The Phenotypic screening platform is also a fully integrated robotic system which has the ability to screen a variety of cell type or tissue cultures against a library of chemical entities.
This parallel facility allows for the direct tandem studies of compound libraries against cell cultures to detect for resultant chemically induced biological consequences important to the drug discovery process, such as cell viability, changes in cell morphology, cell migration or the sensitive detection of the release or uptake of specific biomarkers.
A Hamilton Star liquid handling robot forms the basis of the platform which is integrated with a Thermo Cytomat shaking microplate incubator (full temperature and atmospheric control). A BMG POLARstar Omega microplate reader is also integrated within the system for end point or kinetic cell-based phenotypic assay measurements. This entire system is housed within a BSL-II cabinet to maintain sterility during the screening experiment.
- Hamilton STAR liquid handling robot. Containing 8x pipette channels (1µL-1mL), 96-head (1µL-1mL), on deck thermostatic microplate shaker/incubator.
- POLARstar Omega microtitre plate reader
- Ultra-fast UV/Vis Absorbance Spectra
- Fluorescence intensity (including FRET)
- Time-Resolved Fluorescence, including TR-FRET
- Luminescence (flash and glow), including BRET
- Filters enabling precise measurement of:
- NADH/NADPH (Exc – 340nm/Emm – 450nm)
- Alamar blue (Exc – 572nm/Emm – 583nm)
- Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) - (Exc – 485nm/Emm – 520nm)
- mCherry (Exc – 587nm/Emm – 610nm)
- Oxoplate (Exc1 – 450nm,Exc2 – 485nm/Emm – 540nm
- Mito-Express (LuxCell) (Exc1 – 340nm/Emm – 655nm
- Thermo Cytomat plate shaker-incubator – Capacity for 32 x 96/384 lidded microtitre plates
- All housed within a BLS-II CAS cabinet.