New robotics platform for antibiotic search
With the facility at Leibniz-HKI, many experiments can be automated
| by Ronja Münch
The new robotics platform at Leibniz-HKI is unique in Germany's academic sector in its combination of size, automation level and flexibility. The highly modular facility serves the institute to accelerate the discovery of new antibiotics. It was developed jointly with the company Analytik Jena GmbH+Co. KG and was officially inaugurated on Thursday, June 15, in the presence of State Secretary Katja Böhler.
In the future, the new robotics platform set up at the HKI Biotech Center will be able to perform experiments faster and more accurately, as repetitive steps are always carried out in exactly the same way. "The combination of automation, data analysis and innovative research approaches increases the chances of success in identifying new antibiotics," explains Luzia Gyr, head of the facility.
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