For Researchers

The Centre for High-Throughput Screening is an automated robotic platform managed by a team of researchers specializing in cell, protein, and compound screening. The HTCB supports investigators and students from academic institutions from Lower Mainland, BC to across Canada and the United States. We Services include project consultation and optimization. The facility operates on a cost-recovery basis.

Assays include (but is not limited to): 

  • assay

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  • assay

Past research projects include:

  • project topic, PI name? 

Getting Started

Investigators are required to fill out a project proposal form and meet with a Research Scientist prior to using the facility.  

**link to "getting started"**

Pilot Program

We are offering a pilot program to new on-campus users to defray costs for the first project performed in the HTCB. The aim of this program is to lower the barrier to entry for new users, and to give members of the university the opportunity to explore the value of the HTCB to their research programs.



Tenured or tenure track faculty with full-time appointments at SFU are eligible to apply.



  • Each faculty member may receive up to one pilot program award. Multiple awards to a single faculty member are not permitted.

  • Pilot program awards must be applied to a single pilot project and cannot be distributed across multiple projects.

  • At the completion of the pilot project any unused portion of the award reverts back to the HTCB.

  • Pilot program award requests will be reviewed and approved by the HTCB management committee.

  • The pilot program provides support through reduction in recharge fees for instrument time and HTCB research scientist time only.

  • Researchers are responsible for associated consumable costs including but not limited to plates, tips, compounds plate recovery fee, reagents, filters, cultureware, PPE etc.

  • The total value of the award is up to $4000. This is split into two components: up to $1500 for screen development and up to $2500 for an initial pilot screen. Screen development is defined as work required to optimize assays for the high-throughput environment. This will typically involve testing of control compounds in small batches and assay protocol optimization. Pilot screens are defined as activities requiring use of the full screening platform for one or more 24 hour period. It is expected that pilot screens will provide screening results for 1,000 - 10,000 compounds.

  • Recipients of pilot program awards are expected to make use of screening results through the publication of research findings and application for new research grants.

Information about contract/IP

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Information about the Facility

The automated robotic platform contains several instruments to facilitate the assay. There is also a tissue culture room, equipped with multiple biosafety cabinets, incubators, and freezers for sample storage. 


**link to "facilities"**