Future Testing of Compound Toxicity Using Robotic SystemThe Tox21 robot has been installed at NCATS and will be used to test hundreds of thousands of chemicals against multiple in vitro assays to establish a signature of chemical compounds that can be used to predict in vivo human and rodent toxicity. This robust automated platform brings together a diverse collection of equipment including, but not limited to, plate readers, liquid handlers, incubators and centrifuge to run a diverse array of biochemical and cell-based assays yielding reproducible high-quality data.
Tox21 Consortium Members
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NIH Chemical Genomics Center, NCATS
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Menghang Xia, Ph.D.
Anton Simeonov, Ph.D.
Christopher P. Austin, M.D.
Public Health Impact
This robotic system provides unparalleled speed, reliability and high-quality reproducible data. The millions of data points generated from robotic screening will be transformed into in vitro chemical signatures that may be used to study the mechanism of action of compounds, predict toxicity and minimize traditional animal toxicity testing.
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The screening system consists of a series of peripherals and workstations arranged around a central anthropomorphic robotic arm. The key components include the Kalypsys Director software, a pin tool device for nanoliter compound transfer, plate storage and environmentally controlled assay incubation units, nanoliter reagent dispensers (BioRPTR, Multidrop, acoustic/noncontact), centrifuge (V-spin), and plate readers (ViewLux and EnVision).