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In this whitepaper, Metabolon describes the evaluation of OMNImet™·GUT as an at-home collection device for ambient temperature transport of samples for fecal metabolomics analysis. Compatibility with Metabolon's global metabolomics platform and quantitative SCFA assay is also demonstrated.

Our gut microbiota is rich with biological insights, which can help clinical investigators better understand factors that influence both sickness and health. But despite its huge importance, this area of research is plagued by challenges. Stool samples from a diverse patient set are needed for researchers to gather valuable insights. Yet, collection, storage, and shipping issues constrain the quantity and quality of testable material. A new approach is needed to help researchers more fully explore the clues that live in the intestinal microbiota.

That’s why Metabolon is proud to announce we’ve collaborated with DNA Genotek to validate OMNImet·GUT, the first and only device designed for ambient-temperature storage and stabilization of human fecal samples for metabolomic analysis.

  • Easy, private, comfortable collection – Improve patient experience and compliance with self
    collection of high-quality fecal samples, with no clinic visit or at-home sample freezing required.
  • Store and transport without freezing – DNA Genotek’s proprietary stabilization solution is designed to maintain the integrity of the sample for metabolomics analysis for multiple days at ambient temperature, eliminating cumbersome and costly cold-chain storage and shipping.
  • Validated for Metabolon’s global metabolomics and short chain fatty acid targeted assay – Our validation studies have shown OMNImet·GUT protects and preserves the metabolomic profile collected samples up to four days at room temperature for Metabolon’s Precision Metabolomics(TM) LC-MS global metabolomics platform, while short-chain fatty acid (SFCA) profiles are maintained at room temperature for up to seven days.
  • Supports a multi-omics approach – OMNImet·GUT provides the same user experience as other devices from DNA Genotek, providing a familiar and tested method of at-home collection to reliably implement a multi-omics approach in your research.