In the last couple years, automation has been at the forefront of everybody’s mind, but contrary to popular belief, automated liquid handlers (ALHs) don’t come out of the box ready to do all of the tasks needed for your specific assays. They require a lot more than just pressing a button and hitting go!
Listen to Karlton’s guest speakers, Dr. Nathaniel Hentz and John Derent, as they review important factors to consider before buying your ALH (such as budget, facilities, expertise and functionality). “Installation is just the beginning” they warn as they discuss how labs can take full advantage of automation by implementing a quality program (including calibration, interim verification and preventive maintenance), and describe a simple 4 step method for liquid class optimization, a key process when transferring manual procedures to automated platforms.
Nathaniel Hentz, PhD
Dr. Nathaniel Hentz, Vice President, Artel, worked for more than 10 years at the BTEC Analytical Lab at NC State University, teaching graduate topics that focused on biopharmaceutical assay development and validation. Before his tenure at NC State, Dr. Hentz worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb for two years supporting automation screening systems within the Lead Discovery group and seven years developing screens at the RPT Laboratories for Eli Lilly.
Global Account Manager
John Derent is currently a Global Account Manager at Artel. Prior to that, John was a Senior Scientist at Janssen (J&J). For 20 years he automated processes and assays using a variety of platforms. He has worked in small and large molecule environments in both the research and GxP areas. He also has extensive experience implementing laboratory software and data management systems as well as automated storage and retrieval systems. For three years, John held the position of Chief Business Development Officer at GeNovu, dedicated to connecting labs with time saving software and automation solutions.
John has used Artel technology for more than fifteen years, and with his deep knowledge of automation, data systems and laboratory operations he is well positioned to help customers get the best performance out of their instrumentation and assays.