Next Generation Automation Lab Achieves Huge Productivity Gains
30 Jul 2021
Ziath’s Cube 2D-barcoded tube rack readers are being used to speed the discovery of new medicines through the fully-automated Lilly Life Sciences Studio (L2S2) lab in San Diego, USA.
L2S2 was set up as part of the Lilly Discovery Automation Research and Technologies Group and has brought together a team of talented automation engineers and scientists in the design, implementation, and operation of a variety of innovative automation projects.
Devon Thompson, Senior Research Fellow at Lilly, said: “Our Life Science Studio is exciting because it allows us to reduce cycle times, go faster on projects and ultimately bring the right drug to the right patient in a timely fashion.”
Using a Magnamotion track, individual islands of automation covering compound synthesis, purification, analysis and biological testing have been brought together in one large laboratory space under the control of one bespoke automation scheduling software. Ziath’s Cube 2D-barcoded tube rack readers are used within the process to identify and monitor the position of individual samples travelling throughout the storage and processing modules of L2S2. This advanced sample management technology is most important in the Input-Output module, where samples are received and retrieved from the L2S2 system.
Rick Robbins, the L2S2 Automation Group Leader, commented: “The input-output module allows the operator to have one touchpoint to put samples on and take samples off the system. This is very important because we really want to do positive sample tracking of every sample that’s moving on the system at any time.” By using 2D-barcoded tubes and vials, the Ziath Cube readers across L2S2 can keep track of the many hundreds of samples being processed at any one time by reporting their individual ID numbers to the Master Scheduler from each workstation or touchpoint.
Lilly research fellow James Beck added: “A key component of this lab is the ability to track the data from the very beginning of the order, all the way through to the end. We annually generate roughly 15-20% of the entire Lilly compound collection that goes to biological screening.”
“This novel deployment of Ziath readers as part of a large-scale automated drug discovery laboratory is both exciting and yields huge productivity gains, pointing the way forward for many other drug discovery companies to go in future,” concludes Landon Diaz, General Manager of Ziath America.
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