Some eukaryotic extremophiles, such as tardigrades and brine shrimp, developed a natural biological mechanism called “anhydrobiosis” that enables their survival while dry for up to 120 years. During these extended time periods, DNA, RNA, proteins, membranes and cellular systems are protected and can be revived by simple rehydration.
Biomatrica's core technology transfers the molecular principles of anhydrobiosis to a synthetic, chemistry-based stabilization technology that works by forming a thermo-stable barrier securely around a sample to provide protection against degradation and loss of biological activity, effectively “shrink-wrapping” the sample until ready to use. Aqueous samples are applied directly to the matrix and air dried at room temperature prior to storage. The air-drying process activates the formation of the protective SampleMatrix® barrier. Samples are recovered by simple rehydration and are ready for immediate use; sample loss and further purification are thus eliminated.