Copan Italia S.p.A.

Via F. Perotti, 10, 25125 Brescia

Telephone +39 030 2687211
Fax +39 030 2687250


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MEDICA 2016 hall map (Hall 3): stand B29

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.10  Laboratory equipment
  • 03  Diagnostics
  • 03.04  Microbiology
  • 03.04.01  Bacteriology


  • 05  Commodities and Consumer Goods
  • 05.09  Disposable articles for laboratories

Disposable articles for laboratories

Our products

Product category: Laboratory equipment


The Nucleic Acid Optimizer is a special plastic semi-permeable basket that allows fast and complete recovery of nucleic acids from swab samples, card punches or other specimens into the sample tube. NAOBasket™ is designed with a collapsable grid bottom that allows passage of all eluted DNA sample from the collection device (i.e. swab) during the high speed centrifugation step, while guaranteeing the perfect tightness of the system during vortexing.

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Product category: Laboratory equipment

4N6 FLOQSwabs™ crime scene

Copan has developed a unique and revolutionary product line 4N6FLOQSwabs™ crime scene specifically designed for sample procurement of evidence found at a crime scene such as: sweat, semen, blood stains, skin and any environmental trace.

The advanced antimicrobial system neutralizes environmental microbes and preserves sample integrity up to 6 months at room temperature without air drying the swab. Superior uptake and release, and antimicrobial action makes this line suitable for crime scene investigations.

4N6FLOQSwabs™ Crime Scene should not to be used in living humans.

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Product category: Laboratory equipment


Room Temperature Preservation, Shipping, Long-Term Storage and Processing of Nucleic Acids from a Wide Variety of Biological Samples.

The NUCLEIC-CARD™ is a chemically-treated sample collection matrix that lyses cells and preserves DNA spotted onto the paper substrate. This enables a safe, compact and easy-to-use system for the collection, preservation and long-term room temperature storage of DNA from blood and buccal samples, while facilitating efficient direct PCR amplification workflows. NUCLEIC-CARD™ are intended not for diagnostic use.

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Product category: Laboratory equipment

microFLOQ™ direct

microFLOQ™ is an innovative DNA collection tool co-developed* by French Gendarmerie Forensic Research Institute (IRCGN™) and COPAN which enables to obtain a 24 DNA markers profile in less than 2 hours**

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Product category: Laboratory equipment


A wide selection of plastic tubes for the transport and storage of different kinds of specimens. They can be customized upon user’s request to fit multiple analyses requirements and can be combined with a selection of caps. They are suitable to be used on automation, especially on WASP®.

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About us

Company details

Copan Italia spa is the leading global developer and manufacturer of collection, preservation and transport devices for microbiology. Copan is an acronym for COllection and Preservation for the ANalysis. The mission is to improve the quality of the Pre-Analytical Phase of microbiology.

The Company was established in 1979 and started distributing general laboratory products. The production of basic plastic items (TOA cups, Pasteur pipettes, inoculation loops and needles, spreaders) began a few years after. Since then Copan has gained significant know-how in plastic injection and blow-moulding technologies and it has evolved into a fully integrated company: all functions – product design and preservation media development, mould construction, equipment automation customisation, production assembly, microbiological quality controls – are all done in-house. Production operates 24/7, on 3 shifts. The high level of automation has allowed the reduction of production costs, thus making Copan products affordable on a global basis. Copan highest quality standards and cost-effectiveness have made us the worldwide leader in bacteriology collection and transport swabs, with market share around 80%.

Since 1998 Copan operates from a 10.000 m² custom-built and state-of-the-art facility in Brescia. During 2009 additional 15.000 m² of space were made available to manage the increased production/sales volume and the new projects Copan has launched. Copan facilities comprise of R&D microbiology laboratories: bacteriology, virology and molecular biology, fully dedicated to conduct Copan products microbiological quality controls, compatibility tests with different diagnostics platforms and techniques and work on the improvement and development of new pre-analytical probes and preservation media.

After introducing incremental innovation for more than 20 Years, designing more user-friendly and better performance collection and transport devices for bacteriology at a reasonable price, the most emblematic example of radical innovation from Copan are FLOQSwabs, collection devices with a revolutionary engineering (Worldwide Patented, WO 2004/086979), introducing the possibility to design swabs with anatomical shape. The most important feature of nylon-sprayed flocked swab is the total sample recovery rate - up to 95%, compared to 20% recovery from traditional fiber swabs and the possibility for automatic and complete release of the sample into liquid phase.

FLOQSwabs have been associated with a number of novel preservation and enrichment media (for various application, including molecular biology), introducing a new approach to microbiology laboratory workflow called Liquid Based Microbiology (LBM).

Copan has developed a preservation medium for Viruses, called UTM (Universal Transport Medium), the system for collection and transport of Influenza specimens officially recommended by CDC and WHO.

Copan recently entered the forensic DNA market with a specially designed flocked swab, delivering also for this application greater sample recovery and other practical advantages for the users.

Copan's commitment to innovation in specimen processing led to the launch of WASP: Walk-Away Specimen Processor, which enables the automatic planting and streaking of all types of bacteriological samples.

Copan products are CE marked and FDA approved (510k). The Group Quality System is certified ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 (TUV).

The Group currently employees 350 people and the consolidated turnover for 2011 was 70 M euro.

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Company data

Sales volume

50-99 Mio US $

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees




Area of business
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Diagnostics
  • Commodities and Consumer Good for Surgeries and Hospitals