Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass, has launched the VeriSpray PaperSpray ion source, a high-throughput direct sampling system that is expected to reduce the need for separation by chromatography before mass spectrometry analysis in routine workflows, simplifying sample preparation, overcoming sample backlogs, and potentially reducing laboratories’ per-sample costs.

The system’s interface is simple to operate, regardless of the analyst’s level of experience. Laboratories can deliver rapid quantitation of time-critical samples with the launch of an easy-to-use, direct sampling source that is designed to decrease reliance on complex chromatographic separation for a wide range of routine mass spectrometry-based applications, including drug analyte testing and drugs-of-abuse analysis.

“Laboratories are under growing pressure to increase throughput while reducing cost-per-sample, all while delivering meaningful insights that will support their decisionmaking,” says Evett Kruka, vice president and general manager for life sciences mass spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “When used in combination with our mass spectrometry systems, the VeriSpray PaperSpray ion source provides laboratories with a complete solution designed to remove the time-consuming steps in the workflows—and ultimately aid in throughput and data confidence.”

“The VeriSpray PaperSpray ion source allows us to perform simple paperspray mass spectrometry methods in our research programs,” says Chris Gill, PhD, professor of chemistry and codirector of the applied environmental research laboratories at Vancouver Island University. “It is an elegant approach that provides a direct sampling strategy, a simple clean-up step, and a disposable interface, all in one sampling platform. In particular, paperspray mass spectrometry eliminates the potential for carryover and contamination—crucial for our development of rapid drugs-of-abuse screening assays used in harm-reduction drug testing. With its universal well-plate geometry and intelligent autoloader, VeriSpray has surpassed any limitations with regard to throughput, making it suitable for high-throughput, sensitive, quantitative, direct drug analyses.”

The VeriSpray PaperSpray ion source is compatible with a number of Thermo Fisher Scientific mass spectrometers for enabling the sensitive and selective analysis and quantification of compounds in complex sample matrices.

For further information, visit Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Featured image: The VeriSpray PaperSpray ion source from Thermo Fisher Scientific.