Using 2D coded tubes in reinventing our food system
As the global population keeps rising, the
demand for food increases. To meet this ever growing demand, scientists are
searching for new, efficient and innovative ways to properly feed people around
the world. Researchers are challenged to find immediate solutions, as well as
the long-term reimagining of the global food supply.
The scientists at JUST are creating a long term solution
by building a highly advanced food system on the basis of plants. Pioneer
JUST is a San Francisco-based food technology
company on a mission to make it easier for
people to eat food that's
delicious, healthier, and more sustainable. They aim to achieve this by
exploring 300,000+ species of plants for their potential to improve the things
that we eat. In order to discover the potential of these large numbers of species,
JUST collects and processes plant samples with cutting-edge
automated systems and robotic platforms. These
collections and processes are facilitated by an exceptional sample storage workflow
of plant specimens.
Associate Director of Automation, commented
“Within our pipeline we are storing hundreds and soon thousands of unique
samples so that we may discover more innovative plant proteins." He continued
“We aimed to find a sample storage tube solution that provides high quality, consistent
performance and ease of integration into automated systems. We chose the
Micronic labware." The 2D Data-Matrix code on the bottom of the Micronic tubes
enables JUST to integrate and manage protein samples in a laboratory
information management system (LIMS). This allows JUST scientists to manage and
track each individual protein candidate throughout the entire workflow.
A large share of the workflow that JUST has created is standardized and
automated. Dr. Yang commented "Inside automatic workcells, robots aliquot
selected samples and store them in Micronic tubes in -80
⁰C freezers. After thawing the samples, JUST teams
perform a suite of protein assays in our patented Discovery platform. The
Micronic tubes provide consistent performances so that we are able to increase our
efficiency and throughputs." Each tube is capped with Low Profile Screw Caps to
save freezer space and to allow the Discovery platform to automatically cap and
decap tubes. This successful integration of Micronic labware enables JUST to
perform consistent, accurate and fast analyses of their samples.
Exploring the potential of the plant species has already led to inventive
solutions to make food such as cookies, pasta, ice cream, and eggs better.
Furthermore, JUST is working on bringing an
alternative to traditional meat to the market before the end of 2018. The
potential of plants to reinvent our food system seems limitless and might just
be the answer to create a sustainable solution to feed future generations.