COPAN‘s invention related to a method for collection and transfer of biological samples: FLOQSwabs®. The application of the flocked fiber technology to the medical field was a huge breakthrough in the pre-analytics of Microbiology. Our FLOQSwabs® have changed pre-analytics by giving clinicians an intuitive and easy to use sample collection tool that improves diagnostics. So many independent studies have proven that the use of Copan flocked swabs significantly improves the quantity and quality of samples collected and released into different culture and assays. Despite presence of imitators, FLOQSwabs® are widely recognized as the gold standard in sample collection.
Maximizing the clinical diagnostics
Thanks to flocking technology, the collection swab is designed to fit the human anatomy and physiology of the sampling site, then it is molded and flocked. By this development flow, FLOQSwabs® drive the sample collection step to optimize the assay and diagnostic sensitivity. The open fiber structure of FLOQSwabs® collects fluids, secretions or remove human cells while the superior fluid dynamics grants the release of the collected analyte into the assay. Unlike traditional fiber wound swabs, which resemble a mattress or cushion, FLOQSwabs® have no internal absorbent core to disperse and entrap the specimen. The entire sample stays close to the surface for fast and complete elution. The perpendicular Nylon® fibers serve as a soft brush and allow improved collection of cell samples. Capillary action between the fiber strands facilitates strong hydraulic uptake of liquid sample, and the sample stays close to the surface allowing easy elution.
Ergonomic and anatomic design
The collection tool is projected and design in respect of anatomy of the collection site: this improves patient comfort and efficiency in specimen collection.
Plenty of sample for more investigations
The improved fluid dynamics and the unique fibre structure of FLOQSwabs® keeps the sample close to the surface and easy to elute into a liquid solution. Such liquid solution will contain not just 1 swab sample but plenty of sample for additional testing or retesting. Sample eluted in liquid format finally opened to doors to Liquid Based Microbiology® (LBM®) and automation in the laboratories.
Reproducibility and Repeatability
High level of reliability, reproducibility and repeatability thanks to consistent and standardized absorption and release.
Rapid automatic elution
Instant and spontaneous release into liquid media.
Quantitative volume transfer
Measurable and consistent uptake and transfer from patient to test tube.
Maximum fluid transfer
Perpendicular flocked fibers provide efficient absorption and complete release of liquid sample.
Maximun Cellular Tranfer
Velvet brush-like texture rapidly and efficiency dislodges cells and allows complete dispersal in sample buffer or preservation medium.
Compability with Multiple Application and Platforms
FLOQSwabs® are versatile and ideal for rapid antigen testing, EIA, PCR and molecular-based assays, DFA and cytology testing, bacteriology and virology culture.
FLOQSwabs® tip can be treated, coated or activated according to specific customization requirements in terms of enhanced or dynamics, performance, target analyte, etc.
Safe and convenient molded breakpoint.