Remarkable developments in the technology used in the refinement process has leveled the R&D playing field, allowing smaller labs to stay competitive and relevant in today’s incredibly diverse field. Advancements such as next generation sequencing and high throughput technologies allow laboratories to undertake R&D tasks that, years ago, would have taken a vast quantity of funds, manpower and hours to complete.
High throughput technologies offer a set of tools that enterprising laboratories can leverage to assess and improve their R&D processes and increase productivity. With proper preparation and implementation, these tools can in turn promote best practices, reduce time lost on frivolous work and improve your ability to run parallel processes.
High throughput technologies’ various techniques and tools include: Laboratory automation, which identifies redundant processes that waste the valuable time and resources of you and your collogues and replaces them with an automated process; Miniaturization and parallelization of procedures and laboratory functions that allow the pertinent equipment and process to be effective at microchip-sizes, allowing you to run an unparalleled number simultaneously; and combinatorial chemistry, in which various chemical synthetic methods are used to prepare a large number of compounds in a single process. Modeling and silico screening can also be improved in the process, making it so that you and your team are able to more clearly assess and diagram relevant procedures and results.
The overall improvement in the visualization of complex data and the streamlined analysis process are just some aspects of an improved R&D process that result from the implementation of high throughput technologies.
Next generation sequencing is another fantastic tool that continues to find new use across fields that include agrochemical, biotechnological and pharmaceutical, among others. Next generation sequencing allows laboratories to do genome-wide research that originally had only been able to be effectively done at centers with massive resources and staff. Interested parties can invest in the pertinent classes and tools in order to understand the concepts behind the process and learn about relevant applications like Genome Assembly, Target Sequencing, RNAseq and ChIPSeq.
Through the utilization of high throughput technologies and next generation sequencing, even smaller labs will find themselves capable of undertaking projects previously only suited for much larger facilities. High throughput technologies insist on a combined integration of best practices, tools and techniques that, through parallel implementation, will offer you and your team a deeper insight into the best practices and strategies that will lead you to success.