GBSI MEETING HIGHLIGHTS AUTOMATION INNOVATION
BY MICHAEL LEVITEN, SENIOR WRITER
Last month, the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) held its annual meeting, this time with a focus on automation tools whose low cost could enable wider access by researchers for enhancing the reproducibility of preclinical research.
“Affordable, accessible tools — robots, instruments, software, etc. — are contributing to democratize scientific discovery, putting sophisticated but affordable technology in the hands of more scientists than ever before, and making protocols and results easier to share,” GBSI founding President Leonard Freedman told BioCentury after the meeting.
GBSI is a non-profit founded in 2012 with a mission to improve reproducibility in preclinical research by devising standards for reagents and protocols. The organization’s scientific advisory council (SAC) includes representatives from academia, industry, publishers and the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
The meeting presentations highlighted technologies developed by small companies and academics for automated and computer-driven sample handling, design and monitoring of experiments, and sharing of protocols and data that could…
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