Category: Technology

January 5, 2022  |  Technology

Converting a Benchtop Assay to an Automated Platform

In research laboratories, it’s important to maximize scientists’ time during the workday. A key part of that is creating an environment where they can focus on planning experiments and analyzing data to get meaningful results. Essentially, scientists should be goal-oriented rather than task-oriented — which means benchtop assays are ripe targets for automation. One of […]

December 8, 2021  |  Trends

Creating a Seamless Laboratory Ecosystem

When scientists run experiments, they can track some of the more pertinent details, such as sample IDs and the experimental protocols they used. What’s harder to capture in real-time is all the associated metadata — such as how long samples were exposed to room temperature, the lot number of the reagents used, and data on […]

December 1, 2021  |  Technology

Automation 101: The benefits of laboratory automation

Research laboratories often decide to incorporate automation due to limitations with manual workflows. These include issues with research productivity, data processing, tracking samples, and capturing experimental data. Today, labs are under increasing pressure to generate reliable research results that can quickly be transformed into useful products. Access to automation can help scientists meet their research […]

November 3, 2021  |  Technology

Automation 101: The Challenges of Laboratory Automation Implementation

When researchers make the decision to automate their lab processes, the next steps are deciding what solutions they need and then making the investment. It sounds simple, but there are several considerations that automation newcomers should be aware of during this process. To help researchers take their first steps in automation, we highlight some of […]

October 27, 2021  |  Technology

Automation 101: Misconceptions about laboratory automation

Laboratory experiments typically involve a lot of repetition, with scientists performing the same tasks over and over again. Automation improves the efficiency of these experiments: robots can be programmed to pipette tiny samples in hundreds of plates or to monitor experimental conditions to ensure the quality of results, leaving scientists free to spend their time […]

October 20, 2021  |  Technology

The six pillars of automation

Calculating the return on investment (ROI) of automation used in biotechnology research and development can be very challenging. It’s a bit easier to do in industries such as manufacturing, where ROI is measured in terms of the number of units produced, how long it takes to make them, and what it costs. In lab settings, […]

September 29, 2021  |  Technology

Automation 101: Why do drivers matter?

A driver is a software component used to connect and communicate with a device’s Application Programming Interface (API) to control what that device does or does not do. If you’ve ever connected a new keyboard or mouse to your computer, you’ve probably had to wait while the correct driver was downloaded so the accessory could […]

September 1, 2021  |  Technology

How do you choose the right laboratory automation solution

While the dream of an automated laboratory can be appealing, the actual implementation process – choosing the right robots, integrating the workflows, and managing it all through software – is often daunting. How do you choose the right approach for your lab? Before incorporating any new automated technology, it’s important to visualize how it works […]

August 11, 2021  |  Technology

Preparing to automate your laboratory, here’s how to get started

So, you’ve done your research and are convinced about the value of automation for your internal workflows and processes. How do you go about planning to automate? What kinds of questions should you be asking? The first step is to identify your biggest pain points. Which tasks are taking a significant amount of scientists’ time? […]

July 28, 2021  |  Technology

Choosing a scheduling software — factors to consider

Scheduling software is a must-have tool for automation in laboratories. From individual robots to integrated workstations, scheduling software issues the commands that let scientific processes happen without human intervention. Scheduling software has been around for more than 30 years, with today’s sophisticated, AI-powered solutions offering a vast improvement over the more rudimentary tools that were […]

July 14, 2021  |  Technology

What is an application programming interface?

Although it started out as a programming term, application programming interfaces, or APIs, have become something of a catch-all for how instruments and systems communicate with each other. All the instruments within a lab that can be automated have an interface that makes cross-communication possible. APIs today use a variety of languages and methods to […]

July 8, 2021  |  Technology

Seeing software in action

The team at Biosero decided to take full advantage of restrictions lifting throughout the country by having an in-person sales meeting at our headquarters in San Diego. It was the perfect time for us to get the growing team together; our customer-facing team has more than tripled in the last few months. In addition, we’ve […]

June 23, 2021  |  Technology

How 24/7 automation increases the productivity of your laboratory

Researchers in the scientific industry are being asked to move faster and faster to bring new medicines and more productive crops to market, among many other innovations. The acceleration of such scientific discoveries needs to be accomplished at lower costs and without increasing the company’s headcount or compromising the integrity of the research. The question […]

June 2, 2021  |  Technology

Why the cloud matters for lab automation

For many people, the term “laboratory automation” brings to mind giant robots, liquid handlers, and other heavy-duty lab machinery. But hardware is only half the story. For true automation, software is essential — it issues commands to all of those instruments and devices, ensuring that every process runs smoothly. Of course, wherever there is software, […]