COPAN Celebrates International Women’s Day & the Women at COPAN

March 8, 2020

March is a beautiful time of year that brings with it the promise of warmer sunny days and fun outdoor activities. March is also a very special time of year because it is designated “National Women’s History Month,” a time…

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COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens

March 5, 2020

Due to the recent 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have been getting many inquiries about what type of swabs, media, and kits should be used for COVID-19 sample collection prior to testing. Below we have a short guide on…

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COPAN Streamlines Production to Yield Maximum Output of Viral Transport Kits for Collection of Upper Respiratory Samples, Including COVID-19

February 28, 2020

Brescia, Italy February 28, 2020 – With the surging demand for sample collection kits for diagnosing COVID-19 and other upper respiratory tract pathogens, COPAN is concentrating its efforts on strategic items to maximize product output and supply during the ongoing…

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Do My Microbes Love You? How Your Bacteria Affect Your Love Life

February 14, 2020

In November, we explored how our microbes have a tremendous influence on our nutrition, immunity, and overall well-being (Click to read the article in case you missed it). In honor of Valentine’s Day, we take a more in-depth look into…

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Best Practices for Sample Collection for Respiratory Specimens, Including Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 10, 2020

With the current rise in flu cases and possible spread of emerging respiratory viruses, like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), laboratories and healthcare providers can expect another very busy flu season. The  2019-2020 flu season is on track to be one…

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CDC Recommends Nasopharyngeal Swabs AND Oropharyngeal Swabs as Suitable for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens for Investigations of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

January 31, 2020

On January 30th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second meeting in Geneva of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). During the meeting the committee agreed that the outbreak constitutes a…

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Norman Sharples Receives Achievement Sculpture for 25 Years as CEO of COPAN Diagnostics, Inc.

January 7, 2020

During COPAN Diagnostics’ 25th Anniversary celebration, Norman was presented an achievement sculpture to commemorate his 25 years of service at COPAN. It consisted of an elegant and contemporary Eagle Sculpture from gifted wildlife California artist Kitty Cantrell. The name of…

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Versatile Easy-To-Use FecalSwab® is an Excellent Alternative to Traditional Containers for Accurate and Timely Detection of Gastrointestinal Pathogens from Fecal or Rectal Specimens

December 17, 2019

Fecal specimens have been utilized in the microbiology laboratory for years in order to detect bacterial gastrointestinal (GI) pathogens by culture.  More recently, molecular assays have been developed to detect not only bacterial GI pathogens, but viral and parasitic causes…

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Does ESwab™ Maintain Viability of Pathogenic Mycobacteria and Fungi?

November 26, 2019

Although there is little disagreement that body fluids, tissues and aspirates are the preferred materials to collect for the culture of specimens for fungus and mycobacteria, the use of ESwab™ has been shown to maintain the viability of these organisms and to release most of the sample into the media allowing for suitable culture material.

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Providers, Trainers, and Defenders: The Hidden Role of Your Microbes to be Thankful For

November 1, 2019

Halloween has come and gone, shifting our attention to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to celebrate together with friends and family and to reflect on the relationships we are grateful for in our lives. Yet few people recognize some…

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The Spooky Microbe Monsters Among Us

October 28, 2019

It’s nearly Halloween, a time to celebrate by donning costumes, carving pumpkins, and watching horror films. The Fall Season is a perfect time to gather around a warm fire and tell spooky stories about our favorite monsters. Although monsters like…

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Can CAP Proficiency Testing (PT) Samples be Adequately Processed with Laboratory Automation? A Proof of Concept Study…

August 30, 2019

As part of the study, remnant CAP PT samples were tested to determine a procedure for processing the unknowns on the WASP®DT. The unknown samples were processed manually following the instructions provided by CAP. The results were used as a control to compare four different methods for processing the unknown samples on the WASP®DT.

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Hologic’s Panther Fusion MRSA Assay Lists ESwab™ as Approved Sample Collection Device

September 18, 2018

Hologic’s Panther Fusion MRSA Assay Lists ESwab™ as Approved Sample Collection Device

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FDA Cleared UriSponge™ for More Convenient Urine Collection, Preservation, and Transport

September 6, 2018

FDA Cleared UriSponge™ for More Convenient Urine Collection, Preservation, and Transport

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Preparing for the 2018 – 2019 Influenza Season

August 31, 2018

Preparing for the 2018 – 2019 Influenza Season

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Liquid Based Microbiology is the Key to Optimal Automation Utilization

August 24, 2018

Laboratories can optimize their automation utilization with COPAN LBM products

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Dr. Flora Returns to Demonstrate the PhenoMATRIX™ Software!

July 9, 2018

Dr. Flora Returns to Demonstrate the PhenoMATRIX™ Software

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Recent Study Shows WASPLab® and VITEK®MS Together to Facilitate Positive Blood Culture Identification in Approximately 4 Hours

May 25, 2018

Recent Study Shows WASPLab® and VITEK®MS Together to Facilitate Positive Blood Culture Identification in Approximately 4 Hours

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Orange You Glad WASPLab®’s PhenoMATRIX™ Can Detect and Interpret GAS Colonies on Novel CHROMagar’s Colorex Strep A Agar?

May 18, 2018

Orange You Glad WASPLab®’s PhenoMATRIX™ Can Detect and Interpret GAS Colonies on Novel CHROMagar’s Colorex Strep A Agar?

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COPAN FecalSwab for Infection Control Surveillance of ESBL, CRE and C. difficile

May 10, 2018

COPAN FecalSwab can be used for Infection Control Surveillance of ESBL, CRE and C. difficile

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Dr. Flora and Zip Journey Through PhenoMATRIX™

April 4, 2018

Automation comes alive in this exciting new video starring Zip and Dr. Flora, about COPAN’s PhenoMATRIX Algorithm Suite which automates reading of some traditional bacterial cultures.

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SCACM, Microbiology and Full Laboratory Automation- Do You Have the Answers You Need

March 2, 2018

COPAN will be hosting a workshop during the annual SCACM meeting and PhenoMATRIX™, can differentiate positive and negative urine cultures

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Candida auris, An Emerging Superbug Fungus Quickly on the Rise?

February 12, 2018

Candida auris is a new superbug fungus on the rise.

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Can Bacteria be Stored in Freezing Temperatures Using ESwab™?

February 1, 2018

ESwab with 20 Percent Glycerol tested well for the long term storage of frozen bacteria

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Does ESwab Work for Pathogenic Fungi?

January 5, 2018

While there is extensive information to support ESwab™’s excellent performance with aerobic, anaerobic and fastidious bacteria, for the first time a study aimed at researching the question about fungi was published by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

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