On the surface, the future laboratory looks like an end to paper notebooks, adding solar panels on the roof, and lots of automation.
But those are just the trimmings for a greater transformation as laboratories modernize.
A desire to waste less money and time and take fewer risks bringing lifesaving therapies to market underlies those changes, or at least it should.
This article collection, produced through a partnership between Waters Corporation and Pharmaceutical Online, paints a picture of innovation and new efficiencies shaping the modern lab in pursuit of progress. It starts with connectedness, says Kate Wearden at Waters, with systems, data, and people accessible from anywhere.
Taking the conversation further, experts Aude Smeets and Sébastien Gillet describe how automated tests and data management, although a big investment up front, boost reliability and throughput while reducing risks.
Tim Sandle, Ph.D., gets back to basics as he describes, at the simplest level, how automation removes repetitive tasks.
And microbiologist Miriam Guest outlines the strategic approach one major player took to execute its technology strategy.
Modernization implies bringing frameworks in line with current best practices, forever on the edge of what’s coming next. So by that standard, no matter what, a modern lab won’t stay that way for long if it doesn’t keep up.