Laboratory Automation

It's surprising how much pharmaceutical research to date has been more art than science. Computing power is still a long way off predicting the properties of proteins and cells from their DNA, so until then the more research that can be accelerated by automation (e.g. lab robots, lab-on-chip) the better.

And this is being driven by the big pharma companies who can't afford the failure rate at late stage drug development, or worse after release which can result in multi-billion law suits. I attended an excellenty talk by the chief scientific office for GE Healthcare recently and they are mass producing stem cell lines, and the machinery to test them, so that drugs can be tested for cardio-toxicity much earlier on in the development process.


Company Sanofi - Company dedicated to research and development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs.

Company Verge Genomics - Company using systems biology to accelerate development of life-saving treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

Company NuMedii - Disrupting Drug Discovery Using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Company Atomwise - Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery.

Company Recursion Pharmaceuticals - Biotechnology company combining experimental biology and automation with artificial intelligence.

Company TwoXAR - Drug discovery and development company.

Institute Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (Tufts CSDD) - Academic nonprofit think tank at Tufts University dedicated to researching drug development.

Company Zymo Research - Manufacturer of molecular biology research tools.

Company Ionis Pharmaceuticals - Leader in discovering and developing RNA-targeted therapeutics.

Company NaNotics - Company developing a novel nano-medicine platform for treating multiple diseases, including cancer, sepsis, auto-immune disorders and the harmful effects of aging.

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Recent News

Robotic scientists can do lab work faster

BBC - 06-Jul-2020

Does not mean that machines will be able to replace human scientists


Automated manufacturing of custom-engineered cell lines

News Medical - 20-May-2020

This technology is very promising and has an enormous potential


COVID-19 advanced testing lab created by UC Berkeley scientists

University of California, Berkeley - 30-Mar-2020

In response to mass testing needs, they employ robotics and automation for accuracy and speed

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