"We have been using the Rock Maker system for more than two years now. The Rock Maker system has enriched our discovery of crystallization conditions, we are especially pleased by the speed with which condition optimization experiments can be designed and built."
- Gordon King, Ph.D.
University of Queesland
"I am very impressed with the innovative approach of Formulatrix and enjoy their products and service tremendously."
- Ronnie Wei, Ph.D.
"We are very happy with the Rock Imager 54 and Rock Maker from Formulatrix. They are easy to use and the quality of the images is superb. I highly recommend them to everyone who has robotic systems for crystallization setup. An automated crystal imaging system is essential, and Rock Imager is the best for the quality, capacity and versatility."
- Wei Yang, Ph. D.
Laboratory of Molecular Biology NIDDK, NIH.
Novartis signs a global deal with Formulatrix.
"We have been very pleased with the implementation of the Rock Maker platform at Novartis. Rock Maker has allowed us to improve our productivity using our existing crystallization robotic hardware. A key benefit has been integrating the entire crystallization process from experimental design through data management under Formulatrix' comprehensive, user-friendly software platform. We have also been happy with the continued support of Rock Maker and the commitment to meet our specific needs."
- Travis Stams
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
Pfizer signs a multi-site deal with Formulatrix.
"We are very satisfied with our Formulatrix Rock Maker software because it provides a user-friendly, experiment-like interface to our crystallization robotics. The way in which initial crystallization screening, follow-up optimization and imaging of results with Rock Imager are integrated makes it especially powerful and allows us to get the most from all our hardware."
- Dennis E. Danley
Pfizer Groton Research & Development
"We have chosen Rock Maker from Formulatrix as our software platform for automating crystallization screening because we believe that it offers the most complete, robust, easy-to-use, and viable long-term solution currently available on the market today. In addition, Formulatrix has researched and proposed various hardware platforms to allow for combination of their software platform with the best off-the-shelf hardware components. Based on the detailed product specifications we have received to date we are eager to begin using this product."
- Dr. Sandy Farmer
Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
"We were looking for a software solution that not only allows for designing and tracking of crystallization experiments, but also operates liquid handling and imaging robots. As far as we know, Rock Maker is the only software on the market that solves this problem. In addition, Formulatrix builds an imaging robot that provides very good pictures of crystallization drops from all kinds of 96-well plates. We are very happy that Formulatrix was able to deliver a customized solution, and that we get immediate support."
- Martin Kollmar
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
Wyeth contracted Formulatrix to automate their protein crystallization process including experiment design, liquid dispensing, and image review. Formulatrix assessed their needs, worked with Wyeth to define the software solution, and successfully completed implementation of the project.
"We're very happy with the Formulatrix solution. It has increased our throughput, minimized human error, eliminated repetitive tasks, and helps us keep track of all experiment conditions."
- Will Somers, Ph.D.
"We have found Rock Maker to be a comprehensive, robust and user-friendly system for managing our automated protein crystallization platform. The software was customized to meet our specific hardware and workflow needs, and is in constant use. We are also very happy with the ongoing product support from Formulatrix."
- David J. Matthews, Ph.D.
Rock Maker is a powerful yet easy-to-use solution that manages the entire protein crystallization process. From a single place you design, dispense, and review your screen experiments and then seamlessly optimize them. Share results with your colleagues and collaborate with them through annotations and scores. Analyze your data and find trends that could help you create the next block buster!
Rock Maker allows you to create complex and multi-plate designs with ease and then control your liquid dispensing and protein crystal imaging from one interface. Out of the box it has the ability to work with Formulatrix liquid handling and imaging products.
Since our first deployment in 2002, Rock Maker has grown to be the market leader among the top 15 pharmaceutical companies and has a presence among many academic centers.
Manage the whole crystallography process from your desktop. As a scientist, iterate over your experiments and optimize them to more quickly get the desired results. As a leader, review your team's progress and collaborate with them from the comfort of your own desk.
Rock Maker is laden with tools that give you the capability to design complex, multi-plate experiments quickly using every day scientific terms such as concentrations and pH. All standard ingredients and commercial screens are preloaded out of the box. Adding your own custom ingredients and screens is as easy as 1-2-3.
Easy to use :
Rock Maker relies on standard tools throughout the application which allows the casual user to perform actions in a consistent and obvious manner. It comes with documentation and online videos to learn how to perform the most basic use cases. For the power user, several shortcuts are available, from drag & drop features for the mouse-aficionado to keyboard shortcuts to reduce the need to use the mouse. Shortcuts are assigned as consistently as possible with most office applications to reduce your learning curve.
Robot independent :
Rock Maker seamlessly integrates with a growing list of protein crystallization imagers and liquid handlers to meet your changing instrumentation needs. Formulatrix products are automatically supported by Rock Maker. Drivers for other vendors' instruments are also available for purchase.
Rock Maker scales from a single user with no robotics doing 24 conditions per day to multiple users & robots working with tens of thousands of conditions per day.
Rock Maker evolves through the year with several releases adding new features and increasing reliability. These are automatically delivered to customers who subscribe to our maintenance program.
Rock Maker is available in several different editions to meet your needs and budget.