November 18 - 20, 2019
Hilton Double Tree, Boston, MA

Pre-Conference Day Nov 18 2019

9:00 am - 11:00 am Workshop A: 101 to Building the Lab of the Future: What You Need to Know About Lab Digitalization

Digitalization in pharmaceutical labs has not progressed as quickly as in other industries. The complexity of data and processes and the lack of consistency across different research approaches are some of the reasons for this. The reality in many labs is still defined by stand-alone analytical instruments, software systems that don’t follow a consistent workflow, and many manual data transactions.

This workshop will focus on providing delegates comprehensive roadmap on how to improve the experience and efficiency in the lab.

Discussion Points Include: 

  • How to implement better usability and easier human-to-intelligent system interaction while minimizing human interference
  • Learn how to capture and store data in a way that enables computers to consistently interpret and intelligently analyze data with all contextual information available
  • Learn how to rethink data management by leveraging Semantic Technology, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence 

Gerhard Noelken, Project Leader- Lab of the Future at Pistoia Alliance

Gerhard Noelken

Project Leader- Lab of the Future
Pistoia Alliance

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Workshop B: Achieving Harmonization Across Data Formats and Interfaces to Improve Overall Lab Efficiencies

One of the biggest challenges that lab IT and informatics leaders face is the lack of harmonization across data formats, interfaces, applications and systems. This results in long, manually-driven integration processes which impact both available resources and overall lab efficiency. 

This workshop will provide a practical playbook on how to achieve harmonization across such formats and interfaces, and analyze some of the key findings and results from collaborative efforts between the informatics community, particularly that of the Allotrope Foundation. 

Discussion Points Include:

  • Providing an overview of the Allotrope Framework and how this has enabled cross-data transfer, facilitated finding, accessing and sharing data, and enabled increase automation in a lab data flow with a reduced need for error-prone manual input
  • Establishing a robust data governance model across HPLC, Mass Spectrometry, NMR , general technical issues, certification and support processes
  • Find out how you can achieve simplified and systems integration, while reducing manual paper and processes and drive overall lab efficiency

Dana Vanderwall, Director of Biology and Preclinical IT at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Chair of the Board at Allotrope Foundation

Dana Vanderwall

Director of Biology and Preclinical IT at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Chair of the Board
Allotrope Foundation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Workshop C: Mastering and Managing Your Cloud-Based Informatics Architecture

Transitioning to and managing a cloud-based informatics architecture can be challenging, especially when it comes to systems validation, governance and efficiently managing cost and budgets after transition. 

This workshop will provide delegates with practical takeaways on how to manage the transition, ensure system validation and mitigate budget and other complexities for your cloud-based architecture.

Discussion Points Include: 

  • Ensuring seamless systems migration and validation, and establishing a robust governance framework in place
  • Managing bio-informatics complexities on the cloud- How do you manage elastic computing environments at acceptable costs?
  • Successfully managing and estimating the costs of cloud security and maintenance
  • Lessons learnt and critical infrastructure to consider before migration

Eric Little, Chief Data Officer at Osthus

Eric Little

Chief Data Officer
Osthus