Fully automated cultivation of cell cultures

Laboratory activities often require routine work to be performed by trained personnel. Fully automated, modular laboratories increase throughput and reproducibility - for example for stem cell cultivation.

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New, efficient processes also require the appropriate equipment - we develop custome-made systems for demanding automation tasks in the laboratory environment.

Laboratory automation

Higher reproducibility due to automated laboratory processes

Routine work in the laboratory is labor-intensive and usually requires qualified personnel with specific know-how. However, many of these tasks can be automated in order to increase reproducibility and throughput - and thus relieve the workload of the skilled personnel. In addition, human errors can be avoided by automating the highly repetitive activities. The integration of state-of-the-art measurement technology also allows fine-meshed monitoring of the processes, which can adjuist adaptively to the state of the cells.

The Fraunhofer IPT develops closed systems for networked and adaptive process control. Thanks to the modular design, not only individual steps but complete process chains can be mapped and implemented. By means of intelligent plant control with a user-friendly user interface, individual processes can be controlled and adapted to the behavior of the biological product. In addition, a comprehensive data acquisition concept offers complete documentation of all generated data in order to follow processes in accordance with current guidelines and standards.

In close cooperation with biologists, engineers and computer scientists, the Fraunhofer IPT develops concepts for the automation of laboratory processes in green, red and white biotechnology - from individual solutions to the automation of a complete biotechnological laboratory for cell culture processes. In addition, we provide decision recommendations to automate individual process chains and support you in their implementation.

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Control system - Automation of processes in the adaptive networked laboratory

The production control system, which we developed at the Fraunhofer IPT together with partners, allows the networking of different machines in laboratory automation, for example incubators, centrifuges, robots, high-speed microscopes. Processes can thus be automated and flexibly configured.

Scheduling and optimization - Intelligent control of automated laboratory processes

Working with stem cells often leads to unpredictable process times and complex processes with frequent media changes, splits and much more. With the help of artificial intelligence, production planning and control can be optimized and a more efficient use of laboratory automation measures can be ensured.

Production planning and cost presentation - Optimal planning and provision of consumables

Consistent process monitoring and data acquisition allow to react efficiently to deviations in the process flow and to adjust material requirements more precisely. Visualizations of the material stock allow the user to plan material precisely and with foresight.


Online measurement technology in cell culture

The automation of cell culture processes requires suitable measurement technology to monitor cell growth. Custome-made measurement techniques can guarantee comprehensive quality control in automated production environments.

Special machinery

The Fraunhofer IPT develops special solutions for laboratory automation, such as the development and operation of fully automated systems for cell culture processes, precisely specified to the user's requirements.

Concept development

Laboratory automation can increase the efficiency and throughput of processes - when used in the right place. We develop custome-made solutions for all areas of automation - automation concepts for laboratory protocols and GMP-compliant design using GMP Wiki.



The project uses standardized and integrated methods for personalized stem cell-based drug prediction to develop test systems for drug testing and pharmacotherapy in the field of neuropsychiatric diseases.

Automated cell

Stem cells are promising candidates for cell therapy. In the EU project AUTOSTEM, a fully automated system was developed to produce cells in a robot-assisted environment.





The automation of biotechnological processes has many advantages - but it often requires large investments. In order to test and optimize these processes, the Fraunhofer IPT has developed "StemCellDiscovery". The fully automated laboratory is available as a testbed for cooperating universities and companies.