Course Information
Course Title: Introduction to Lab Automation and Technology Management
Categories: 1 - Life Sciences
2 - Data Management
3 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
4 - Homeland Defense
5 - Validation
6 - Laboratory Information and Management
Instructor(s): Joseph Liscouski Course Number: 1
Affiliation: Institute for Lab Automation
Course Date: 03/10/2012 - Saturday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $455 ($655 after 2/13/12) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
This course will introduce management to lab automation: what it is, management's role in laboratory automation and technology management, how to ensure successful projects, defining automation needs and product requirements. The benefits of the course include: improving the effectiveness of automation systems, and their ability to be successfully implemented & supported reducing costs, and improving data quality meeting the demands of regulatory agencies coordinating the work of IT groups, outside contractors & equipment vendors protect the value of the labs intellectual property make the most effective use of people's talents Automation is part of lab work, learn to make the most of it. The course will also include a process for evaluating and purchasing laboratory informatics products.

Target Audience
This course is intended for Laboratory Management, and is also suitable for Information Technology management working in a scientific environment. It is intended for those interested in the successful application of automation and computing technologies to laboratory work (LIMS, lab notebooks, robotic, instrument data systems, etc.).

Course Outline
What Lab Automation is - 
• lab automation vs science
• review of lab automation - the development of lab automation has ramifications for the systems that exist today, and their limitations
• process management - why process mgt and lab automation are closely tied, the need to evaluate the processes employedBenefits of Lab Automation
• industry trends
• comparison with other production operations
• are the promises of higher productivity realisticProductivity optionsExamples of lab automation 
• how technologies affect lab work - testing lab
• instrument workflow mode
• application to chromatography as an example of automation development
• sample preparation
• research example - analog data acquisition
• research example - ELISALab Automation Technologies
• data acquisition & communications
• instrument data systems
• robotics
• LIMS
• electronic lab notebooks
• what do you need: LIMS or ELN or bothIssues in Lab Automation
• standards
• specialization
• laboratory automation engineeringManagement 's Role in Lab Automation Planning
• Scientific Manufacturing
• Setting Goals
• Policies & Practices
• Lab Operational Models
• Reviewing project plans - outsourcing
• Regulatory Compliance
• Technology Mgt & Coordination
• Change ManagementPlanning for the purchase/evaluation of laboratory informatics products.
How to start a lab automation program
• education & planning ILA's programs

Course Instructor's Biography
Joe Liscouski, Executive Director of the Institute for Laboratory Automation, is an experienced laboratory automation professional with over thirty years experience in the field including the design and development of automation systems, LIMS, robotics and data interchange standards. He has held symposia on validation, and presented technical material and short courses on laboratory automation and computing in the US, Europe, and Japan, and wrote an editorial defining the need for Laboratory Automation Engineering as a means of advancing the state-of-the-art. Publications include books and book chapters on computing and automation and over thirty technical papers. His most recent work has centered on the development of a new approach to technology planning and management for automation and computing.