In order to solve these tasks, OPTEC offered Sartorius ambr15
, a tool which met all necessary requirements. This platform supports parallel cultivation inside 24 micro bioreactors (there is also a version with 48 micro bioreactors). Ambr15
fully simulates the process that takes place in larger reactors, which is good for scalability. Its fully automated operation eliminates the effects of human factors when introducing various additives, supporting established conditions of cultivation and taking samples. Thanks to automation, parameters can be set for each of the 24 reactors separately and, thus, 24 processes can be performed in parallel without confusion, whilst ensuring precise execution of the experiment plan.
For instance, if the pH goes beyond the established interval, the system will automatically compensate these changes by adding alkali or by increasing the supply of CO2
. Optimal content of the dissolved oxygen is also ensured this way. The process is equivalent to that which later takes place in an industrial bioreactor.