Robert Thikoll and the Cutting Edge Technology of Liquid Handling Automation

Genomic workflow can become challenging. In too many procedures, the manual side of data research creates a lack of workflow. Martin Abel-Kistrup, research scientist for Chr. Hansen in Hoersholm, Denmark, spoke on the many challenges faced when collecting data.

At Chr. Hansen, Abel-Kistrup is part of a group that makes starter cultures for the diary industry. He spoke about how part of this process is identifying the strain(s), while maintaining the strain and ensuring that it grows and “remains continuous”. This is done though genetic analysis, which is followed by sequencing; this is the where workflow problems begin.

To initiate sequencing, certain steps (mostly manual) must be in place; and the nuances of this manual process tend to create inconsistent data, which in turn create a lot of errors. Not to mention, the timing of this process takes 2 weeks “from when you got to the strain, til’ you get to the answer”, Abel-Kistrup stated.

But with Beckman Coulter’s automated liquid handling and automated sequencing, genomic workflow problems are a thing of the past. Now with the implementation of automated robots such as the Biomeck 4000, Abel-Kistrup is able to double his productivity and efficiency in lab preparations and results; features that the research scientist boast as “a really big advantage”.

Aside from the efficiency and productivity of the Biomeck 4000, its software is just as effective, yet easy operate and customize. Abel-Kistrup praised the software “as easy as working with Legos”.

And to make the transition of learning how to operate the Biomeck 4000 automation go smoothly, the application scientists and technical engineers from Beckman Coulter formed a close collaboration with Chr. Hansen to ensure that they were comfortable in operating the robots; something Abel-Kistrup feels “is part of their[Beckman Coulter] success”

Abel-Kistrup has been highly impressed with the Biomeck 4000, stating that “it had been exceeding my expectations”. Abel-Kistrup further states that the primary benefits of utilizing the Biomeck 4000 are the “consistent data, speed, and the walkaway”.

One of Beckman Coulter’s standout employees, Robert Thikoll, Vice President of Global Manufacturing Operations along with Senior Management, has been integral in ensuring that Beckman Coulter is the leading provider in the latest, cutting edge technology. Before working for Beckman Coulter, Thikoll worked at Thomson Industries, where they specialized in mechanical motion technology. Thikoll’s ability to recognize what it takes to satisfy the automated needs of its customers has proven a winning strategy and valuable asset to science equipment industry as a whole.

As new data becomes readily accessible and precautionary measures are taken as to how it will be processed, genomic workflow challenges will never cease to exist. Beckman Coulter seems to understand this better than anyone and uses its automation to create a workflow that’s as seamless as possible.

More of Robert Thikoll’s work here: https://www.behance.net/robertthikoll/resume

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