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Case Study: Building software for the founders of the biotech industry

Brief: The company, who are considered the founders of the biotech industry, approached TotalLab to create an application that would automate their 1D gel analysis process. They required an automatic, integrated analysis solution for band detection, lane creation, MW and an enhanced reporting system. Their current solution simply wasn’t built to automate an analysis or allow for bespoke parameters to be configured. They needed a solution that would address the challenges in their high-throughput protein expression laboratory and ultimately produce an automatic 1D gel analysis system.

Deliverables: Automation. Reproducibility. Efficiency. Integration.

Automated Workflow: Presented by the client at the PepTalk conference in San Diego 2019

The business impact

Automation: We embedded a new, simplified functionality that allowed researchers to employ automation in their 1D analysis with minimal analyst interaction, while maintaining high levels of quality. This included automatic lane detection, detecting bands of interest and molecular weight.

Integration and Reporting: The company required specific functionality and data output for their analysis and reports. We built an interface that calculated the essential information needed to analyse their gel images. We created a new reporting system to enhance and automate their gel reports, reporting only the meaningful results they required, exporting coomassie blue images and providing an efficient output. In addition, the output files were tailored for seamless upload to their system via API.

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