Thanks to ongoing advances in technology, it is now feasible to get an enormous amount of data from very small amounts of biological fluid. And yet, until recently, there wasn't a good way to collect these small specimens, or microsamples.
Older microsampling methods involved collecting splotches of blood on special cards - a splotch is not a precise unit of measurement. This approach is referred to as dried blood spot, or DBS. The older DBS approach was to collect blood drops from a finger-prick onto a DBS card, which led to challenges such as the hematocrit bias, awkward automation, and more. Venipuncture blood draws were stressful for patients or study volunteers, and the cold chain biohazard shipping required for tubes of liquid blood was often cost-prohibitive. However, there was no alternative that covered everyone's needs.
That changed when a new wave of tenacious scientists began to take the issue of capillary blood sampling more seriously.
Mitra devices are specially designed with absorptive, sponge-like VAMS® tips to collect precise, volumetrically accurate blood samples.
The samples can be allowed to dry on the tips, and they can be sealed into specimen bags and mailed direclty to labs via standard mail. The laboratory will process and analyze the specimens as dried blood samples.
Thanks to these innovations, professionals in fields ranging from pediatrics to clinical trials to monitoring antiepileptics and tacrolimus can collect samples in the perfect volumes their life-changing, world-changing work requires.
The early success of Neoteryx led Trajan Scientific and Medical to acquire this innovative microsampling device company. Neoteryx is now the microsampling brand of Trajan, offering an expanded range of products that include the Mitra device, the hemaPEN® microsampling device and, most recently, the Harpera™ microbiopsy tool.
Much of the spectacular achievements and progress associated with Neoteryx, Mitra and its VAMS technology come from close collaboration with trusted partners, including some of the biggest names in the worlds of clinical trials, clinical research, hospital labs, pediatrics, therapeutic drug monitoring, and far beyond.
The work of the Neoteryx microsampling team at Trajan benefits those working in scientific research, healthcare, wellness monitoring, pharmaceutical drug development and toxicology, among others. When these industries benefit - along with providers, patients, participants, and pediatric caregivers - Trajan benefits.
Trajan is now bringing volumetric absorptive microsampling into new realms, such as extraction automation, precision medicine, and other emerging areas of smarter science, healthcare and patient-centric medicine. We're proud to acknowledge what we've accomplished in collaboration with our partners, our all-star Advisory Council, and the microsampling community.
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