Founded in 1979, as a small, family-owned distributor of disposable plastic lab components, it didn’t take long for COPAN Italia to take off. The company would grow quickly owing to improvements in product design. Thus, once provided with such advancements, COPAN was able to optimize manufacturing. COPAN revolutionized the world of collection and transport devices with key products and packaging improvements. In 1997, we began packaging our traditional line of bacteriology swabs in state-of-the-art VI-PAK Aluminum Foil packs to extend the product’s shelf-life by providing an oxygen-blocking barrier and protecting against damage from direct sunlight. COPAN Italia is now dedicated to standardized universal specimen collection and preservation systems for bacteriology, virology, molecular biology, forensic and environmental sampling.