Clinical Microbiology and Scientific Industry News

Two New US Patents Protect COPAN Invention of Flocked Swabs

The US Patent Office recently granted two additional patents to COPAN regarding flocked swabs. These two new US patents, US 8,979,784 and US 9,011,358, have a broad scope of protection for the flocked swab device, in addition to the method of use of such device previously covered by the first two US patents. COPAN is in a strong position to legally stop any infringing activity

April 23, 2015 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Strategic alliance between bioMérieux and COPAN to automate clinical microbiology laboratories and enhance their operational efficiency

bioMérieux distributes COPAN’s WASP® and WASPLabTM automated systems and speeds up deployment of its “FMLA® - Lab Efficiency” vision

January 9, 2015 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Superior Sample Collection: COPAN Teams Up With Dr. J. Michael Miller to Release a Series of Free Educational Videos

With flu season in full swing, COPAN Diagnostics, Inc. announced today the launch of the first in a series of free educational videos, as part of COPAN’s ongoing commitment to demonstrate best practices for specimen collection. The first video in the series features nasopharyngeal swab specimen collection using Nylon flocked swabs and viral transport media (FLOQSwabs™ and UTM™).

December 23, 2014 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Announces New VI-PAK Barrier Outer Foil Pack for ESwab™

COPAN prides itself on being a company synonymous with innovation in pre-analytics, and as so, it always looks for ways to improve its products to ensure the best quality specimen collection and transport devices on the market. COPAN is proud to announce new state-of-the-art active VI-PAK packaging for its successful line of ESwab.

November 3, 2014 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Group Announces the Untimely Death of Its Beloved CEO and General Manager, Daniele Triva

COPAN Group announces with great sadness that, on July 30th, 2014, its beloved, charismatic and eclectic leader, Daniele Triva passed away at his home in Italy, after a seven-month battle with Esophageal Gastric cancer. Daniele was 54 years old and leaves behind his wife and four children, his sister and family and a legacy of technological innovation in the field of pre-analytics.

September 2, 2014 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

UTM™ and ESwab™ Are Ideal Collection and Transport Systems for Diagnosis of Patients with Whooping Cough

COPAN’s complete array of products have a proven track record, through numerous clinical and scientific publications, demonstrating their high quality and reliability. COPAN has experience responding to epidemics, like Whooping Cough, by producing products for specimen collection and transport in a timely manner.



COPAN and MetaSystems GmbH are pleased to announce they have signed a global and exclusive agreement for the integration of automatic microscopy slide scanning system, provided by MetaSystems, with WASPLab™.


COPAN Announces WASP® Distribution Agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in the United States

COPAN Diagnostics, Inc. announced today a distribution agreement for COPAN WASP®:Walk-Away Specimen Processor with Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in the United States. The COPAN WASP® provides a total solution for pre-analytical microbiology specimen processing with a robust modular system able to automatically plant and streak plates, prepare gram slides, apply susceptibility disks, and inoculate broths.

February 28, 2014 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Flocked Swabs and UTM™ Viral Transport Media Available in Response to pH1N1 Upsurge

“During the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, COPAN invested tremendously in production capacity to meet the global demand, so we are more than prepared to handle the increased demand we are seeing now” says Norman Sharples, CEO of COPAN Diagnostics, Inc. “As the leader in collection and transport systems, we have the infrastructure needed to meet the demand in a timely manner. Our production of flocked swabs and UTM™ includes shifts 24 hours per day, and we are working closely with our distribution partners ensure they continue to have plenty of stock,” Sharples confirms.

January 10, 2014 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program Announces Decision to Acquire COPAN’s WASPLab™, the Next Generation Full Laboratory Automation and Digital Bacteriology System

"After a thorough due diligence process reviewing different commercially available options for full lab automation, we are pleased to announce our decision to purchase WASPLab™. Our goal in moving to full lab automation is to ensure patients in our area have access to excellent, timely and effective care. With the decreased turnaround times, our clinicians are excited about the positive impact WASPLab™ will have in enhancing patient care, antibiotic stewardship and infection control management,” said David Langstaff, Executive Director of the Laboratory Medicine Network.

September 3, 2013 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

The CHU de Québec and COPAN Achieve Landmark First Installation in North America of Next Generation Full Laboratory Automation and Digital Bacteriology System, WASPLab™

The CHU de Québec, one of the most important healthcare institutions in the province of Québec and one of the biggest in Canada, and COPAN Diagnostics, Inc., announced today the full installation of WASPLab™, the latest generation of full laboratory automation and digital microbiology system in Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus, one of the five hospitals forming the CHU de Québec. This hospital and COPAN group worked closely and collaboratively to deliver North America’s fastest seamless solution for full laboratory automation. This is a historic first installation of a full laboratory automation and digital bacteriology system operational in North America. The installation of WASPLab™’s hardware took place in an unprecedented time of less than a week. The speed of installation means that disruption to the routine laboratory operations is minimal and Go-Live time after install is dramatically shortened.

June 24, 2013 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

WASP® ID Disc Application Feature Allows for Complete Automation in the Specimen Setup Process

The new ID Disc Application function comes in response to market demand from the Microbiology community to automate this step in specimen processing.

March 7, 2013 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

UTM™ Available This Flu Season

Despite high seasonal flu levels, COPAN has plenty of UTM™ and it continues to work to ensure uninterrupted supply. Rely on COPAN’s UTM™ - don’t be fooled by similar products that need to be revalidated.

January 16, 2013 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

As Influenza Season Unfolds, COPAN Diagnostics Offers Free Educational Respiratory Sample Collection Videos for Healthcare Providers

Under our Educational Section, you can find educational videos that show proper technique for collecting respiratory specimens for influenza using swabs, aspirates and washes. These videos are a free resource:

January 4, 2013 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

New Clinical Study Finds ESwab™ Superior Collection and Transport System for Screening Pregnant Women for Group B Streptococcus

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology compared the performance of ESwab™ with traditional Amies transport swabs and found Copan ESwab™ was superior to Amies at all temperatures evaluated but especially at room temperature conditions (21°C and 24°C).

June 29, 2012 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Partners with INPECO to Offer Track System for Continuous Feeding of Specimens into WASP®: Walk-Away Specimen Processor

COPAN is announcing strategic partnership with INPECO for the connection of its track system FlexLab 3.6 for continuous feeding of standardized tube specimens to COPAN’s WASP®: Walk-Away Specimen Processor.

June 11, 2012 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Produces CDC/Joint Commission Educational Specimen Collection Videos

This week Copan launched videos demonstrating proper sample collection technique for respiratory samples. The new videos were created for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The Joint Commission to be used in a web based course on influenza diagnosis and treatment in ambulatory settings for healthcare providers. The educational videos show proper technique for collecting respiratory specimens for influenza using swabs, aspirates and washes.

April 26, 2012 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

US Patent Office Grants COPAN Invention of Flocked Swabs

The US Patent Office has awarded COPAN the much awaited patent for its flocked swabs invention for collection and transfer of biological samples. This grant, deriving from a very thorough and careful examination, strengthens COPAN’s patent portfolio around the World for its flocked swab invention. COPAN’s revolutionary invention has now been awarded patents in every Country where it had been filed.

December 22, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Flock Technologies Launches New Website in Chinese to Serve Burgeoning IVD and Medical Device Manufacturers in China

COPAN has proudly announced this week the launch of the Chinese version of the Copan Flock Technologies website. The Chinese website aims at better serving COPAN’s growing customer base in the IVD and Medical Device Manufacturers market in China.

December 5, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Revisiting Best Practices for Respiratory Virus Testing as Flu Season Draws Near

In the September, 2011 Journal of Clinical Microbiology, COPAN’s flocked swabs were cited as an important advance in testing for respiratory viruses. The JCM article “Current Best Practices for Respiratory Virus Testing” by Christine Ginocchio and Alexander MacAdam considers current issues in diagnostic testing for respiratory viruses including best methods for detection, sample handling and testing for antiviral resistance. The goal of the discussion, by the authors and the working group which contributed to the article, was to come to a consensus on the best practices for respiratory virus testing and to raise questions for further consideration.

October 10, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN WASP® Lands at Prestigious Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Boston Massachusetts, USA, recently took delivery of their long-awaited WASP® (Walk Away Specimen Processor), which includes a Gram SlidePrep™ Module. The acquisition was concomitant with the inauguration of BMC’s new clinical laboratory facilities, and BMC’s ongoing efforts to optimize patient care by consolidating resources and improving workflow within the lab.

October 3, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Winner of COPAN’s “I Love COPAN Flocked Swabs” Promotion is Announced

The winner of the “I love COPAN Flocked Swabs Promotion” has been announced. COPAN ran the promotion from March 2011 to May 2011, and it was publicized in different magazines and industry events. The winner's name was randomly selected from all the entries, as she became the winner of a trip for two to Italy. Participants were asked to tell us why they love COPAN Flocked Swabs, and we were pleased with the tremendous number of responses received. To see what others are saying, go to

August 1, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Announces Workshop on Automated Specimen Processing, Digital Workup and Reporting in Microbiology during AACC Clinical Lab Expo

COPAN will present changes in Microbiology and what they mean for automated specimen processing, especially related to revolutionary remote Bacteriology through WASPLab™ image acquisition and analysis. The presentation will examine the dramatic impact on microbiology efficiency and turn-around-time for results of the ability to view, workup, and report cultures remotely from anywhere with internet access. Registration still open. Register today

July 19, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

China Grants COPAN Patent for Flocked Swabs

COPAN announced that it has received the Chinese patent for its invention of flocked swabs, FLOQSwabs™, for collection and transfer of biological samples. The Chinese flocked swabs patent is the latest addition to a growing number of patents held by COPAN across the world for the use of flocked swabs for collection and transfer of biological samples, including a European patent that covers several countries (N°1608268), an Australian patent (N°2004226798), a Canadian patent (N°2515205), a Japanese patent (2007-523663) and New Zealand patent (N°541560).

June 27, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Announces Strategic Global Distribution Partnership with Siemens

COPAN announced a strategic partnership with Siemens for the global distribution of COPAN WASP®: Walk-Away Specimen Processor in New Orleans, Louisiana, during the ASM’s 111th General Meeting. This distribution agreement is particularly exciting for the US hospital market as it merges Siemens’ strong reputation in Microbiology and COPAN’s innovation in pre-analytics.


COPAN Announces the Launch of WASPLab™

COPAN is proud to announce the worldwide launch of WASPLab™ , a barcode driven and conveyor-connected specimen processing system, which utilizes robotic plate management to automate specimen workflow in Microbiology. The unveiling of the system will be in Milan, during the 21st ECCMID General Meeting from May 7 to May 10, 2011, and in New Orleans, Louisiana, during the ASM’s 111th General Meeting from May 21 to May 24, 2011.

April 28, 2011 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Files New Patents Following the Development of High Nucleic Acid Yield Flocked Swabs

Even though FLOQSwabs release almost the entire sample, nucleic acid has a tendency to be sticky and some residue can still attach to swab fibers. This risk is eliminated with COPAN’s latest discovery in fiber treatment for flocked swabs. This demonstrable improvement is now the subject of a series of new patent applications by Copan in the USA and in other countries around the world.

December 16, 2010 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Debuts WASPLab™ Incubator at MEDICA

WASPLab™ Incubator was showcased at MEDICA in Dusseldorf, Germany to great reactions from the attendees. The unveiling of the newest WASP® module, WASPLab™ Incubator, is just one more example of the company’s constant innovation and dedication to serving the needs of the Microbiology community.

December 6, 2010 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

FLOQSwabs™ by COPAN Conclusively Yield Better Accuracy and Detection of S. aureus than Traditional Fiber Swabs

A recent study conducted at University Hospital of Saint-Etienne in France unambiguously concluded that in comparison to traditional rayon fiber swabs, the use of FLOQSwabs™ by Copan leads to more accurate results in the rapid screening for S. aureus nasal carriage.

November 16, 2010 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

COPAN Secures Japanese Patent for its Flocked Swab Innovation

COPAN announced this week that it has received the Japanese patent for the invention of flocked swabs, FLOQSwabs™, for collection and transfer of biological samples. The Japanese patent for COPAN’s flocked swabs is the latest addition to a growing number of patents held by COPAN across the world for the use of flocked swabs for collection and transfer of biological samples.

September 10, 2010 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Copan Redefines Automated Specimen Processing with Groundbreaking New Features

Murrieta, CA – June 15th, 2010 – Copan unveiled new groundbreaking features of its Walk- Away Specimen Processor (WASP®) while attending the 110th General Meeting for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in San Diego, California this past May. Copan’s line of automation was introduced to the market in 2008 with the launch of the WASP®, a revolutionary system for automatic planting and streaking of all microbiology samples...

June 15, 2010 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Copan Installs Milestone 30th Walk-Away Specimen Processor (WASP®)

Murrieta, CA – June 3rd, 2010 – Copan is proud to announce the 30th placement of a Walk-Away Specimen Processor (WASP®), at Eastern Health, Newfoundland, in Canada. The WASP® is a revolutionary instrument used for automatically planting and streaking bacteriology samples...


Copan Secures Additional Patent for its Flocked Swab Innovation

Murrieta, CA – May 13, 2010 – Copan was recently granted the Australian patent for its line of flocked swabs. Copan is the original inventor of flocked swab technology and introduced the first flocked swabs to the market in 2004...


Copan Diagnostics Inc. Takes Innovation in Preanalytics a Step Further, Developing Automation for Gram Slide Preparation

Murrieta, CA – March 23, 2010 – In its endeavors to continuously make innovative strides in preanalytics and clinical microbiology, Copan Diagnostics announced this week that they will launch a groundbreaking new addition to its Walk-Away Specimen Processor, WASP® and to its line of automation. WASP® will now have anoptional automatic Gram slide preparation module...

March 23, 2010 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Copan Diagnostics, Inc. Unveils Redesigned Website for Improved Customer Experience

Murrieta, CA – January 3, 2010 – Copan Diagnostics, Inc. has recently launched a totally new website as the company continues to grow and diversify. In the spirit of innovation and creativity, Copan’s new site is filled with informational tools, such as scientific studies, educational training videos, brochures, news and events, technical information, and more. The main focus of Copan Diagnostics’ new website is an improved user experience...

January 3, 2010 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

ASM recommends Nasopharyngeal Flocked Swabs as the Specimen of Choice for Influenza A Testing (including H1N1)

Murrieta, California, October 27th, 2009 - Preparing for this flu season, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices has recently published a new interim algorithm providing guidance to clinical laboratories responsible for testing patients with respiratory illness for Influenza A, including H1N1...

October 27, 2009 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

Copan Announces Multimillion Expansion for US Pipet Manufacturing Operations

Murrieta, California, August 27th, 2009 - Despite tough economic times, Copan is proud to announce the expansion of its US operations. Copan Diagnostics, Inc. is undertaking a new multimillion dollar investment project to bring plastic transfer pipet and additional medical device manufacturing operations to its facility in Murrieta, California...

August 27, 2009 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >

CDC Recommends Copan - Manufactured Viral Transport Media and Flocked Swabs for Collection of H1N1 (Swine Flu) Virus

As of May 5th, 2009, the World Health Organization, has officially reported 1124 cases of Influenza A (H1N1) infection in 21 different countries. As the situation with the novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus continues to evolve, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to update their document...


Copan Ramps Up Production of Kits for Collection of Nasopharyngeal Samples to Detect Swine Flu Virus

As the World Health Organization raises the current level of the influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5, physicians’ offices, hospital clinics, and emergency rooms prepare to accommodate patients with symptoms of respiratory viral infection...

April 29, 2009 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE >


How Liquid Based Microbiology Can Change the Workflow in the Microbiology Laboratories >
This paper illustrate how Liquid Based Microbiology (LBM) can positively change laboratory workflow. LBM allows clinical specimen optimization and has several important advantages: cost reduction (due to the smaller number of different devices used), time savings for medical or nursing staff (less confusion in collection device selection and fewer samples being collected), time savings for laboratory staff (fewer samples to access and handle for individual investigations), and patient comfort improvement (multiple sample collection can be avoided).

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