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 scheduled.

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. To view the publication, please follow this link: http://msphere.asm.org/content/msph/1/5/e00227-16.full.pdf

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).

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. 

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....

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. Please follow the link for more details about the work shop http://www.biodefenseworldsummit.com/content.aspx?id=194

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 http://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/abstracts/15/sbir/phase2/SBIR-15-2-H3.01-9921.html

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 processhttp://sbir.nasa.gov/SBIR/abstracts/16/sbir/phase1/SBIR-16-1-H3.01-7134.html

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. Read the White Paper here.

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.  more

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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InnovaPrep to Present at the Biodefense World Summit
June 11, 2015

Dave Alburty, CEO, will be co-instructing a workshop titled, RAPID SAMPLE PREPARATION FOR PATHOGEN DETECTION at the upcoming Biodefense World Summit in Bethesda, MD.

This workshop 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.

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InnovaPrep wins NASA Small Business Innovative Research Grant
May 4, 2015

InnovaPrep was recently awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research Grant from NASA for A Rapid Concentration System for Improved Detection of Microbes in International Space Station Potable Water. Work will begin immediately to apply the InnovaPrep concentration technology using Wet Foam Elution for use in zero gravity applications. InnovaPrep has earned a total of four Phase I and two Phase II SBIR awards.

Complimentary Webinar Friday May 1st 3:00 CDT
April 22, 2015

InnovaPrep CEO, Dave Alburty will host a lively presentation entitled, Aerosol Sampler Selection Criteria: Next generation tools for bioaerosol collection and microbe concentration, on the pros and cons of modern aerosol collection technologies as we address the emerging needs of aerosol science. Case studies will be presented including wet and dry collection methods as well as determining sampling efficiency.

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InnovaPrep to present at upcoming Water Microbiology Conference
April 2, 2015

InnovaPrep's President and Chief Technology Officer, Andy Page was selected to deliver a verbal presentation at the upcoming Water Microbiology Conference 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The presentation is entitled, “Concentration of Microorganisms by Concentrating Pipette and Wet Foam Elution”.

SpinCon II Advanced Air Sampler is Now Available!
December 3, 2014

The InnovaPrep SpinCon® II Advanced Air Sampler provides the same capabilities as before with added improvements including a more powerful blower and ruggedized carrying case with built-in storage for sampling supplies. In addition, the collector module and controls module can be easily removed from the case to provide ultimate versatility for the user. 

The SpinCon II is ideally suited for the collection of bioaerosols, particulate matter, and soluble vapors, including submicron-sized particles, airborne molecular contamination, biological particulates, and volatile and semivolatile chemical compounds. The system addresses a broad range of advanced air sampling requirements and is the gold standard for collecting large quantities of airborne pathogens.  more information

New! High-flow and Ultrafiltration Pipette Tips
July 30, 2014

Now Available! 

InnovaPrep is excited to announce the release of four new pipette tips for the Concentrating Pipette that greatly expand the applications for the device. The new high-flow tips are made with bundles of hollow fiber filters that will allow higher flow, larger starting sample volumes, smaller final extract volumes, and allow difficult matrices to be concentrated. In addition, two ultrafiltration tips are now offered for virus concentration.

The new pore sizes include 0.45µm and 0.2 µm for high-flow concentration of bacteria, whole cells, spores, pollen, and parasites. As well as a 0.05 µm and an ultrafiltration tip for virus concentration. More information

New patents awarded for Surface Extraction Technologies - March 2014
March 1, 2014

Drexel, MO (November 19, 2013) – InnovaPrep LLC is pleased to announce the award of two new patents applying specifically to processes and consumable components of InnovaPrep’s Concentrating Pipette and ACD-200 Bobcat Air Sampler. The company holds a family of 15 awarded and pending patents surrounding InnovaPrep’s underlying technology termed “Wet Foam Elution” awarded in 2012. The process is utilized in many of the Company’s currently available and pipeline products and greatly improves the way biological samples, especially those containing pathogenic organisms, are collected and prepared for analysis. U.S. Patent Application No. 61/276,737, entitled "A Liquid to Liquid Biological Concentrator with Disposable Fluid Path”, was issued November 19, 2013 as U.S. Patent No. 8,584,535. This patent is owned by InnovaPrep and applies specifically to the Concentrating Pipette’s single-use disposable filter tips and other pipeline products. U.S. Patent Application No.61/277,119, entitled "Devices, Systems, and Methods for Elution of Particles from Flat Filters”, was issued November 19, 2013 as U.S. Patent No. 8,584,536. This patent is owned by InnovaPrep and applies specifically to the ACD-200 Bobcat Dry Filter Air Sampler’s (including integratable models) single-use Rapid Filter Elution Kit and other pipeline products.

Pipeline Selects Dave Alburty for 2013 Entrepreneurial Fellows Program – Jan. 25 2013
January 25, 2013

Pipeline Selects Dave Alburty for 2013 Entrepreneurial Fellows Program 

CEO of Drexel, MO based InnovaPrep chosen to participate in nationally recognized year-long program designed to accelerate the growth of high-performance entrepreneurs.

Drexel, MO January 25, 2013— The Pipeline entrepreneurial fellowship program has announced that Dave Alburty, CEO of InnovaPrep, will join the 2013 Class of Entrepreneurial Fellows. Pipeline is an exclusive community of high-potential entrepreneurial leaders building high-growth companies throughout the Midwest Region. More

A New Way to Concentrate - April 2012, Lab Manager Magazine
April 15, 2012

Lab Manager Magazine article 2012 on the Concentrating Pipette. Link

Kansas City’s 25 under 25 Award 2012
January 11, 2012
‍InnovaPrep was selected as one of 25 of the best Kansas City companies with 25 or fewer employees!
Liquid to Liquid Biological Particle Concentrator Patent Award- February 2012
January 2, 2012

InnovaPrep LLC is pleased to announce that U.S. Patent Application No. 12/131,015, entitled "A Liquid to Liquid Biological Particle Concentrator”, was issued February 7, 2012 as U.S. Patent No. 8110112. This patent is owned by InnovaPrep, and applies to a rapid one-pass liquid filtration system that efficiently concentrates biological particles including proteins/toxins, viruses, DNA, and/or bacteria. Concentration of these particles is advantageous for detection because concentrating them into a small volume makes them easier to detect.

Innovations in Technology Award 2011
October 1, 2011
InnovaPrep receives the Innovations in Technology Award at a recent event at the University of Missouri - Kansas City
Technology Company of the Year Award - Sep 2010
September 1, 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon presented the 2010 Governor’s Technology Company of the Year Award to Dave Alburty, CEO and Andy Page, President and CTO of InnovaPrep

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