A simple and efficient bioreactor

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A hands-off bioreactor: batch and continuous

The Pioreactor can automate common types of bioreactor designs including batch and continuous cultures. Automated cell density measurements means you can stop sampling cultures every hour.

Two Pioreactors in use

Yeast, bacteria, and algae

The Pioreactor can be used as a photo-bioreactor, too: the eight embedded pockets for LEDs allow for cell density measurements, visible light exposure, and luminosity measurements.

Connecting many pioreactors together over the web.

Build your cluster of bioreactors

Wirelessly connect any number of Pioreactors together into a cluster of bioreactors, each controllable from a single UI. Scale from 1 to dozens, and compare results in real time.

Fits in your existing Raspberry Pis

The Pioreactor hardware sits atop any WiFi-enabled Raspberry Pi (3B, 3A, 4, and Zero W). This gives the Pioreactor great computing flexibility and a platform for you to build on top of.

Why we built on the Raspberry Pi
Breakdown of wetware components in bioreactor, including onboard heating pcb

Stirring, optical density, heating & more

Out of the box, the Pioreactor gives you immediate insights into your cultures. However, the Pioreactor is also hackable by design. We've exposed excess hardware inputs, outputs, and software APIs to let you experiment with your novel bioreactor ideas.

Plugins from our community

Have a specific bioreactor need? Discover community-created plugins from our plugin ecosystem and extend the functionality of your Pioreactor. Or write your own and share with others!

Read more about plugins

Pioreactor is your microbial co-pilot

The many ways to control your Pioreactors, including stirring rates, temperature, and calibration

Absolute control of each bioreactor

Code your custom behaviour

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A code sample of the Pioreactors bioreactor's Python API

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