Who Needs a Robot named Sam?

Fred Hutch Optides Project Violet Robot

Mike Crisp, Strong4Sam Foundation President

Strong4Sam President Mike Crisp introduced the name "Supercharged Automation Machine" (or "SAM", naturally) to the crowd at the first Evening of Hope Salon event in Sammamish, September 28th, 2015.

The foundation hopes to be able to raise the funds necessary to match all donations at the Fred Hutch / Project Violet fundraiser in the Spring of '16, Pocket Full of Hope, in April.

Project Violet and Fred Hutch need our help to buy a Robot, pictured below, which promises to speed up the Optide Production and Testing Process by over 40X! The faster they can create optides, the faster they can build their library, the faster they can identify and deliver innovative new therapies to the battlefield against cancer.   

Check out the SAM Robot below:

Robot for Automating the production of Peptides as candidates for advancing the fight against pediatric cancer 

Current production = 12 optides/week

With automation = 100-500 optides/week

Goal: Build an optide library to identify new cancer therapeutics


Robot image 2


This robot, as designed by Fred Hutch researcher Ashok D. Bandaranayake, PhD, would speed up the production of Optides by automating the work 24/7/365 and free up the researchers for higher level activities.

All this automation comes at a price, though. This machine is estimated to cost about $750,000. 

If you'd like to learn more about how you can help, please drop us a note at info@strong4sam.org

If you're looking to support Fred Hutch and Strong4Sam financially, please feel welcome to make a donation on this site.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about this exciting development!

The Strong4Sam Team 


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