Industry News: “Manager’s Guide to Lab Automation & Technology Management”, a new course for lab managers and directors, is now available from Delphinus, Inc.

26 Jun 2008

Date & Location: September 30 - October 2 2008, Radisson Hotel Nashua NH

The successful use of automation and information technologies in laboratory applications depends as much upon the policies and goals defined by lab management as it does on the skills of those implementing projects. Whether you are responsible for one lab or a laboratory complex, setting the guidelines within which automation is implemented across lab organizations is fundamental to cost-effective, successful, and supportable systems.

The purpose of this short-course is to introduce management to lab automation: what it is, management’s role in laboratory automation, the policies that need to be developed to help ensure successful projects, models of laboratory work that can be used to define automation needs and product requirements, and an overview of the technologies used.

The benefits of the course include:
  • Improving the effectiveness of automation systems, and their ability to be successfully
    implemented and supported
  • Improving the interaction between labs and company departments or customers that either need controlled access to reported data, or to submit information. Lab managers have to
    address both internal operational issues and the need to interact with customers and other corporate departments
  • Reducing laboratory operating costs, and improving Return On Investment in
    automation / computing technology
  • Meeting the demands of regulatory agencies
  • A basis for coordinating the work of IT groups, outside contractors & equipment vendors
  • Protect / enhance the value of the labs intellectual property, and
  • Make the most effective use of people’s talents

Since the participants are expected to bring with them a range of experiences and perspectives, we expect this course to be interactive.

Laboratory automation is often viewed as a technology effort. Successful projects will depend on managements ability to set goals and policies to guide the development of systems that can be integrated, reduce operational costs, and meet their goals. Managers have an active role in lab automation projects, and should understand how those projects can be used to increase the lab’s effectiveness, and the lab’s ability to work with other organizations.

For more information please contact Delphinus, Inc.