Lab automation system receives top innovation award

By Ahmed ElAmin

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Related tags: Automation

Sweden-based Gyros' laboratory automation system has received an
endorsement from analyst Frost & Sullivan, which has awarded
the company the top prize in the category for this year's
annualinnovation awards.

The award provides independent backing for the company's Gyrolab Workstation, an automated system that the analyst says enables researchers to generate more laboratory information from fewersamples.

The system also improves lab performance by streamlining many steps of conventional applications into single and nanoliter scale procedures, Frost & Sullivan industry analyst S. Ravi Shankarstated.

The analyst presents the award to a company that has pioneered the development of technology that has either impacted or has the potential to impact several market sectors in terms of adoption,change, and competitive advantage.

Gyrolab Maldi SP1 is a microfluidic system that uses compact disk technology to perform the mass testing of samples. The system overcomes the bottlenecks created during sample preparation by fullyautomating all steps from protein digestion to sample elution procedures.

The CD microlaboratory contains 96 identical microstructures and uses a capillary force to load the sample into the microstructures. A spin programme then ensures the homogenous crystallizationdirectly on the target area by balancing the rate of elution or solids separation versus the rate of evaporation.

Gyros has also developed Gyrolab Bioaffy CD microlaboratory. That system quantifies proteins in general research, process development, and quality control. Frost & Sullivan says the system haspotential for both molecular and normal diagnostics.

Gyrolab Bioaffy also significantly reduces the analysis time in the lab, Frost & Sullivan stated. For instance, it takes only 50 minutes for the CD to generate data, resulting in savings inassay development times, which can be dedicated toward higher-level tasks such as data analysis.

"The novelty of this technology compared to traditional microplate techniques lies in the fact that it requires only small volumes of both the sample as well as the reagent,"​Shankar stated.

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