Collection and Transport
Dr. R. D. Stuart invented bacteriology transport systems in 1946. For over 40 years very little had changed in this standard transport invention, and certainly, no recognized standards for performance existed.
Understanding that while swab transport systems look very similar, performance may vary dramatically from one system to another, COPAN began to work with the Microbiology community to develop comparative independent studies on transport swabs. Thought leaders in the Microbiology community designed protocols to test and challenge products measuring and comparing the performance. The results of the studies were eye opening and supported the theory that not all transport systems perform equally. Ultimately, a CLSI Subcommittee was established and tasked with the development of a standard for performance of specimen collection and transport devices for microbiology. Championed by Microbiology leaders and COPAN, in 2003, international published standards for transport swabs were developed. These new standards, CLSI (NCCLS) M40-A, created a new performance benchmark for swab collection and transport systems manufacturers, and solidified COPAN's devotion to excellence in quality, preanalytical and innovation.
COPAN's field of expertise is the preanalytical phase of Microbiology: Collection, Transport, Preservation and Analytical Specimen Processing. COPAN is well known for its large scale, custom automation, which supplies over 250 million collection and preservation systems for bacteriology and virology per year. COPAN's stringent quality control process ensures that every lot of finished goods and raw goods comply with the CLSI (NCCLS) M40-A standard. COPAN Diagnostics is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485 certified.
COPAN's vertically integrated approach to manufacturing allows complete control over the entire process in order to produce the best product in the market, and achieve constant technical and quality improvement at a competitive price.
COPAN's mission is to bring value to Microbiology by providing innovative solutions. That is why, in the early 2000s, the late Daniele Triva had a breakthrough idea for a type of swab that would be a game changer in the industry and outperform any of the state-of the-art fiber swabs. COPAN's unique quantitative approach to diagnostics and passion for innovation drove research and development, and as a result, in 2004, COPAN invented and introduced the first flocked swabs to the market.
FLOQSwabs™ opened the door for COPAN to create improved devices, not just swabs, for collecting and eluting samples used in a wide variety of applications from molecular assays, antigen testing and EIA to DNA paternity kits, forensics and drugs of abuse testing kits. Flocking technology opens up limitless opportunity for the design and development of collection devices for various applications. COPAN is the inventor of flocked swabs and holds patents in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and China.
Traditional fiber wound swabs have an internal mattress core, which can trap precious sample.
COPAN flocked swabs use nylon fibers, and have no absorbent core, so the entire sample stays close to the surface for fast and complete elution.