Gas and liquid chromatography are processes that allow analysts to search for target substances in a sample by comparing its spectrum to a catalog of chemical profiles. Some applications include searching for environmental contaminants, drug impurities, and forensic evidence. Getting samples ready for analysis has, to date, been the most time-consuming part of the process. Extracting, liquefying, diluting, and filtering may be required multiple times and take up 75% of a technician’s time. Each step multiplies labware cleanup, hazardous waste procedures, and opportunities for error. To help, CEM Corporation has developed the EDGE. Integrating multiple patents pending, the EDGE automates several processes that have relied on traditional manual methods. The EDGE machine is smaller than a breadbox, and it can cut preparation times by more than 90%. On average, the machines can prepare 12 samples an hour, and 100 of them can be used in parallel. CEM is a private corporation dedicated to expediting disruptive scientific discovery with miniaturized and simplified instrumentation.