Automation can increase throughput while maintaining quality; this increase in efficiency can lead to a reduction in the cost of bioanalysis. Along with many other benefits, automation also eliminates bottlenecks and improves workflows, making it a key area of interest for bioanalysts.

In this Spotlight we will explore various aspects of automation, from sample preparation to incurred sample reanalysis and data management.

We will discuss key issues in this field, such as: the main barriers to implementation of automation; the potential for increased focus on downstream automation; and whether increased collaboration between robot manufactures and bioanalysts is beneficial?

We will ask leading experts for their views on critical issues; we hope their responses will provide valuable insight into this constantly evolving field.