Accelerating Life Sciences by Robotic Biology
Project Leader: TAKAHASHI Koichi (Team Leader, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, RIKEN)
R&D Period: 2021.01- (Feasibility Study: 2018.11-2020.12)
Grant Number: JPMJMI20G7
Laboratory automation is a key to solving a multitude of problems that today's life sciences are facing, including poor reproducibility, inefficient operations of expensive laboratory equipment, research misconducts, and laborintensive working style. Although laboratory automation itself is not new and an increasing number of automation apparatuses are becoming commercially available, most of those products are specialized to executing some specific experimental or measurement procedures, still requiring human operators who work as 'glues' between machines, conveying samples and reagents between them, or reading and interpreting measurements. Therefore, the total efficacy of automated experiments facilities are still bound by accuracy and labor of humans.
In this project, we will develop a package of technologies including a formal experimental protocol description language, IoT systems architectures and their implementations to enable coordinated operations of various robots and machinery, and demonstrate their performance in several important applications areas including proteomics, genome editing, and stem cell culture.
AIST, The University of Tokyo, Keio University, University of Tsukuba, Kobe City Eye Hospital,
YASKAWA Electric Co. Ltd., TECAN Japan Co. Ltd., Robotic Biology Institute Inc., Epistra Inc.
6-2-3 Furuedai, Suita, Osaka 565-0874
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Quantitative Biology Buildings