Vancouver General Hospital is the First Canadian Institution to Implement Copan WASP(R): Walk-Away Specimen Processor

    MURRIETA, Calif., April 9 /CNW/ -- Copan Diagnostics, Inc. is proud to
announce the first installation of WASP(R): Walk-Away Specimen Processor in
Canada at Vancouver General Hospital. Copan WASP(R): Walk-Away Specimen
Processor is a revolutionary system for automatic planting and streaking
microbiology samples. The breakthrough technology behind the WASP, coupled
with Copan ESwab, the only liquid transport swab system for automation, make
the WASP the first instrument of its kind to use a single universal platform
to automatically plant and streak most bacteriology specimens, including
swabs, urine and fecal samples, regardless of the specimen's container style
or specimen type.


    Diane Roscoe, MD, who heads the Vancouver General Hospital's Medical
Microbiology and Infection Control Division, stated that the "hospital, as
part of Vancouver Coastal Health, strives to achieve an effective and seamless
healthcare system. The addition of the first WASP to the microbiology
laboratory is an important innovation that allows it to continue to provide
excellent service to an expanded regional microbiology laboratory, improving
throughput capacity while maintaining consistency." Because of the
instrument's versatility, its addition to the Microbiology Division at
Vancouver General Hospital is aligned with the region's overall values.
Serving a population of over a million people, Vancouver Coastal Health values
include a focus on effectiveness, efficiency, and best practices, as well as a
commitment to provide outstanding service and respond to patients' needs in a
timely and innovative manner.

    Judy Reid, the Vancouver Coastal Health Microbiology Regional Technical
Specialist, expressed her excitement for the new addition of the WASP to the
laboratory. She agreed with Dr. Roscoe in asserting that the WASP will
contribute to the hospital's goal of providing superior service in a timely
manner and will help meet the growing demand for microbiology testing. Reid
added that by automating the planting and streaking process using WASP, the
hospital "frees up scarce staff resources to perform more subjective analysis
that bring greater clinical value; the WASP robotic system takes care of the
repetitive tasks to minimize ergonomic issues, and it standardizes the entire
processing step since the system handles each specimen the same whether it is
early in the morning or at midnight."

    Norman Sharples, Copan Diagnostics' Executive VP, said that Copan
Diagnostics is "pleased with the placement of the first WASP in Canada at
Vancouver General Hospital and is looking forward to working with the strong
team of talented professionals at the hospital." Sharples concluded that "the
use of the new technology behind the WASP will continue to enhance automation
in microbiology departments in different countries and result in the highest
quality of healthcare service possible to every patient."

    About Copan Diagnostics, Inc.
    With a reputation for innovation in preanalytics, Copan is the leading
manufacturer of collection and transport systems in the world. Copan offers a
complete range of microbial sampling products used for traditional culture
analysis and molecular diagnostic assays. For more information, visit


For further information:

For further information: Gabriela Powers of Copan Diagnostics, Inc.,
1-800-216-4016, ext 206, Web Site:

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