Conference Day One | 20th March 2024

8:00 am
Registration & Welcome Coffee

9:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Space Utilisation & R&D Workplace Strategies to Support Operational Excellence

9:10 am Optimising Lab Design through Configuration for Ultimate User Experience


  • Understanding your user workflow through technology simulation to optimise user experience
  • Explore emerging technologies to reconfigure your lab design and laying out an effective lab space workflow
  • Learn how to ‘do more with less’ to ensure minimised delays in workflows

9:40 am Agility & Flexibility for Your Lab Planning & Workplace Strategy


  • Balancing the short-term needs, mid-term growth aggression, and long-term uncertainty: what do we need from a lab space perspective?
  • Evaluating your investment today for future requirements in lab assets and facility – which should you prioritise?
  • How to justify your OPEX and CAPEX costs for your lab asset and facility
  • Exploring the multiple hats and challenges for Head of Lab Ops

10:10 am Fireside Chat: Forward Planning for Successful R&D Scale-Up & Pipeline Progression through Lab Expansion & Lab Use


  • Staying one step ahead -what does a successful 3 -5-year lab plan look like?
  • Lab expansion vs relocation – What does your option entail from a cost-benefit perspective to ensure ROI?
  • Avoiding costly delays by making smart operational decisions based on real instrument and equipment usage information

10:40 am
Morning Coffee Break & Speed Networking

Implementing Digital Transformation & Alignment Strategies to Streamline Data Processing

11:40 am Utilising New Technologies to Plan & Design Your Lab of the Future for Maximum Efficiency


  • Designing a lab for your users in mind – simulation and understanding your scientists’ behaviour for future proofing
  • Learn how to revamp your lab without expansion using advanced technology to map out lab requirements to create a fit-for-purpose lab workspace
  • A case study on successful on-time and on-budget lab transformation with positive user feedback
  • How do you measure user feedback and R&D productivity with your lab workspace spend?

12:10 pm Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Lab Efficiency with Intelligent Data Handling

  • Ke Li Product Manager Lab Automation, Roche
  • Billy Jun Product Manager - R&D Small Molecules, Roche


  • Rethinking data management and alignment of multiple data sources
  • Understand how to overcome the challenge of various data outputs during analysis from different systems
  • Leveraging connectivity to boost the efficiency of lab workflows

12:45 pm
Networking Lunch

1:45 pm Keeping to a Gold Standard: When is it Time to Change Service Providers?

  • Lisbhit Janet England Global Procurement Category Manager R&D_ Laboratory Equipment and Maintenances, Novartis


  • Learn how to ensure service level agreements are adhered to and negotiate a better contract with suppliers
  • When should insider maintenance be prioritised as opposed to outsourcing contracts?
  • Learn how to take advantage of both fleet optimisation and Capex purchases or CapEX and OpEX hand to hand to ensure savings

2:15 pm Restructuring Inventory Tracking of Consumables

  • Koji Urata Product Lifecycle Engineering Manager - Bioware, ONI


  • Ensuring the balance between maintaining the correct quantity of consumables and preventing the accumulation of a surplus
  • Optimise CapEx and maintenance budget by optimising stock systems to identify and replace assets more effectively
  • What kind of inventory tracking system plan is realistic?

3:15 pm
Afternoon Networking Break

3:45 pm Mastermind: The New Age of Digitisation vs Lab Informatics – From System Integration to Data Management


The emphasis of smart labs and lab informatics has given lab operations experts the visibility of asset utilisation, inventory, and procurement. However, integration of lab systems and extrapolating data insights to make more informed decisions and implement change have inevitably become more challenging, particularly for mid-sized biotechs.

This hands-on session will equip you with the tools to:

  • Evaluate your current lab systems requirements and how to map out process change
  • Improve the innerworkings of lab systems and infrastructure integration with your lab informatics and lab IT functions
  • Better handle data management and security, and the ability to draw insights from your data to improve asset management, inventory and operating models for operational excellence and capital efficiency

5:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Day One