Charting New Territory in Laboratory Automation

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(DGIwire) — It’s been about 15 years since the first total laboratory automation solutions were introduced into clinical laboratories in the United States. The trend actually started in the mid-1990s, when several commercial laboratory companies and a handful of hospital laboratories took the plunge and installed total laboratory automation systems in their core high-volume labs.

Laboratory automation comprises many different instruments, devices, software algorithms and methodologies that are used to enable, expedite and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of laboratory operations. It is inconceivable for any laboratory with high sample load to achieve timely progress and turnaround times without automation.

The benefit of laboratory automation is that it has the ability to lower costs while increasing productivity. When manual processes such as experiment setup and processing are accomplished by a machine, researchers are able to spend more time on actual research. This in turn speeds up the first-to-file process. Automation also allows scientists to set up and run experiments in a fraction of the time they currently require. This will lead to substantial increases in productivity per person.

Given these crucial mandates, today’s laboratory managers must be armed with a clear vision of how best to move their laboratory’s capabilities into the future through best-practices automation. That is why it is paramount to research the availability and capabilities of a system that can enhance an automation solution. It is also where Harvard Bioscience can help. The Holliston, MA-based global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of medical research devices and technologies is the “go-to” resource for thousands of researchers in more than 100 countries. The bulk of its products are scientific instruments used to advance life science research.

Jeffrey A. Duchemin, President and CEO of Harvard Bioscience, says, “Our goal is to maximize the efficiency of labs by offering the broadest range of automation-enhancing products possible.”

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