better living through microsampling: applications in health & wellness
The facts are in. Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology, in the form of Mitra® microsampling devices from Neoteryx, has transformative applications in patient monitoring, clinical trials, collecting NGS-grade RNA/DNA from dried blood, and far beyond. Some of the most exciting areas in which this little device can make a big difference are so new that they are just beginning to be explored. Particularly promising is the potential work to be done in the booming field of health and wellness.
Existing case studies indicate the enormous potential for microsampling-related breakthroughs in health and wellness.
Measuring Biomarkers for Personalized Nutritional Recommendations
The science-driven Spanish startup Biomeb includes Mitra® microsampling devices from Neoteryx as part of its product called Well B. "Our Well B metabolomic tests not only allow our customers to monitor changes in their metabolisms, but also will lead to the generation of a history of their individual lifestyle responses," says Elias Daura (PhD, MBA), founder and CEO of Biomeb. As long as Well B is allowing its customers to live healthier lives, why not make their blood collection experiences easier, too? That's the magic of microsampling in health and wellness, made possible in part by a smarter sampling event.
Helping Athletes Meet Fitness Objectives and Be Their Best
When so much biological information can be attained from such small samples of biological fluid, it creates tremendous opportunities in the areas of predictive, personalized, and precision medicine. But that's not all. With the rise of the Quantified Self movement, the same tools can be extended to healthy people who want to maximize their physical potential, including athletes. Whether amateur or professional, athletes are health-conscious, competitive, and ever on the cutting edge of health and wellness innovation. With its Blueprint product, Quest Diagnostics is giving them more of the precise measurements they need and want, with a little help from a certain small-volume specimen collection device.
"Based on our 50 years of diagnostic innovation, Quest is uniquely positioned to bring new capabilities to the consumer market," said Jay Wohlgemuth, M.D., senior vice president, research and development, and chief medical officer, Quest Diagnostics. "The microsampling and concierge options complement the overall enhancements to our Blueprint for Athletes offering, empowering individuals to pursue their athletic and fitness pursuits armed with the individualized insights only state-of-the-art biometric lab testing can provide."
Lifesaving Innovation in Addiction Recovery
The United States has been ravaged by an ongoing opioid epidemic. Mitigating the harm and providing new hope to those in recovery, and those who depend on them, requires courage, tenacity, intelligence, and truly groundbreaking wellness solutions.
That's where microsampling once again comes into play. Blood microsampling provides a more precise, more accurate, and all-around smarter alternative to outmoded urine-in-a-cup methods for monitoring controlled substances, creating new opportunities for recovery and new hope for those affected by substance abuse. And it's particularly welcome in environments where needles may not be appropriate.
The use of microsampling in addiction recovery is only beginning. Our relationship with
drugs of abuse, substance abuse recovery, and drug testing is changing. Expect VAMS to be a key part of a future that may look very different, as it provides a previously missing link between the promise and potential of health and wellness innovation and the stuff of human life.
Reach out to a Microsampling Specialist and discover smarter specimen collection today.