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Live Online Conference: Laboratory Optimization and Automation

10 November 2020


The aim of this Live Online Conference is to show possibilities to optimize the organization of a laboratory and to reduce costs. The topics LEAN, both for the laboratory and laboratory management and the optimization of structures and processes in the laboratory, are addressed. Furthermore, the possibilities of automation are presented and the benefits that can result from the optimization of the method portfolio. Equally modern approaches to cost savings through reduced testing and reduced sampling while maintaining GMP compliance will be presented.


The pressure that the pharmaceutical industry is under today to reduce costs and increase efficiency and effectiveness applies equally to analytical laboratories. Often waiting for the results of quality control is still a speed-limiting step in the entire production process.

Many modern tools such as LEAN, Six Sigma, CIP, etc. are increasingly used to increase the efficiency (also) of analytical laboratories.

The correct recording and evaluation of the "Key Performance Indicators" (KPIs) plays a decisive role in this. Which of these factors are really "key", which ones can be dispensed with?

With this Live Online Conference, managers and employees in the laboratory learn tools for more effective and efficient control of laboratory activities.

Topics are:

  • LEAN in QC
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Optimization of laboratory processes - practical examples
  • Cost-efficient design of a laboratory
  • Case Studies for Laboratory Automation
  • New analysis methods for the optimization of processes in the laboratory
  • Reduced sampling and reduced scope of testing in the incoming goods inspection of active and auxiliary materials

Target Group:

This Live Online Conference is aimed at laboratory managers and laboratory staff in the pharmaceutical industry who work in the areas of incoming goods inspection, finished goods inspection and analytical development. Also addressed are laboratory managers in the field of pharmaceutical active ingredient and excipient production and contract laboratories. The contents will also be of great interest to competent persons according to §14 AMG and to heads of quality control as well as to employees from the QA department


09.00 - 09.30 h
Introduction and Organisationals

Congress Keynote 10.11.2020: Current European Pharmacopoeia Developments, with a Focus on Microbiology

09.30 - 10.15 h
Key Note: Current European Pharmacopoeia Developments, with a Focus on Microbiology
Dr Emmanuelle Charton, EDQM, Head of Divison B

10.15 – 10.45 h Break

10.45 – 11.15 h - The Future Laboratory beyond Digitization
Niek Janssen, Altran

11.15 – 11.45 h - Reversed Phase HPLC Method Optimization for a Contrast Agent containing Drug Product
Johannes Repellnig, VelaLabs – A Tentamus Company

11.45 – 12.15 h - Success Factors of Lean Lab Transformations
Dr Wolf-Christian Gerstner, Geniu

12.15 – 12.45 h - Questions and Answers

12.45 – 13.45 h Break

13.45 – 14.15 h - Data Integrity critically examined in the Laboratory - Ubiquitous Traps in a Hybrid Environment
Timo Kretzschmar, Anapur

14.15 – 14.45 h - Lean Lab Design: Laboratory Planning for new Buildings and Refurbishments
Dr Wolf-Christian Gerstner, Geniu

14.45 – 15.15 h - Practical Handling of Laboratory Computerised Systems
Ulla Bondegaard, Novonordisk

15.15 – 15.30 h Break

15.30 – 16.00 h - Ideation Management & Continuous Improvement Processes  - A sustanable Contribution to Laboratory Optimizations
Dr Karl-Heinz Bauer, Boehringer Ingelheim

16.00 – 16.30 h - Fusion of a Microbiological with a Chemical / Analytical Laboratory
Dr Franz Tüchler, VelaLabs – A Tentamus Company

16.30 – 17.00 h - Questions and Answers


Barbara Gerten, Merck


Dr Karl-Heinz Bauer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany
Head of Quality Unit DPI/MDI.

Ulla Bondegaard, Novonordisk, Denmark

Dr Wolf-Christian Gerstner, Geniu, Germany
Managing Dirctor.

Niek Janssen, Altran, The Netherlands
Advanced Expert Life Sciences.

Timo Kretzschmar, Anapur, Austria
Senior Consultant

Johannes Repelnig, VelaLabs – A Tentamus Company, Austria
Application Specialist.

Dr Franz Tüchler, VelaLabs – A Tentamus Company, Austria
Validation Consultant.