As 2022 draws to a close, we are looking back at the year and thinking about what made it special. The answer is the same every year: our customers! Knowing that we’re helping researchers achieve better results, enable new discoveries, and accelerate their projects is what keeps us coming back for more.
As we worked on projects with our customers this year, we spotted some important trends in laboratory automation.
In recent years, we noticed a shift in scientists’ approach to lab infrastructure. Most of them now recognize that the key to accelerating scientific discovery is investing in integrated solutions that encompass much more than individualized workstations. Instead of thinking about equipment and instruments as single systems, more scientists are thinking holistically about their infrastructure and how to connect them in a cohesive ecosystem.
And many are turning to automation to help them accomplish this goal. In 2022, we heard from scientists looking for solutions to track samples and consumables use, capture data about experiments and project costs, and monitor equipment utilization in the lab, among other needs. People are also deploying mobile robots to move samples safely and autonomously from storage to liquid handlers or other instruments, even when scientists are not there. We continue to see a great deal of interest in exploring how track systems, conveyor belts, and other tools can be deployed to connect disparate instruments in the lab.
For Biosero, that has meant even more interest in our automation solutions to seamlessly connect data, people, tasks, robots, and instruments in the lab. We are well positioned to help with tools like our Green Button Go Orchestrator, which provides applications for planning, scheduling, and executing workflows across the lab from a single interface.
One of the main factors driving the recent shift toward better-integrated labs has been the COVID-19 pandemic. The demand for rapid testing strained lab resources and personnel as many scientists were inundated with more samples than they had ever worked with before. Labs had fewer in-person staff members available to run equipment due to social distancing requirements, teammates who were out sick, or general staffing shortages. Scientists suddenly had to think creatively about new ways of working and accomplishing tasks without staffing up.
Our team was ready to support customers with our automation expertise and suite of automation tools. We had a record year, both in terms of the number of customers served and in systems implemented. In some cases, we worked with customers to build biofactories from the ground up using our complete portfolio of products, including the GBG Orchestrator and Scheduler tools.
A few years ago, Biosero was considered the best-kept secret in the industry. Today we are the premier laboratory automation provider, working closely with major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and clinical diagnostics companies. We are proud that our solutions continue to help scientists make important scientific discoveries every day, and we are committed to making improvements to our products and services that make the customer experience even better.
We look forward to continuing to support important research and discovery in 2023, and we wish everyone in the life science community a happy and healthy new year.