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Instrument and Reagent Development
Acting as an intermediary between instrument manufacturers and reagent manufacturers and prospective clients, we can provide an expert lab-based environment for the validation of new technologies.
We can bridge the gap between clients and instrument manufacturers to validate new technologies and develop novel applications for existing technologies using our “real world” screening expertise.
For over a decade we have collaborated with many instrument manufacturers to develop and apply new and novel technology to drug discovery. Examples include; Molecular Devices FLIPR, FLIPRTetra and FLIPRTetra Jellyfish, Corning Epic label-free, Amersham IN-Cell high content screening, DiscoveRx beta –arrestin based screening, Applied Biosystems FMAT for bead-based FLISA and cell-based competition assays and Labcyte Echo 555 acoustic dispensing and Microsonic system acoustic mixing.
Data Generated when Validating an Echo 555 from Labcyte Inc.
Left image showns a Labcyte 555 ultrasonic dispenser used to dispense compounds in triplicate into plates and screened within a 384 well FMAT binding assay. Right image shows the correlation between each compound, each of the three values per compound are plotted on the X, Y and Z axis – data plotted using the Spotfire application.
Data Generated Validating the Hendrix Mixer from Microsonic Systems Inc.
A fragment-based series as screened at high concentration within a kinase assay. Predicted hits did not give dose response curves consistent with activity (Image A). Compounds were subjected to mixing using the Hendix mixer (shown inset) and the assay repeated. Compounds were then active at high concentration (Image B) suggesting that they were insoluble under normal conditions and the ultrasonic mixing re-solubilised the compounds.
Using all of the technologies above we have successfully performed phenotypic screens for endogenously expressed targets in primary cells obtained from humans without the intervention of molecular biology to introduce reporters to these systems.
Our experience, combined with the equipment within our laboratories, allows us to bring together your technology with our capabilities to fully evaluate and feedback at a confidential level. In addition, in cases were we have had a successful evaluation, we have gone on to write material for the vendor to use for marketing and sales purposes.
Furthermore, due to our HTS capabilities and our experience in this area, we have acted as a lab intermediary, performing validation of technologies using clients reagents and compounds. A description of the deliverables from such a project are given here…..
Beta testing – early stage feedback for engineering, software writers and reagent providers for development purposes
Either consultative or practical feedback on the design and development of instruments and reagents
Package of data from a real world pharmacological evaluation providing written feedback on all aspects of the technology and prospective application development
Validation of the technology for the instrument and reagent manufacturer (confidential)
“Real world” HTS lab evaluation and validation of the technology involving pharmacological characterisation using cells, proteins and compounds
Confidential report covering validation of the technology using real world practical examples, advantages, disadvantages, feedback on qualitative and quantitative measures, areas for improvement. Demonstration of statistical assay quality and reproducibility for publication purposes
Intermediary between vendor and prospective client
Aurelia Bioscience provide trained resource and HTS equipment necessary to perform an evaluation of the technology by the prospective client to agreed standards
Documentation and presentation detailing the evaluation, the pharmacological behaviour of the compounds in the technology using the reagents and compounds provided by the client
We can provide services to clients who require:
- An intermediary company to work between the instrument manufacturer and the client to validate the technology for the client application and/or biology.
- Manufacturers wishing to identify and engage with a group of our scientists who can push their technology to the limit and identify the “killer application”.
- Instrument and reagent manufactures from overseas wishing to establish a technology support base and training support in the UK.