How Microsampling Aids in Better Clinical Trials

By eliminating the need for painful and inconvenient venipuncture, microsampling drives adherence and compliance, helping to solve for the two biggest challenges in clinical trials. The Mitra® Microsampler, based on Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology, is an FDA Class 1 Medical Device that helps drive improvement in these areas.

Microsampling facilitates an easier and more comfortable donor experience, particularly for children and the elderlyThis novel technology also contributes to expanding participant outreach, eliminates costs and hassles associated with cold-chain shipping, and enables collection of blood specimens at home or in other settings outside of the clinic.


  • Opens the door for remote and at-home sampling
  • Facilitates consistent specimen collection with minimal training 
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Applications include: 

  • Collection of blood, urine, saliva, and more

  • Drug research

  • Phase I, II, and III trials

  • Remote specimen collection
  • Post-market surveillance
  • Elderly and pediatric populations



Create a Better Experience, While Reducing Costs

Microsampling makes it easier for clinical trial facilitators to streamline workflows, improve convenience and comfort, and promote adherence and compliance.

  • Take less blood from participants, which is especially important for vulnerable populations
  • Transport samples to the central lab from all over the world without cold-chain shipping or couriers
  • Participants no longer have to travel to the clinic for every blood draw, saving time and money

Generate High Quality Data

Clinical trials are at the heart of all medical advances, making the accuracy of the data critical aspects of research and development.  With more and more studies pointing to strong correlations between specimen collection with Mitra and traditional blood sampling, simpler can also be better.

  • Collect blood more frequently from participants for better insights

Specimen Collection Anywhere, Anytime, by Anyone

Our Blood Specimen Collection Kits simplify collection, storage and shipment of biological specimens for global clinical trials.

The kits include use instructions, lancets, microsamplers, bandages, gauze – all the essentials for easy at-home sampling. They improve comfort, convenience, and compliance – no phlebotomist required!

  • Kits and instructions can be customized to facilitate specific needs.
  • All the necessities for at-home or remote sampling
  • Empower participants to collect their own samples

Increase Productivity

When you implement a Mitra microsampling workflow, you will generate reliable results while cutting costs and labor, freeing up time and resources to focus on other work that matters.


Expand Recruiting Possibilities

Microsampling will change the way clinical trials are conducted, opening up recruitment opportunities in off-site or remote areas and allowing participants to sample at home.


Improve the Experience

Facilitate a more relaxed experience for donors, particularly children and the elderly, in the clinic, off-site, or at home. This leads to increased adherence and compliance.

a clinical trials lab director in the lab

Clinical Trials: When Costs Add Up

Microsampling saves valuable medical research money by eliminating the refrigeration, packaging, labeling, and transport required for traditional blood samples.


Clinical Trials: A Brief Introduction

Clinical trials  determine the safety, effectiveness, and potential side effects of certain medicines. Since “doing no harm” is the central principle, clinical trials must first ensure complete safety.


Clinical Trials And Compliance

Blood microsampling requires only a single droplet. With minimal training, samples can be self-drawn at the participant’s location, and then directly mailed to the lab at faster intervals.