The Future’s RoSA
A robotic arm takes mass spec analysis of 3D objects to the next level – and could be used to probe drugs on the assembly line without destroying them
Joanna Cummings |
Facundo Fernandez and his team at Georgia Tech have been working on combining a robotic arm with mass spectrometry (robotic surface analysis – RoSA-MS) (1) – and it could prove a boon to pharma manufacturing. According to Fernandez, as mass spectrometers have grown more user-friendly and powerful, the bottleneck in the analytical pipeline has become the sampling process. “I feel it’s time to marry advances in automation and machine learning with mass spectrometry, opening new possibilities in analytics of complex systems,” he explains.
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