#PLA2020India Program: Foster Digital Revolution in your Lab

The Paperless Lab Academy® is the ideal learning platform for all companies that own a laboratory.  

Everything you always wanted to know about consolidating, integrating or simplifying laboratory data management processes.

Once again, we´re setting the stage for discussions on strategies and implementation of 21st-century technologies in your laboratory.

We offer an agile combination of future horizon views - already running in some industries - and tangible real cases on how to solve today’s concerns. 

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  • About the future of the laboratory within the industry 4.0: Artificial Intelligence 
  • Experiences during COVID situation:  IT Strategies
  • The relevance of mastering your data for efficient scientific data management
  • The reality of the #IoLT, Internet of Lab Things and #Ioi, Integration of instruments
  • FAIR principles, Data analytics 
  • Why archiving is the beginning and not the end of a solid #eDataLifeCycle
  • Practical sessions on Audit trails, Data Integrity, and new Compliance guides
  • Demystification of the Cloud-based solutions
  • How to successfully implement laboratory system solutions


Industries that significantly benefit from the Paperless Lab Academy® congress include: Pharmaceutical, Lab Services, Biotech, Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods, Cosmetic, Chemical, Oil & Gas 

People visiting us every year range from Laboratory Directors and Managers, Operational Excellence, IT Business Partners, QC, and QA Management, Research departments, and Manufacturing


Dec 1-3, 2020 


roberto castelnovo paperless lab academyPresenting: Isabel Muñoz-Willery Ph.D. & Roberto Castelnovo, owners & organizers at NL42 Consulting | Paperless Lab Academy® 

#Scientific Data Management #eData Life Cycle #Data Master Plan

Isabel and Roberto are entrepreneurial persons involved in paperless laboratory and quality processes projects. Coming from international managerial roles with strong domain knowledge in laboratory processes, laboratory automation, laboratory informatics, and project management, they launched their personal project, NL42 consulting,  by 2012.  Soon their own customers were asking for better visibility of the industry solutions and learn about the latest technological trends and best-recommended methodologies.

 The Paperless Lab Academy® has become the platform where to find the answers, about consolidating, integrating or simplifying laboratory data management processes.

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DEFINE YOUR OWN PATHWAY TO PAPERLESS QC LABORATORY: Lessons learned from an ongoing project

Sergio Nasi Paperless Lab AcademyPresenter: Sergio Nasi, Head of IT Operations Laboratory Execution at Boehringer-Ingelheim

#LabInformatics #Paperless Processes #Systems Interface #Pandemic Situation  

Sergio has been in the laboratory informatics business since year 2000 and worked predominantly in the Laboratory Information Management Systems domain ever since, in several companies and under various roles: developer, consultant, business analyst, project manager and team lead. Having a passion for cats and technology, Sergio thinks that an innovation-driven pharmaceutical corporation and top player in the Animal Health business just seems the right place to be.
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Presenter: Govi Sridharan Associate Director, Global Head of Pharma Technical Development Business Operations Informatics at Genentech

#Innovative Technology #Holistic approach to Data #BigData

Govi has move than 20 years experience in digital transformation and automation projects.

He's actually the Digital Transformation Enablement lead for global delivery of solutions using Google Cloud Platform for PTD organization.

>> see the abstract about conceptual architecture for digitalised laboratories


Zydus Cadila Paperless Lab AcademyPresenter: Vipul Doshi, President - Group Quality Assurance and Regulatory at Zydus Cadila

#Digital Journey #Data Insights #Business Intelligence #Scalable Productivity

Mr. Vipul Doshi is the President - Group Quality Assurance and Regulatory at Zydus Cadila. He is an accomplished pharmaceutical professional serving the Pharmaceutical Industry from more than three decades. He has led the Quality and Regulatory affairs function in various Pharma Companies of high credentials. Throughout his career he has provided passionate global leadership and pioneered in guiding the company to meet the Global Regulatory, Quality Standards and Compliance requirements.
He is a leading advocate for Global Competitiveness and instrumental in due diligence for various acquisitions and mergers. He possesses great expertise in Projects and Engineering for developing Infrastructures for APIs and Drug Products (Sterile and Non-Sterile). He is actively involved with various professional associations like ISPE/PDA/AAM.

>> see more about building a robust paperless laboratory with integrated quality approach 


andreas Steinle roche diagnosticsAndreas Steinle, Manager Digital Solution at Roche Diagnostics GmbH

#Case Study #Data Transfer #FAIR principles #SCRUM #Cloud #GXP

Andreas Steinle is accountable for digital transformation in the analytic department of Roche Pharmaceuticals Technical Development Europa since early 2018.
Between 2005 to 2017, Andreas was head of the group “Analytical Systems” with the responsibility for support of validation of analytical systems and laboratory equipment (pH Meter, HPLC, LIMS, Archiving, etc.) in Roche Pharma Biotech Production in Penzberg.
In addition in this role he he was also responsible for the integration of laboratory equipments into enterprise systems and the representation to health authorities.

>> see the abstract about Unlock your analytical instrument data for data science 

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Presenter: Ms. Preeti Gaonkar, SEAP Quality Excellence Manager at SGS India Private Limited

#User Case #Quality Management System #Cloud #Electronic Workflows

In her 20+ years’ pharma quality experience, Ms. Preeti Gaonkar has worked for Indian / Multinational pharma giants.
She has a vast experience in Pharmaceutical Quality Control and Quality Assurance systems related to various regulated / non-regulated and ISO requirement

Lloyd Colegrove Dow ChemicalsPresenter: Dr. Lloyd F. Colegrove, Director of Data Services at Dow Chemical

#Industry4.0 #Artificial Intelligence #Digital Transformation Strategy #Change Management 

Lloyd F. Colegrove recently retired as the Director of Data Services and the Director of Fundamental Problem Solving within Manufacturing and Engineering. He was also the Analytics Platform Director for Dow’s Manufacturing and Engineering’s Industry 4.0 program. Lloyd’s background is in Chemical Physics where he obtained a B.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He spent 7 years in Polymer Research in Dow (R&D and TS&D) before moving into Manufacturing in an Analytical Improvement role and then a Quality Leader for five Dow businesses before moving to help establish a new capability called Fundamental Problem Solving, where top chemists and engineers work on complex, often multi-effect, plant problems. With this established, he refocused his efforts working to establish the data initiatives that support this work. Lloyd is married with two daughters and is an avid cyclist, hiker and landscaper.

>> see more about Digital Transformation in the Chemical Industry. The Devil's in the Details.

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Presenter: Mr. Dinu Abraham, Senior Manager – Information Technology at Lupin Limited 

#R&D  #Driving Innovation

Over 15 years of thought leadership expertise in effectively partnering with the business, stakeholders and product development team to manage large scale Global IT Transformation / Digitization Programs in Highly Regulated Environment– Implementation of GxP Applications, IT Business Applications (cGMP / GxP Software, SOX & other commercials applications) Portfolio Management, CSV Lifecycle / Program Quality Management, Business Process Re-engineering, QC Lab & Mfg. Shop floor Automation, Setting up of CoE, Product Development/Enhancement.

>> see the abstract: Digital Platform for R&D

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bigfinite toni manzanoPresenter: Toni Manzano, Chief Science Officer, R&D Director and Co-founder at Bigfinite

#Artificial Intelligence #Big Data #DataAnalytics #Statistics #NewRegulations

Toni is the co-founder and CSO of Bigfinite, a cloud company that provides big data and AI SaaS platform for the Biotech and Pharma industry. He is also member of the scientific committee of the PDA Europe, Lead of the AI in Operations team for the AI Xavier University and teaches AI subjects at the University (UAB), member of the Science Experts in the Spanish Parliament on big data and artificial intelligence topic. He has written numerous articles in the Pharma field and holds a dozen international patents related to the encryption, transmission, storage and processing of large volumes of data for regulated environments in the cloud.

Toni is Physicist, Master in Information and Knowledge Society and post graduated in quality systems for manufacturing and research pharmaceutical processes.

>> see the abstract: Data Centricity - What is behind the AI implementation in Pharma

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Planning the Next Move – How to Become Future Ready with Integrated Quality Management

#Quality Management #Roadmap Digital Transformation


Presenting: Sumanth Chinta, LIMS Subject Matter Expert, Head of Presales at Caliber Technologies
Sumanth Chinta has been working in Caliber for more than 13 years, having the opportunity to work with major industry leaders in the Pharmaceutical, Petrochemical and Life Science industry in the USA, UK, Singapore, and India. There he has taken up multiple roles that have given him the opportunity to implement and perform technical pre-sales and sales of ‘Laboratory Informatic Systems’ across the globe.

>> see the abstract of Caliber Workshop: How to Become Future Ready with Integrated Quality Management


Dassault systèmes biovia logoDigital Continuity and Documented Compliance with BIOVIA ONE Lab

#Innovation #Harmonisation #Standardisation

Presenting: Dennis Curran, Director – Product Management, Unified Laboratory Management at Biovia 
Dennis Curran is the Portfolio Lead of the Experimental Decisions Group for Dassault Systemes BIOVIA and is focused on the integration of BIOVIA products into customer solutions for scientific research and development. The areas of product responsibilities include BIOVIA Laboratory Solutions and mapping the product transition to 3DEXPERIENCE. Mr. Curran has direct pharmaceutical experience while running the robotics laboratories for Parke-Davis’s Analytical Development department in New Jersey.

>> see the abstract of  Dassault Systèmes Workshop: Digital Continuity and Documented Compliance with BIOVIA ONE Lab


Waters paperless lab academyDurable Data – Securing Your Instrument Data

#Data Capture #Data Protection #Scientific Data Management system


Presenting: Charlie Wakeham, APAC GxP Compliance Manager at Waters Corporation 
Charlie Wakeham has more than 20 years of industry experience developing and validating computerised systems for regulated production and laboratory environments. As Waters Corporation’s GxP Compliance Manager, she provides practical and pragmatic computerised systems validation assistance and data integrity consultancy to regulated companies implementing Laboratory Informatics in Asia Pacific (APAC) countries.

>> see the abstract of Waters Workshop: durable data - securing your instrument data


thermofisher paperless lab academyThe Connected lab – How digital transformation is changing the way we do science

#Integrated Ecosystem #Productivity #Efficiency #Connectivity

Presenting: Sudhakar Kasturi, Senior Product Specialist and Digital Science at Thermo Fisher 
Sudhakar Kasturi is a business leader with 25 years of broad based experience in Life sciences, Petroleum, Food Safety, Chemical, environmental , basic research, analytical and laboratory industries with a strong track record of success in consistently delivering robust sustainable profitable sales growth.

>> see the abstract of  Thermo FisherWorkshop: The Connected lab



Digital Solutions to meet Data Integrity & Compliance

#Data Integrity 

Presenting: Mukunth Venkatesan, CEO at Agaram Technologies 
Mukunth Venkatesan started his career as a bio-medical instrumentation engineer.
He joined Agaram group 26 years back to lead the analytical instrumentation and R&D division for manufacturing HPLCs in India.
Mukunth moved on to establish a software development team for instrumentation. Once he cut his teeth in instrument software development, the next logical step was to start developing “Laboratory Informatics” software.

>> see the abstract of Agaram Workshop: Digital Solution to meet Data Integrity and Compliance


LONZA PAPERLESS LAB ACADEMYMODATM  is a comprehensive platform for environmental, utility and product monitoring, combining automated scheduling, workflows, mobile data acquisition, device integration, and visual analytics.

It eliminates paper-based monitoring and testing that can be expensive, error-prone, time and labor- intensive, therefore enhancing Data Integrity, reducing timelines and potentially saving clients QC costs.


Bob McDowall Paperless Lab AcademyPresenter: Bob McDowall,  director at R D McDowall Limited

#Chromatography #CDS #LIMS #ELN 

An analytical chemist with over 45 years’ experience including 15 years working in the pharmaceutical industry and over 25 years working for the industry as a consultant.  Bob has been involved with automating analytical laboratories since 1980 and was an early implementer of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Bob is an auditor and he has been involved with the validation of computerized systems for over 30 years and is the author of books on the Validation of Chromatography Data Systems (two editions 2005 and 2017) and in 2019 published his book on Data Integrity and Data Governance - Practical Implementation in  Regulated Laboratories.

>> see abstract  about if spreadsheets are a fast track to regulatory non compliance 



Mark Newton at Paperless Lab AcademyPresenter: Mark Newton, Principal at Heartland QA

#Data Integrity #Metadata #Chromatography 

Mark is an independent consultant who specialises in data integrity, laboratory informatics, computer systems validation, and Quality. He has 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in QC Labs, computer systems validation and lab informatics at Eli Lilly. Mark co-lead Eli Lilly’s data integrity remediation program for QC Labs worldwide in 2012, consulted and audited several Lilly sites preparing for data-integrity focused inspections.
Mark is a co-leader for the GAMP Data Integrity Special Interest Group and Chair of ISPE Global Documents Committee.
Co-author of "Harmonizing USP <1058> and GAMP for Analytical Instrument Qualification"  Schuessler, Newton, Smith, Burgess, McDowall. Pharm. Engineering, Jan/Feb 2014
Co-editor of the GAMP Good Practice Guide "A Risk-Based Approach to Compliant Computerized Laboratory Systems" Nov. 2012.

>> see the abstract about data forensic: from data to truth 


Vipul Krishan YamdagniPresenter: Vipul Krishan Yamdagni, Independent GMP consultant and advisor 

#Systems Integration #Digitalised Processes #Scientific Data management

Vipul Krishan Yamdagni is a seasoned Quality Assurance professional with a strong analytical frame of mind and a result-oriented approach.

He has spent over 34 years in the industry with major Indian pharma organizations like, Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Morepen Laboratories, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Ranbaxy Laboratories, Sun Pharmaceuticals and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals holding strategic leadership positions.

>> see the abstract about Digital Pharma Laboratory - challenge | opportunity | way forward 


rik pepermans paperless lab academyPresenter Rik Pepermans, consultant (ex- IT Innovation Lead, R&D IT Evangelist at Unilever)

#Research #Automation #Standardisation 

Rik Pepermans worked 30 years for Unilever, first a researcher and R&D manager, and later as IT manager for R&D, driven by the vision of a digitalised research function. His combined experience in R&D and IT prepared him to shape the digital transformation of Unilever R&D. His perseverance as a matchmaker between R&D and IT earned him the nickname “R&D IT Evangelist”. In 2019 he founded Rik Pepermans Consulting and he works now with the digital transformation leaders of other R&D organisations.

Presenter: Albert Almajano, Chief Information officer at Grupo Indukern

#Digital Strategy #Lockdown #IT Business partners #Change Management

Albert is an experienced Area Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Skilled in IT/DigitalStrategy, Business Strategy, Negotiation, Digital Transformation, and Team leadership. Strong information technology professional graduated from ESADE Business & Law School and IESE.

Albert is also a teacher at La Salle Campus Barcelona, contributing to the Masters of Information Technology Management and eHealth.

>> see abstract about Roadmap to Digitalisation with Success

*agenda subject to changes