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Sample Collection,Transport & Processing

With a reputation for innovation, COPAN is the leading manufacturer of collection and transport systems in the world. With its roots in pre-analytics, COPAN's collaboration with the clinical Microiology community and commitment to innovation has lead the way for breakthroughs in sample collection, transport and preservation systems that advance and improve the quality of traditional and contemporary Microbiology assays.

Patented Sample Collection Flocked Swabs

Each FLOQSwab® consists of a molded plastic applicator stick with variable tips, some uniquely anatomically designed, coated with Nylon® fibers creating a thin absorbent layer, which allows for quick sample uptake and complete sample elution.

Multipurpose Swab Sample Collection and Transport System

ESwab™ is a multipurpose collection and transport system for aerobic, anaerobic and fastidious bacteria, maintaining viability for up to 48 hours at room or refrigerator temperature (Neisseria gonorrhoeae survival at 24 hours per CLSI standard).

Sample Collection and Preservation System for Enteric Bacteria

FecalSwab® is a convenient system for collection and transport of rectal swabs and fecal specimens, preserving enteric pathogenic bacteria from point-of-care to the laboratory, for investigations using traditional culture and molecular tests.

Sputum Liquefying System

Process sputum samples easily using COPAN-invented Sputum Dipper™, a unique drill shaped tool for transferring sputum samples and SnotBuster™, a mucolytic agent for liquefying sputum samples creating homogeneous suspensions in the laboratory prior to processing the sample.

Urine Collection, Preservation and Transport System

UriSponge™ is a urine collection and transport system which maintains viability of bacteria at refrigerated and room temperature for up to 48 hours. UriSponge™ simply uses an absorbent sponge impregnated with preservative, avoiding the cost and potential hazard of vacuum style transport with hypodermic needles.

Collection, Transport and Long-Term Sample Storage for Viruses, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma

The UTM® Universal Transport System is the leading transport medium for collection, transport, preservation and long-term freeze storage of clinical specimens containing viruses, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma.

Traditional Bacteriology Transport Swabs

With an extensive range of traditional bacteriology, fiber wrapped swab systems, Transystem™ product line comprises of Amies, Stuart, and Cary-Blair media in agar gel and liquid formats to serve all sample collection and transport needs in clinical bacteriology.

Collection and Transport for Molecular Diagnostics

MSwab™ is a collection, transport and preservation system intended for the collection and transport of clinical specimens containing Gram positive aerobic bacteria, and HSV 1 and HSV 2 viruses from the collection site to the testing laboratory. MSwab™ is not suitable for culture of Gram negative bacteria or anaerobes.

eNAT™ is a versatile system that combines a FLOQSwab® with 1mL Guanidine-thiocyanate based medium used to stabilize RNA and DNA of Viruses, Bacteria, Chlamydia, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Mycoplasma to be processed with molecular diagnostic platforms. eNat™ allows safe specimen handling due the microbial viability inactivation.

Standard Fiber Wrapped Dry Swabs

Used for point-of-care collection and transfer and general laboratory tasks, dry CLASSIQSwabs™ are available with a variety of applicator and swab material, tip size and packaging configurations.

Our Promise

With over 40 years manufacturing high quality and scientifically-based products, COPAN’s devotion to excellence in the pre-analytical phase through continuous innovation has resulted in a high level of specialization in its core lines of sample collection, transport and preservation products. From its beginnings, COPAN has always believed that while swab transport systems look very similar, performance may vary dramatically, and has continued to invest in improving its performance, as proven by the vast amount of independent publications:

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