Enhancing Lab Efficiency with Automated Non-Contact Dispensers


Liquid handling is an essential aspect of laboratory workflows, especially when dealing with sub-microliter volumes. Manual liquid handling with air displacement pipettes has been the standard method for lab protocols that require minimal manipulation. However, this method suffers from poor accuracy and precision, high reagent dead volumes, large amounts of tip waste, and limited throughput. Additionally, automated liquid handling (ALH) eliminates user variability, executes complex workflows, enables assay miniaturization, and increases throughput, all while freeing up valuable laboratory personnel. Despite being well-established, contact-based ALH carries the inherent risk of cross-contamination, either from the reuse of tips or contamination in the air displacement system.

While these issues are effectively addressed by non-contact dispensing, traditional non-contact dispensers have their own limitations, such as being restricted in volume or number of samples, subjecting samples to damaging forces, and having limited capability to handle suspensions. In this webinar, we will discuss how our non-contact liquid dispensers, the Mantis®, and the Tempest®, leverage our patented microdiaphragm pump technology to effectively overcome these challenges. We will present several case studies to demonstrate how these dispensers meet and exceed the demanding application requirements of common laboratory workflows such as cell culture, NGS, and assay development.

Dr Usman Ashraf Application Scientist

About the Speaker:

Usman Ashraf (PhD) is an application scientist at FORMULATRIX, responsible for liquid handling systems and their applications in life science areas. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology with research focused on targeting viral genomes using CRISPR/Cas technology. Before joining FORMULATRIX, he worked as an associate researcher and instructor at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan.