Drug development often relies on high-throughput cell-based screening of large compound libraries. However, the lack of miniaturized and parallelized methodologies in chemistry as well as strict separation and incompatibility of the synthesis of bioactive compounds from their biological screenings makes this process expensive and inefficient. Here, we demonstrate an on-chip platform that combines solution-based synthesis of compound libraries with high-throughput biological screenings (chemBIOS). The chemBIOS platform is compatible with both organic solvents required for the synthesis and aqueous solutions necessary for biological screenings. We use the chemBIOS platform to perform 75 parallel, three-component reactions to synthesize a library of lipidoids, followed by characterization via MALDI-MS, on-chip formation of lipoplexes, and on-chip cell screening. The entire process from the library synthesis to cell screening takes only 3 days and about 1 mL of total solutions, demonstrating the potential of the chemBIOS technology to increase efficiency and accelerate screenings and drug development.
High-throughput cell-based screening of compound libraries is utilised in drug development; however, a lack of compatible methods limits direct synthesis and testing. Here, the authors present a diverse chip based synthesis system which can be combined with cell screening and demonstrate the application.