Improving Reproducibility of Research Through Digital Tools, Technologies and Laboratory Automation
Current laboratory protocols contribute approximately $3 billion annually to the problem of preclinical irreproducibility. Laboratory automation as well as new digital tools and technologies can contribute to solutions.
The nature of the Laboratory is fundamentally changing. Science is being democratized and is now being performed not only in standard academic laboratories, but on single rented benches in incubators, in community laboratories and in garages.
Creating a 'smart' laboratory
A portable analysis laboratory
Outsourcing scientific research by providing access to high quality academic labs with capacity
Engineering novel biological systems through automation
A high throughput user facility that supports research beyond the scope of an individual’s own laboratory
In the laboratory, everything from experiment setup to the cleaning and washing of materials is becoming automated. New methods of data management, communication and integration are also improving every step in the scientific process from experiment design to execution, to data analysis and collection, publishing and sharing.
Instrumentation improvements are helping to expand research capabilities. This will impact not only the quality of life for researchers, but the reproducibility of research, scale of research performed and cost/quality of research.
The specific new technologies that will revolutionize the way science is done.
The organizational strategies and information systems needed to capture the benefits of automation and democratization.
The economic impact of laboratory automation on the cost and quality of science and the development of new treatments and cures.
The strategies that will help to propel innovation forward and make research more reproducible.