APAS® Independence at Hennepin County Medical Center

Adelaide, Australia, 09 June 2020

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis operates a nationally recognised Level I Adult Trauma Centre and Level I Paediatric Trauma Centre with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The HCMC Microbiology Laboratory provides a full range of diagnostic testing and reporting services and has purchased the APAS® Independence with associated urine analysis module to support their daily culture plate workflow. HCMC is a medium sized clinical laboratory processing approximately 500 specimens a day including 300 urine plates for analysis.

Director of Microbiology, Dr Glen Hansen, has a reputation for innovation and leading the industry with the implementation of cutting-edge technologies. Over the past 2 years, HCMC has been acting as a centre of excellence for the APAS®technology, supporting the development of new analysis modules and presenting data at scientific conferences such as the American Society of Microbiology Microbe and the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

HCMC Director of Microbiology, Dr Glen Hansen said:

“The ability for us to automate the reading of our culture plates with the APAS® Independence has increased the work efficiency through the laboratory and has motivated staff who now have more time for other activities. It has been a real pleasure to work with the teams from Clever Culture Systems and LBT Innovations over the past two years. Their commitment and excitement towards the technology is obvious and I look forward to continuing the collaboration into the future.”

Clever Culture Systems General Manager, Peter Bradley is delighted with the sale. “Dr Hansen has been a great advocate for the technology and the purchase reflects the positive impact the APAS Independence has had within the HCMC lab. We believe their reputation for innovation and application of new technologies will provide us with further commercial validation and we continue to work hard to bring the advantages of the APAS Independence to microbiology labs across the US.”