Who can benefit from using the CytoSMART Open API?
Successful implementation of a lab automation system can improve workflow of any laboratory. The CytoSMART Lux Open API can be especially beneficial for large research groups and organizations with high-throughput research that adhere to strict and optimized protocols and that have already incorporated the components of the lab automation system into their laboratory set up, including:
- Large academic laboratories
- High-risk research facilities (BSL-3/4)
- Pharmaceutical and biotech companies
Completely automated live-cell imaging and analysis
The imaging and monitoring of cell cultures using the CytoSMART devices is already an automated process, with the only manual activity being the starting and ending of an experiment. However, with the CytoSMART Lux Open API, the processes of starting and stopping the experiment can also be automated via the integration of the devices into the lab automation system. The CytoSMART AI-powered image analysis software further facilitates the functionality of the automated system by quantifying decision-making parameters during the experiment (e.g. cell confluence).
Flexibility in lab automation systems
As opposed to a closed API, which seriously limits the interaction of a device with other laboratory equipment and systems, the CytoSMART Lux Open API gives you freedom and flexibility to adapt the control of the CytoSMART Lux2 or Lux3 FL to your lab automation system and application. Integrating the device into your automated workflow is as easy as it gets. Coupled with a robotic arm, pipetting robot and/or automated incubator, the CytoSMART devices contribute towards scalable and reproducible cell-based assays. In addition, if you have the CytoSMART Lux2 / Lux 3 FL Duo Kit or the Multi Lux2 / Lux3 FL, the open API can be used for automating multiple devices in the kit as well.
Incorporation of the CytoSMART devices into lab automation systems
The incorporation of the CytoSMART devices via the Open API into an automated laboratory set up has already been tested. Here, the robot collects a well-plate from the incubator and places it on the CytoSMART Lux3 FL, which determines the cell confluence via the automated image analysis. When the confluence exceeds a certain value, the robot moves the well-plate to the automated biological safety cabinet to passage the cells. Otherwise, the well-plate is placed back into the incubator.
- Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd
- Astech Projects Ltd
Frequently Asked Questions
The CytoSMART Lux Open API is the introduction of a new system to control the functionality of the CytoSMART Lux2 and Lux3 FL devices, allowing them to become integrated into the wider laboratory automation system(s). Previously, users could operate the devices via the graphical user interface (GUI). Now, the device software can be also controlled via Python-based open application programming interface (API).
Yes, the API can be adapted and customized to your laboratory automation system(s) and numerous applications. If you need more information about the integration of the CytoSMART devices into you lab automation system, contact the CytoSMART customer support team.
The CytoSMART Lux Open API can be accessed via the software development platform, GitHub. The CytoSMART Lux Open API is free for public use.