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BioControl Introduces Assurance GDS® PickPen® PIPETMAX® 

Bellevue, WA – October 15, 2015 – BioControl Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in food safety testing, has recently introduced modular automation for their Assurance GDS® PCR-based pathogen detection system, featuring PickPen® PIPETMAX® (PPMX). The new PPMX provides labs with an easy, affordable and flexible means of automating sample preparation and processing.

The PPMX offers several advantages to food producers and testing labs. Modular automation focuses on completing one specific task rather than a series of more complex procedures, making operation easier while increasing sample preparation consistency and repeatability. Configured for workflow and throughput versatility, PPMX fits seamlessly into lab workflow for simplified implementation. The cost for modular automation is also far lower, making this option appealing for growing labs seeking to become scalable with a quick return on investment.

The instrument dispenses all necessary reagents for running Assurance GDS assays and performs a proprietary immuno-magnetic separation (IMS) using an automated version of the PickPen device, reducing hands-on labor by as much as 50%. “Labs are continually looking for ways to maximize productivity and increase consistency, with Assurance GDS automation, technicians can perform more skilled tasks while the PPMX completes the routine ones, says Lyssa Sakaley, Product Manager at BioControl. “In addition, the PPMX is the only instrument currently available that has been programmed to follow an aseptic travel path during IMS; helping to minimize the risk for cross-contamination during sample processing,” explains Sakaley.  

The Assurance GDS pathogen detection system includes assays for the detection of Salmonella, Listeria spp., Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7, Non-O157 Shiga Toxigenic E. coli (STEC), Shiga Toxin Genes and Cronobacter. Assays have been validated by a variety of 3rd parties including AOAC, AFNOR, MicroVal, and Health Canada, as well as, several multinational food manufacturing companies.

BioControl has been a recognized leader in the development of innovative rapid microbiological tests for the food industry since 1985. We offer an extensive line of proprietary, rapid tests for pathogen detection, quality control, and hygiene monitoring.  For more information please contact us at