Course Information
Course Title: A Manager's Guide to Managing Laboratory Automation and Computing - NEW COURSE!
Categories: 1 - Management/Professional Development
2 - Data Analysis
3 - Data Management
4 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
5 - Regulatory Compliance
6 - Homeland Defense
7 - Validation
8 - Laboratory Information and Management
Instructor(s): Joseph Liscouski Course Number: 23
Affiliation: Delphinus, Inc.
Course Date: 03/07/2009 - Saturday Course Length: 2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Course Date 2: 03/08/2009 - Sunday    
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $850 ($1250 after 2/9/09) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The successful use of automation and information technologies in laboratory applications depends as much upon the policies and goals defined by lab management as it does on the skills of those implementing projects. Whether you are responsible for one lab or a laboratory complex, setting the guidelines within which automation is implemented across lab organizations is fundamental to cost-effective, successful, and supportable systems. The purpose of this short-course is to introduce management to lab automation: what it is, managements role in laboratory automation, the policies that need to be developed to help ensure successful projects, models of laboratory work that can be used to define automation needs and product requirements. The benefits of the course include: · improving the effectiveness of automation systems, and their ability to be successfully implemented and supported, · reducing laboratory operating costs, and improving Return On Investment in automation/computing technology, · meeting the demands of regulatory agencies, · a basis for coordinating the work of IT groups, outside contractors & equipment vendors, · protect / enhance the value of the labs intellectual property, and, · make the most effective use of people's talents. Since the participants are expected to bring with them a range of experiences and perspectives, we expect this course to be interactive.

Target Audience
This course is intended for Laboratory Managers & Supervisors, Directors and above, 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
1. Overview of Laboratory Automation

2. The Laboratory Automation Engineering Methodology

    * Setting goals
    * Defining policies
    * Process automation in the laboratory
    * Regulatory issues

3. Management Policies

    * Asset - (Laboratory Produced Intellectual Property)- Management,
    * Process Management,
    * Integration,
    * Validation,
    * Change Management,
    * Security,
    * Project Management, Project Scheduling, & Software Development
    * Relationship to IT Groups, and,
    * System Retention.

4. Describing the process of laboratory work - modeling for automation and product requirements

    * Independent researchers
    * Testing and service laboratories
    * Collaborative research
    * Research based on common data sources
    * Data transfers between departments and working groups

5. Open discussion - note: discussion is expected throughout the sessions

Course Instructor's Biography
Joe Liscouski 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.