Testing for conditions and diseases can be lifesaving. For example, routine screenings for cancer can help doctors catch a problem early and provide patients with potentially life saving care. Additionally, testing for diseases which spread between people, from sexually transmitted diseases to COVID-19, is crucial for public health.

Over the past year and a half, you may have found yourself with a swab up your nose while getting tested for COVID-19. But did you know that the cotton swab was invented in the 1920s?

“after selling more than 800,000 swabs to Medical supply company Henry Schein and Health Care Network Kaiser Permante, OPT Industries is about to open a new facility in Medford.” – Bloomberg

“Massachusetts startup OPT Industries is perfecting a 3D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 tests” – TechCrunch

In an experimental study, OPT InstaSwab™ showed significantly improved collection and elution efficiency as compared to both the Copan FLOQSwab and traditional polyester swabs.

“A better nasal swab for Covid-19 testing: MIT spinout OPT Industries uses novel additive manufacturing systems to create intricately-designed products.” – MIT News

Recent independent lab results placed InstaSwab™ on top of leading flocked swabs in the market, at least 20 times more bacterial elution when used for collecting and transfer samples.