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What's the business case for automated biobanking?

Researchers need biobanks to provide high-quality samples via optimal processing, secure storage, and preservation under the appropriate conditions for the lifetime of the sample. Fundamental to the success of a biobank is the ability to preserve...

The State of Automated Pipetting 2022

Industry Report: The State of Automated Pipetting 2022

Hot off the press, The State of Automated Pipetting 2022 shines a light on what's driving laboratories to automate their day-to-day liquid handling tasks. Across many application areas, researchers and lab staff are transitioning away from handheld...

From manual to automated workflows for RT-qPCR and NGS protocols

"For the last couple of years, we've been Covid testing and have been very successful with the SPT Labtech liquid handlers."Farruk Kabir | NGS Lab Manager | Aperture NextGen Laboratories

Aperture NextGen Laboratories is an FDA approved CLIA lab for...

Goodbye manual pipetting?

The writer Paul Coelho once said: "If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello". It's an inspiring thought, but in reality, it's natural to be resistant to change and bidding farewell to what has served us well...

Towards a more sustainable lab

Environmental sustainability is high on the agenda for governments worldwide, with private companies, public bodies and academic centers all playing a part in reducing the burden on the world around us. Unfortunately, laboratory research is...

Could multi-purpose technologies help tackle the laboratory space conundrum?

The scale of next-generation sequencing is expanding, and the efficiency of the sequence generation process has improved significantly over time. However, library and sample preparation bottlenecks remain troublesome inhibitors of productivity and...

4 ways automation helps deliver better value in genomics research

In the dynamic, fast-paced landscape of genomics research, laboratory heads are constantly challenged to do more with less and deliver greater value from their investment. With the cost of next-generation sequencing reducing year on year, there...

In the modern genomics lab, automation is accessible for all

In his book, 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People', Stephen Covey tells the story of a woodcutter attempting to chop down a tree with a blunt saw. Despite the frustration of working with this ineffective tool, the woodcutter carried on, saying...

Next-generation sequencing is transforming healthcare

Advances in next-generation sequencing have powered a genomic revolution. From early beginnings and painstaking processes, methods have advanced significantly, opening endless research avenues. In 2021, it is now possible to sequence a human genome...

A little lab automation can go a long way

Budget season for lab managers is a tricky time when critical spending decisions need to be taken on competing investment priorities. Staffing costs and the benefits of new laboratory equipment are often weighed up and set against each other. Should...

apricot S3 Pipettor - Accessible Automation & Endless Research Possibilities

Recently, we introduced our apricot range of user-friendly liquid handling instruments to the SPT Labtech business. The apricot S3 pipettor is one of the core products in the range, offering automated high-performance 96 and 384 channel pipetting...

Sample Prep Series Part 4: Towards Routine Sample Specific Optimization for All

As cryo-EM adoption has grown so has the demand to prepare specimen using conventional commercial instruments and DIY set ups. However, most samples exhibit non-ideal behavior and the resulting specimen rarely achieve the reproducible and...

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