Category: Automation and High-Throughput Technologies

1201-B - Combining tube based storage with new acoustic liquid handling technology to dramatically increase sample management efficiency.

Monday, February 5, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Traditional sample management and high throughput screening has relied heavily on high density microplates for compound storage and tip-based liquid handling solutions for processing. Drawbacks of these technologies have included increased microplate storage space requirements (empty wells cannot be excluded), sample integrity challenges (accessing sample subsets in a microplate requires thawing the entire plate) and compound loss during transfer (due to adhesion to or contamination from the tip plastic itself).

Adoption of individual tubes for storage and acoustic liquid handling technologies for transfer have addressed most but not all these drawbacks. To date, sample tubes have not been compatible with acoustic liquid handling technology necessitating creation of working microplates using tip-based liquid handling systems.

We present an overview and performance details for a new acoustic liquid handling technology and compatible acoustic tubes that offers the full benefit of tube storage and acoustic liquid handling without the historical drawbacks. We will demonstrate the utility of the technology in maximizing compound storage both in terms of maximizing space and maintaining sample integrity. The combination of acoustic tubes and acoustic liquid handling offers a more efficient, streamlined approach to non-contact acoustic transfer of samples and reagents for sample management and small molecule screening groups. 

Iain Russell

Sr. Product Manager
San Jose, California

Iain Russell has over 15 years of experience in the Life Sciences industry and the genomics field. Iain joined Labcyte in May of this year and currently manages the Echo® Liquid Handler product line, a series of instruments that enables the touchless transfer of nanoliter liquid volumes with extreme accuracy and precision. Prior to joining Labcyte, Iain managed a broad variety of novel technologies including microarray and qPCR related instruments and consumables. Iain completed his Ph.D. graduate work with a focus on gene expression at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, prior to completing a post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the cell cycle biology field.