A successful drug efficacy screening and/or validation study requires not only a physiologically relevant cell model, but also validated HTS protocols to test the effect of drug candidates. To achieve this, scientists at Ncardia have developed a controlled approach for large-scale manufacturing of iPSC-derived (disease) cells and automated platforms for cell culturing in a 384-well microplate format, assay readout, and data handling. Assay performance is continuously evaluated using putative quality-controlled criteria such as S/B ratio, Z-prime and %CV to ensure robustness of high throughput compound screenings.
Figure 1: High throughput screening automation robot.
Ncardia's capabilities and developments are paving the way for pharmaceutical customers to effectively screen or validate tens of thousands of molecules in relevant disease model systems. Ncardia’s human induced stem cell-based cellular models in combination with automated phenotypic screening enables reliable efficacy testing of drugs at a high throughput, revolutionizing the drug discovery and development process. It is our firm view that Ncardia’s state-of-the art technologies and our customers research and efforts will get better drugs to patients faster.
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