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Toward the Unification of Laboratory Software Platforms

Scientists are all too familiar with the issues of proliferation of software platforms in their work environments.  Most laboratory devices have their own software packages and interfaces, and the lab as a whole typically runs a variety of additional platforms from lab notebooks, to sample management packages to data analysis software.  In a world in […]

In Memory of Lou Guarracina

Last week, we lost a friend, colleague and source of perpetual inspiration in a tragic and untimely accident.  While he leaves behind friends and family who will miss and mourn him, the passing of HighRes’s founder and Chief Technology Officer Lou Guarracina is also a substantial loss for life science research more generally, where his […]

Why liquid handler decks are so large – it’s a design flaw

How big does the liquid handler deck have to be? This is usually one of the first questions that an automation customer asks their liquid handler salesperson.   The answer that usually comes back is that larger decks offer multiple benefits, such as: More flexibility: Bigger decks mean more accessories on deck, and more pipetting/gripper arms […]

The Future of Lab Automation Requires Enterprise Thinking

From startups to the largest biopharma research organizations, we have the great fortune of being in and out of tons of different labs across the globe. As a result, we also see commonalities and differences in how companies approach the specification and deployment of automation technology in their enterprises. If there is one thing that […]

Large Molecule Research: Higher Targeting Efficiencies Still Leave Room for Automation

The rise of biopharmaceuticals has evolved research paradigms and continues to displace use of traditional small molecule therapies in the market. Biologics are forecast to account for more than half of the Top 100 selling drugs by 2022, up from roughly one-third in 2012. Driving these therapies to market has required significant investment in upfront […]

Machine Learning and Drug Discovery

Yesterday, Recursion Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration had cleared their investigational new drug application for a Phase 1 clinical trial in the treatment of cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). While this is certainly good news for treating this rare genetic disease, it is also an important milestone in the use of machine learning […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]