled, Comparison of methods to determine the microbial quality of alternative irrigation waters was recently published in the Journal of Agriculture Water Management.


The concentrator method was found to be “superior in detecting virulence genes associated with E. coli O157:H7 in creek water. The concentrator method is simple, highly effective, and rapid in detecting bacterial populations in irrigation water and can be used as an alternative to traditional tedious membrane filtration method.”


Concentrating Pipette outperforms Competition in 3rd Party Challenge Testing
December 5, 2017

The below poster presented at Cyto 2017 by Beckman Coulter compares the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette to centrifugation, glass filtration, and the PALL Sentino. InnovaPrep outperforms in speed, recovery efficiency, and cost of labor for the detection of bacteria in 1 liter Industrial samples from cooling towers and biopharmaceutical protein production samples.

3rd Party testing Compares 6 Surface Sampling Technologies
December 4, 2017

The US Army Research and Engineering Command report entitled " TECHNICAL EVALUATION OF SAMPLE-PROCESSING, COLLECTION, AND PRESERVATION METHODS" reported on a comparison study of various surface sampling technologies including the InnovaPrep Backpack Surface Sampler, The M-Vac, the BisKit, Copan SRK, and Quicksilver's QS S2P kit and QS S3 swabs. "Overall, the IP Backpack performed the best for sample collection—it was the only device that collected measurable amounts of DNA from each surface tested."

here is a link to the report

InnovaPrep Wins Another Award
November 9, 2017

received a contract award this week for  a base Indefinite Delivery
Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) under the JE-RDAP program from The Joint Program Executive
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).

the JE-RDAP program a key group of highly qualified contractors has been
established to compete for Research, Development, Acquisition, and
Production/Procurement (RDAP) Orders for future research, development,
production/procurement, and fielding of CBRNE defense systems, equipment, and

will be a 10 year, Multiple Award, Enterprise-wide, omnibus contract, with a
ceiling of $8.27 billion. The InnovaPrep team has expertise and
experience in research, development, integration, manufacture, and the
commercialization of systems for biosurveillance

 and biodefense.

CEO, Dave Alburty to Present at the Upcoming AAAR Meeting
October 11, 2017

Dave Alburty, CEO will be presenting a poster at the upcoming American Association of Aerosol Research meeting entitled: "Devices and Methods for Collection and Concentration of Air Samples for Improved Detection of Microbes on board the International Space Station". The study investigates whether it is possible for a dry filter air sampler to collect viable organisms.

Official Launch for the CP Select at PDA Microbiology
October 5, 2017

We'll be featuring the new CP-Select at the upcoming PDA Microbiology conference. Stop by for a demonstration!

InnovaPrep Wins Rapid Innovation Fund for Surface Sampler Development
September 27, 2017

InnovaPrep is pleased to announce a contract award from The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) subordinate command of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. The nearly $1M 24 month award was in response to Requirement Number: ARMY52-RDECOM09 of the 2016 Rapid Innovation Fund.

InnovaPrep will advance development of ECBC’s prototype Mano Surface Sampler. The prototype Mano is a simple, elegant solution to the need for a surface sampler that can be operated while wearing MOPP gear allowing users to efficiently and quickly collect samples from large surface areas during biosurveillance activities with one hand. The project will include design for manufacturability, development of the manufacturing approaches, and full commercialization of the system for Department of Defense applications. Separate from the sponsored project, InnovaPrep will internally fund additional development, commercialization, and marketing for civilian markets. 

The InnovaPrep team has significant talent and expertise in development of systems and consumables for collection and concentration of biological particles from air, surfaces and liquid for biosurveillance activities.

InnovaPrep Launches New Generation Concentrating Pipette
September 27, 2017

InnovaPrep announces the launch of the Concentrating Pipette Select. The CP Select is the new generation of our popular Concentrating Pipette that was launched in early 2012 with 100 systems in use by leading government, industry, and research labs.

The CP Select is an automated, rapid bio-concentration device for modern microbiology. The system replaces centrifugation and enrichment methods as a front-end to microbial detection. It is highly efficient and effective for bacteria, parasites, molds, fungal spores and fragments, whole cells and viruses.

Fields of application include, but are not limited to: Pharma, water, and consumer products safety; industrial and environmental monitoring; human and animal diagnostic research; and bio surveillance applications.

The new system brings a higher level of efficiency and customization for users.

  • Added controls and precision components provide greater recovery of organisms.
  • Preliminary testing shows up to 15.9% improvement in efficiency, higher sample concentration, and lower elution volumes.
  • The system allows users to customize up to 15 sample preparation protocols with optional password protection.
  • Additional improvements include a streamlined maintenance protocol, new elution fluid volume display, and whisper quiet operation.

InnovaPrep’s 30 pending and awarded patents apply to highly effective collection, recovery, and concentration of biological particles from air, surfaces, and liquids. InnovaPrep’s Wet Foam Elution™ process underlies many of these patents and enables recovery of particles from filters, membranes, surfaces, and objects to greatly improve detection of contamination, spoilage organisms, and harmful pathogens.

InnovaPrep’s Growing Patent Portfolio – Patent Issue Notification
September 14, 2017

A continuation has been granted on InnovaPrep’s patented process which underlies the company’s novel ‘Wet Foam Elution’ concentration technologies. The underlying patent entitled, Liquid to Liquid Biological Particle Concentrator was originally awarded in 2008. The continuation patent, number 9738918, was issued on 08/22/17 applying additional claims that further strengthen this patent and adds to the company’s portfolio of 30 awarded or pending patents.

Concentrating Spoilage in Beer
June 30, 2017

Our Dr. Mike Hornback presented at the American Society of Brewing Chemists conference last month. His presentation entitled: New Tools and Method for Concentration of Spoilage Organisms from American Lager Beers was well received. The study outlines testing performed at InnovaPrep using the new degassing jar and procedure that was recently developed (patent pending). The degassing jars are available now on our web cart.

CEO to Lead Workshop at upcoming BioDefense World Summit
June 15, 2017

Dave Alburty, InnovaPrep CEO, will be leading the Rapid Sample Preparation for Pathogen Detection workshop for the upcoming Biodetection Technology track at the BioDefense World Summit in Alexandria, VA later this month.

New Distribution Partner for Japan
May 15, 2017

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Central Scientific Commerce (CSC), who will be marketing and supporting InnovaPrep products in Japan. CSC serves universities, national and public laboratories, laboratory hospitals and inspection centers, and private companies (pharmaceutical, food, chemical, and cosmetics). Currently CSC has 4 offices in Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo, to cover the entire Japanese market.

CTO to Present at the Upcoming UNC Water Microbiology Conference
May 12, 2017

Andy Page, InnovaPrep president and CTO will be presenting at the upcoming Water Microbiology conference at UNC Chapel Hill. The session is "Macro to Micro Interface-Existing Approaches" and he will also be part of a panel discussion on "Scaling the technical and political hurdles to successful molecular method implementation for water quality management".

Upcoming Events
May 3, 2017

InnovaPrep will be attending, exhibiting and presenting at upcoming meetings this summer. Here is a brief summary. More info to come soon

  • UNC Water Microbiology Conference May 15-19  - Andy Page, InnovaPrep CTO will be presenting on InnovaPrep's concentration technologies in relation to environmental and drinking water applications. We will also be exhibiting and giving demonstrations at the conference.
  • ASM Microbe - we will be exhibiting and giving demonstrations of our technologies at the conference.
  • American Society of Brewing Chemists - June 4-7 Mike Hornback, InnovaPrep Senior Scientist will be presenting a poster entitled, "New Tools and Method for Concentration of Microorganisms from American Lager Beers". We will also be exhibiting and performing demonstrations in our booth.
  • Biodetection World Summit June 25-30th - Dave Alburty, InnovaPrep CEO will be co-leading a special workshop called "Rapid Sample Preparation for Pathogen Detection" (more information available soon).We will also be exhibiting and performing demonstrations in our booth of both the liquid sample concentration technology and air sampling technologies.
  • International Association for Food Protection July 7th-12th- we will be exhibiting and giving demonstrations of our technologies at the conference.
  • International Conference on Environmental Systems July 16-20th - Mike Hornback, InnovaPrep Senior Scientist will be presenting a poster summarizing InnovaPrep's NASA projects
InnovaPrep will be presenting at Biotechnology Showcase at UCLA
April 12, 2017

InnovaPrep's John Payne will be presenting at the upcoming Biotechnology Showcase at UCLA. His talk is titled, "Rapid & Efficient Concentration of Bacterial and Viral Contaminants for Improved Detection".

TV Program "Show-Me Innovation" Features InnovaPrep
March 28, 2017

InnovaPrep was recently featured in Kansas City Public Television show called "Show-Me Innovations".

Catch a brief look into the InnovaPrep facilities and hear interviews with CEO, Dave Alburty and President and CTO Andy Page .

NASA Project Update - Technology Tested in Zero G
March 27, 2017

Under our ongoing NASA project, InnovaPrep has been adapting its concentration technology for zero gravity. The purpose of the development is rapid microbial testing of the potable water supply on board the International Space Station. A sample concentration prototype has been built and was tested this month by InnovaPrep engineers Zach Packingham and Alec Adolphson aboard a weightless flight (parabolic flight aka "vomit comet") on ZERO-G's G-FORCE ONE. They had a series of 30 second intervals of weightlessness to perform the carefully choreographed test series. The testing was successful. The next step is testing aboard the ISS, though it has not yet been schedule.

InnovaPrep made the list for Kansas City Startups and Companies to Watch in 2017
March 24, 2017

InnovaPrep made the list for Kansas City Companies to Watch in 2017 according to KC Sourcelink, they state we are the movers and shakers who are turning disruptive ideas into sought-after businesses. Companies on the annual KC Watch List received funding, grant or investment, in 2015 and 2016, or two investments or grants in 2016. 

3rd Patent Award for 2017
March 17, 2017

InnovaPrep was just awarded their third patent for 2017. This is number 12 of awarded patents of the 29 total patent applications the company has filed surrounding their core technology, Wet Foam Elution. The patent, Titled: Liquid to Liquid Biological Particle Concentrator with Disposable Fluid Path (a continuation), was awarded March 17th. The patent number is, 9,593,359.

Distribution Partnerships are Expanding Throughout Europe
March 1, 2017

I&L Biosystems has represented InnovaPrep in Germany, France, and Benelux for two years now and has been an exceptional partner providing excellent service for our customers. We are extremely pleased they have now expanded their enterprise to the UK and Spain. Please see our International Distributors list for more information.

Another New Patent! 2nd Award this Year
February 23, 2017

Another New Patent! 2nd Award this Year; issued 2/21/17 Patent # 9574977 "Liquid to Liquid Biological Particle Concentrator with Disposable Fluid Path" relates to InnovaPrep's flagship product, The Concentrating Pipette, and its consumables. Inventors include: Andy Page, CTO; Zachary Packingham, Design Engineer; Dave Alburty, CEO; Alec Adolphson, Staff Engineer.

InnovaPrep Awarded 8th Patent Supporting Wet Foam Elution
February 2, 2017

InnovaPrep patent application 14/084,403 was awarded January 3, 2017. Patent Number 9534989 entitled, Devices, Systems and Methods for Elution of Particles from Flat Filters applies to existing InnovaPrep technologies and technologies in the development pipeline.

This is the 8th patent awarded of the total 23 that InnovaPrep has filed to date.

Inventors include Andy Page, President and CTO; Dave Alburty, CEO; Pam Murowchick; Zachary Packingham, Design Engineer; and Alec Adolphson, Engineering Technician.

A New White Paper is now available entitled, "Microbial Monitoring of Air, Surfaces, and Liquids in Food Processing Environments"
January 5, 2017

A New White Paper is available entitled, "Microbial Monitoring of Air, Surfaces, and Liquids in Food Processing Environments" describing how InnovaPrep's rapid sample collection and concentration tools can dramatically help improve detection of foodborne threats in air, surface, and liquid samples. 

 When paired with Rapid Microbial Methods (RMM’s) of analysis, these technologies offer a truly rapid, comprehensive, yet streamlined monitoring program without incubation steps.InnovaPrep technologies are highly suited for:

Research Article Highlights Surface Sampling Method for Space Station Samples Using Concentrating Pipette
November 15, 2016

A new research article published in the ASM mSphere Journal by University of Wisconsin—Madison and the Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group, at the NASA  Jet

Propulsion Laboratory describes Microbial Observatory Experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) using a method of recovering surface samples that included the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette. The aim was to gain a better understanding of how fungi may adapt to microgravity and how this may affect interactions with humans in a closed habitat.

The study outlines an efficient method for collecting samples from large area surfaces. In summary, a pre-wetted 9”x9” polyester wipe using sterile water was used to sample a 1 meter squared area. The wipe was then transferred to a to a 500-ml sterile bottle containing 200 ml of sterile PBS. The bottle with the wipe was shaken for 2 min followed by concentration with the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette. View the publication

In a separate project, InnovaPrep is developing new Devices and Methods for Collection and Concentration of Air and Surface Samples for Improved Detection funded by a NASA SBIR.

InnovaPrep selected for the National Institutes of Health Commercialization Accelerator Program
October 30, 2016

InnovaPrep was selected via a competitive process for the National Institutes of Health Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP), a program designed to help some of the agency’s most promising small life science and healthcare Phase II awardees develop commercial business and transition their SBIR/STTR-funded technologies into the marketplace. The CAP provides selected participants with individualized assistance through individual mentoring and consulting sessions, training workshops, and access to domain experts. This is in regards to InnovaPrep's Phase II FDA award for the high-flow hollow fiber Concentrating Pipette Tip development.

InnovaPrep to Present Poster at Upcoming American Association for Aerosol Research Conference
October 11, 2016
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Dave Alburty, InnovaPrep CEO, will be presenting a poster at the upcoming American Association for Aerosol Research conference in Portland, OR. 

The poster, entitled “Comparison Retention Efficiency and Collection Efficiency Testing on two Generations of the SpinCon Advanced Air Sampler” contains the results of testing performed on the newly released model of the SpinCon, the SpinCon® II Advanced Air Sampler. The redesigned model provides the same capabilities as before with added improvements including a more powerful blower, removable components for ease of integration, among other design changes.

This comparison testing was designed to mirror the testing performed originally at Midwest Research Institute (now MRIGlobal) during the development of the SpinCon technology as well as testing performed at U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC).

New SENSENET PROJECT begins for Department of Homeland Security
September 3, 2016

InnovaPrep is pleased to announce a Phase II subcontract award from its partner, ENSCO, Inc., prime contractor for the SenseNet Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. The goal of the DHS SenseNet Project is to develop and demonstrate a tiered aerosol detection sensor architecture that combines low cost and rapid dedicated environmental monitoring detectors with newly emerging commercial sensors that will be utilized by citizens and facility owners for air quality, pollution tracking, and building efficiency purposes....

PLOS ONE Research Article Published Featuring the Bobcat
September 3, 2016

A research article entitled, Longitudinal Metagenomic Analysis of Hospital Air Identifies Clinically Relevant Microbes (King, et al.) was recently published on PLOS ONE.

The sampling in the study was performed with an ACD-200 Bobcat Air Sampler that was customized for this important study funded by the Department of Homeland Security. 

InnovaPrep to Present Poster at Upcoming Food Safety Conference
August 28, 2016

Dr. Mike Hornback, InnovaPrep Senior Scientist, will be presenting a poster at the upcoming International Association for Food Protection conference in St. Louis. 

The poster, entitled “Concentration of Escherichia coli O157:H7 from Experimentally Infected, Pre-Packaged Spinach by InnovaPrep’s Concentrating Pipette” contains the results of a trial study to develop a new method permitting the detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in spinach within a single work-shift using a reduced enrichment time,  followed by mechanical concentration of the enriched fluid using the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette and detection using real-time quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR). 

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New Distribution Partner Serving Greece
July 25, 2016

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with MALVA S.A.. who will be supporting InnovaPrep products in Greece. Since its establishment in 1988, Malva S.A. has been the leading provider of cutting-edge technologies in analytical and quality control laboratories and in Academia across Greece and abroad.

InnovaPrep Presenting at the Water Microbiology & Novel Tech Conf.
July 14, 2016

Director of Business Development, John Payne will be delivering a presentation entitled, Methods and Devices for Rapid Concentration of Waterborne Pathogens from Surface Waters for use with Rapid Molecular Methods at the Water Microbiology & Novel Tech conference located in Chicago next week.

New Distribution Partner Serving Singapore
July 7, 2016

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with SPD Scientific Pte Ltd. who will be supporting InnovaPrep products in Singapore and including Malaysia and Thailand. SPD Scientific is part of the Biomedia Group that provides a wide range of biomedical and laboratory equipment, reagents, test-kits, laboratory consumables, as well as diagnostic products. The company serves industries such as healthcare, academic and government research institutions, pharmaceutical and food and beverage, by providing them with the appropriate tools that aid them in their research and discoveries.

Dave Alburty to lead a special session at the Biodefense World Summit
June 22, 2016

CEO Dave Alburty will be co-leading a special session entitled, RAPID SAMPLE PREPARATION FOR PATHOGEN DETECTION to be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 5:30 – 8:30pm as part of Biodefense World Summit.

Work Begins on Two NASA Projects
April 27, 2016

A second phase Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from NASA has been awarded InnovaPrep to continue the work done during the Phase I project, which showed the feasibility adapting the InnovaPrep bio-concentration technology to work in a microgravity environment.  The developed system is slated for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for the purpose of monitoring the safety of the ISS water supply. SBIR Proposal Summary

In addition, a new Phase I NASA project has been awarded InnovaPrep for Devices and Methods for Collection and Concentration of Air and Surface Samples for Improved Detection.   This project builds on current collection and concentration technologies utilizing the company’s patented wet foam elution processNASA SBIR Proposal Summary

CTO to Present Poster at Upcoming EPA's Recreational Waters Conference
March 17, 2016

Andy Page, President and Chief Technology Officer will be presenting a poster at the upcoming EPA's Recreational Waters Conference April 12-15th in New Orleans. The poster addresses rapid detection of fecal indicator bacteria in recreational waters.

The InnovaPrep concentration and wet foam elution processes will be presented along with developmental and commercially available InnovaPrep concentration systems. Data from use of the Concentrating Pipette system for concentration of indicator bacteria from recreational waters and detection by quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction will be presented, including concentration efficiencies, concentration factors, and detection limits.

Microbiological Monitoring for Pharma Applications
February 23, 2016

Rapid analytical methods are becoming an essential part of a complete program for Microbiological Control and Monitoring of Aseptic Processing Environments, however, widespread use of these technologies is long overdue.  The ability to reduce ”time-to-detection" from days to same-shift will provide widespread benefits through reduction in holding times, recalls, and incidence of harm.  In addition, the adoption of rapid methods allow new sampling regimes to be more meaningful, effective, and informative for corrective action. These are significant changes that will make pharmaceutical products safer and protect the industry from losses in revenue.

To fully realize the promise of next-generation rapid analytical methods, new collection and sample prep technologies will also need to be adopted.

New Distributor Partnership Serving Western Europe
January 7, 2016

We are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with I&L Biosystems GmbH who will be supporting InnovaPrep products in western Europe. I&L Biosystems GmbH serves Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, along with its sister companies, I&L Biosystems France SAS, and L.A. BioSystems B.V. serving Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Their focus is on sales and distribution of high quality laboratory equipment, including InnovaPrep’s Concentrating Pipette to customers and researchers in the microbiology, cell biology, and biotechnology markets.

InnovaPrep Technologies 1st choice for DoD Bioaerosol Monitoring Programs
November 20, 2015

InnovaPrep’s Dry Filter BioAerosol Sample Collector with Rapid Filter Elution Kit has become the collector of choice for major systems integrators for Department of Defense programs such as the Joint Biological Tactical Defense System (JBTDS) and the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition, known as JUPITR. The integratable collectors incorporate the collection module and filter elution kit of the company’s commercial ACD-200 Bobcat Air Sampler. The components were chosen for their high collection efficiency, ease of integration into larger monitoring systems, and ease of effective sample recovery in tactical environments using the company’s patented Wet Foam Elution method.

NASA SBIR Project Update
August 6, 2015

Under a Phase 1 NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant, InnovaPrep is adapting its bio-concentration technology to work in a microgravity environment.  The developed system is slated for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for the purpose of monitoring the safety of the ISS water supply.

For the project, InnovaPrep Engineer, Alec Adolphson, recently traveled to Portland State University to to work along with Oregon-based company, IRPI LLC, to test the modified device using the 5-story Dryden Drop Tower.  more ...

A Little History on Wet Foam Elution (WFE)
July 15, 2015

InnovaPrep was founded in 2009 as a manufacturing company based on an invention developed in our Sister company AlburtyLab.  AlburtyLab is an independent research lab located in Drexel MO that primarily deals with, but is not limited to, aerosol research projects. The lab has a recirculating wind tunnel with a sealed test chamber. The test chamber is used to test among other things air inlets, air sampling devices and air monitoring equipment. 

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