Collaboration has fuelled COPAN’s uniquely designed products to optimize sample recovery. Owing to the feedback and input of key opinion leaders, we have managed to create collection devices of various shapes, sizes and configurations that have improved sample collection from specific areas on the human body. These ergonomic and anatomically-designed devices facilitate the recovery of bacteria, viruses and DNA for different applications including crime scenes, environmental testing and molecular biology. Once we receive a customer inquiry, we ensure the optimal collection device or media for each specific use. Sometimes that means suggesting an already available product. Other times, it may involve developing a custom item or new medium. After collecting and interpreting all relevant data, studies and publications and assessing the viability of the potential new product, COPAN develops the proper made-to-order product.