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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Modularity Future-Proofs Your System

MODULAR DESIGN ENSURES YOUR ROBOTIC SYSTEM CAN ADAPT WITH YOUR SCIENCE The use of industrial robots to automate high volume tasks goes back to the 1970s, when the German robot maker Kuka pioneered the first true industrial robot (FAMULUS) with six axes of motion.  Since then, robots have slowly but surely been displacing routine mechanical […]

AI and Drug Discovery

AI WILL EMPOWER DRUG DISCOVERY, BUT NOT THROUGH IN SILICA EXPERIMENTATION Artificial intelligence, or “AI” for short, has been the topic of sweeping news coverage of late. In the life sciences arena, much focus has been given to the use of AI to help the drug discovery process. Articles like “Big pharma turns to AI […]

Personalized Medicine Depends on Automation

The use of robotics and automation more generally is associated with increasing productivity and efficiency, often with the displacement of human labor with machine-based work. While productivity gains are a clear benefit of robotics, they can overshadow another equally or at times more important result – accuracy and repeatability. We are all familiar with the […]