Ahlstrom Lab & LifeScience Business


We are a high-performance materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world. Our products are used in a large variety of everyday applications and we are known and recognized for providing superior service, reliability and high-quality products for Laboratory, Diagnostics and Bioprocess applications.


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Components for rapid test kits

Components used in rapid test kits for fast detection of medical conditions

Lateral flow assays provide rapid diagnosis for a wide variety of medical conditions. Our ability and experience in the treatment of high-performance material brought a crucial contribution to the development of our solutions for rapid test kits and diagnostic device components.

We offer a wide range of high-quality absorbent filtration media, sample pads, next-generation conjugate pads, and plasma separation media, specifically designed for use in flow-through and lateral flow assays, as well as dipstick devices.

The main fields of application include:

  • Infectious disease screening
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Drug abuse monitoring
  • Animal screening
  • Food and beverage testing
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Specimen Collection Cards

Efficient and convenient screening of infectious diseases, human identification and genetic mapping

Our portfolio offers simple, cost-effective and reliable collection, transportation and storage of biosamples at ambient temperature. Minimal volumes for analysis, less equipment required and basic skills, all features which make our cards ideal to be used in any kind of environment and circumstances.

Main fields of application include:

  • Screening of infectious diseases - thanks to ambient transport through conventional mail, our specimen collection cards improve access to vulnerable patient groups living in non-urban areas and ensure better therapy monitoring. Our cards are widely employed in HIV screening programs in Africa, as an example
  • Newborn screening programs - testing all babies in their first days of life for certain disorders and conditions that can hinder their normal development
  • Human Identification – solutions widely employed in the forensics market for human genetics and DNA identification
  • Biobanking - The use of our specific treated fiber-based solutions offers a novel approach to biosamples storage and represents an ideal resource for large biobanking population studies
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Laboratory filtration

Filter media for environmental control, sample preparation and laboratory applications

We supply a wide range of filtration and separation media to laboratories worldwide, used for laboratory analysis, sample preparation and specialized applications. Our product portfolio for includes solutions for macrofiltration, such as qualitative and quantitative filters, as well as microfiltration, syringe filters and membrane filters for sample preparation and testing purposes.

  • Glass and Quartz Microfiber Filters are employed in various environmental control applications such as water and air monitoring
  • Qualitative and quantitative filter papers employed in sample preparation, laboratory applications and analysis
  • Microfiltration membranes and syringe filters are specifically manufactured according to the highest quality standards and are broadly employed in laboratory microfiltration applications
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BioProcess and Pharma

Industrial BioProcess and Plasma Fractionation

We offer high-quality filtration media for separating particles from fluid in BioProcess manufacturing.

Our selection includes our “P” grades, designed and manufactured with the highest standard in terms of quality and certified to be used for general coarse filtration, fine filtration, and retention of specified particle sizes during the clarification of various biofluids and as a septum to hold filter aids in a plate and frame filter presses or other filtration configurations, to remove low levels of particulate in many biopharma applications.

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Media room: latest news within the Lab & LifeScience business 

How to select the optimal blood separation pad

In diagnostics applications and mainly Lateral Flow Immuno Assay (LFIA), very different biological samples (like saliva, urine, serum, blood) can be used, provided that the analytes are present in quantity high enough to be detected. The optimization research study performed by OPERON is reported as an example of the methodology to follow for determining the optimal blood separation pad for a particular
system of detection.

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Supporting global healthcare with our innovative and sustainable solutions

We are committed to protecting patients and healthcare workers and helping to provide easy access to healthcare with our innovative and sustainable fiber-based solutions.

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Plasma separation card (HemaSep L) in quantitative LC MS/MS amino acids analysis


Amino acids (AAs) are essential building blocks of every known life, including humans. They play an important role in organism homeostasis, so their circulated-free concentration should be carefully monitored. The study conducted by the independent laboratory Masdiag presents the use of Ahlstrom's plasma separation cards (HemaSep-L) for free amino acid (AA) analysis.


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Evaluation of extraction yield and quality of human genomic DNA from buccal cells using GenSwab™ sample collection device

There is a growing trend toward non-invasive, self-administered, remote collection of buccal (cheek) cells, because they are easy to collect, simple to transport at room temperature, and are a rich source of DNA for genetic testing and forensic applications. Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Gentueri’s GenSwab™ device is a simple yet efficient means to collect, preserve, and transport buccal samples suitable for downstream genomic analyses without compromising DNA yield or integrity.

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LeafSaver: simple collection, transportation and ambient-temperature storage of plants, fungi, insects, and parasites

LeafSaver, is our new collection card designed to capture diverse small Eukaryotic organisms, including plants, fungi, insects, and parasites.

Engineered with a protective cover, LeafSaver allows for live collection and direct application of organisms onto the specialized collection paper, eliminating the need for complex preparations beforehand.

Sustainable fiber-based materials for fungal rapid tests

Invasive fungal infections are a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality in critically ill or immunocompromised patients. A rapid and accurate diagnosis of these infections is a crucial step to identify the appropriate treatment and support the recovery of the patient.

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Saliva-based Lateral Flow Assays Development

In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for saliva-based Lateral Flow diagnostic tests. They are easy to access and use, the collection of the sample is noninvasive and have been well-accepted by patients. Additionally, the accessibility of biomarkers in saliva-based tests makes them suitable for different applications and for the detection of multiple conditions.

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Plasma Separation Media – How to select the best material

During this webinar we will discuss how the use of appropriate sample preparation techniques and sample pads selection can improve the performance of LFIA tests using whole blood samples, enabling remote and rapid diagnosis of diseases and other applications.

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Specialty products for the scientific industry

Watch our webinar on demand to learn more about our solutions for various testing procedures and laboratory applications including seed germination, antibiotic susceptibility, tear testing, protective paper for biopsy cassettes, absorbent inlay paper for histology containers and more.  

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Serum Transport Card: a safe, easy-to-use and cost-effective device for plasma recovery

Learn more about the use of Serum Transport Cards for poultry vaccination monitoring and the excellent correlation between serum samples eluted from dried samples on transport card and liquid serum samples obtained by centrifugation after whole blood collection.

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Dried blood spot technology for Health and Wellness

Biological samples collected and stored are an essential data resource with significant research potential for finding markers used in the early detection of diseases that are still curable. The use of Dried Blood Spot (DBS) offers a novel approach to biosamples storage and collection and provides enormous advantages over liquid blood or plasma in both preclinical and clinical studies. 

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Sample preparation, laboratory applications and analysis: discover our solutions

Our materials are used in a large variety of applications and in laboratories, we are known and recognized for providing superior service, reliability, and high-quality products.

We offer a full line of high-quality laboratory filtration products including qualitative and quantitative filter papers, glass and quartz filters, membrane and syringe filters for microfiltration applications and other filters for specialized laboratory analysis and sample preparation.

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HemaSep™ plasma separation card for free amino acid analysis

The study conducted by the independent laboratory Masdiag presents the use of Ahlstrom's plasma separation cards (HemaSep-L) for free amino acid (AA) analysis. The study compares AAs concentrations in the fraction containing red blood cells (RBC) and in plasma obtained using a HemaSep-L separation card with results obtained for plasma fraction obtained by centrifugation. Obtained results were also compared with concentrations established in the dried blood spot (DBS) samples obtained by the classical approach. The comparison was conducted using venous blood.

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