Clever Culture Systems - Automation in Microbiology Labs


Clever Culture Systems are the creators of the APAS Independence. The world first instrument utilises the breakthrough Automated Plate Assessment System (APAS) imaging technology and artificial intelligence algorithms to automatically read, interpret and sorts the plates, successfully identifying plates with no significant growth, significant growth and those needing further review by a microbiologist.

The APAS Independence brings automation in microbiology labs around the world with FDA clearance and CE certification. It can currently be found in Australia, Europe and the USA.

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Clever Automation for Reading Culture Plates

The APAS Independence overcomes the plate assessment bottleneck and streamlines laboratory workflow by sorting plates into three categories: positive, negative or no significant growth, and those requiring further review. It reads culture plates three times faster than a microbiologist, screening 200 plates per hour, achieving major time savings for busy labs and facilitating faster results. By removing the negatives, the APAS Independence enables microbiologists to focus their expertise on the significant growth plates.

Clever Use of AI and Digital Imaging

As the demand for diagnostic testing grows, driven both by a rise in chronic disease and a shortage of qualified scientists, microbiology labs are being asked to do more with fewer resources. While very large laboratories are moving towards end to end automation, many labs are unable to justify the capital outlay. Responding to this gap in the market, the APAS Independence was created providing a clever modular solution for the modern microbiology lab.

Clever Reporting with Trusted Results

The APAS Independence automatically produces informative reports that feature sample specific information and high quality images for review assisting laboratories with their workload. Trials of automation in microbiology labs using the APAS Independence confirms it delivers reliable results and is at least as accurate as a highly trained scientist.