Stepping Toward Cryo Automation at the Mayo Clinic
June 27, 2016
People often think the path to automation is a very steep incline costing a lot of time and money, but it doesn’t have to be.
In this poster from the Mayo Clinic they describe how they are moving a legacy cryo vial collection towards automation through small steps at much less cost and complexity than if done in one big step.
Their steps to automation are:
- Purchase an Automation-Ready LN2 Freezer (able to be upgraded to full automation).
- Much less expensive than purchasing full automation up front.
- The legacy collection is all hand written IDs. Therefore, they are moving legacy unbarcoded vials into barcoded cryoboxes that will enable tracking in LIMS going forward.
- Moving legacy samples into barcoded vials would thaw the samples.
- These new barcoded cryoboxes will go into the Automation Ready LN2 Freezer and the inventory can be recorded.
- Going forward, new samples will be stored in barcoded vials and cryoboxes which will be stored in the Automation Ready LN2 Freezer.
- When sample demand increases they plan to upgrade their Automation Ready LN2 Freezer to a full BioStore III Cryo storage system.
For labs interested in cryo automation, it is good to know you can step into it over time rather than in one giant leap.