November 24, 2017

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It begins nearly 30 years ago…..
The President of Obotics is a guy by the name of Lane Yago. Lane spent his late 20s into his early 40s in the scientific products world…first as an Applications Chemist, then as an Applications Lab Director, moving on to take on roles such as Marketing Manager, Product Manager, VP of Business Development. Lane was one of the pioneers that developed the technology we know today as Solid Phase Extraction (was the managing author of one of the most-used books on SPE today)…and he was instrumental at bringing that technology to the world. When he and his colleagues were producing SPE columns and developing major SPE applications he always was showing the user base how to make sample preparation more efficient and more cost-effective. He and his colleagues brought the first automated SPE online processing system to the market…which is still alive today, albeit after several generations of improvements!

The CEO of Obotics is Stephen Gaines. Stephen spent his last 45 years running high technology and aerospace businesses. One of his companies was part of the manufacturing team that brought the first online SPE processing instrument to market some 28 years ago. He sold his aerospace business two years ago and agreed to invest and dedicate his experience in manufacturing and executive management to Obotics and his long time business associate Lane Yago.

Obotics was formed to address the need for robotics to work smarter

We spent the better part of a year studying the lab robotics/automation market and found that there was a clear “split” in the lab automation industry:

1. Low-end dedicated automated machines that performed specific operations. Examples of these are pipetting/dispensing systems (Eppendorf, low-end offerings from Tecan and Hamilton, Skalar, Beckman, Hudson, Gilson) as well as dedicated SPE processing machines (UCT, Speware, Biotage) using either vacuum or – more recently – positive pressure to process cartridges as well as deep-well SPE plates. These instruments are typically semi-automated, and range from $40,000 up to $100,000. Essentially smart (yet “dumb”) machines that did a job…and did it well. Not the whole process, mind you. Just a part. And this is key.
2. Sophisticated robotic/automated platforms that were able to provide “soup-to-nuts” sample preparation automation. These companies (Hamilton, Tecan, Sias, Zinnser, D2 and Hudson would be the primary ones) definitely provide total sample prep automation including processing of SPE cartridges and plates. Their prices for total sample prep automation ranged from $250,000 to over $1,000,000.

And there inlies the “rub”, or shall we say The Total Sample Prep Technology Opportunity.

Obotics was formed to address this gap in the market. Our mission is to provide high value fully-automated robotic solutions for total Sample Prep Technology (“SPT”) automation. Essentially we offer a fully automated “lab assistant”. Such an automated lab assistant has the following attributes:

Comes ready to perform:

  •  Pipetting
  • Dispensing
  • Bulk reagent addition
  • Mixing (pipette mixing included; vortex station optional)*
  • Storing and retrieving consumables from storage towers
  • Bar code reading
  • SPE processing using positive pressure
  • SLE processing using positive pressure
  • “Dilute & Shoot”
  • Hydrolysis*
  • Derivatization*
  • Dry down
  • Reconstitution*
  • Analytical instrument injection*

* Optional instrument and software modules available

OB-1. The world’s first truly intelligent robotic lab assistant. Ready to come to work for you. 

OB-1 is shipping now, and is being extremely well-received by the scientific community.

Obotics is seeking great distribution partners throughout the world in order to bring this next-generation technology
to their high volume laboratory customers.

Contact Lane Yago today at lane@obotics.net for more information.

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