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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 […]

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 […]

Considerations for Lab Automation

Our thoughts on the recent Lab Manager automation article “Going Automated: Lessons from Lab Professionals Who Have Made the Leap” in the December issue of Lab Manager highlights some important baseline elements in considering whether or not laboratory automation is suitable for your organization, as well as what to expect during the process.  However, we […]

Automation is Closing the DNA Read-Write Gap

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY DEPENDS ON AUTOMATION Genomics has been the focal point of life sciences research over the past decade, enabling a better understanding of disease beyond its physical manifestation and into its underlying drivers. This has opened significant opportunities across the therapeutic spectrum in both disease diagnosis and treatment. These advances would not have been […]