Diagnostic Swabs

Specialty Materials for Medical Devices and Diagnostic Applications

Polyurethane Foam Swabs

Foamtec Medical is the world’s largest vertically integrated manufacturer of diagnostic swabs.

Nasopharyngeal Swabs

Nasopharyngeal foam swabs capture large amounts of mucus and saliva and efficiently release them into the transport medium. This capability is crucial for detecting bacterial and viral infections.

Oropharyngeal Swabs

Oropharyngeal (OP) foam swabs from Foamtec Medical are designed for use in the oropharynx and anterior nares, effectively collecting and transferring mucus and saliva to transport tubes. This ensures a high recovery rate of microorganisms present, leading to accurate analytical testing outcomes.

Our polyurethane foam swabs for PCR detection of a wide range of respiratory viruses, including but not limited to:

  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
  • Rhinoviruses
  • Enteroviruses (Picornaviridae)
  • Influenza viruses (Orthomyxoviridae)
  • Parainfluenza
  • Metapneumoviruses
  • Respiratory syncytial viruses (Paramyxoviridae)
  • Coronaviruses (Coronaviridae)
  • Bacterial infections from Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia) and Streptococcus pyogenes (strep throat)

Foamtec Medical’s Nasopharyngeal swabs leverage our polyurethane foam technology to offer an exceptional surface area, capturing maximum target fluids without adhering to them, thus enabling a high recovery rate of the subject matter.

Foamtec swabs are safe, non-cytotoxic, and sterilized via a validated gamma irradiation procedure. Our unique swab cleaning and sterilization processes are thoroughly validated, ensuring zero RNAse background, free from harmful additives and gases, and other possible contaminants for accurate, safe test results. Our swabs’ design provides comfort during swabbing with their long, slender, and flexible handles, thus minimizing patient discomfort while effectively accessing remote areas for sample collection.

Swabs Built to Your Specification

Foamtec Medical offers in-house fabrication of swabs using state-of-the-art automation technology. Our development teams have the expertise to create application-specific swabs using our in-house formulated medical grade polyurethane foams for high pick up and recovery of biological samples for fast, accurate results.


Foamtec swabs minimize contamination, ensuring accurate results in vital fields like personalized medicine, genetic therapies, and disease prevention.


The ultra-soft foam tip is gentle on an infant’s sensitive tissues, ensuring a non-intrusive swabbing process while providing maximum comfort and safety.

Sexual Health

Foam-tipped swabs play a vital role in sexual health diagnostics, thanks to their superior absorbency, which boosts STD detection accuracy and efficiency.

Medical Grade Foam Swabs

Foamtec Medical is your partner for medical grade swabs for medical applications.

Our team can engineer the perfect device for your application, whether it requires specific materials or properties. Trusted by some of the largest corporations in the world, Foamtec Medical can provide a high-quality product at scale specific to your requirements.

Foamtec Medical clients find using Foamtec’s high-quality, open-cell, medical-grade polyurethane foam provides high pick-up and recovery rates of biological samples for exceptional testing results.

Custom Applications

Wide Product Variety

Foamtec Medical builds each device in-house with the highest quality materials, testing, and standards for validation.

The Foamtec Swab Difference

Companies worldwide trust Foamtec Medical to deliver the highest quality in their diagnostic swabs due to our commitment to premium materials, testing, and customer service. The Foamtec Medical team is ready to help build your custom swab or help you with one of our proven swab solutions.

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