Category: Automation and High-Throughput Technologies

1354-E - Non-contact digital dispensing for life science applications

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Due to the wide range of tasks involved in life science workflows, diverse liquid dispensing approaches have been developed to address the different needs of specific fields of application. Many are termed non-contact in that they dispense without impinging on a target substrate (liquid or solid). Such technologies deliver solutions as multiple minute droplets of defined size. The absence of surface contact provides a unique capability to dispense to a location multiple times, often in a digital manner. This feature is absolutely critical to the effort to reduce volumes of multistep assays used in the pharmaceutical screening process. 


However, new challenges are emerging, for example in single cell biology, NGS library preparation, 3D biology and nanoscale compound synthesis. There is also the ongoing quest to miniaturise and scale-out a broader range of applications. We have developed a range of non-contact dispensing approaches that utilise moving nozzle, acoustic and inkjet technologies to address these needs by offering digital, high-throughput performance.

Wayne Bowen

Consultant, Life Science
TTP plc
Melbourn, England, United Kingdom

Dr Wayne Bowen is a Life Science Consultant at TTP. His PhD on receptor biochemistry was received from the University of Glasgow. He subsequently worked in the Neuroscience Department at SmithKline Beecham developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of depression, Parkinson’s Disease and stroke. In 1996, Dr Bowen co-founded Pharmagene plc and co-ordinated biochemical research on human tissue. Prior to joining TTP, he spent 13 years as Chief Scientific Officer of TTP Labtech.