Arctoris To Overhaul Drug Discovery With Automation
Building a robotics infrastructure "is the only way to make sure we generate data of sufficient quality at the speed and scale required, and now everybody in the pharma industry is very excited about the idea of end-to-end automation." So says Martin-Immanuel Bittner, CEO of .
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