Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Eli Lily Turns To Robots To Increase Productivity

Opening a new lab in Building 87 on the Eli Lily campus in Indianapolis, the company is pioneering the use of "Robotic Chemists" to speed the drug development process. The Automation Lab can perform 120 chemical procedures a day which is equivalent to the output of 50 to 60 chemists. Custom developed by Lily researchers, the machines are designed to tackle the drudgery lab work leaving the researchers to handle more complicated reactions and supervise the process.