ITHACA, N.Y. — Rheonix Inc., a developer of fully automated molecular testing solutions, will participate in Festo Corp.’s workshop on “How Industrial Automation Solutions Improve Processes in the Lab” at the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening’s (SLAS) fourth annual conference and exhibition. The press briefing for the workshop will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Feb. 10 at Booth 1123 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. LGC and Rapid Micro Biosystems will also attend.
The workshop will address standard liquid-handling systems and the move toward more customized, high-speed robotics used in other industries, such as packaging and electronics assembly. Festo automation systems are incorporated into leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equipment to improve the productivity of pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical laboratory processes.
At the workshop, Steve Pemberton, vice president of marketing and sales, Rheonix, and Bill Hathaway, supervisor, mechanical engineering, Rheonix, will discuss how Rheonix collaborated with Festo to implement automation within its innovative platform, the EncompassMDx™ . Pemberton will also discuss how the product will be brought to market and the benefits that it will provide to the health care industry.
The EncompassMDx is a platform with unmatched versatility and affordability that performs fully automated, complex molecular assays in an easy-to-use and economical format using the Rheonix CARD® cartridge. The CARD is a cartridge the size of a smartphone that can run several biological samples through a fully integrated molecular analysis with no user intervention—it automatically manipulates the network of microfluidic pumps to move fluids through the channels of the CARD. The EncompassMDx can dramatically decrease the cost of testing, while increasing user efficiency and accuracy. Furthermore, the product’s automation, capability for high throughput and high complexity assays, and unique sample-to-result system will allow the platform to solve workflow inefficiencies within the diagnostic segment of the health care industry.
SLAS 2015 will feature over 300 leading laboratory technology providers from all over the world. The conference is the flagship event of the society, bringing together thousands of professional scientists, researchers, academics and government delegates looking to leverage laboratory technology and automation to drive results for their respective organizations. Key professional disciplines represented at SLAS 2015 include: assay development and screening; automation and high-throughput technologies; bioanalytical techniques; biomarker discovery and applications; drug target strategies; micro- and nanotechnologies; and informatics.