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Wednesday, November 20 • 4:35pm - 4:55pm
Innovative Technology and Process Optimization- Optimizing Processes Using In-House Engineering to Innovate Automation and Sample Management

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Sophisticated and often expensive automated solutions exist for a wide variety of laboratory processes in the sample management environment, however there remain many processes for which commercially available products do not exist or do not fully meet the needs of the end user. Fortunately, the rapid evolution of hardware and software tools over the past decade has made development of custom automation much more accessible for laboratory staff. The result of this evolution can be seen in many labs where technologies such as 3D printers and open source electronics platforms have become commonly utilized tools in the day-to-day operations of the lab.

The Lead Identification team at Scripps Florida is one such lab where these tools have been leveraged to address a wide variety of challenges in the Sample Management workspace. Use of these tools has resulted in the development of a number of unique devices including a custom microplate imaging platform, an open-source microplate illuminator and many other things. These have been integrated within our informatics infrastructure in a fashion which has quantitively impacted the efficiency of many processes in the lab by reducing staff workload and improving quality assurance. The advantages of developing in-house automation and lessons learned over a decade of doing so are presented.

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Pierre Baillargeon

Senior Robotics Engineer, The Scripps Research Institute
Pierre is currently the Senior Robotics Engineer within the Lead Identification lab at Scripps Research where he supports Compound Management, High Throughput Screening, Assay Development and Informatics efforts by developing, assembling and integrating novel automated hardware and... Read More →


Christina Glazier

Senior Research Operations Manager, Amgen

Wednesday November 20, 2019 4:35pm - 4:55pm EST
Essex South (3rd Floor) - Westin Copley 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 USA

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