SLAS2018 Product Recap

By Miranda Sweeney | March 6, 2018 |

Topics: lab automation, robots, HTS

      Shining light on some of the coolest products we saw at SLAS2018         Each year SLAS gives us the opportunity to showcase our innovative new products and technologies to our peers, but also gives us the opportunity to see how others are taking the industry by storm. This year, instead of recapping and focusing on our own products, we wanted to share with you the products and technologies we thought were cool at SLAS2018. Here are our ...
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Considerations for Lab Automation

By Brian O'Sullivan | February 1, 2018 |

Topics: DNA, Genomics, lab automation, robots

      Our thoughts on the recent Lab Manager automation article         “Going Automated: Lessons from Lab Professionals Who Have Made the Leap” in the December issue of Lab Manager highlights some important baseline elements in considering whether or not laboratory automation is suitable for your organization, as well as what to expect during the process.  However, we suggest a few additional key points to consider as you give thought to the ...
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Automation is Closing the DNA Read-Write Gap

By Morgan Kiss | December 5, 2017 |

Topics: Synthetic biology, DNA, Genomics, lab automation, robots

      SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY DEPENDS ON AUTOMATION         Genomics has been the focal point of life sciences research over the past decade, enabling a better understanding of disease beyond its physical manifestation and into its underlying drivers. This has opened significant opportunities across the therapeutic spectrum in both disease diagnosis and treatment. These advances would not have been possible without the immense progression in ...
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Flawed Logic in the Robots-Jobs Debate

    At least in biopharma research, robots are less likely to replace jobs and more likely to increase human efficacy     Public discussion on the topic of robots taking jobs has to be at or near the zenith of the hype cycle. It seems like a new study on X% of workers losing their jobs to robots in Y industry is issued every day. Works like the Oxford University study in 2013, Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots, and the Brynjolfsson/McAfee book ...
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Modularity Future-Proofs Your System

By Peter Harris | October 31, 2017 |
      MODULAR DESIGN ENSURES YOUR ROBOTIC SYSTEM CAN ADAPT WITH YOUR SCIENCE     The use of industrial robots to automate high volume tasks goes back to the 1970s, when the German robot maker Kuka pioneered the first true industrial robot (FAMULUS) with six axes of motion.  Since then, robots have slowly but surely been displacing routine mechanical work in a wide range of industries.  However, until quite recently, the nature of such robotic ...
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AI and Drug Discovery

By Peter Harris | October 9, 2017 |

Topics: #AI #drugdiscovery

    AI WILL EMPOWER DRUG DISCOVERY, BUT NOT THROUGH IN SILICA EXPERIMENTATION         Artificial intelligence, or “AI” for short, has been the topic of sweeping news coverage of late. In the life sciences arena, much focus has been given to the use of AI to help the drug discovery process. Articles like “Big pharma turns to AI to speed drug discovery, GSK signs deal” and “Artificial Intelligence In Drug Discovery: A Bubble Or A Revolutionary ...
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Personalized Medicine Depends on Automation

By Peter Harris | September 28, 2017 |
    The use of robotics and automation more generally is associated with increasing productivity and efficiency, often with the displacement of human labor with machine-based work. While productivity gains are a clear benefit of robotics, they can overshadow another equally or at times more important result - accuracy and repeatability. We are all familiar with the more general benefits of accuracy and repeatability in applications like high ...
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