Just Inc Automates Their Plant Analysis Workflow Using Micronic Labware

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The food technology company Just, Inc has chosen Micronic labware for sample handling and storage.

Just, Inc, which was founded in 2011, is a food technology company with a mission to build a food system where everyone has access to delicious, nutritious food and is located in San Francisco, California, USA. The company’s definition of eating well is eating food that nourishes the body but also strengthens the planet. Eating food that tastes exceptionally good and is JUST for all.

The company’s technology is based upon primary research into plants from every corner of the planet, to enable consumers, food manufacturers, and the largest retailers around the world to offer better, healthier products, at a more affordable cost.

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Micronic is an independent organization with its headquarters located in Lelystad, the Netherlands. Micronic produces and assembles its labware in certified Class 7 clean rooms which are located in the Netherlands and the United States. Micronic is an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 and 14001 certified company.

The company’s stated goal is to advance research by serving scientists in finding solutions that contribute to a higher quality of life. Micronic develops and manufactures a range of Dutch-designed products to enhance the process of sample preservation and storage.

The world population is over 7.5 billion and rising, and this brings a constantly increasing demand for food, and yet, less than 12 flowering plants account for 80% of humanity’s energy intake, according to Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch.

This fact prompted Just, inc, which counts computational biologists from Stanford, food engineers from Kraft and Campbell’s, chefs from Michelin-star restaurants as well as ex-staffers from Apple and General Electric amongst its ranks, to start investigating the remaining 300,000+ plants.

The company collects and processes plant samples with cutting-edge automated systems and robotic platforms. This necessitates an exceptional sample storage workflow for the plant specimens.

The 2D Data-Matrix code on the bottom of Micronic tubes enables Just, inc, to integrate and manage protein samples in a laboratory information management system (LIMS). This allows Just, inc, scientists to manage and track each individual protein candidate throughout the entire workflow.

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, inc, to perform consistent, accurate and fast analyses of their samples.

“Within our pipeline we are storing hundreds and soon thousands of unique samples so that we may discover more innovative plant proteins. 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.”

“Inside automatic workcells, robots aliquot selected samples and store them in Micronic tubes in -80ºC 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 increase our efficiency and throughputs.” – Chingyao Yang, Associate Director of Automation at Just, Inc


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