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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.


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Biotechnology company that develops and manufactures human therapeutics for various illness and diseases

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Company focused on the discovery and development of therapies for patients with neurodegenerative diseases

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Company that develops a technology platform to improve the cancer drug development process

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Drug discovery and development company focused on cancer patients

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A web-based life sciences lab, developed by scientists for scientists

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Biotechnology company that provides robotic solutions for biology labs

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Drug development company promoting longevity and finding treatments for age-related diseases

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Specialty pharmaceutical company that identifies, develops and commercializes innovative treatments

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Heptares Therapeutics develops novel, small-molecule drugs for G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)

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Pharmaceutical services company which is the world leader in testing vaccines and antivirals through human challenge studies

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Laboratory Automation Blog Posts

Laboratory Automation - only the white coats remain
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Laboratory Automation - only the white coats remain

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Recent News

New holographic imaging device spots cancer cells with 100% accuracy

Phys.org - 30-Nov-2021

Simple, low-cost tool for improving screening in remote and low-resource areas

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Start-ups to scale manufacturing of stem-cell therapies for practical use

Nature - 29-Sep-2021

Challenges of mass producing stem cells and how 3 companies are attempting to overcome them

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Customised bioprinting of human samples for drug discovery

Medgadget - 14-Jun-2021

Rapid 3D printing of human tissue constructs aids in screening potential drug candidates

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Robot Scientist uses AI to find cure for covid-19

Chalmers University of Technology - 03-Jun-2021

Speeds up drug discovery process, allowing researchers to find new treatments for deadly diseases

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Automating healthy lifespan studies using nematodes

Kumamoto University - 28-Jan-2021

New automated system with AI searches genes, drugs to extend human healthy lifespan

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