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Richard Ellson
Founders and CTO at Picoliter Inc.

No pipette tips, please!
Adventure of starting a company with liquid handling techology

Date: Thursday September 20, 2012
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Venue: Li Ka Shing Center, LK 101/102


This is a free event


Today, moving liquids with sound has replaced the once ubiquitous pipette tip in many life science laboratories and enabled the next level of miniaturization in assays. This talk will cover the entrepreneurial adventure of starting a life science instrument company at the heart of this revolution in liquid handling technology and some lessons learned along the way. The physics of acoustic transfer will be presented, including how the acoustic device acts as both a sensor to measure and adapt to a liquid and as an actuator to create a precise and accurate droplet of that liquid. Results from applications of the acoustic instruments will be shown, including some of the recent work at Stanford.

Mr. Ellson is a founder of Labcyte (formerly Picoliter Inc.) Previously, he worked at the Eastman Kodak Company and were acknowledged by a Kodak Doctoral Award in 1988. Mr. Ellson was nominated for the 1994 Lemelson-MIT Prize and is the inventor on more than 60 issued U.S.and international patents. He received the 2006 PolyPops Foundation Award by the Society for Biomolecular Sciences for his role in developing acoustic dispensing technology, the basis for the Labcyte Echo liquid handlers. Mr. Ellson holds a B.S. in Fluid and Thermal Science and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Through the Kodak Doctoral Awards Program, he took a two-year paid leave to study mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.