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4 questions answered at microsampling workshops

by Emerson Dameron | 2 min read


Since VAMS™ technology is still in its infancy, we believe the best way to understand it is to see it for yourself and ask questions of the experts. That’s why we host Microsampling Workshops throughout the world.

Our next Microsampling Workshop will be held 28 March, 2017, at the Hotel Nikko in Düsseldorf, Germany. It will address a few common questions about VAMS and related microsampling issues.


What is VAMS?

VAMS stands for volumetric absorptive microsampling. It’s a technique for obtaining a small amount of a biological fluid.

“The idea behind it is that you’ve got a small, absorptive hydrophilic polymer on the end of what looks like a pipette tip,” says James Rudge, Global Microsampling Specialist at Neoteryx, in an interview with Bioanalysis Zone. “When you apply the tip at a positive angle at a blood pool, whether that’s a finger prick or taken from an animal’s tail, and then very rapidly the blood is absorbed onto the tip, allowed to dry.”

For a more thorough introduction, see presentations from Rudge and Neil Spooner, owner of Spooner Bioanalytical Solutions, at the Microsampling Workshop.


How does it compare to traditional collection methods?

As with traditional venipuncture collection, an accurate volume is collected with VAMS. “It’s quantitative, so it takes up 10 or 20 microlitres, which solves one of the fundamental issues of DBS,” Rudge says. “Then, in very much the same way as DBS, the blood on the tips are dried and they can be sent via regular mail to a laboratory, so it allows for remote sampling and analysis at a laboratory many thousands of miles away.”

Along with a presentation from Rudge, the Düsseldorf Microsampling Workshop will host in-depth case study presentations from Paul Abu-Rabie of GlaxoSmithKline, Guiliana Cangemi of Gaslini Children’s Hospital, and Remco Koster of University Medical Center Groningen. They will explore, in various contexts, how microsampling has proved to be a step forward from traditional collection methods.


What are the advantages in a clinical context?

Mitra® Microsampling Devices facilitate a less painful and nerve-racking experience for donors, particularly children and the elderly. Since almost anyone can use this technology with minimal training, individuals can reduce their number of lab visits by drawing their own blood samples at home.

Labs and hospitals can reduce costs by eliminating sample pre-processing steps, couriered dry ice shipments, and more.

In his presentation for the Microsampling Workshop, Professor Christophe Stove of Ghent University will take a deep dive into microsampling in a clinical context.


What products are available?

Mitra devices are available in clamshell and cartridge formats, which are ideal for gathering samples at home or in the field. Larger 96-racks are also available for clinics that need to process hundreds or thousands of samples per day.

Neoteryx will demo its entire suite of products at the Microsampling Workshop. This is your chance to see this technology in action.

Download the program to learn more about the Microsampling Workshop on 28 March in Düsseldorf.

Click here to register.

Originally published Jan 19, 2017 9:16:20 AM, updated on May 22, 2018


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