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Wednesday, November 20 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Poster Presentation: The PrepCell - Leveraging Scheduling Software for Automated Sample Processing

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Merck Discovery Sample Management leverages Brooks Sprint software and custom in-house software packages to enhance sample preparation workflows and improve downstream liquid handling efficiency and reliability.

With the scheduling functionality of Sprint and a custom automation platform collectively known as the "PrepCell", Discovery Sample Management automates many of the previously manual processes to prepare samples for downstream liquid handling. These processes include thawing samples from their -20C storage temperature to room temperature, centrifuging, stock volume verification, and reformatting into required well-maps.

Custom software from Brooks allows returning samples to be intercepted and redeployed prior to returning to frozen storage, increasing throughput, and eliminating unnecessary freeze-thaw cycles.

 Additionally, custom in-house software provides tools to compare tube volume verification results (from Brooks Tube Auditor device) with the recorded volume data from our Titian Mosaic Sample Management system, allowing users to identify potential pipetting errors and stock volume deviation errors before liquid handling. This process will improve the quality of plates delivered to our customers and provides remediation tool for inventory discrepancies.


Duncan McNicol

Associate Director, Merck
Duncan McNicol has been working in compound management for 24 years, with extensive experience in Storage and Liquid Handling Automation, Inventory Management systems, and developing custom software solutions to facilitate and enhance integration between these systems.

Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Essex North & Center (3rd Floor) - Westin Copley 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 USA