After being forced online for the last two years, SLAS Europe was back with a bang in Dublin this year. And the Automata team was on the ground.
In between live demos of our lab automation solutions – and a pint of Guinness or two – we spoke with some of the individuals who are breaking ground in the lab automation space, and heard from a number of fascinating thought leaders about the industry today.
So, in this article, we’ve rounded up five of the (biggest) key trends we uncovered at the event.
1. Working from home: Finally made possible with automation?
One key discussion point at SLAS was the possibility of lab workers working remotely.
COVID-19 forced millions of jobs to go fully remote, highlighting the fact that many businesses, and even government departments, could be run from home offices and bedrooms.
However, labs – notoriously slow to digitise – did not tend to follow this trend.
At SLAS Europe, a number of speakers theorised that greater lab automation will make it possible for labs to move to this more flexible model of work. With new technology, such as sensors for humidity and temperature, supporting remote monitoring of assays, hybrid working will become a possibility for the labs of the future.