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PAPERLESS LAB ACADEMY 2016 – April 19th & 20th, Barcelona.

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Finding the Speed to Innovation

The European congress “Paperless Lab Academy” is an adventure started five years ago that was running by the northern European countries (Zurich, Copenhagen and Amsterdam) and  landed in Barcelona past April.

The Paperless Lab Academy is aimed at managers of R&D, Quality and IT departments in organisations from the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biotechnological, goods consumers and chemical industries.

Its unique features have quickly made it a landmark event in the market of laboratory informatics where the main solutions providers turn up every year and into which internationally influential people, organisations and associations want to contribute.

From the first moment of the creation of this event, the two main objectives have always been to facilitate a platform where to share end-users experiences, get answers on key topics, and a showcase of the various informatics tools available today.

This year 2015, the focus has been on the change management. Changes while introducing new technologies to structure the organisational processes and ease the workflows while complying with the increasing demand for efficiency improvement, higher quality and compliance to regulations.  Changes that require unconditional support from the upper and a very effective management of the implementations in order to be successful and ensure commitment up to final users.

On an other hand, the tendency to outsource an increasing number of activities to CROs and CMO, the fact that in most of the organizations their actual “ LIMS” is reaching the end of its life cycle and that cloud technologies are more and more present, they are driving changes in the landscape of laboratory informatics.

“The Paperless Lab Academy continues to be possibly the most interesting and thought-provoking event dealing with laboratory informatics. By providing a synoptic overview of the informatics landscape and identifying trends and developments for the future, this year’s meeting of the PLA if anything surpassed the event in Amsterdam last year” Tom Wilkie (Europa science Chief editor, Scientific Computing World Review)

This year Scientific Computing World also summarizes in a series of reports what´s been discussed during the two day’s plenary session, the interactive workshops hold by the sponsors and the multiple networking opportunities. The first one  Out with the old and out with the external . The second article Lost knowledge and dead data  explores the issues surrounding outsourcing in more detail, while the third discusses Disruptive technologies in informatics.

The 2016 edition will focus on the capabilities of the organization to innovate. The topics will be about managing the need to simplify, to scale processes and assure sustainable laboratory operations ensuring data integrity across the life cycle. We are happy to confirm already several key contributors.

Gerhard Noelken, Business IT Lead Science & Technology en Pfizer

Michael Shanler, Research Director Gartner Industry Research

Bob McDowall PhD, Director, R D McDowall Limited

Giuseppe Randazzo , Acting Director- Office of Program and Regulatory Operations

Pat Pijanowski, partner at LabAnswer

Gonzalo Hernández, R&D Director at FAES Farma,

To summarize, getting Paperless is not only about informatics and digitalization. The objective is neither to transform paper onto paper glass. The Paperless concept is about consolidating processes that ensure the integrity of the data’s with secured integration systems.

We´d like to invite you to be part of this new experience.

For more information do not hesitate to contact us directly or visit

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