From Eroom’s Law to Moore’s Law: Drug Discovery in the 21st Century

From the lab to the patient The number of possible drug-like molecules can baffle the imagination. There are more than 10⁶⁰ compounds in this molecular haystack, though only a tiny proportion of these compounds will meet all the requirements to become a safe and effective medicine. Over the past millennia, we found a handful of needles (or cures) in […]

Should I Automate My Cellular Assay?

Guest post by Gareth Fearnley, Senior Scientist at Arctoris When I joined Arctoris as a Senior Scientist almost a year ago, I must admit that I was sceptical about the benefits automation of cell-based assays could bring to drug discovery research, especially if the assay appears to be of relatively low complexity. Not to mention, as […]

Lab Research in the Age of COVID

Running experiments remotely from home 2020 will go down in history as the year when a global health crisis upended industries, disrupting the usual rhythm of life and work all over the world. In the USA alone, 42% of the workforce moved to remote work [1], up from 8% before the coronavirus shutdowns [2]. Nicholas […]

Mining the Lab for (meta)data

How automation can help researchers document experiments Scientists and lab technicians have to meticulously follow scientific protocols to ensure the validity of their findings. Certain parts of lab work lend themselves to effortless measurement, making them easy to describe in the methods section of protocols and research papers (e.g. volumes and concentrations). Then, there are […]

Accelerating Progress in Biomedical Research

The age of hyperauthoring 2015 was a record-breaking year in scientific literature, a domain usually preoccupied with discoveries rather than records. That year over 5000 scientists were credited as authors for a paper on the mass estimation of Higgs boson in Physical Review Letters. This so-called hyperauthored paper was over 33-page long, but the author […]