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Course Title: Automating the Lab: LEAN Lab Operations and Integrated Lab Informatics systems
Categories: 1 - Laboratory Information and Management
2 - Life Sciences
3 - Pharmaceutical Sciences
4 - Electronic Laboratory
Instructor(s): Geoff Turnbull Course Number: 17
Affiliation: CSols, Inc.
Course Date: 03/07/2016 - Monday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $300 ($400 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Lean techniques have been used for many years within manufacturing to improve quality (Right First Time), improve productivity, and reduce cycle time. Although QC Labs are not the same as manufacturing environments (most notably Labs typically have more volatile workloads), lean techniques can be, and have been, applied to the Lab to realize benefits similar to those achieved within manufacturing. Incorporating Lab Informatics (LIMS, CDS, ELN, SDMS, etc.) into the leaned Lab can further improve quality and productivity, reduce cycle time, minimize the use of paper and, of paramount importance to regulated industries, enforce compliance with standard operating procedures. In short, selecting the appropriate informatics systems can make the lean lab leaner. The first part of this course will introduce Lean concepts that have been proven to work in the Lab environment. The second part of this course will introduce the key components of the Lab Informatics Landscape and show how automation can further lean the lab.

Target Audience
The course is targeted for QC laboratory managers, chemists and technicians from all industries but will also be of interest to IT personnel and QA managers.

Course Outline
1. A brief history of LEAN
2. Lean Lab – concepts and techniques
3. Break out session on LEAN
4. Lab Automation
5. Lab Informatics Landscape
6. Deployment – Words of Caution
7. Conclusion

Course Instructor's Biography
Geoff Turnbull is Services Manager of CSols, Inc., the premier Laboratory Informatics Consultancy in North America who combines domain expertise with technology to improve efficiency, quality and compliance within manufacturing and the QC lab. Geoff has over 25 years experience and a proven track record of delivering results in regulated environments. He combines very strong organizational and strategy development skills with a thorough understanding of quality, regulatory, supply chain logistics systems. His diverse background includes the application of computer technology within life sciences manufacturing with specific experience in the selection, implementation and validation of a wide variety of Lab Informatics systems.