Parallel Processing: The Key to Faster Results

Productivity.  Productivity is defined as the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.  All of us, across all industries, strives to be productive in order to reach a goal or achieve success.  It’s innate in the vast majority of us.  Whether working individually, with a group, across a team or throughout an organization, we view productive output as the best way of achieving success. 

It’s no different in life science research.  One of the ultimate goals of life Scientists is to be the first to make a discovery of a new target for a new drug.  From my conversations with scientists throughout the pharmaceutical industry, the rewards can be to astounding.  One path to achieving this goal is to run a productive research group/lab that gets to results faster.   This means that you would need to process several assays at the same time while monitoring each assay’s results to determination downstream work.  The two options to achieving this are to hire multiple scientists or automate your lab. 

In lab automation, many individuals wish to perform parallel processing (i.e. simultaneous protocols) but never attempt executing on that dream.  A few reasons for this are: they are too busy, nervous about trying something new, chose an inferior lab automation software package.  Whatever the reason, parallel processing provides the following benefits to life science researchers: 

  • Maximum Utilization  
  • Reduces time to discovery 
  • Builds team unity

Maximum Utilization  

When implementing the simultaneous protocols on your lab automation system, you unleash the power and capabilities of your entire robotics platform.  You and your colleagues have the choice to use all of the devices or not depending on your workflow needs.  For example, lets your person A schedules cell based assay that utilizes a subset of devices on your system, and person B schedules a biochemical assay that uses another subset of devices.  Your lab automation software will process both protocols in parallel and address device conflicts between runs. 

Reduces Time to Discovery 

Lab automation software that provides simultaneous protocol and data integration capabilities increases the probability that you and your team achieve results faster than your colleagues or competitors.  We have seen this with many customers where they perform 3, 4, 5 or more protocol in parallel across their platform.  This allows them to test against multiple targets thus allowing them to make better decisions faster 

Builds Team Unity 

Having your team focus on a common goal builds unity.  Your colleagues in your lab/department/organization are all focused on developing the next drug target.  A software’s ability to perform simultaneous protocols allows your colleagues to calendar their protocols, align across resources, and share their results.  The software becomes the conduit to your colleagues understanding what you are focused on and vice versa. 

At HighRes, we have seen our clients utilize Cellario’s capabilities to perform simultaneous protocols to maximize utilization of their lab automation investment, reduce lead times to discovery, and align colleagues work with build unity.  The following link will allow you to down load a poster detailing the results one of our clients achieved performing parallel processing (https://highresbio.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Galapagos-SLASeu2022_poster_220501_FNL.pdf).  Cellario provides you the ability to process protocols in parallel and does not require you to purchase additional software suites.  It’s all in Cellario!  If this intrigues you and want to learn more please check out our website and request a demo.

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