Getting Started

Welcome to the Strateos Developer Center!

Here you'll find comprehensive documentation to help you start working with Strateos as quickly as possible. Read below for a quick overview or use the navigation on the left or the search bar above to explore other topics.

Strateos allows you to run automated experiments remotely by launching runs from our library of pre-defined and validated protocols using your own samples.

This document will cover the basics of getting started with Strateos, including:

Send Us Your Samples


Prohibited materials

Strateos prohibits the use, without prior approval, of a list of material classes. Please see the documentation on Hazardous Materials.

Before you can launch any protocol, you must arrange for Strateos to have your samples on hand. Samples you wish to analyze that exist in your lab should be transferred into Strateos-compatible tubes or plates that conform to SBS standards. Commercial reagents should also be reformatted into Strateos-compatible containers and sent to us. You are responsible for shipping your reagents back to Strateos with packing material sufficient to keep your samples at the desired temperature.


Shipping Commercial Reagents to Strateos

Some commercial reagents can be shipped directly to Strateos from the vendor. We will accept liquid reagents in microtubes or microplates. These reagents will be reformatted into Strateos-compatible containers upon arrival. You will still need to populate your inventory (see below) so that we can expect the shipment and know how to reformat the reagents received into Strateos-compatible containers.

Step 1: Populate Your Inventory

Once you are ready to ship your samples, you can populate your inventory with the samples you plan to send us by navigating to the Inventory tab and clicking the "+Add Container" button. From here, you can specify the names and volumes of the samples you'll be sending to us, and what container type they're in.

When filling out the sample intake form, the storage field is required. The available storage environments are the same ones listed in the Containers section. This location will also be the destination of that container after runs unless otherwise specified in a protocol.

After you've entered your samples, they will be visible in your inventory and usable within protocols, however, runs will notify you that they are "awaiting shipment" and won't be executed until the samples are received.

Step 2: Mail Us Your Samples

Each shipment is associated with a four letter intake code, which should be written on the packaging in which you ship us your samples. In addition, each sample (individual tube or plate) has its own 3-letter code which should be written on the container itself. If these codes aren't included, we won't be able to properly insert your samples in inventory and track them.


For expedited shipping, a tracking number can be entered on the Intake Kits page of your inventory after your samples have been shipped.

Launching a Standard Protocol

To launch a standard protocol, navigate to one of your existing projects (or create a new one) and click on "Launch Run" in the upper right corner. If this is your first run in a project, you can also browse all protocols on the left menu panel after clicking “Launch Run”. On the dialog that comes up, select the protocol you wish to run.

The next screen will present you with parameters you can use to customize your protocol. Any field that requires a Container, Aliquots or Aliquot will bring up the inventory browser, from which you can choose the appropriate object from your inventory.

Once you're satisfied with your parameters, click "Validate". If the protocol is valid, the next screen will take you to a Review page that will show an overview of your protocol with the parameters and samples you chose. You can click on each instruction card to see details about what the Workcell will be doing. Protocol pricing will be shown in the upper right hand corner of the Review page. Most protocols are priced on a per-reaction basis.

If everything looks ok, click "Submit".

Congratulations! Your run is now in the execution queue. You'll get an email when the run begins and when it's completed. If your run generated analytical data, it will be viewable under the Results tab for the run.

See the whole process in action below.

Custom Protocol Implementation

Send us an email at [email protected] with an outline of the protocol you'd like implemented and we will get back to you with specifics.