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EI Marvin - Robotic Automation in the Biotechnology Sector

Thursday, 7 December, 2023

Environmental samples in bioprocessing environments are currently collected manually by highly skilled scientists. The overall process requires a lot of time, is error-prone from a regulatory compliance perspective, and incurs high costs, considering the fact that the total number of Environmental Monitoring (EM) samples collected in a biomanufacturing facility can exceed several thousand annually. With the introduction of an advanced mobile robotic platform that will be capable of automatically collecting environmental information, bioprocessing companies will be able to utilise their high-end personnel in higher added value tasks and the customers of the bioprocessing firms will be able to enjoy lower prices and end products of higher quality.

The consortium plans to develop a novel environmental data collection system, comprising a state-of-the-art mobile robotic platform and an open web-based software system that will enable the faster, more frequent and more reliable collection of environmental information and the interaction with state-of-the-art environmental monitoring (EM) and utility / product testing platforms.

The project is funded by Enterprise Ireland and is part of the Innovation Partnership Programme.

Project Partners: UCD-LAMS (coordinator), PM Group, Lonza, Novartis, NIBRT 

Mathew, R., McGee, R., Roche, K., Warreth, S. and N. Papakostas, “Introducing Mobile Collaborative Robots into Bioprocessing Environments: Personalised Drug Manufacturing and Environmental Monitoring”, Applied Sciences, (Vol. 12, No. 21, 2022), (opens in a new window)https://doi.org/10.3390/app122110895

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