Real-time optical density using IR light

Our built-in optical density sensors record the state of your culture every five seconds. The sensors can be oriented to record scatter (135°, 90°, or 45°) or transmission.

Top view of the Pioreactor Sleeve. Using IR light to measure cell density

Real-time growth rates

Using biologically-inspired algorithms, the Pioreactor infer's a growth rate of the culture in real-time after every optical density measurement - including during and after pumping.

Real time growth of microbial culture

Web-based interface for controlling bioreactors

The Pioreactor comes with an intuitive browser-based interface. All the Pioreactors in your cluster are controlled from a single interface.

Web interface for controlling each Pioreactor bioreactor

Control stirring speed

A magnetic stirrer provides aeration and mixing. RPMs range from 50 - 1000 RPM and are controlled via a feedback loop.

Graph of time versus stirring speeding show the Pioreactor control's stirring RPM via a feedback loop

Dosing controls

Attaching peristaltic pumps to the Pioreactor allows for controlled and measured dosing and removal of media. Pioreactor has common modes of dosing operations like turbidostat, chemostat, morbidostat, fed-batch, but can also be programmed for more specific needs. 

LED controls

Any 5mm LED can be used and then controlled manually and automatically in the Pioreactor. This turns your bioreactor into a photo-bioreactor to grow photosynthetic microorganisms. LEDs can be programmed for day/night cycles, or any specific behaviour you need!

Temperature control

The Pioreactor has built-in heating and temperature sensors to stabilize the temperature of the culture, from ambient temp to ~(ambient temp + 20℃). Like the LEDs and dosing, the heating can be manually and automatically controlled.

Graph of temperature versus time showing how closely the Pioreactor can control temperature

Data exports to CSV

Almost every data point and system change is logged and recorded in an onboard SQL database. All datasets are easily exportable to CSV format from the interface. 

The Pioreactor exposes a real-time event stream for other software to listen to as well.

Pioreactor web user interface of exporting dataset from your bioreactor

Data backups

When more than one Pioreactor is in your cluster, data is backed up between Pioreactors to minimize chances of data loss. 

Plugins can be installed to back up data into a private cloud as well.

Built-in stirring calibration and pumping calibration

We think calibration should be automated. Whenever possible, we have automated calibration, so you don't have to.

Web interface showing how to start calibrations

Programmable API

Design and implement your own bioreactor automations using the Pioreactor's API.

Use feedback loops to respond to how your cultures are progressing, set up alerts to other systems, or implement new machine learning models.

Our source code is open source, too!

Example of Python script to control the bioreactor via the Pioreactor's API

Install plugins from our community

Install plugins, created from our community of users, to further extend your Pioreactor's abilities.

Publish your custom Python code as a plugin to share with the entire community.

Web interface of installing, uninstalling and available plugins for the Pioreactor