The Life Sciences; The place are we now, and the place are we going?

As a part of our SLAS Europe 2022 protection, we spoke to Gerrit Gutzke and Michael Bussmann from Azenta Life Sciences in regards to the merchandise they provide for all times sciences analysis and what the long run seems to be like for the sector.

Please are you able to introduce your self and inform us about your position at Azenta Life Sciences?

My title is Gerrit Gutzke. I’m a senior director at Azenta Life Sciences and the overall supervisor of our consumables and instrument enterprise. I got here to Azenta through the acquisition of 4titude again in 2017.

I’m Michael Bussmann, director of product administration for consumables and devices at Azenta Life Sciences.

In 2021, you relaunched your model as Azenta Life Sciences. With over ten years engaged on the reducing fringe of life sciences, why did you select to rebrand your organization? What does Azenta signify, and the way does this rebranding assist put your clients and their analysis on the forefront of your online business?

Final 12 months, we formally joined a number of best-in-class life science organizations beneath one new id – Azenta Life Sciences. In bringing collectively our former manufacturers together with Brooks Life Sciences and GENEWIZ, Azenta’s experience spans throughout the pattern lifecycle, providing unrivalled pattern administration options that empower our clients to speed up the tempo of their analysis.

As Azenta, we’re a pure-play life sciences firm, so by reintroducing ourselves as Azenta Life Sciences, we display that we’re 100% devoted to serving to life sciences corporations with all our power and fervour. We goal to realize a wealthy understanding of shopper must information them to the very best options and assist them deliver breakthroughs and therapies to market sooner.

Azenta Life Sciences Model Launch Video

During the last decade, we have seen big breakthroughs inside the life sciences sector. What do you personally imagine to be a few of the most unimaginable achievements lately, and what position do you imagine new expertise has performed in these developments?

Sometimes, breakthroughs are at all times related to new applied sciences. Among the largest applied sciences which have reworked the life sciences sector after all embody NGS and gene modifying.

Related to gene modifying, there are lots of thrilling developments occurring in   Cell and Gene Therapies, notably the work round AAV and CAR-T. A pleasant instance the place life sciences and Biopharma success is related, collectively maybe beneath “personalised medication by way of developments in genomics”.

Different breakthroughs have occurred concerning microbiome therapies, RNA mRNA therapies, or antibody therapies. For any of those thrilling advancing areas, we allow the trail ahead with  automation and connectivity of devices and digitization on the whole, which is why we got here collectively in Dublin at SLAS EU.

At Azenta Life Sciences, you provide a broad vary of services throughout quite a lot of sectors inside the life sciences, together with agriculture, biobanking, and pharma. Please inform us extra about a few of the merchandise/providers you provide and the significance of with the ability to assist a number of sectors inside life sciences analysis to ‘speed up discovery, growth, and supply’?

Provided that the everyday workflow begins with pattern assortment after which on to pattern identification, storage, processing, and evaluation, most would agree that accelerating these workflows typically requires automation.

From the best to probably the most advanced merchandise in our portfolio, we companion with our clients to seek out options that speed up workflows and drive automation wherever doable. An incredible instance of that is our pattern assortment tubes. Previous to COVID, many individuals have been nonetheless utilizing quite simple, non-coded tubes with a decal on the aspect, however when COVID hit, and the demand went up considerably, these tubes have been creating numerous points in automation as a result of these sticky labels often got here off the tubes, which was not solely an issue for pattern identification but in addition triggered automated traces to return to a full cease.

Our tubes nonetheless are tri-coded with a laser-etched, everlasting 2D code on the bottom, and a linear and human-readable code on the aspect, which suggests the codes by no means come off the tube – the proper automation answer. Secondly, it is crucial to not neglect that the pattern, which really holds the very best worth, is in touch with these tubes always, and that pattern integrity is a very powerful factor in each workflow. Our tubes are produced from virgin medical-grade polymer, guaranteeing that no leachables or extractables are coming off the tube. Preserving the pattern is of the utmost significance, whatever the pattern sort or business.

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Most of the merchandise in your web site, together with your pattern retailer, not solely provide most productiveness however are additionally designed to slot in right this moment’s commonplace lab. With laboratory area changing into more and more difficult, how vital was it to you that your merchandise will simply combine into the lab? What advantages does this have for each person expertise and analysis?

Today, laboratory and bench area is at a premium. That stated, our clients naturally want to herald new gear and applied sciences to fulfill their ever-changing wants. The good thing about our gear having a smaller footprint signifies that it may possibly match inside restricted area, resulting in elevated throughput and effectivity. After all, the overall profit, in the long run, is elevated productiveness and profitability for the client.

You exhibited at SLAS EU 2022. Are you able to inform us extra about what you exhibited right here and what was displayed at your sales space?

SLAS and SLAS EU, after all, are two of a very powerful reveals for Azenta Life Sciences. We prominently displayed our consumables and devices, together with a number of automation pleasant pattern tubes of assorted working volumes. We additionally highlighted related devices, corresponding to semi-automated/ automated cappers, decappers, and readers. Moreover, our newly launched product, a semi-automated handheld decapper was one of many ten finalists of the New Product Award at SLAS EU.

We offered PCR plates and microplate consumables, in addition to automated sealers and de-sealers. Basically, these automated devices can be utilized as standalone benchtop gadgets or absolutely built-in into an automation workflow.

Lastly, we’ve got a broad vary of providers obtainable together with pattern sourcing, genomics and analytical providers, pattern storage, in addition to knowledge and informatics that we mentioned at each reveals that allow our clients to streamline their analysis wants.

One notable space of focus for you is surrounding genomics, with GENEWIZ providing genomic providers to your clients. Why was genomics a selected selection for Azenta, and the way do your product choices and the genomic providers match collectively from a strategic perspective?

With the acquisition of GENEWIZ in 2018, we gained over 20 years of expertise in genomics, sequencing applied sciences, and gene synthesis, notably. With that acquisition, we might assist a pattern’s total life cycle, from pattern assortment to pattern storage. Lastly, pattern evaluation allowed us so as to add far more worth to the samples beneath our care.

Genomics Options by Azenta Life Sciences

In addition to your huge portfolio of services, you additionally provide a large amount of assist in your web site, starting from product updates and technical assist to webinars and movies. How vital is having all kinds of assets obtainable to your buyer, and the way does this assist construct higher relationships?

I’d say that COVID-19 has certainly modified industrial fashions inside the life sciences business. Many corporations, us included, naturally most popular face-to-face conferences however with the looks of COVID, this was all of the sudden now not doable. This meant that we have been pressured to construct a greater digital expertise for our clients, and now, we’re fortunately in a position to meet in particular person once more.

Nevertheless, we’ve got realized that robust digital experiences can complement our total technique, and at Azenta, we’re simply getting began. We sit up for sharing these expanded digital experiences with our clients and on-line communities within the months to return.

Collaboration is an integral side of scientific analysis, more and more highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As an organization targeted on ‘bringing impactful breakthroughs and therapies to market sooner’, how vital do you imagine collaboration is in reaching this mission? How does Azenta Life Sciences assist to foster innovation and collaboration inside the life sciences?

It’s  our clients who’re coping with the advanced challenges, so it’s of the utmost significance that we’ve got a robust collaboration with our clients, in addition to with different corporations, to assist them discover the very best options and overcome these points.

If you happen to visited our sales space at SLAS EU, you’ll have seen that numerous our commonplace merchandise began life as customized tasks to assist a person buyer overcome a selected challenge, however they’ve additionally confirmed to be of significance to the broader scientific group.

Our clients are additionally serving to us fine-tune merchandise throughout beta take a look at phases earlier than the official product launch. Final, however not least, we additionally depend on interacting with different industrial companions each time we’d like extra ability units to assist develop merchandise sooner and produce options to the market faster.

With continued innovation inside the life sciences, what do you imagine the long run to appear like? Are there any specific sectors you might be excited to look at evolve?

Predicting the following breakthrough or pattern is essential. I believe we’ll proceed to see main leaps within the cell and gene remedy discipline, and in personalised medication with the developments by way of genetics.

Many scientific trials are already ongoing within the cell and gene remedy discipline, so we’ll see lots of motion right here.   Past this, we’ll see the overall steady pattern in direction of automation. All through COVID, we’ve got seen some great benefits of automation and the connectivity of devices. It is a growing discipline the place merchandise from Azenta will play an vital position.

Gene Therapy

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What’s subsequent for Azenta Life Sciences? Have you ever obtained any thrilling tasks within the pipeline?

We’ve got obtained some thrilling new merchandise coming quickly. As I discussed already, we’re bringing out a handheld gadget, however we even have tasks concerning automated gadgets. These will  be  a brand new automated capper/decapper for septum tubes, and a brand new automated sealing gadget with the aptitude to seal particular person PCR tubes in a PCR plate.

Numerous improvements are coming – keep tuned for extra.

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About Gerrit Gutzke

  • Senior Director and Common Supervisor Consumables & DevicesGerrit Gutzke
  • Common administration and P&L accountability for the worldwide C&I enterprise
  • Joined Azenta Life Science additional to the acquisition of 4titude Ltd. in 2017
  • PhD in Molecular Biology from the Technical College of Braunschweig, Germany


About Michael Bussmann

  • Director Product Administration Consumables & DevicesMichael Bussmann
  • Joined Azenta Life Science in Could 2022
  • 2010 – 2022: Varied Product Administration Roles inside the Life Science Trade
  • PhD in Biochemistry from the Helmholtz Heart Jülich, Germany

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