Using the Pioreactor as a bioreactor platform for your experiments
Bioreactors for your laboratory can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and often have features that aren't needed but instead become a liability. Lab teams have resorted to building their own bioreactors, sometimes with long development times and maintenance. Pioreactor offers an affordable, flexible, and scalable bioreactor platform for your experiments. Let's see how.
A bioreactor you will enjoy using
Our focus on a friendly user experience from day one has resulted in a bioreactor that is designed for humans - not bioreactor experts. We've abstracted away the statistics (unless you want to get familiar), the software (unless you want to get familiar), and the electrical engineering (unless you want to get familiar), so you can focus on your research.
Realtime optical density and growth rates, and more
The Pioreactor has high resolution optical density sensors. We use this information to back out the culture's growth rate as well. All these data are available in realtime in the UI, and programmatically through our software API.
Along with realtime optical density estimates, the Pioreactor has built in mixing, heating, and many other features.
Program tasks with Python
At Pioreactor, we think a lot about developer-friendliness. The Pioreactor software is open source (and always will be), so you have full transparency into the brains of the system. We have a developer-friendly Python API, so users can easily create and define their own custom bioreactor behaviour. Going a step further, there is a community around sharing rich plugins to enable new instruments, signalling, and automations for the Pioreactor. Read more about a simple tutorial or dive into our plugin system.
Our plugin system lets you develop, share, and download plugins to enhance your Pioreactor further.
Extend capabilities with hardware
The Pioreactor offers additional input-output, so you can try novel bioreactor ideas. For example, you have access to additional GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi for more automations, StemmaQT connections, additional LED outputs for using light programmatically, and additional PWM for driving up to three external motors.
You can even invert the Pioreactor, using it as a sensor for a larger bioreactor system - meanwhile using the same software. Read more about inline sensors.
Other bioreactor systems limit you to 4, or 8, or N, bioreactors working in concert. Pioreactor can scale horizontally as many times as you need for your experiments - and all wirelessly controllable from the same interface.
Deconstruct and rebuild
Because of our simple design, you'll feel confident disassembling and reassembling the Pioreactor. All our components are commodity parts, so if a component needs replacement, you'll have the opportunity to bring a Pioreactor back online yourself - no need to a technician to come in.
Our community welcomes hackers and tinkers who want to break things apart and put them back together in untraditional ways. Nothing is off limits here.