Fully automated cell culture workflows
The cell culture challenge
The use of mammalian cell culture is rapidly increasing. However, the majority of cell culture operations are carried out manually, even though the core steps of maintaining cells are highly reproducible.
Staff are expected to conduct repetitive tasks for hours each day, and often have to come in outside of normal working hours to tend to their cells or adapt their biology to meet working weeks. This emphasis on manual steps limits both the throughput and the traceability of the workflow.
The limitations of lab automation today
Automation is essential to allow cell culture labs to scale over the coming years. While many cell culture labs use automated instruments to eliminate manual tasks, such as plate handling, highly-trained lab technicians are still spending hours each day tending to these machines. As a result, cell culture labs are limited in their ability to scale with most benchtop automation.
The benefits of Automata’s open, integrated cell culture automation solution
Eliminates weekend and evening work
Reduction in manual errors and contamination
Increased repeatability and standardisation
Automation that enables rapid scaling
Automata’s open, integrated automation solution allows for full walkaway time, in and out of hours, by robotically and digitally connecting multiple pieces of automated equipment. The connection across instruments ensures data flow, and can be integrated into existing IT ecosystems and environments. Here, we implemented our open, integrated automation solution for Cell Line Maintenance and Characterisation.
Media Exchange, including media handling and plate tilting
Find out how our approach to automating mammalian cell cultures is improving the scale and quality of labs
Is Automata right for my cell culture lab?
Here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions
What kinds of cells can your system work with?
The systems demonstrated are designed for human or animal derived adherent and suspension cells cultured in microplate format (although we also work with systems for bacteria and yeast culture). It is possible to work with mixtures of different cell types and lines on one platform.
What if I need different analytical capabilities than those shown?
It is possible to build your own specific analytical capabilities around the central cell maintenance functions by adding required devices in a modular way. This can be expanded as required.
How do I get started?
At the core of all Automata cell culture platforms is the capabilities for media exchange – the most consistent set of processes in maintaining cell lines. This can be a simple configuration for just this activity, both in and out of working hours, giving immediate support for keeping cell cultures happy.
The platform can then easily be expanded with additional capabilities as and when required to extend out the possible workflows.
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Automation for any lab
Our automated, modular workflow solutions can be adapted to meet specific lab requirements across diagnostics, drug discovery, microbiology, virology and genomics.
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Some of our clients
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The journey to the fully automated labs of the future
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