How AI is Transforming Drug Discovery

    Bringing a new pharmaceutical drug to market takes about 12 years and can reach into the billions in R&D expenditures, industry leaders are now seeking more efficient methods of approaching this process and AI is emerging as a potential solution.       The interest in AI-driven solutions for early stage drug discovery is growing steadily among biopharma leaders with a projected market volume reaching $10B by 2024. With a growing number of ...
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Are You Considering a DIY Automation Project?

    With so many automation components available and seemingly simple, it can be tempting to skip working with an integrator and launch into the project on your own.     Considering a “Do it Yourself” automation project? With so many automation components available and seemingly simple, it can be tempting to skip working with an integrator and launch into the project on your own. For some, this is a solid, viable option. For others, less so. ...
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Why Collaborative Robots are Changing the World

    Poised for hypergrowth throughout the next decade,the cobot market may hit the projected $95 billion by 2024     The ability of machines to work and coordinate with humans safely is fueling the demand for collaborative robots (cobots) across the globe. Poised for hypergrowth throughout the next decade, the cobot market may hit the projected $95 billion by 2024. We’ve long seen robots in different industries, handling repetitive tasks and ...
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The Rise of Warehouse Robotic Systems

    Before autonomous vehicles take over, warehouse robots will pioneer the way      Warehouse robotic systems represent the dawn of what can be called the fourth industrial revolution. The potential of such technology to help businesses keep pace with distribution challenges and consumer demand for convenience and variety. Until recently, robots have been stationary, relatively unintelligent, lacking the complexity and agility that the ...
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Sequencing Genomes

      How much will it cost to sequence a genome in 10 years?       Over the past twenty five years, advances in the field of genomics have led to substantial reductions in the cost of genome sequencing. The underlying costs associated with different methods and strategies for sequencing genomes are of great interest because they influence the scope and scale of almost all genomics research projects. With the growing scale of human genetics ...
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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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