Automated Specimen Workup for ID and AST

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Introduction to Colibrí™

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Introduction to Colibrí™

Product Overview

Colibrí™ is FDA cleared for use with the bioMérieux VITEK® MS or Bruker MALDI Biotyper® CA mass spectrometry systems for automating rapid identification of isolated colonies of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria grown on solid culture media. The system is also FDA cleared for the preparation of microbial suspensions for AST with bioMérieux VITEK® 2 and Beckman Coulter MicroScan.

  • Prepares purity plates and applies barcode labels to AST suspensions
  • Colonies chosen for workup manually or automatically by advanced PhenoMATRIX® TAG A.I.

The Copan Colibrí™ System is the first instrument in its class that is FDA cleared for the simultaneous preparation of MALDI-TOF slides and McFarland AST suspensions.

Streamlines Culture Workup

Colibrí™'s compatibility with leading systems like VITEK® MS MALDI-TOF and Bruker Biotyper® streamlines the seeding of target plates and matrix application.

More Consistent & Standardized Workup

Automating colony picking provides more consistent and standardized MALDI spotting and AST inoculum preparations for all types of specimen sources.

Enhance Laboratory Productivity

Colibrí™ allows skilled microbiology staff to focus expertise on advanced analysis rather than rather than manual ID and AST preparation.

First in Class FDA Clearance

Colibrí™ is the first instrument in its class to receive 510(k) clearance for the preparation of MALDI-TOF slides and McFarland AST suspensions.

Simplified, Automated Prep for MALDI and AST

Colibrí™ automatically picks colonies previously selected by PhenoMATRIX® TAG or by an operator at the WASPLab® reading station. The instrument spots targets for microbial identification through MALDI-TOF technology and prepares microbial suspensions for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (AST).

Automate Your Entire Workflow with AI-Powered Colony Selection and Picking

PhenoMATRIX® TAG uses advanced artificial intelligence to automatically identify and tag the most ideal colonies for workup based on isolation, morphology, and purity. The software seamlessly communicates these coordinates to our Colibrí™ automation solution which reliably picks the tagged colonies, streamlining your workflow.

Precision and Full Traceability

The laboratory has total traceability and precision of colony selection and transfer to MALDI-TOF target slides. Colibrí™ records the source identity of each sample, its position on the target slide and communicates this information electronically to the MALDI-TOF MS analyzers, thereby eliminating the risk of human transcription errors.

Automate Crucial Steps in Diagnostic Microbiology Testing for Time and Labor Savings

By reliably handling tedious colony picking and preparation tasks, Colibrí™ allows skilled microbiology staff to focus expertise on advanced analysis rather than ID and AST preparation. Automating the preparation of MALDI target plates and AST suspensions also standardizes inocula for ID and susceptibility testing.

Onboard Nephelometer

Checks the turbidity of the microbial suspension to guarantee precision and standardization

Containers Table

Holds up to 16 McFarland suspensions and AST tubes for the preparation of the microbial suspensions

Advanced Vision System

Controls pipette alignment and retrieves colony coordinates from WASPLab®, matching them for accurate picking

Printer and Barcode System

Automatically labels tubes and purity plates for complete traceability

We help you begin your automation journey

Copan delivers full laboratory automation innovations spanning specimen sorting, processing, smart incubation, specialized imaging, and AI interpretation to maximize clinical microbiology productivity. Our modular platforms are uniquely customized to each laboratory while enhancing quality, safety, and traceability.


Walk-Away Specimen Processor


Full Laboratory Automation with Digital Microbiology


Bulk Specimen Sorting


Advanced Artificial Intelligence for Microbiology


Automated Disk Diffusion Set Up and Interpretation

Collaborative Station

Semi-Manual Specimen Processing

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Our Promise

Copan is committed to innovation in preanalytics. The automation developed by the COPAN team helps Microbiologists to provide faster and better results, and ultimately to make a difference and have a strong impact on patient care.

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