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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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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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New biotechnology startup focusing on treating autoimmune diseases

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OxStem is developing small molecule therapeutics targeting innate regeneration and repair

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PhoreMost is a new-model drug discovery company

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Company that develops computational systems biology models to predict and understand cancer drug efficacy from preclinical research

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Recent News

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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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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Scientists manufactures artificial organoids using automation

Lab Manager - 11-Nov-2020

Semi-automating tissue differentiation makes artificial tissues at a faster rate

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IBM develops an online chemistry lab 'RoboRXN'

MIT Technology Review - 28-Aug-2020

Will lower the cost & speed up the process of developing drugs

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