T391:Everatt:The Lab2Lab Advantage

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Dr Brian Everatt1 C.Chem., FRSC, Simon Tullett2, Tim Bedford2, Grant Gardner2

1Novartis, 2TTPLabTech

Currently submission of chemical and biological samples to analytical equipment such as HPLC and GC/MS requires substantial manual investment. Typically samples are formulated and collated into racks before manually entering these into the analytical instrumentation. This can be a time consuming, error prone and an inefficient process, time that scientists can better spend in the laboratory.
Lab2Lab from TTP LabTech is a novel approach to submitting and transporting samples for analysis across an entire site. Sample tubes are registered and methods selected, an ELN reference is assigned and the sample tube is placed into the “Sender”. The system then transports the samples using low pressure compressed air and directs them to the most appropriate analytical instrumentation available. The analytical results are then automatically returned to the originators ELN.
The system is unique in that it allows samples to be sent from anywhere within building, from disparate laboratories to collated or disparate analytical instrumentation. This poster will demonstrate how it is possible to rationalise expensive equipment, reducing the cost of maintenance and support whilst increasing availability. In addition, the system has the capability to buffer submitted samples whilst the analytical equipment is busy or otherwise unavailable, meaning analyses can take place overnight.
This poster will describe the system recently installed at Novartis, Horsham (UK) as part of their “Open Access” initiative for the “Lab of the Future” and demonstrate the typical throughput capability and time savings this introduces to the users. It will show how the system can cope with failure of the analytical instrumentation by being able to redirect samples to working equipment. In addition, this poster will illustrate how the analytical system can be expanded to incorporate NMR and comPOUND libraries. This allows full follow up analysis of biochemical samples or 100% QC of samples pre and post HTS.

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