COPAN’s Colibri ™ Automated Sample Processing Instrument Receives FDA 510 (k) Clearance for Use with MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Analyzers


MURRIETA, California, January 5, 2022 / PRNewswire / – COPAN diagnosis is proud to announce the FDA customs clearance Humming-birdâ„¢, an automated processor which is a complementary part of WASPLab®, the complete laboratory automation system from COPAN. The COPAN Colibriâ„¢ The system is a in vitro diagnostic device for use with the bioMérieux VITEK® MS Where Bruker MALDI Biotyper® CA mass spectrometry systems to automate the rapid identification of isolated colonies of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria grown on solid culture media. The Hummingbirdâ„¢ system, associated with the revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) software of COPAN, PhenoMATRIX®, provides industry-leading, intelligence-driven sample processing solutions for clinical microbiology laboratories to streamline workflow and meet the lab’s toughest demands.

FDA approved, Colibri â„¢ saves time and manpower by automating a critical step in microbiology diagnostics.

“Clinical microbiology faces enormous challenges, including labor shortages, dramatically increased workloads, pressure for on-demand testing, and rapid turnaround times for results. FDA clearance of COPAN’s Hummingbirdâ„¢ will save time and manpower by automating a crucial step in diagnostic microbiology. When used with COPAN’s advanced AI software, the lab has full traceability and precision with respect to colony selection and transfer to MALDI-TOF target slides. A complex task that occurs in microbiology laboratories tens or hundreds of thousands of times a day and which requires great care and attention is now automated with indisputable precision. With this critical laboratory processing process automated and interfaced with downstream mass spectrometry instruments, experienced laboratory professionals can now use their little time to perform other complex tasks requiring their unique skills and expertise, ”a said the CEO of COPAN Diagnostics. Normand sharples.

About Colibriâ„¢:

COPAN Hummingbirdâ„¢ unlike any other instrument in microbiology. It automatically selects isolated colonies for further analysis and investigation. Colonies are designated by the lab technologist or automatically by COPAN’s advanced AI, PhenoMATRIX® LABEL. Humming-birdâ„¢ works with both VITEK® MS MALDI-TOF and Bruker Biotyper® Seeding systems for target plate formats from both manufacturers, automatically applying the matrix and through a software interface, sending instructions and coordinates identifying each individual culture processing point. The precision robotics of the WASPLab complete laboratory automation system® combined with Colibriâ„¢ help eliminate any transposition errors. Humming-birdâ„¢ can also inoculate colonies in tubes or bottles of different sizes to prepare McFarland suspensions for antibiotic susceptibility tests (AST) * verifying the opacity of the suspensions using the on-board nephelometer. The system applies barcode labels to the tubes and prepares purity check plates from these suspensions.

* AST capacity currently IUO (Investigational Use Only) in the United States Marlet. Always consult the product inserts and the operating instructions for proper use of the products. Restrictions on customs clearance and product availability may apply in certain countries.

About PhenoMATRIX®

PhenoMATRIX® is an unprecedented AI-powered software that uses an advanced selection of highly sophisticated algorithms providing users of COPAN’s WASPLab® the power to automatically pre-assess and pre-sort culture plates and separate bacterial cultures. PhenoMATRIX® enables laboratories to quickly visualize and eliminate up to 80% of negative cultures that are processed in clinical microbiology with a single click.

About PhenoMATRIX® LABEL is the next evolution of COPAN’s advanced AI, which automatically detects and “marks” the best colonies for Colibri to collectâ„¢ for work. Advanced AI can interpret growth according to each lab’s personalized rules, presumably identify colonial morphology, and pre-select the best isolated colonies for processing. THE PHENOMATOR® The TAG software highlights the isolated colonies as well as the aggregated colonies; colonies which are not completely isolated but determined by the software to be identical and therefore pure. After having defined the optimal colonies for selection, PhenoMATRIX® TAG communicates the colony’s coordinates to the Colibriâ„¢ for reliable and precise picking.

About COPAN Complete automation of the WASPLab laboratory®:

WASP laboratory® is a highly efficient, modular, scalable and customizable sample processing and culture preparation system for clinical microbiology. Samples move from front-end processing to smart incubation, digital microbiology and artificial intelligence for plate reading. The system accepts veneered media from any manufacturer and uses the CLSI approved reference system for planting and streaking.

To learn more about Colibri™ and PhenoMATRIX® TAG, visit

About COPAN Diagnostics, Inc.

COPAN Diagnostics is part of the COPAN Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of collection and transport systems and full laboratory automation. COPAN’s collaborative approach to pre-analytics resulted in FLOQSwabs®, ESwabâ„¢, UTM universal transport bracket®, laboratory automation, including WASP® and WASPLab®. For more information visit

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