Biological product engineering relies on selecting the best performing microbial strain and finding optimal culture conditions. The screening for these strains and conditions requires a large number of experiments.
In order to speed up this screening process, small-scale devices with high-throughput are needed. Micro-Matrix is a such a platform that holds 24 micro-bioreactors with individual control of temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen, liquid and gas addition. The system is designed and tested to give similar performance as a standard 3 liter laboratory scale fermenter.
There was a time when scientists had to pass by their lab during weekends. They had to break off personal activities to monitor cell proliferation and viability in the laboratory. Automation has changed this way of working and the scientistsdo not need to come to the lab in the middle of the night orat thein their weekends.