CTEC 2022 North America

CTEC North America 2022 Agenda

Sunday, May 15

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Registration Open
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Registration Open
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Welcome Reception

Meet LabVantage staff and other attendees. Delicious assortment of desserts, hor d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. This event is co-sponsored with our partner Seagull Scientific.

Monday, May 16

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM | Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM | Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jeroen de Haas, LabVantage Product Management

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Ultimate Impact: An Invitation to Define the Lab of the Future

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

Welcome to CTEC US 2022! As our opening presentation, please join CEO Mikael Hagstroem for a review of our strategic vision, and how LabVantage endeavors to meet our common purpose of improving outcomes by transforming scientific data into knowledge and impact.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Using AI to power the lab of tomorrow

Mark Moorman, TCG Digital

AI/ML has become common in the world today. We use in our homes, cars, offices, etc. How can we leverage this function to drive our laboratories into the future and provide faster turnaround time, better quality, quicker time to market, etc. This session will explore how AI can be integrated into the LIMS system to drive these outcomes and provide velocity to value.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Engineering Change: Tactics in Digital Transformation

Hasmik Mkrtchyan, Manager of Global Lab Operations, Quality & Bo Henry, Director of Global Lab Operations, Catalent

Don’t change. Evolve.

Digital transformation has become critical to the industry and the past couple of years have showcased that delivering care to the Patient and Customer in the race against time is more vital now than ever. With data analytics, visualization, and the introduction of AI and voice-activated systems in labs, the pursuit of automation is evolving at a rapid pace. This pace must be met with a tactical change management plan to support business impact, cost justification, ROI, etc. However, we must not just change. We must evolve.

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; Jeroen de Haas, 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 – 1:30 PM | LIMS Solutions for Cell and Gene Therapy

Jacquelyn Olavarria, Sr. Manager, National Resilience

To bring cell and gene therapies to patients, Cell and Gene Therapy Companies (CGTs) have unique needs for managing data from across the organization. These include documenting parallel activities that characterize multiple drug-target candidates, managing multiple sampling plans and testing requirements, managing vector development teams, managing samples from small and large-scale GMP manufacturing, integrating manufacturing execution systems (MES) with sample and testing systems, analytical method development, and management of raw materials. Each of these activities has its own unique lifecycle with evolving documentation and data management requirements.

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) offer tools necessary to manage these wide-ranging categories of information, creating opportunities to build an agile environment that can enable the CGT to smoothly pivot from research and small-scale operations, to regulated activities.

In this session, we will present the implementation strategy for a CGT start-up that is committed to paperless workflows and will summarize the growth opportunities enabled by that system.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Managing a LabVantage LIMS project for Success

Steve Bartingale, R&D Knowledge Management Leader, 3M & Catherine O’Lone, Business Analyst, LabVantage

Adopting a new LIMS may require significant software configuration and customization to fit business processes and workflows. Integrating a new software system while working with a new services provider presents challenges, including the customer learning the software and defining required changes, and the provider understanding the customer’s business processes. 3M has recently launched a new LabVantage LIMS in partnership with LabVantage Professional Services and would like to share lessons learned and best practices for a successful project.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Strategy in Action: What’s coming in LabVantage 8.8

Mark Hill, LabVantage R&D

Get a sneak peek at some of the new functionality coming in LabVantage 8.8, including plenty of new capabilities for the ELN/LES, conditional approvals to streamline your processes, and a new way to get more value from your reports.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Break
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | LabVantage LIMS Enabled a Rapid Research Response to COVID-19

Ned Haubein, Senior Application Manager, Penn Medicine

COVID-19 dramatically altered the research landscape at Penn Medicine starting in the Spring of 2019. Our researchers rapidly initiated new research studies and a surveillance testing program as part of the scientific and institutional response. Informatics support needed to be deployed just as rapidly to support these activities, and this effort was successful because of the flexibility offered by LabVantage LIMS and the expertise of our LIMS team. This presentation tells the story of our combined efforts from the IT point of view from collaborating to overcome practical challenges to implementing informatics innovations to leveraging those enhancements into the future.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM | LabVantage Analytics Solutions

Mark Moorman, TCG Digital

See what LabVantage customers are doing today with LabVantage Analytics and what is on the horizon for the solution.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Discussion Groups

Discussion Group 1: Inside the LIMS – Brainstorming AI/ML use cases to make tomorrow’s LIMS more intelligent

Facilitators: Jeroen de Haas and Mark Hill from the LabVantage Product Management R&D and teams

Join us for a discussion about how advanced analytics fits into the broader laboratory informatics landscape, integrates with related systems. Do you have ideas for potential use cases? We’d love to hear them!

Discussion Group 2: Outside the LIMS Bringing advanced analytics to the broader laboratory ecosystem

Facilitators: Mark Moorman and the LabVantage Analytics Team

We all want a smarter LIMS. We want to reduce manual and redundant steps, receive intelligent and apt recommendations, and work with systems that suggest future actions based on historical activity. Join us for a brainstorming session on how the LIMS of the future can make laboratory operations faster, more efficient, effective, and improve turnaround times with higher quality results.

Discussion Group 3: Reducing the validation burden through modular delivery

Facilitators: Matt Grulke and the LabVantage R&D and Quality teams

Implementing LIMS systems can be complex and burdensome. Especially when systems must follow rigorous computer system validation requirements such as those that would be required by a GxP (and similar) environment, reducing this burden while increasing quality, accuracy, and speed is essential. Join us for a brainstorming session to ask questions, hear about what LabVantage is already doing in these areas, and give us your ideas.

Discussion Group 4: LabVantage ELN & LES

Facilitator: Arjan Flierman, LabVantage R&D

The LabVantage ELN and LES provides significant functionality for both routine quality and also R&D laboratories. With software improvements coming quickly and routinely, LabVantage would like to get your feedback and additional ideas toward making our LabVantage software the absolutely best on the market.

5:30 PM – 11:00 PM | Dinner on Your Own

Monday night is dinner on your own. However, there are some fantastic restaurants in the area! Be sure to visit us at the registration desk or check out the CTEC mobile app for suggestions.

6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Free Shuttles to the Gaslamp Quarter

Looking for something amazing in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter? We have arranged free shuttles to and from the Quarter, with new shuttles every 30 minutes. Once you are in the Gaslamp Quarter, grab your ride home from the corner of 6th Avenue & G Street (on the 6th Avenue Side).

Be aware, the last shuttle leaving the hotel is at 9:30 PM, and the last shuttle returning back to the hotel leaves the Gaslamp Quarter at 10:30 PM. But Uber or Lyft is always an option!

Tuesday, May 17

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | DELTA: PepsiCo R&D’s Lab of the Future Initiative

David O’Hanlon, PepsiCo, Inc.

This is a presentation on a Digital Transformation project for PepsiCo R&D. We will outline how the project will help support PepsiCo’s pep+ initiative through our Digital Strategy and how this Lab of The Future project enables that vision.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Exploring the new User Experience and LabVantage Portal

Gary Stimson, LabVantage R&D

LabVantage has begin a journey to update our user interface (UI) and with it comes a new user experience (UX) that we believe you will find compelling, modern, and most importantly, productive. We will discuss the new UI design framework, Material UI, and how the new experience will slowly be refactored into the existing application by taking a look at the new Portal.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Break
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Data Integrity through Instrument Connectivity

Corinne Bade, IT Manager, Medical Device Division, Abbott

Abbott will present an overview of their journey to bring data directly from instruments into LabVantage. Covering the spectrum from simple to complex instruments as well as a connection to our Empower system, they will share insights into the process and lessons learned along the way.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Securing your LabVantage System

Samir Sahu, LabVantage R&D

Cyber Security has become a hot topic in today’s world. Learn how LabVantage is taking steps to stay ahead of the threats and ensuring to keep your data safe.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | LabVantage in Translational Research: Dynamic real-time Dashboards for studies design and progress monitoring

Naim Xhani, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai CTSA implemented LabVantage Biobank Module to lower the barrier for research groups to track their biospecimen inventories in a 21 CFR Part 11 compliant manner. A team of core members are staffed to readily help different research teams setting up their sample collection processes and acquiring necessary skills in very short time, resulting in a very fast growth of the LabVantage database.

What we described here is a project where we integrated the data from LabVantage and other research data sources so that users with different interests can all share the same data without taking intensive training for LabVantage. The first group being served is researchers who need to know what is currently available, at both sample level and participant level. They use this information to plan future studies. The total number of participants available to the study is more important in this use case. The second group being served is study managers who need to know the progress in participant recruiting/retaining and sample collection. In this use case, consumed samples and withdrawn participants are as important as the remaining ones. The third group of users are strategic decision makers. They need a big picture about what have been collected, what analyses have been conducted on which population of participants, so they can decide what the next priorities are to fill in all blanks in our research puzzle.

The other benefit of our integration is streamlining our research operation. We link the study coordinator’s participant visit scheduling database, participant questionnaire database, and sample collection database for QA team members to cross check the data collection easily. This identifies data entry error at very early stage and bring us the opportunity to recollect the correct data and samples within the correct windows for our longitudinal studies.

This work is partially supported by National Institutes of Health grants U54TR004213, UH3OD023337, P30ES023515

Breakout Track 1

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Expert Panel: Discussion of Digital Transformation

Hasmik Mkrtchyan, Manager of Global Lab Operations, Quality & Geoffrey Trullinger, Manager of Global Lab Automation & Bo Henry, Director of Global Lab Operations, Catalent; Bob Voelkner, LabVantage; Mark Moorman, TCG Digital

Join us for an open discussion and ask questions to an expert panel consisting of Catalent and LabVantage leaders.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Using Mixed Reality in the Laboratory with Holo4Labs

Arjan Flierman, LabVantage R&D

Let’s talk about Digital Transformation using the HoloLens in your laboratory in combination with LabVantage LIMS.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | What is the “Metaverse” and how will it impact the lab of the future?

Arjan Flierman & Matt Grulke, LabVantage R&D

One of the new terms we’re starting to see is “Metaverse”. This came into common vernacular recently when Facebook announced a name change to Meta, a reference to this concept. What is it? And how will labs of the future use a metaverse to engage lab users, clients, and foster communication and creativity when doing research?

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Beyond Biobanking: Leveraging LabVantage LIMS to Support Laboratory Operations

Jamie Howell, Lead Application Analyst & Jennifer Linnell, Senior Application Analyst, Penn Medicine

LabVantage is primarily used at Penn Medicine as a biorepository management solution, centering around the biobanking workflow. LabVantage has become – and continues to be – the flexible, go-to solution for various groups with needs outside of tracking biospecimens. Additionally, LabVantage allowed these groups to transition away from Excel and paper forms for the maintenance of their data. The use of the system has been expanded to incorporate ordering, consumable inventory tracking and expiration, equipment calibration and preventative maintenance, billing, and budgeting. This presentation will discuss the variety of benefits realized from utilizing LabVantage to address the research needs at Penn Medicine, beyond the biobanking workflow.

Breakout Track 2

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Speed up your LIMS expansion

Jeroen de Haas, LabVantage Product Management

Adding a new lab? Discover how LabVantage Accelerators can speed projects in many industries.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Introducing LabVantage Forensics Navigator

Bob Hilbert & Robin MacDonald, LabVantage Product Management

LabVantage provides a powerful laboratory automation solution for many industries, serving the entire global community. We have chosen to expand that offering into the government sector by hiring expertise in all aspects of government operations, with additional skillsets targeted specifically at the forensic investigative process. The new LabVantage Forensic Navigator goes beyond the laboratory to address the full forensic lifecycle including crime scene, property management, medical examiner, court activities, and more. LabVantage Analytics helps create Forensic Intelligence from the data collected. We now have the product, people, and process to optimally deliver to the Law Enforcement community and the larger government sector.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Catching Up with LabVantage DevSecOps

Ed Anderson, LabVantage R&D

DevSecOps is short for “Development, Security, and Operations”. As a mantra, everyone in every organization of a company should be aware and contributing to the increased modernization, automation, security, and interoperability of the products, teams, and tools for that company. In reality, most companies suffer from only the development and testing teams giving this work lip service at the end of new release cycles.

LabVantage recognizes that DevSecOps is becoming increasingly important. To address this need, we have created a team to specifically manage, catalyze, and enforce all aspects of the goals, and it focuses on how R&D produces an efficient, interactive, well-balanced, and high-quality product. This presentation will catch you up with some of our most important work in each of the three areas in our name (Development, Security, and Operations).

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | LabVantage DevOps: Handsfree In Action

Ed Anderson, LabVantage R&D

Look Ma, No Hands!… A Handsfree Demo

End Breakouts
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Break & Laboratory Fair

LabVantage & Customers

Have a snack, maybe a coffee, and walk around our Laboratory Fair featuring demo stations for NGS/OMICS Workflows, Configuration Management & Transfer (CMT), Scientific Data Management System (SDMS), Electronic Notebook (ELN), Portal, and the new LabVantage 8.8 features that were built to support our new Forensics Accelerator, but will benefit all customers.

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Prepare for the Social Event
6:15 PM – 10:00 PM | Buses depart – Social Event at the Beach House Grill

Tuesday night at CTEC US is always one of the moments that participants talk about for years to come. This year’s event will be held on the surf and sand of Mission Beach at the Beach House Grill, Belmont Park’s largest oceanfront venue. The firepit couches, lifeguard chairs and giant seashell seats offer the quintessential California beach experience as you enjoy the beach noshes and cocktails. The oceanfront stage provides the perfect setting for the house DJ playing modern and California beach vibes!

Wednesday, May 18

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Using Job Types for Access Control to Simplify SOX Audit

Wayne He, Sr. Manager, Software Engineering, Guardant Health

LabVantage provides many ways to limit user access. Directly using roles and department access allows fine-grained control per user, but led us into a complex state that QA or SOX auditors could not grasp. To simplify, we transitioned to using Job Types instead.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Speed of innovation – SaaS and accelerating the release schedule

Matt Grulke, LabVantage R&D

Many organizations are making the move to Software as a Service (SaaS) based in enterprise informatics solutions. In this session, we will review concepts related to the LabVantage SaaS offering including the release schedule and different release tracks (general and accelerated).

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Break
10:30 AM – 11:10 PM | Q&A With the LabVantage Leadership Team

LabVantage Leadership Team

This open-mic session is your chance to ask questions, hear answers, and give feedback directly to our LabVantage leaders. We look forward to hearing from you!

11:10 AM – 11:30 PM | Closing Remarks
11:30 PM – 12:30 PM | Lunch at leisure

A boxed lunch will be provided for participants that are heading to the airport, and those with a brief turn-around time into the training sessions.