what is microsampling? a look at the bigger picture
by Emerson Dameron | 2 min read
As our international and interpersonal networks grow larger and stronger, a little information can go a long way. Our world is getting smaller. Our technology is getting smaller, too. And it's getting a lot more powerful.
For centuries, collecting blood specimens has been difficult, painful, and very, very important. It's an essential part of the process for scientific research, for developing new drugs, and for treating patients effectively.
Advances in science and research have changed the landscape of healthcare. One tiny drop of blood (or other biological fluid) can yield enormous amounts of useful data. As little as 10 microliters of blood can generate results on par with those that traditionally would have required much larger blood draws.
However, problems remain at the blood sampling event itself. Wet blood collection requires cold chain shipping and biohazard storage. Venipuncture requires special skills to perform, and remains scary and painful for patients. Older dried blood collection methods have been difficult to implement at scale. There has been no good way to collect these small volumes of dried blood. Until now.
At Neoteryx, we deliver on the promise and the process of microsampling. How do we do it? We’ve made possible a new and different sort of sampling event. We develop, manufacture, and distribute a small, absurdly simple, remarkably powerful new medical device.
This is the Mitra® Microsampling Device, based on Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology. It's the first instrument designed to collect quantitative, volumetrically accurate samples of dried blood and other biological fluids. It's available in patient-centered and lab-centered formats, and it's easily amenable to downstream extraction automation. With our array of automation solutions, larger labs can process hundreds or thousands of samples per day.
The action happens in the tip, which collects specimens as small as five to 30 microliters. In this tiny sampling event, we see the potential to save lives, transform healthcare, and open new frontiers for medicine and research - figuratively and literally.
The Mitra Microsampling device can be used to collect accurate samples anywhere, at any time, by almost anyone. It has applications in the pharmaceuticals, clinical trials, clinical testing and research, preclinical research, health and wellness, and beyond.
Microsampling matters because it allows for Remote Sampling.
Remote Sampling takes blood collection out of the clinic. This creates a more patient-centered lab experience, and it helps patients stay closer to their families, their communities, and all the things that help them stay healthy and whole. And Remote Sampling has taken blood collection to some remarkable places.
If it can work for measuring biomarkers in Liberia, imagine what it can do in your lab.
At Neoteryx, we may sample small, but we're thinking big. At the tip of this small device, we've discovered the potential to improve patient experience and clinical results around the world. We’re involved with groundbreaking projects at the Advanced Clinical Biosystems Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai, the Mayo Clinic, Merck Pharmaceuticals, UCB, Nazionale Neurologico Carlo Besta, and many more.
And we're just getting started. From the results we're getting from this breakthrough, we're developing a whole new range of solutions for labs of all shapes, sizes, and levels of throughput.
Small samples are having a big impact. When you take blood collection out of the clinic - and connect the most powerful ideas in healthtech, precision medicine, and patient-centered care with the stuff of human life - you can change the world.