Lab Automation Symposium

Lab Automation Symposium

On 30 October 2014 in Festo's Technology Centre in Esslingen

Biomarkers, biobanking, sample archival, personalized medicine/diagnostics during therapy – these are important keywords for cost-reducing automation concepts in human and molecular diagnostics.

At the symposium renowned speakers from the fields of science and business will investigate these topics from a holistic perspective.

Symposium agenda

8:30 a.m. Arrival of the participants and tour of the exhibition
10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening speech                   


10:20 a.m.

Rapid isolation and detection of DNA/RNA biomarkers from blood - quest for liquid biopsy cancer diagnostics"

Prof. Dr. Michael Heller, Depts of Bioengineering and Nanoengineering, University of California San Diego
10:40 a.m. Personalized medicine: A new avenue for laboratory medicine and diagnostics industry
Prof. Maurizio Ferrari, Hospitale San Raffaele Milano, Head European Society for Predictive Medicine
11:00 a.m. RIBOLUTION – The smart way to validated diagnostic biomarkers Andreas Traube, Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart

Biobanking and personalized medicine

11:20 a.m. The urgent need for progress in innovative solutions in the field of biobanking Prof. Berthold Huppertz, Director and CEO Biobank Graz, Medical University Graz
11.40 a.m. Title open                    will be defined
12:00 noon Lunch and tour of the exhibition
1:10 p.m. Cryotubes for biobanking - meeting the requirements of high throughput sample storage Dr. Sven Muehlfriedel, Manager Cell Culture Group, Greiner BioOne GmbH, Frickenhausen
1:30 p.m. Superconductive automation components enable new approaches and solutions Georg Berner, Head of Strategic Business Development, Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen

From actual practice to real applications

1:50 p.m. The Petrijet platform technology – An innovative device for automated culture dish handling and associated processes Felix Lenk, TU Dresden
2:10 p.m. Working with Festo - From brainstorming to solution Gavin Clarke, A. Hettich GmbH, Tuttlingen
2:30 p.m. Automated solutions for high throughput dna extractions and snp genotyping Dr. Dietrich Koester, LGC Genomics, UK
2:50 p.m. Panel discussion
3:50 p.m. Coffee break with drinks and cake

Optional programme:

4:15 p.m.

World Café

Personalized medicine/companion diagnostics
Prof. Maurizio Ferrari, Hospitale San Raffaele Milano


Nano and bioengineering

Prof. Michael Heller, UCSD

Festo factory tour:

  • Virtual reality room
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Application Centre
5:00 p.m. Get-together party with fingerfood
All day Accompanying exhibition with Festo partners

Note: All presentations are in English.