How Automated Bioanalytical Laboratories Enhance Consistency and...
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How Automated Bioanalytical Laboratories Enhance Consistency and Accuracy

Pharma Tech Outlook | Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Automation of Bioanalytical Laboratories can help drug developers meet the pharma industry standards.

Fremont, CA: Drug developers need to select a fully automated bioanalytical laboratory to compete in today's market. A completely automated laboratory can execute regulated and error-free experiments, enhancing both preclinical and clinical programs' accuracy and efficiency. It takes a lot of work and time to get a drug to the market. Automating bioanalytical processes can increase assay accuracy, timetable reliability, and data analysis. Automating the entire process is a dynamic technique to control it.

Improving consistency and controls

Sample preparation and reagent storage, as well as compound identification, are all made easier with automated processes. Automated programs can also lessen the risk of human error by performing repeated activities and data entry. An automated laboratory offers many other advantages, such as improved processes for data analysis and sample management and more, in addition to completing bioanalysis consistently with respect to controls and outcomes.

Automation means improved timelines

In addition to delivering higher-quality results, a fully automated bioanalytical laboratory improves program schedules. For instance, pharmacokinetic (PK) bioanalysis studies can take up to two weeks when performed manually, but automation can cut this to a couple of days. Bioanalysis of anti-drug antibody (ADA) samples can similarly take four to five weeks but can be accomplished in half the time with automation.

Automation's higher quality assays and data contribute to meeting regulatory compliance criteria. Automated bioanalytical laboratories expedite sample analysis and can shorten the timelines for an Investigational New Drug (IND) and a Biologics License Application (BLA). When manual processes are removed, laboratories can analyze more samples.

For instance, a scientist who analyzes samples manually can process approximately two plates each day. In contrast, an automated bioanalytical laboratory may process ten or more plates in the same amount of time. Bioanalysts can conduct additional tests while awaiting the automated findings of an earlier set.

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