Nasopharyngeal Specimen Collection Device

New collection kit simplifies, improves virus testing accuracy

  • Alternative to traditional nasopharangeal swabs
  • One-stop solution for gathering, storing and testing nasal secretions
  • Prototype available for review

Licensing Manager: Tyler Scherr, Ph.D. or 402-559-2140


New collection kit simplifies, improves virus testing accuracy

Clinicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have developed a self-contained specimen container that collects and preserves nasopharyngeal specimens for testing.
The user inserts the collction device into the patient’s nose and presses the trigger. The pressure releases saline from one of two reservoirs, irrigating the nasal canal.
The saline then drains into the second reservoir—the specimen chamber—and mixes with a pre-agent to preserve the sample. The user then caps the device to seal all the ports and to prevent leakage.
The entire device is then transported to the laboratory for the appropriate tests.
The sample collection device could be mailed directly to patients so they can take the test in the privacy of their homes. The patient would then mail the sample chamber directly to the laboratory.
Traditionally, a nurse squirts saline into a patient’s nose and then inserts a nasal swab for specimen collection, which could lead to false negative test results. The new sample collection device prevents the type of false negatives that occur due to improper washing of the nasal passages.
The device could be used in the clinic to test for a variety of viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and the more common influenza viruses.
To discuss sponsored research and licensing opportunities contact Tyler Scherr, Ph.D., at or 402-559-2140.