We have screened up to one million compounds in both cell and biochemical assays using a number of read outs including FLIPR, FMAT, FI, FRET, chemiluminescence, luminescence and label-free formats.

We have extensive experience of cell-based assays in HTS where we have used either cell lines expressing the target in a recombinant manner, Bacmam transient expression and cryopreserved cells.

For human primary cell screening we have used either cryopreserved or freshly isolated cells such as PBMC’s and neutrophils. We understand the importance of delivering robust, reproducible assays with excellent quality control statistics for use in high throughput screening.

We use our experience to assist your drug discovery projects in a number of ways:

  • Validate your in-house assay for high throughput screening on our systems
  • Adapt you assay for high throughput screening e.g. miniaturisation
  • Develop a specific assay for your target, suitable for screening large numbers of compounds
  • Run proof of concept or ‘tool’ compound identification assays

Applications include:

  • Assay Validation: Initially after developing an assay for compound screening, we would run a set of compounds through the assay under screening conditions to validate the approach and the equipment. This would be performed using the same compounds on consecutive days and corelated to determine consistency.
  • Hit selection: In general, our initia screening is performed at one compound per well at a single concentration. Compounds are then ranked using either percent inhibition (or activation)versus on-plate controls or using B-score, a statistical method that does not rely on on-plate controls but uses an iterative median polish of data.
  • Retest confirmation and XC50 determination: After discussion with the client, an appropriate cut-off is selected and compounds are retested in triplicate for confirmation. If compounds achieve a pre-determined level in at least two out of three replicates, then these can be taken forward for XC50 testing. While this is our ‘typical’ screening cascade, we are flexible and will adapt our approaches to suit the needs of the client, such as re-designing assays to identify agonists, antagonists, inverse agonists, etc.

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