CTEC EMEA 2023 Agenda

This event has ended but stay tuned for future events.

Sunday, May 21st

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Registration Desk Open
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Registration Desk Open
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Welcome Reception

An opportunity to meet LabVantage staff and other delegates while enjoying a delicious assortment of canapés and drinks.

Monday, May 22nd

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM | Registration Desk Open

6:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Breakfast

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM | Welcome and Opening Remarks

Lothar Finster, LabVantage Marketing

Wolf Lichtenstein President, LabVantage Europe

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Discovery to Decision: How Your Data Plays in the Lab of the Future

Mikael Hagstroem, CEO of LabVantage and Executive Chairman of TCG Digital

Where are you, on your journey to the lab of the future? Are you struggling to get data out of your scientific data lake? Are you only looking at use case cases when it comes to AI and persistent analytics? Let us share the journey we have taken with some customers in our quest toward the lab of the future, and how we can help you, too.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Insights on semantics from DSM’s digital agenda, a data-driven, bright science company

Marco de Groot, Science and Innovation Data & Information Manager, DSM

At DSM, our focus is on accelerating innovation with maximal efficiency through our more than 1.500 R&D staff and partners. Semantic search is a central pillar for the dissemination of knowledge throughout our organization, unlocking hidden knowledge and making data accessible.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Digital transformation of the laboratory with analytics and AI

Wolf Lichtenstein, LabVantage

In this session, we will explain how LabVantage clients are leveraging LabVantage Analytics and AI to transform the laboratory from analysis and monitoring to control, optimization, and automation. We will explore a wide range of use cases including laboratory performance, chemical data management, risk management, production process analysis, and scientific development.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | LabVantage Product Roadmap & Strategic Focus Areas

Matt Grulke, VP of R&D; Jeff Vannest, Product Management, LabVantage

LabVantage Product Management and R&D departments monitor the laboratory informatics space, listen to customers, employees, and even regulatory agencies and social media, in order to anticipate the future demands of laboratories globally, in order to build compelling and effective solutions. This presentation will provide an overview of the areas we’re exploring, new products that we’re considering, and the strategic focus areas we’re prioritizing..

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Demo Room is Open
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Implementing LabVantage LIMS to improve automation and integration at Bio-Manguinhos

Priscila Martins, Project Manager, Institute of Technology on Immunobiologicals (Bio-Manguinhos/ Fiocruz)

One of the current objectives of Bio-Manguinhos is to implement the Industry 4.0 concept, with automation and integration of activities that are part of each industry operation. In this way, convergence between people, data, systems, and processes will be achieved. The implementation of a Laboratory information management system in the Quality Control of Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz is a need to automate and integrate areas involved from sample generation to the issuance of a Certificate of Analysis. In this way, it is possible to increase the efficiency of the processes and guarantee the integrity of all data generated throughout the sample life cycle. In addition, LIMS LabVantage will be an instrument for the development of organizational intelligence, making it possible to better understand production processes and generate more decision-making instruments for the Board.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Strategy in Action: What’s coming in LabVantage 8.9

Mark Hill & Gary Stimson, LabVantage R&D

Get a sneak peek at some of the new functionality coming in LabVantage 8.9, which will be released in early 2024. We’ll provide a review of the improvements we’re making to the Stability module, data retention, intelligent LIMS, dashboards for Portal, and many additional customer-requested enhancements we’ve received through Vantage Care.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Improving Laboratories through Enhanced LabVantage Services

John O’Sullivan, LabVantage Professional Services

As we continue our commitment to improved delivery, LabVantage is adding many new services that can accelerate your operations. This presentation will introduce our new Services Factory, Master Data Management practice, and how we’re optimizing Professional Services through improved processes and globalized management.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Break

Breakout Track 1

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Discussion Group: Feedback on LabVantage 8.9

Mark Hill, LabVantage R&D

As a follow-up to our earlier “What’s coming in LabVantage 8.9” presentation, please join us to give feedback and brainstorm on the features and changes that are planned as part of our LabVantage 8.9 release.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Containerization in the Field and in the Future

Lari Tuononen, LabVantage R&D

LabVantage is moving toward containerization, which is a way to deploy software in a manner that is portable, scalable, fault-tolerant, and agile. This technical discussion will present an introduction to the container framework we’re working with, including Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and more. We’ll review the benefits of using containers and LabVantage’s longer-term plans for this strategy.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Lab Admins, a story of guardrails, training wheels, and apron strings: Building a sustainable training program to support the expanding footprint in a global enterprise LIMS

Sebastian Furga, Enterprise Product Specialist, Bayer – Crop Science

As the number of labs increases in our global enterprise LabVantage system, the need for formal engagement, training, community networking, and new lab administrators has driven a need to support both face-to-face and online training. These encourage sustainable lab processes, growth, and continual improvement. This presentation will cover who we select for the lab admin role, the benefits they bring, the training they require, and the expectations they bring to the role.

Breakout Track 2

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Tips and Tricks for Daily LabVantage Usage

Lari Tuononen & Hanna Heikkinen, LabVantage R&D

Think you’re a LabVantage power user? Join us for a presentation about some of the lesser-known features in LabVantage that can help make your work quicker and more efficient.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | LabVantage 8.8: Less PowerPoint, More Demo!

Roberto Tecco, LabVantage Technical Sales

Tired of PowerPoints? Watch the LabVantage Technical Sales Team build LabVantage 8.8 features on the fly and before your very eyes! Even better, grab a microphone and challenge them to build something even more interesting. We’re looking forward to the challenge!

End Breakouts

5:30 PM – 6:45 PM | Prepare for Social and Networking Event
6:45 PM – 11:45 PM | Social and Networking Event, including Dinner, at Wasserwerk

Monday night’s social event will be held in central Berlin at Wasserwerk. This once pumping station in 1906 converted into a state-of-the-art event location with over a hundred years of historic industrial architecture is sure to be enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, May 23rd

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Registration Desk Open
6:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Breakfast
8:45 AM – 5:30 PM | Demo Room is Open
8:45 – 9:00 | Opening Remarks

Lothar Finster, LabVantage Marketing

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | SCI-FI: Improving laboratory automation through Unique Sample Container Identification: Flexible Interface to Refrigerators, freezers, and other automated laboratory equipment

Henrik Behrndt, Senior Business Analyst, Novo Nordisk

How Novo Nordisk chose to implement track items at the individual vial level on a mature LabVantage installation, where one Sample ID relates to multiple physical containers & vials. Example of how we implemented functionality around a flexible interface that can be used with automated storage functionality in freezers and refrigerators of different brands. The presentation will also discuss how Novo Nordisk plans to implement further laboratory automation based on the container identification implemented.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Accelerating Release Cycles with Automated Testing & CMT: Strategies and Benefits in LabVantage LIMS

Manuel Stiem, Umicore AG & Co KG & Henning Schuhart, FrontWell Solutions GmbH

In this presentation, we will explore strategies for accelerating release cycles in LabVantage LIMS, including the use of Configuration Management & Transfer (CMT) and automated testing with external tools. By implementing these strategies, LabVantage LIMS users can increase testing coverage, reduce errors, improve traceability, and accelerate their release cycles, allowing them to bring new features and updates to productive use much faster.

    • How CMT can help organizations improve the quality, efficiency, and speed of software development and release cycles across DEV/TST/QA/PRD environments.
    • How automated testing can be utilized to further simplify the deployment of LabVantage
    • Benefits of implementing automated testing & CMT

This presentation will be of interest to life science companies, quality assurance and compliance professionals, and IT and software development teams who are responsible for implementing Labvantage.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | How LabVantage LIMS is part of the Digital Transformation in a Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Company

Marjolein van Ruijven, Digital Transformation Manager, Unilever R&D Wageningen

Unilever is one of the world’s largest FMCG companies delivering products through about 400 brands. Five business groups bring products to 3.4 billion people in 190 countries through brands like Dove, Rexona, Cif, Hellmann’s, and Ben & Jerry’s. Within Unilever R&D, 5,000 experts work across 60 countries, including in six global labs and ten regional hubs to develop the products of the future.

LabVantage LIMS was rolled-out in 2008 and is now used by over 1,500 users across the globe. LabVantage is a core application in the development of new recipes and bringing new products to the market. Out of the box functionalities are used, and some dedicated requirements, like capturing dynamic analytical data, are implemented by working closely with LabVantage. This presentation will cover the role of LabVantage LIMS in digitizing our End-to-End Digital Transformation and highlight some current functionalities.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Break
11:00 AM – 11:30 PM | Implementing LabVantage LIMS in PETROBRAS Research, Development & Innovation Center- CENPES

Bruno Moura, Senior Engineer, PETROBRAS – Research, Development & Innovation Center (RD&I) – CENPES

The CENPES currently has more than one hundred laboratories and pilot processing plants in an area of 308,000 m². Organized into three general management, namely: Midstream, Downstream and sustainability; Production development; Exploration and production, to meet the challenges and developments of PETROBRAS. The management of laboratory information is carried out in a non-integrated way, using different systems in each area.

The objective of the LIMS LabVantage implementation project is to unify and automate the management and processes of the CENPES laboratories in a single system, thus standardizing and optimizing management, reinforcing the value vision of the laboratories, and facilitating their coordination by managers. Also, optimizing the use of resources and facilitating access to the laboratory structure by researchers.

The project is under implementation with the first change management activities, installations, and releases in production for the first business area, PDIDMS, with approximately 20 laboratories and pilot plants, expected by June 2023 and another approximately 85 distributed in other 2 general business areas, PDIDP and PDIEP in subsequent releases.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Evonik OneLIMS, a LabVantage success story

Matthias Köhl, Product Group Manager, Evonik Industries AG

Insights into the implementation, usage, and management of Labvantage in Evonik as well as an outlook into the future.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | LIMS Go-Live Challenges & Lessons Learned

Thomas Benninghaus, Project Manager, TÜV SÜD Product Services

Will be looking at (hard) lessons learned from the first go-live with the goal of rolling out the LIMS to multiple sites in multiple countries using a controlled and staged process, where the business is in the driving seat.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | LabVantage for Laboratory Medicine

Denise Bell, LabVantage Product Management

If you love our LIMS, then you must meet LabVantage Medical Suite, the one Laboratory Information System (LIS) developed for healthcare laboratories. It integrates all laboratory disciplines into one platform, sharing one architecture and one user interface while considering each specific discipline’s needs and workflows. Our one platform achieves laboratory harmonization allowing laboratorians to work seamlessly across chemistry, hematology, microbiology, anatomic pathology, genomics, molecular diagnostics, and more.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Future Lab Strategies

Lone Bladt Norden, Product Manager globalLIMS & Axel Nielsen, Architecht, Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is expanding our production heavily in the coming years, which will have a huge impact on all our laboratories across the world. In this session, we will discuss some of the topics that are important for us during this journey.
• Novo Nordisk strives to automate our processes, and we will share some of the initiatives we are working on. We would also like to know what your laboratory will look like 3-5 years from now.
• The more laboratories the more complex setup we also have. We will give a short introduction to some of the compliance issues we are facing at the moment, and how we have chosen to solve this on a short-term basis. Maybe you have some of the same challenges as us.
• There are several major concerns to consider for hosting a LIMS system which include security, data privacy, network latency, availability, and regulatory compliance. Taking these concerns into consideration, it is important for us to evaluate the various factors surrounding cloud solutions (private, public, or SaaS). What are your thoughts?

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Future Lab Strategies: Expert Panel and Discussion

Lone Bladt Norden, Product Manager globalLIMS & Axel Nielsen, Architecht, Novo Nordisk; Jens Niklas & Matt Grulke, LabVantage

We’ve presented our laboratory vision and some strategies in the previous session, so now please join us in a discussion with the expert panel. What will your lab look like 3-5 years from now? Do you have some of the same challenges? What concerns do you have with hosting and cloud solutions?

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Break
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | True Instrument Integration Requires More Standardization

Sven Arenz, Competence Center Analytics, BASF

Instrument integration is crucial for the process of data exchange between LIMS and measuring devices, it reduces the risk of errors and data gaps and allows a high degree of automation in instrument usage. In this presentation, we will talk about our evolution in instrument connection with LV SDMS and why standardization is key to success.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Implementation of Labvantage as LIMS for clinical studies at BCRT/CheckImmune – A User View

Gerald Grütz, Head of Laboratory, CheckImmune GmbH

We will present the workflow of sample handling and experimental result transfer in our Laboratory and how this could be reflected by LabVantage. We will discuss what kind of adaptations and customization were necessary and the kind of calculation rules applied for assays beyond routine diagnostics.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Q&A with the LabVantage Leadership Team
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Closing Remarks

Mikael Hagstroem, CEO of LabVantage and Executive Chairman of TCG Digital

5:30 PM – 6:45 PM | Prepare for Group Dinner
6:45 PM – 10:00 PM | Group dinner at Restaurant Nolle

Our group dinner at Restaurant Nolle features an ambiance in the style of the 1920s and the historic S-Bahn arches invite you to take a little journey through time. Join your colleagues and LabVantage staff in fine dining and engaging conversation.