COPAN Research Roundup – Sample Collection for COVID: How Does Saliva Stack up Against Swabbing

December 15, 2021

Welcome to Research Roundup!  Each month COPAN will feature a comprehensive review and commentary on recent scientific publications covering a particular topic of interest. COPAN’s Research Roundup is authored by Dr. Susan Sharp, COPAN’s Scientific Director! In this month’s edition,…

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eNAT™: Frequently Asked Questions

December 10, 2021

General Info, Use & Storage What is eNAT™? COPAN’s eNat™ system is intended for the collection and preservation of viruses, including upper respiratory tract specimens, bacteria, Chlamydia, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Mycoplasma.   The sample collection system completely stabilizes and renders the…

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Meet Silvio Lignarolo: VP of Strategic Accounts

December 3, 2021

Silvio Lignarolo has been a part of the COPAN team for about 15 years — one of the longest tenures at COPAN. Silvio is an instrumental part of the fast-growing sales team and is mainly responsible for all business development…

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COPAN Research Roundup: Nucleic Acid Specimen Transport and eNat®

November 12, 2021

Welcome to Research Roundup!  Each month COPAN will feature a comprehensive review and commentary on recent scientific publications covering a particular topic of interest. COPAN’s Research Roundup is authored by Dr. Susan Sharp, COPAN’s Scientific Director! In this month’s edition,…

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Respiratory Virus Cases are Expected to be on the Rise this Year

August 9, 2021

As the COVID pandemic raged this past fall and winter, scientists and doctors began to note the unusually low number of other respiratory viruses reported. In fact, the number of influenza cases during the 2020-2021 season was not just far…

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COPAN Diagnostics is Working Feverishly to Prepare for The First Virtual World Microbe Forum

June 8, 2021

COPAN Diagnostics has been busy at work preparing for the first virtual World Microbe Forum, a collaboration between the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), and several other collaborating societies to be held from June…

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Recent Study Finds Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swabs Remain the Gold Standard for Diagnosis of COVID-19

April 28, 2021

Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs are considered the highest-yield specimen type for diagnostic testing of upper respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, and the use of a flocked NP swab is considered the gold standard as referenced by the US FDA. However, due to…

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ESwab™: Frequently Asked Questions

April 7, 2021

Contents What is ESwab™? What is a Flocked Swab? What does the “E” in ESwab™ stand For? What Types of Bacteria Does ESwab™ Support? How Long Does ESwab™ Support Bacteria? What are the Stability and Transport Requirements of ESwab™? What…

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PodSwab™: Frequently Asked Questions

March 29, 2021
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Back to Work Sample Collection for COVID-19 Pooled Samples

March 24, 2021

As the COVID testing positivity rate has declined, new, more efficient, and less expensive COVID testing strategies have been developed. The adoption of ‘pooled’ strategies allows for significant cost savings in sample collection and testing supplies, especially in populations with…

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International Women’s Day: Women in STEM

March 8, 2021

Monday, March 8th marks International Women’s Day  (IWD) — a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. IWD is a day that marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year, the theme is “Choose…

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Mask up. Wash up.

March 1, 2021

No, it’s not just the flu. While we may have heard this ad nauseum the past year, what exactly makes SARS-CoV-2 different than the seasonal flu? COPAN Scientific Director Dr. Susan Sharp broke this down during her recent webinar on…

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New Protocol for Automated Processing of Lab Proficiency Testing (PT) Samples

February 23, 2021

The data from this multicenter study show that CAP bacteriology PT samples are compatible with both the WASP and the Inocula automated processing systems.

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Study Shows COPAN eNAT™ Transport System Can Address Challenges in COVID-19 Diagnostics in Regions with Limited Testing Access

February 15, 2021

COPAN eNAT™, molecular collection and preservation medium, which received FDA clearance for microbial nucleic acid storage and stabilization in September 2020 has been featured in a new February 2021 JCM study. COVID19 testing is typically readily available in urban areas…

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COPAN Nasal swab Jess

New Study Shows the Impacts of the Variability in Instructions for Performance of Nasopharyngeal Swabs in the Era of COVID-19

February 11, 2021

The gold standard collection to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2 uses a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab. Given the significant demand for COVID19 testing, there are a large number of previously untrained and unfamiliar staff now collecting these specimens.  We have all…

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COPAN’s Science-Driven Approach to Ramping Up COVID Collection Products One Swab at a Time

February 3, 2021

Detection. It’s one of the critical weapons in the battle against a virus that looks and acts like so many others. When SARS-CoV-2 first hit our shores, while we understood little about the novel virus, we did know one thing…

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COPAN Diagnostics Inc. Adds Another Tool to Its COVID-19 Arsenal with the Addition of Minitip Foam Swabs

January 14, 2021

Whether the sample is collected at a clinic, hospital or drive-through site, there’s one common denominator when concerning COVID-19 testing — the swab.   And in the face of surging demand — so far, laboratories across the United States have processed more than 260 million COVID-19 tests — there’s obviously room for more collection and transport system options.1 Enter the minitip foam swab for nasopharyngeal swab collection.   “COPAN Diagnostics recently added…

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Portrait of asian woman drive thru coronavirus covid-19 test by medical staff with PPE suit by nose swab.

Point-of-Care Testing More Safe and Secure with eNAT™

November 24, 2020

Drive-through testing sites. Walk-in clinics. Rapid tests at hospitals. With COVID cases on the rise and the holidays approaching, individuals are flocking to various testing sites across the country. And, of course, the frontline workers administering these tests are taking…

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FLOQSwab®: Frequently Asked Questions

November 9, 2020

Invented by COPAN, flocked swabs are a special type of swab produced with an applicator tip that is spray-coated with short Nylon® fibers arranged perpendicularly.

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UTM®: Frequently Asked Questions

November 3, 2020

UTM®: Viral Transport is an FDA cleared collection and transport system suitable for collection, transport, maintenance, and long-term freeze storage of clinical specimens containing viruses, including COVID-19, chlamydia, mycoplasma or ureaplasma organisms. The transport medium comes in a plastic, screw cap tube and maintains organism viability for 48 hours at room or refrigerated temperature.

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Taking a swab for corona virus sample

COVID-19 Sample Collection and Transport Resources

October 23, 2020

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we have received many inquiries about which types of swabs, media, and kits can be used for COVID-19 sample collection before testing. Below we have a short guide on which COPAN products meet the CDC and FDA Guidelines. All testing for COVID-19 should be conducted in consultation with a healthcare provider.

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UriSponge™: Frequently Asked Questions

July 14, 2020

The UriSponge™ collection device combines a plastic tube and a screw cap with attached sponges impregnated with boric acid and sodium formate urine preservatives. Simply collect a sample by dipping the sponge momentarily into a urine specimen.

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FecalSwab® : Frequently Asked Questions

July 13, 2020

FecalSwab® combines a COPAN-invented flocked swab with 2mL of Cary-Blair medium in a plastic, screw cap tube. Simplify and standardize fecal sample collection, transport and processing, converting semi-solid fecal matter into liquid specimens.

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Experts Weigh in On the Evolving Age of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Diagnostics

May 15, 2020

A new article in Clinical Microbiology Newsletter reviews the current role of emergent Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies in microbiology diagnostic testing. The authors of the article examined the increasingly prevalent use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our day-to-day lives and explored the role of AI in digital image analysis of parasitology samples, gram stains, and bacterial culture. The article also reviews the state of AI technologies in fields of MALDI-TOF mass spectral data analysis and genome sequencing.

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First-in-Class Study Validates Alternate Transport Media and Broader Storage Conditions for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Testing on RT-PCR Platforms

May 1, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is a communicable illness caused by a newly identified coronavirus with the number of clinical cases currently on the rise globally. Since the first reported case in December 2019, greater than 3.2 million cases have been reported worldwide…

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