14 November 2023 Seminars

7:00AM - 7:50AM

Registration and Networking

7:55AM - 8:00AM

Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair

8:00AM - 8:30AM

Navigating Change and Transitioning Towards a Digital-First Mindset

  • Digital Roadmap for Development: Assessing current capabilities and identifying areas ripe for automation and technology
  • Highlighting the challenges faced when instilling a digital-first mindset throughout an organization
  • Preparing for a digital future to increase competitiveness and thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape
  • Successful digital transformation case studies demonstrating the successful transition from paper-based solutions to fully automated labs


  • Cindy Novak Associate Director R&D Systems - Avidity Biosciences
8:30AM - 9:00AM

Developing and Integrating Lab Robots and Arm Grippers for Safe Liquid Handling and Accuracy

  • Conducting accurate risk assessments and strategies to streamline human researcher and robot collaborations
  • Design and engineering considerations to incorporate fail-safe mechanisms for emergency halts
  • Data capture and decision making: Enabling real-time monitoring to detect and rectify inaccuracies or deviations during liquid handling tasks
  • Training and educating operators for safe operations and timely hardware maintenance to avoid errors


9:30AM - 10:10AM

Technology Demonstrations

10:10AM - 10:40AM

Networking Break and Exhibition

10:40AM - 11:40AM

Roundtable Discussion: Bridging the Gap Between Technology Suppliers and End Users: Partnership, Communication, Ownership and Accountability

10:40AM - 11:40AM

Roundtable Discussion: Continuous Monitoring, Optimization, and Maintenance of Automated Systems to Ensure their Reliability, Efficiency, and Longevity


  • Valery Polyakov Executive Director, Head of Chemistry - Meliora Therapeutics
10:40AM - 11:40AM

Roundtable Discussion: Developing Customized Software Solutions and Interfaces to Facilitate Seamless Data Transfer Between Automated Systems and Scientific Databases


  • Mike Berke Director - Research and Automation Technologies - Amgen
10:40AM - 11:40AM

Roundtable Discussion: Maximizing the Potential of Robotic Automation by Reconfiguring to Achieve Scalability and Flexibility


11:40AM - 12:10PM

Applying AI and Automation Systems within the Lab to Optimize Experiments and Accelerate R&D

  • Automating data collection to collect and process experimental data in real-time and increase accuracy
  • Utilizing AI to develop predictive models to simulate experiments, predict outcomes, and optimize parameters before conducting the actual tests
  • Managing Data & Security: Lab protocols to analyze risks and protects sensitive patient information
  • Extracting information using NLP for scientific literature, patents, and research papers
12:10PM - 1:10PM

Networking Lunch and Exhibition

1:10PM - 1:40PM

Leveraging Technology for Enhanced Decision-Making, Process Efficiency, and Effective Communication

  • Enabling direct communication between technicians and customers with real-time status
  • Achieving process efficiency with ML and automation tools to optimize space allocation and data sharing
  • Enhancing decision-making with strategic asset evaluation, reporting, and predictions
  • Empowering employees with actionable intelligence and insights to accelerate the efficiency of operations


  • Liam Robinson Director of Facilities Operations - Stanford University
2:40PM - 3:20PM

Technology Demonstrations

3:20PM - 3:50PM

Networking Break and Exhibition

3:50PM - 4:50PM

Roundtable Discussion: Automation & Sustainability: Maximizing Resource Optimization and Utilization to Reduce Waste and Increase Efficiency

3:50PM - 4:50PM

Roundtable Discussion: Leveraging Internal and External Partnerships to Optimize Technology and Increase Competitiveness

3:50PM - 4:50PM

Roundtable Discussion: Planning for Scalability and Future Growth by Selecting Modular and Flexible Hardware Systems


  • Kelcy Newell Senior Director, Robotics and Automation Development - AstraZeneca
3:50PM - 4:50PM

Roundtable Discussion: Roadmap for Early Adoption and Implementation of AI Automation and Instrument Design to Enhance Operational Efficiency


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.