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.

Resources

Transcriptic: The Robotic Cloud Laboratory - https://www.transcriptic.com/
Transcriptic is a robotic cloud laboratory for the life sciences. Our automated, scalable platform accelerates time to market, reduces costs, and improves reproducibility.

Emerald Cloud Lab - https://emeraldcloudlab.com/
A web-based life sciences lab, developed by scientists for scientists.

Recent News

Robot revolutionises study of new molecules

Independent - 18-Jul-2018

University of Glasgow chemists have trained an artificially-intelligent robot.

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

ScienceDaily - 17-May-2018

Traditional way to grow cells is a 2D culture.

SFU's robotic chemical biology research lab

The Peak - 20-Mar-2018

New Centre for High Throughput Chemical Biology (cHTCB) facility.