This full-day short course will cover a wide range of lab automation topics for those in the R&D space (i.e. non-clinical).
Who Should Attend?
Those with little or no experience with laboratory automation and who are seeking an introductory overview of the topic, including:
- Lab managers
- Marketing or sales professionals
- Understand the challenges, costs and benefits of bringing an assay from the bench to an automated system
- Learn methods of planning and executing successful automation projects
- Appreciate the strategy and technical features that make up a successful automated system
- Learn about current and future lab automation technologies
- Gain a view of the challenges and strategies for automation generated data sets
- From Bench to System: Challenges in Translating Assays to Automation; Strategies for Process Analysis and System Design
- Laboratory Automation Systems: Instrumentation and Architecture;
- Driving to Automation: Build vs. Buy Decisions; Working with External Vendors
- Programming Automation: Schedulers; Protocol Generation and Scripting
- Challenges of Automated Liquid Handling at Low Volumes
- Identifying and Mitigating Upstream and Downstream Impacts of Automation; Staffing an Automated Lab
- Organizational Strategies Critical to Successful Operation, Monitoring and Maintenance of Automation Platforms
- Managing Data: Assay Outcomes, System Metrics, Integration with LIMS, Connected Laboratories
- Automation Technologies: What’s Out There and What’s Trending
Ben started his career in the lab as a Biologist doing high-throughput ccreening. He transitioned to automation early in his career and has now been integrating laboratory robotics and instrumentation for 20 years. He has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in computer science and is currently the Director of Automation at Natera, Inc.
Peter has more than 16 years’ experience as an automation engineer / scientist in the field of drug discovery executing HTS, lead evaluation/profiling and compound management operations. He’s currently a Senior Research Scientist II managing Core Automation teams responsible for lead discovery and lead evaluation small molecule screening automation within the Leads Discovery and Optimization department. He is also a Schreyer Honors College Graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.