Compounds Australia

Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University

Formerly known as Queensland Compound Library

Compounds Australia is Australia’s only dedicated compound management facility—a national resource that allows chemists to deposit small molecules into a central repository for access by life science research teams. This sophisticated compound management facility securely stores and curates sample libraries submitted by Australian-based chemists. The facility makes these compounds available at low cost in flexible screening and assay-ready formats to academic and not-for-profit researchers. The guiding principles of Compounds Australia are to enable new collaborations between chemists and biologists and add value to the existing expertise in synthetic, organic, and natural product chemistry in Australasia. Based around a unique custom-designed suite of advanced robotics and software, Compounds Australia fosters interaction between Australasian chemists, biomedical researchers and their international colleagues.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
  • National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
Building N75, Griffith University, Brisbane Innovation Park, Don Young Road, Nathan QLD 4111

Strengths and capabilities

  • Industry-best compound and sample storage
  • Nanolitre and microlitre liquid handling
  • Open-access libraries
  • CASPeR, Compounds Australia Structure PoRtal
  • Providing compounds in assay|ready microplates
  • Curating sample libraries
  • Sample quality control via LC/MS
  • Compound management
  • Flexible microplate formats
  • Microtube storage and handling

Facilities and major equipment

  • Storage for a capacity of 600,000 microtubes
  • Centralised robots to automate microplate movement and processing
  • Automated plate sealing, seal removal and centrifugation
  • Labcyte Echo 550 for accurate nanolitre dispensing
  • Platforms for microlitre liquid handling
  • Barcode labelling and tracking
  • Capacity to hold 4,400 microplates

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