Trends in Laboratory Automation

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Trends in Laboratory Automation

Pharma Tech Outlook | Thursday, May 12, 2022

Automation is no longer limited to high throughput; it also involves interconnecting the laboratory environment to generate better precision and improve the correctness of R&D results.

FREMONT, CA: Automation in drug discovery will allow pharmaceutical firms to make better decisions more quickly. Automation is commonly considered new to the pharmaceutical industry; however, automated methods have a long history in drug discovery. Initially, laboratory automation was mainly utilized for drug development and production to facilitate high-throughput analyses. Since then, technological advancements have permitted the effect of different methods to enhance the precision, compliance, and reproducibility of outcomes.

Automation has revolutionized the laboratory setting due to its capacity to conduct huge quantities of repetitive operations, which has helped lessen some contemporary stresses on scientists and increased reliability, throughput, and reproducibility.

Automation provides a less wasteful environment by improving laboratory efficiency and accelerating drug discovery. However, the use of automation introduces new obstacles that must be considered. This article discusses how pharmaceutical companies utilize automation and modern automated technology to expedite drug discovery.

Utilizing automation can facilitate the completion of numerous time-intensive jobs. Although the widespread implementation of these modern technologies can provide obstacles for laboratories, deploying such systems offers innumerable benefits.

Intelligent process automation (IPA) has been the latest buzzword in the automation industry. IPA is the most recent wave of automation technology, in which autonomous technologies intersect to produce vastly enhanced capabilities. This convergence consists of intelligent workflow and machine learning. Another trend on the rise is automation ethics. The influence of automation will have both professional and societal repercussions and will play a more significant role in decision-making. It is anticipated that additional legislation on newer autonomous tools will materialize, resulting in a broader acceptance of automation technology.

Last but not least, a call to action: attitudes toward automation and other sophisticated technology must alter. The notion that machines will supplant all humans must be abandoned. Instead, they should be viewed as partners who help human endeavors. If machines perform all dull and repetitive activities, humans can concentrate on higher-order cognitive functions. Incorporating automation will generate new occupations, which will profoundly alter other positions. Instead of viewing these technologies as a threat to survival, people must evaluate how we may work harmoniously with them. These coordinated efforts will improve the laboratory automation sector.

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