LabHand Payload for InstantEye® sUAS Platform

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop a LabHand payload for its InstantEye® sUAS platform for continuous indoor transport of laboratory consumables.

PSI is developing a complete, autonomous drone-based system for moving microplates (and similar lab consumables) within High Throughput Screening (HTS) laboratories, supplementing and perhaps eventually replacing robotic arms that currently perform HTS autonomous processing of samples. This innovative application of small, autonomous drones to HTS facilities would provide the speed, accuracy and reliability of robotic arms without the associated cost, prohibitive safety requirements, limited work envelope, and operation/ repair expertise required by existing robotic infrastructure. This system will utilize PSI’s own commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) advanced drone technology, in conjunction with a new gripper payload

In HTS laboratories, important scientific discoveries have been accelerated by drastic increases in speed and efficiency from reduced sample processing time and increases in sample batch size, creating a massive market for drug discovery, genetic sequencing, and chemical analysis applications. PSI’s ultimate goal is to provide the HTS industry with a microplate transport tool at lower costs than current robotic arm systems that provides additional capabilities for longer-distance travel and easily-modifiable operational procedures. This multipurpose tool can be adapted to other lab transport applications.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Shin-Juh Chen
Area Manager, Industrial Sensors
schen@psicorp.com

Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. 75N95019C00011