explore microsampling for your application with the Mitra Clamshell

The Mitra® Clamshell is an economical way to get started with microsampling in order to validate VAMS® technology from all perspectives - bioanalytical, operational, and end-user. 


"The nurses taking the blood samples preferred this method over the DBS-method, Mitra doesn't need a ‘drying period,’ because the packaging is designed to not touch anything. Therefore, the Mitra stick can be put away immediately. DBS cards need to dry, which is in tropical area in not that fast. Having a couple of hundred cards standing around for drying is inconvenient, especially if working space is limited in the field and the DBS are exposed to sand, dirt, and wind.” 

– Dr. Jennifer Keiser, PhD | Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute, Switzerland

In the US, use of the Mitra device is limited to research and non-diagnostic applications. In many countries outside the US, the Mitra device can be used as a sample collection device for clinical diagnostic applications, as referenced in this content. 

Common Clamshell Uses

Research Studies

The Clamshell format facilitates simple remote specimen sampling. This means easier participant recruitment and lower logistical costs.


Preclinical Drug Testing

Get accurate, reliable profiles with smaller samples from fewer rodents. Sample the same animal at multiple time points for improved data quality.


Pilot Programs

Want to practice logistics prior to a full scale deployment? The Clamshell format provides an economical way to do it. 

Population Health 

When grants and budgets are limited, the Clamshell format provides an inexpensive way to collect samples from large global groups.


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Fluid Compatibility

  • Blood
  • Serum
  • Tears
  • Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF)
  • Plasma
  • Urine
  • Synovial fluid
  • Saliva

Clamshell Available with 2 or 4 Samplers Inside /            3 Configurations To Select From

  1. Individual

  2. Packed in a specimen bag with desiccant

  3. As part of a Collection Kit

Volumes Available (RSD < 4%)

10 µL  |  20 µL  |  30 µL

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