Hannover. Just one year on from its debut, LABVOLUTION’s smartLAB showcase has already established its credentials as a leading window on the high-tech future of laboratory technology. It has also spawned a Germany-wide cluster of companies – the smartLAB Innovation Network. Part of the German government’s SME Central Innovation Program (ZIM), the cluster already comprises over 20 companies and research institutions. This level of uptake is further testimony to smartLAB’s outstanding success as a recognized innovation hub. Next year’s LABVOLUTION, which is co-staged with the BIOTECHNICA life sciences show from 16 to 18 May in Hannover, Germany, will once again feature the special smartLAB display of future-defining digital laboratory technologies. smartLAB 2017 will be developed jointly by a high-power group of organizations from industry, science and research and will include a fully functional next-generation "Laboratory 4.0" lab, complete with augmented reality, robotics and intelligent surface solutions.

The list of partners for smartLAB 2017 has now been finalized. It comprises the following companies and institutions: Bionic Robotics, Eppendorf, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Fraunhofer IPA), iTiZZiMO, Köttermann, labfolder, LUPYLED, PreSens Precision Sensing, Sartorius, Schmidt + Haensch and Zühlke Engineering. The Institute of Technical Chemistry at the Leibniz University of Hannover will once again head the joint initiative. The showcase will also receive funding support from the Lower Saxony Economic Affairs and Science ministries. Next year’s "smartLAB – the intelligent lab of the future" showcase will feature live demonstrations of a fully functional high-tech laboratory, a supporting forum program and plenty of networking events.


The next LABVOLUTION and BIOTECHNICA double-header event takes place from 16 to 18 May 2017 in Hannover, Germany. LABVOLUTION documents all aspects of laboratory work – from life sciences to analytical chemistry. The exhibits cover the full spectrum of equipment and infrastructure for research, analysis, production and training laboratories in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology/life sciences, environmental protection and food sectors. LABVOLUTION will be staged alongside BIOTECHNICA, the No. 1 showcase for the work of scientific institutions and commercial enterprises in the biotech industry. BIOTECHNICA also has a strong focus on knowledge transfer, innovation, networking, recruitment and startups. LABVOLUTION + BIOTECHNICA is staged in Hall 2, and a single ticket is valid for admission to both shows.