ELRIG Drug Discovery 2017

October 3-4, 2017


At ELRIG Drug Discovery, SiLA is offering a workshop on the next generation lab of the future. Burkhard Schaefer will be speaking to how AnIML and SiLA are used together to enable the connectivity and data exchange.

Workshop: The Way to the Next Generation Lab of the Future—What, Why, How?

Wednesday 4th October 2017: 9:00-12:30 Room 11a

Workshop Overview

From laborious data transfer and incorrect user settings, to poor utilization and uptime, the lab today can be a frustrating place to work! The future promises to be bright, but what will the lab look like? Can our labs benefit from the revolution of the Internet of Things and concepts from Industry 4.0? This innovative workshop held during the ELRIG event will bring together users and suppliers for a fresh discussion on trends and ideas that could influence the lab of the future and make it a more pleasant, safe and productive place to work. In this workshop, we will explore how labs could evolve from user and automation perspectives and the associated challenges with interoperability and data handling that this may bring.

During the workshop, SiLA and ELRIG, together with experts in the field, will present a vision for the future and offer a unique opportunity for attendees to comment and influence how our lab environments could look in the coming years.


Join us for 4 highly-interactive linked sessions over a morning, each led by industry leaders, taking us on the journey to the lab of the future. Each session will propose a vision of what is cutting edge in each area and attendees will debate that vision and how best to prepare for it in a fun and interactive way.

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and introduction
Patrick Courtney, Director, SiLA Consortium

09:10 – 09:50 Session 1 - A vision for the future screening lab
How to address current challenges from users with future technology

  • Paul Harper, HTS Automation lead, AstraZeneca
  • Andrew Mitchell, Automation and Standardization Team, Unilever R&D

09:50 – 10:30 Session 2 - The art of the possible
How automation is being used to enhance the future lab experience and to learn more from our science

  • Rob Harkness, Business Development Manager, Peak Analysis & Automation
  • Paul Kendall, Manager MedLab, Festo

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:40 Session 3 - Making connectivity a reality
Overcoming the interoperability challenge of sharing data

  • Gerhard Noelken, Business Development Europe, Pistoia Alliance
  • Patrick Courtney, Director, SiLA Consortium
  • Burkhard Schaefer, Director, BSSN Software

11:40 – 12:20 Session 4 - Future data visions
Making artificial intelligence science aware to exploit screening data
in innovative ways that learn from the past

  • Dr. Stephan Heyse, Head of Genedata Screener Business Unit, Genedata
  • Mario Bott, Project Leader, Fraunhofer-IPA
  • Markus Sebeck, Project Manager, EuRA

12:20 – 12:30 Summing up
12:30 Lunch break – end of workshop