Lab Automation: How far this can go in the Pharma World?Thursday August 23rd, 2018 Seema Surendran, Project Lead
There is no doubt that Laboratory Automation will free up life of scientists across research & development or drug manufacturing and what not?
Scientists are progressing in their skills with novel tools or reagents or instruments or systems right from preparing samples till getting the results out of experiments. Any task, simple to complex, can be automated and this can be gotten in all areas of Pharma world because of revolution in industrialization.
The growth of automation is striking due to two important factors, one is cost effectiveness and the other is using smaller time. Lower error rate is another attractive feature.
Applications like, very simple, from pipetting till the advanced automated robotic workstations to achieve high throughput operations are all feasible with the technology available today. But how far this will go? Full or partial automation to laboratories are possible according to the need of any organization or industry. Robotic pipetting is too possible in the current era!
Areas like microarray, assaying, DNA sequencing, lab-on-a-chip technology are receiving great deal of attention. Lab Management Systems will undergo drastic transformation based on the integration with laboratory requirements, aiding the automation of any facility across globe.
Flexibility in adapting to lab automation and the specificity in framing such customizations play a vital role to gain operational efficiency from such laboratories. Technical advances will be ever shifting according to industry or patient needs. The level of sophistication that such labs provide to the industrial improvement is remarkable. Application of robotic systems across the process is not a distant step.
Automation can go beyond laboratory, say, in variety of applications available in the form of packages associated with software that can be customized according to precise needs.
From the discovery, till the patient use, every other field in the pharmaceutical industry will adapt to automation technologies. Further advances could include programmable, automated stations with extremely sophisticated robotics that will deploy artificial intelligence systems giving out performance much like an ordinary man. The challenge lies in creating such a user-friendly solution to achieve the industrial vision.
Let’s wait as the future alone holds the answer!