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Laboratory Robotics Interest Group meeting

Andy Zaayenga zaayenga at lab-robotics.org
Mon Sep 8 22:55:53 EST 1997

The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group 
Topical Group of the North Jersey American Chemical Society 
September 1997 Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 1997 
Place: American Cyanamid, Quakerbridge Road (Route 533 South), Princeton,
NJ 08543 
Itinerary: Social Hour & Refreshments - 6:15 to 7:15 PM, Presentations and
Discussion - 7:15 to 8:45 PM 

Pre-Registration: Contact Sharon Reed, American Cyanamid, PO Box 400,
Princeton, NJ 08543                                
E-Mail:  reeds at pt.cyanamid.com                                
Phone: (609) 716-2905                                
Fax: (609) 275-3521

Using A Zymark Robotics System For The Identification Of Agricultural
Leads: A "Medium" Throughput Approach Sharon Reed
Crop Protection Discovery
American Cyanamid Agricultural Research Center Princeton, NJ

With today’s emphasis on high throughput screening, it became necessary at
American Cyanamid’s Agricultural Research Center, to re-examine our
screening techniques, and develop a strategy that would optimize our lead
identification potential. In response to this challenge, we implemented an
automated "medium" throughput screen which significantly increased our
throughput, while maintaining our ability to use traditional screening
methods and targets.
This talk will give an overview of our Zymark system, a description of the
challenges we encountered while implementing our automated procedures, and
an explanation of how we use it to maximize our in-vivo screening capacity.
In addition I will focus briefly on the versatility of our system and how
we plan to use it to meet the changing needs of our screening program. 

You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks -- Or Can You? Maximizing Assay
Capability Of Older Robotic Systems By Incremental Introductions of New
Technology To The Screening Laboratory M. Elizabeth Miller
Sr. Scientist
Agricultural Discovery Dept.
Rohm and Haas Company
Spring House, PA

The Agricultural Discovery Department at Rohm and Haas Company has used a
Zymark robotic workcircle to perform fungitoxicity screening in microtiter
plates for about 9 years. At the time of delivery in 1988, the system was
considered state-of-the-art for handling microplate assays, and was
comprised completely of custom-designed stations, as microplate-handling
devices were almost unknown in those days. Since then, microplate handling
on integrated robotic workcircles has become routine, and a variety of
‘off-the-shelf’ plate handling stations are now available from different
vendors, obviating the need for custom stations in many cases. In light of
new developments in screening technology, do older integrated robotic
systems still have a place in the laboratory? Depending upon the demands on
the laboratory, the answer can certainly be yes. We are still using our
original workcircle with custom stations, with only some minor upgrades
made very recently to the system. In order to accommodate newer assay
procedures however, we have added two stand-alone Packard Multiprobe liquid
handling workstations to the laboratory, which are used for a variety of
reagent additions not manageable on our Zymark system. This combined
approach of using an integrated workcircle in concert with stand-alone
units has been a very cost-effective way of enhancing our screening
capabilities while continuing to make full use of our investment in our
original robotic system.

Using New Technology To Make Microtiter Plates Of Pooled Samples Mark
Senior Biologist
Discovery Research, Agricultural Products Group FMC Corporation
Princeton, NJ

Our objective was to increase the number of samples tested without
increasing the handling of materials. By running pooled samples we were
able to achieve our goal. A new software package, Packard MPTable (tm),
which overcomes current robotic limitations by allowing total control over
pipetting sequences and operations, along with instrument optimization
parameters, contributed to the program's success. The minimal handling
increase allows a higher throughput while not affecting laboratory
scheduling. The direct result is an increase in productivity without
increasing staff or automation.

Members interested in presenting a poster are encouraged to do so. Please
contact any of the LRIG officers. Open career positions at your company may
be announced or posted at the meetings. 

The LRIG web site is growing! Check us out at http://lab-robotics.org We
offer meeting announcements, a message board, and career opportunities.
There are also many links to industry related meetings and conferences,
automation web sites, newsgroups, manufacturers, consultants, and our
members’ companies. Email is becoming very important to us as we try to
keep mailing costs down. If you have an email address, please either log on
to the web site and leave us a message or send email to
zaayenga at lab-robotics.org

Directions to American Cyanamid, Agricultural Research Division, Princeton,

>From George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, or Holland Tunnel to New
Jersey Turnpike South (See Turnpike instructions)

>From JFK Airport. Exit from airport. Cross over Belt Parkway. Take first
right exit feeder road. Keep to left and merge into Belt Parkway West.
Follow Parkway to Verrazano Bridge. Take Route 287 to Route 440 to
Outerbridge Crossing. Continue on Route 440 to New Jersey Turnpike South
(See Turnpike instructions)

>From LaGuardia Airport. Exit airport to Grand Central Parkway West to
intersection of Interstate 278. Follow 278 to Verrazano Bridge. Take Route
278 to Route 440 to Outerbridge Crossing. Continue on Route 440 to New
Jersey Turnpike South. (See Turnpike instructions)

>From Newark Airport. Exit airport and follow signs to New Jersey Turnpike
South. (See Turnpike instructions)

>From the New Jersey Turnpike. Take Turnpike to Exit 9, New Brunswick. Take
Route 18 North to Route 1 South, Trenton. Follow Route 1 South for
approximately 20 miles. Take exit for Quakerbridge Road/Route 533 South.
Entrance is 1/2 mile on the left.

>From North via Route 1. Take Route 1 South to Quakerbridge Road/Route 533
South Exit. Entrance is 1/4 mile on left.

>From Philadelphia Airport. Exit airport to Route I-95 North. Continue on
I-95 North into New Jersey approximately 55 miles to Exit 67 for Route 1
North. Turn right onto Quakerbridge Road/Route 533 South. Entrance is 1/4
mile on left.

By Train to Princeton Junction or Trenton. Take cab to American Cyanamid
Company, Route 1 and Quakerbridge Road.

The next meeting is on High Throughput Screening on Wednesday, December 3,
1997 at Novartis Corporation in East Hanover, NJ!

For more information contact:

Dennis France
dennis.france at pharma.novartis.com

Vice Chairman:
Ed Kanczewski
kanczee at aa.wl.com

Andy Zaayenga
Zymark Corporation 
zaayenga at lab-robotics.org

William Haller
bhaller at ompus.jnj.com

Hewlett-Packard is pleased to sponsor this mailing and meeting of the
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HP understands the benefits that automation can provide and is committed to
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