Innovative Research’s Role in Developing a Zero-Gravity Versatile Sample Preparation Platform (VSPP)

Innovative Research’s Role in Developing a Zero-Gravity Versatile Sample Preparation Platform (VSPP)

Posted by Adam Awdish on

The realm of space exploration continually seeks innovations that can enhance the safety and efficacy of missions. A pivotal aspect of this quest is the development of technologies capable of operating in microgravity environments, such as the International Space Station (ISS). A recent study published in the journal "Micromachines", conducted by researchers from AI Biosciences Inc. and IRPI LLC, has made significant strides in this direction by developing a microgravity-compatible sample preparation device. Notably, this study incorporated products from Innovative Research, a leader in high-quality biological specimens and reagents based in Novi, MI.


The study introduces the Versatile Sample Preparation Platform (VSPP), ingeniously built by modifying entry-level 3D printers. This innovation is tailored for NASA, with the primary function of rapidly identifying microorganisms that could jeopardize crew safety. A groundbreaking aspect of the study was the demonstration of VSPP's ability to extract high-quality nucleic acids from a range of samples, including urine and whole blood.


Implications for Space Missions and Microgravity Environments

The VSPP's development marks a significant leap forward in space mission safety. Its ability to process various sample matrices—ranging from swab samples to bodily fluids—enables comprehensive monitoring of potential biological threats in space. This advancement is crucial in ensuring the health and safety of astronauts in the challenging environment of space.


Critical to the success of this study was the use of deidentified human urine specimens (Catalog# IRHUURE50ML) from Innovative Research. This product played a key role in validating the VSPP's functionality, especially in processing and analyzing biological samples in a simulated laboratory setting. This collaboration underscores the impact of high-quality biological specimens in pioneering scientific research.



The development of the VSPP marks a significant milestone in space research and technology. It not only enhances our understanding of microgravity environments but also solidifies the role of collaborative efforts in scientific innovation. The incorporation of products from Innovative Research played a pivotal role in this endeavor, highlighting the importance of quality and precision in scientific research.


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  • Tags: academic research, Bio Fluids, Human Biological Fluids, Pooled Human Urine, Single Donor Human Urine

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