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24 July, 2019 - 20:20 By Kate Sweeney

Lab of the Future Congress launches in Cambridge

An international congress bringing together leading pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and service providers to drive collaboration and innovation in the life sciences is being held in Cambridge in November.

Open Pharma Research, a platform for information exchange and networking in the life sciences, is launching the initiative.

The eventt will be held on November 13 and 14 at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

Bringing together a range of high-profile speakers, the Lab of the Future was set up to provide access to the people and resources for life science companies to continue thriving in a rapidly-evolving world. 

The event is supported by The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit members’ life science organisation working to lower barriers to innovation in R & D through pre-competitive collaboration (www.pistoiaalliance.org).

Key events will include a plenary session on the changing R & D landscape, and a panel on the role of technology as an enabler. Over 80 speakers have been selected to participate, drawn from Roche, Bayer, the Francis Crick Institute, GlaxoSmithKline and BenevolentAI.

A major exhibition will showcase the work from the key service companies in this space. The conference centre boasts a unique open-plan design, which will encourage the anticipated 250-300 delegates to engage in open dialogue.

Sponsors to date include: Accenture, Thermo Fisher Scientific, CBRE, ZONTAL, Dassault Systèmes, Dotmatics, Avantor, Riffyn, SciBite, Synthace, ACD/Labs, Agilent, Digital Lab Consulting and L7 Informatics.

Zahid Tharia, founding director, Open Pharma Research, said: “The concept of the Lab of the Future is such an important one and encompasses so many fields – from drug discovery and development, to robotics, informatics, IoT and digitalisation. 

“Technological change and greater access to information are encouraging a new R & D model focused on greater efficiency, transparency and co-operation. 

“As a world-renowned hub for academic research, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Cambridge is the perfect location to discuss how science is changing. We are excited to bring so many scientists together in this innovative space, to discuss how to bring the Lab of the Future to life.”

• For a full programme visit: lab-of-the-future.com/

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