Lab Automation Symposium 2018

lab automation symposium

Join Festo on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the campus of UC San Diego.

As laboratory experimentation, data and interpretation become increasingly complex, automation and information technology (IT) solutions become essential for successful drug discovery. The lab of the future will open unforeseen potential as higher throughput, precisely controlled automated processes; with smarter information collection and analysis, solve today's problems and bring new opportunities. The aspiration of this “future lab” is to empower scientists to simply perform the right experiment and bring new ideas to light. The Festo automation symposium will focus on how to make future laboratory solutions smarter to deliver more to science. Speakers from leading organizations will present a program focused on the fundamentals of the smart lab considering contributors such as Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT), automated decision making, cloud processing and big data acquisition, with a special focus on sample handling and preparation.   

This one day conference will provide an exclusive opportunity to network and be involved in inspiring and interesting discussions with opinion leaders in instrumentation, informatics, lab automation, strategy developers and industrial automation experts together with a strong and aligned vendor community. At the end of the conference, join us for a cocktail reception.

Register today!


 Time  Presenter  Topic
10:00am - 10:20am

Steve Fitterer - Industry Segment Manager / Laboratory Automation at Festo

Wolfgang Trautwein - Business Development Manager / MedLab at Festo

10:20am - 10:50am Dr. Michael Heller - University of California San Diego Strategies for Integrating DNA/RNA/Exosome Biomaker Diagnostics with Clinical Lab Automation 
10:50am - 11:20am Dr. Raj Krishnan - Bioligical Dynamics  AC Electrokinetics: Novel and Rapid Method of Qualification of Circulating Nucleic Acids from Plasma
11:20am - 11:35am  BREAK
11:35am - 12:05pm Dr. Douglas T. Gjerde - Phynexus  Dual Flow Chromatography for Automated Protein and DNA Sample Preparation
12:05pm - 12:35pm Paul Kendall - Festo  What could be driving the lab of the future and is "The Smart Lab" really a thing?
12:40pm - 1:50pm  LUNCH BREAK
2:00pm - 2:30pm David Dambman - Biosero Managing Automation Data in the Lab of the Future
2:30pm - 3:00pm Adam Snider - Perkin Elmer A Microfluidics Workflow for Sample Preparation for Next-Generation DNA Sequencing
3:00pm - 3:30pm To be announced
3:30pm - 4:00pm Niels Kruize - Synchron Turning projects into products with the help of your supplier



Saturday, February 3, 2018


Registration is from

8:30am - 10:00am

Program begins at 10:00am



University of California -

San Diego

Atkinson Hall

9500 Gilman Dr.

La Jolla, CA 92093


Campus Map


Optional Transportation

Shuttle to UCSD - Atkinson Hall

Pickup: 8:00am & 9:00am

Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina at the Fountain


Dropoff: 9:00am & 10:00am

Location: UCSD - Atkinson Hall Engineers Lane La Jolla


Return Shuttle to Marriott Marquis & Marina

Pickup: 5:00pm & 7:30pm

Location: UCSD - Atkinson Hall Engineers Lane La Jolla


Dropoff: 6:00pm & 8:30pm

Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina at the Fountain



Register today!


* Participation is free