Solving Laboratory Problems with a Customized or Automated Solution

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Copyright Promega Corporation
Considering automation for your laboratory? Wondering if there is a less time-intensive way to get through your workflow? Having problems purifying nucleic acids or protein from your samples or with your current protocol? Our recent webinar “Customized and Automated Solutions to Overcome Challenges in Your Lab” covered this topic, explaining there is team at Promega that can help. Promega Field Support Scientists (FSS) have the technical knowledge and automation expertise to develop customized solutions for laboratories that desire a customized protocol or automated workflow but do not have the time or understanding of liquid-handling workstations.

One point emphasized during the webinar was that our FSS team recommends that any assays or chemistries you are interested in automating are first tested and developed manually. If there are problems with assays done manually, automation will only compound the poor outcome. By ensuring the assay works either in a manual format or on a small-scale automation platform like our Maxwell® 16 Instrument (Cat.# AS2000), the FSS can then visit your lab to help ensure the assay works and implement larger scale automation.

The FSS team works with each lab to determine which Promega chemistry needs customized support or will be automated, what are the parameters (e.g., starting material, purified product, input sample volume, final concentration required and downstream assays) and what quality control assays does the purified product need to pass. In addition, what are the capabilities of the instruments in the lab? For example, is there a 96-well plate head, integrated shaker/incubator or plate-moving capability? All these questions will help the FSS ensure he creates a useful solution for your lab.

What type of assays can be automated? Whether you are working with nucleic acids or protein, investigating cell health or wanting to multiplex assays, many of our chemistries can be partially or fully automated, depending on your lab requirements. Our luminescent-based cell health assays can even be miniaturized to 1,536-well plates if the appropriate nanoliter equipment is available. The webinar featured several real-world customer examples of problems our FSS solved and how much time was saved by automating. In one case, they were able to reduce the time required to isolate both RNA and DNA from 96 samples from 1.5 days to 3 hours.

While our FSS can help develop a customized solution for a laboratory, validated automation solutions are available on our web page Automated Methods. These methods encompass an array of sample types and automated workstations. To learn more about our FSS and customized automation options, view the recorded webinar (available May 15, 2014 under the Previous Webinar tab at: or contact the FSS team at:

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Sara Klink

Technical Writer at Promega Corporation
Sara is a native Wisconsinite who grew up on a fifth-generation dairy farm and decided she wanted to be a scientist at age 12. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin—Parkside, where she earned a B.S. in Biology and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology before earning her second Master’s degree in Oncology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has worked for Promega Corporation for more than 15 years, first as a Technical Services Scientist, currently as a Technical Writer. Sara enjoys talking about her flock of entertaining chickens and tries not to be too ambitious when planning her spring garden.

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