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LABVOLUTION to show trends in lab technology

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2017-01-18

LABVOLUTION/BIOTECHNICA 2017, the European trade fair for the full spectrum of laboratory technology, is primed to prove the aptness of its new course in spring. Following a series of far-reaching changes, the trade fair will take place at a new time (16 to 18 May 2017), in a new hall (Hall 19/20), with a new profile.

 - At the LABVOLUTION /BIOTECHNICA 2017 innovative laboratory equipment will be presented.
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At the LABVOLUTION /BIOTECHNICA 2017 innovative laboratory equipment will be presented.

And it includes BIOTECHNICA – the established life sciences event. "We took a radical and courageous step in creating this new trade fair," stated Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board. "The essential element is that we have now become interesting to a much larger circle of industries. We are the lab platform for analytical chemistry, life sciences – including biotechnology, but also pharmaceuticals and medical technology – plus food technology and environmental technology. This applies equally to industry and research/science."

The BIOTECHNICA life sciences event will continue to be an industry networking hub for anyone interested in biotechnology and the life sciences. Apart from the products and solutions on display at exhibitor stands, the following topics will be highlighted: laboratory workflows, lab automation and lab robotics, the integrated lab (Lab 4.0) as well as digitalization and big data.

smartLAB sets new standards

Under the organizational supervision of the Institute for Technical Chemistry at the Leibniz University of Hannover, a total of 11 partners from industry and research will contribute to the intelligent "lab of the future" showcase. A special highlight will consist of live, daily use-case demonstrations from the fields of biotechnology, environmental engineering and food technology. Equipment being added to the smartLAB program for the first time in 2017 includes an interactive dispenser, a QR code scanner and a 3-D printer which works on the basis of selective laser sintering (SLS).

Advantages of 3D printing

Staged parallel to LABVOLUTION, the "3-D Printing in Science" international conference organized by the British SelectBio organization will likewise focus on the topic of 3-D printing. The focus of the conference, which runs from 16 to 17 May in the conference area of Hall 19/20, includes cell sourcing, bioprinting, biomaterials, scaffolding, immunology and toxicology.

From synthetic biology to live cell imaging

Dr. Peter Quick, Vice-chairperson of the Life Science Research dept. in the VDGH association of the diagnostics industry, of which he is also an executive board member, reported on the latest trends and developments in the life sciences. "LSR companies are partners to the research industry, as we produce the products that facilitate new research findings," he stated. "As drivers of the value chain – from basic research and the myriad fields of applied research to in vitro diagnostics and personalized medicine – LSR companies develop and manufacture tools, solutions and technology platforms. The year 2017 will be influenced by synthetic biology, NGS, cell-free DNA analysis and data analytics, live cell imaging, high-resolution microscopy, cell-based real time assays, 3-D cell cultures, bispecific antibodies, MS bioanalysis and lab automation. As a result, we will continue to see the further development and refinement of laboratory environments and, by working together with the LSR companies in the VDGH diagnostics industry association, LABVOLUTION can make these trends tangible."

Industrial applications for renewable raw materials

Also, the industrial use of renewable raw materials is a key action field in Germany's national bio-economics research strategy for 2030. One reason is that the use of renewable raw materials has a high potential for innovative new technologies and products.  

LABVOLUTION + BIOTECHNICA

The next LABVOLUTION and BIOTECHNICA double-header event takes place from 16 to 18 May 2017 in Hannover, Germany. LABVOLUTION is an international fair for innovative lab equipment and laboratory workflow optimization. It showcases all aspects of laboratory work, from the life sciences to analytical chemistry. The exhibition program covers 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 is held right alongside BIOTECHNICA – an important showcase for research institutes and commercial enterprises in the biotech industry. BIOTECHNICA also has a strong focus on knowledge transfer, innovation, networking, recruitment and startups. LABVOLUTION and BIOTECHNICA are being staged in Hall 19/20 (immediately adjacent to the North 1 entrance).