14 November 2023 Block 7 Seminars

4:50PM - 5:35PM

Panel Discussion: Shaping the Future of Lab Automation: Exploring Emerging Technology Trends and Best Practice to Scale at Pace

Accelerating R&D and increasing the speed of quality experiments is critical. Lab automation has the potential to accelerate the process by reducing the turnaround time by 50%, offering huge benefits to researchers. However, identifying and adopting a suitable technology comes with many operational barriers.

This panel discussion will help you develop a roadmap for implementing suitable emerging technology and best practice to overcome challenges and scale at pace.

  • Organizational assessment and strategic planning: Evaluating suitable emerging technology and automation use cases to optimize R&D performance
  • Conducting a cost-benefit analysis to determine the financial viability of automation and how to demonstrate the ROI
  • New vs. used equipment: Evaluating equipment costs, condition, compatibility, and long-term viability to make an informed decision
  • Testing the compatibility of automation solutions with existing infrastructure, equipment, workflows and workforce
  • Developing robust data management systems and protocols to handle the increased volume of data generated through lab automation, ensuring data integrity, security, and accessibility
  • What’s Next? Exploring opportunities for integration with other emerging technologies, such as digital twins, AR/VR, and others, to further enhance the capabilities and productivity of lab automation


  • Vijay Nair Director, R&D IT - Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Eben Crawford Business Operations Senior Specialist - Ultragenyx
  • Kelcy Newell Senior Director, Robotics and Automation Development - AstraZeneca
5:40PM - 6:40PM

Drinks Reception

All attendees are invited to attend our networking drinks reception at the end of the day’s proceedings. This is our way of saying thank you for your contribution and to create an additional opportunity to continue your discussions in an informal setting.