This choice of lead theme heightens the show's profile as an event with a sharp eye on the future. As well as covering all the current issues and challenges in lab technology, BIOTECHNICA is always looking beyond the horizon to the next stages of evolution and revolution in the lab world. Hence its central focus on digitization and integration as drivers of transformation in the laboratory technology industry.
Needless to say, integration is a major buzzword everywhere at the moment – in business, science, government and society generally. And a lot of thought has gone into its selection as the lead theme for BIOTECHNICA 2019, because it encapsulates so many interrelated developments currently at play in the lab sector. "The Integrated Lab" theme encompasses the digitization of processes, the integration of new technologies, the interconnection of components, the collection and use of data, collaboration between humans and machines (think: automation and robotics), and connectivity between people in the lab, among research centers and groups, across boundaries between providers and markets and between research and industry.
Digitization is opening up a new world of possibilities and opportunities for working decentrally while remaining globally connected. But it also poses challenges, and these, too, are part of the debate at LABVOLUTION. Examples here include issues around IT and data security, and the need to define common standards.
The integration theme is reflected both in the show’s exhibitions and displays and in its supporting program. Perhaps most notably of all, it will feature prominently at smartLAB, a showcase dedicated to the intelligent and integrated laboratories of the future.