With a reputation for innovation in pre-analytics, Copan Diagnostics, Inc. is the leading supplier of collection and transport systems in the world. Copan Diagnostics, Inc. has been supplying bacteriology swabs, viral transport media VTM and molecular systems to North and South America since 1994. Copan's innovations in pre-analytics include patented FLOQSwabs™, ESwab™, and UTM™ viral transport, which have been proven to advance the quality of traditional and contemporary microbiology assays through improved fluid-dynamics.

WASPLAB™

A Barcode Driven and Conveyor-Connected Specimen Processing System – Utilizes Robotic Plate Management and Image recording to Automate Specimen Workup in Microbiology.

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Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen Collection

As part of COPAN’s ongoing commitment to demonstrate best practices for specimen collection, the first video in a series features nasopharyngeal swab specimen collection using flocked swabs and viral transport media (FLOQSwabs™ and UTM™).

The videos were produced in partnership with Dr. J. Michael Miller, Director of Microbiology Technical Services, a private consulting service for diagnostic labs. Dr. Miller previously spent 35 years with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and has had a long term interest in specimen management and clinical relevance.

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NEWS AND EVENTS

January 9, 2015
Strategic alliance between bioMérieux and COPAN to automate clinical microbiology laboratories and enhance their operational efficiency
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FEATURED STUDY

EVALUATION OF ANATOMICALLY-DESIGNED FLOCKED SWABS FOR THE MOLECULAR DETECTION OF ENTERIC PATHOGENS IN CHILDREN ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE GASTROENTERITIS IN BOTSWANA >
Two-hundred and eighty matched bulk stool and anatomically-designed flocked swab samples were collected from children admitted to hospital with acute diarrhea in Botswana. Parents were asked about the acceptability of the swab collection method as compared with bulk stool sampling. Almost all parents/guardians found the swabs acceptable. Flocked rectal swabs significantly facilitate the molecular diagnosis of diarrheal disease in children.

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