Trustable robots to make new medicines: needs and opportunities

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TG relation: Analytical Laboratory Robotics 

Areas mainly addressed: Robotics and AI/Big Data Value, Autonomy, Collaborative Robots and cloud robotics, Regulation and Standardization for Robotics and AI 

Main questions to be answered: 

· What is still missing addressing the themes? (Contamination, Collaboration and Trustability) 

· Hurdles for uptake of robots in the lab 

· How to make the lab robots intuitive to operate? (not needing qualified roboticists or SW Engineers) 

WS Description: The usage of robotics in pharmaceutical and laboratory environments is still limited to specific processes and well-bounded manipulations such as liquid handling. Nevertheless, this application field presents several characteristics that should justify a broader use of robotics: operation repetitiveness, risky operations for human safety, well-defined processes, etc. 

The objective of this workshop, under the umbrella of the European project TraceBot, and the Topic Group on Laboratory Robotics is to bring together robotic scientists, pharmaceutic industrials, integrators and users to highlight the pharmaceutical expectations, and the technical and regulation challenges that should be addressed to foster the use of robotic solutions in the laboratory. 

Don’t miss out on checking below for information on Talk titles, abstracts and Speaker bios which make this workshop more attractive 🙂 

Intended outcome: Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical) 

Approach: • 00:00 – 00:05 (5 min): Workshop opening 

• 00:05 – 00:20 (15 min): Presentation 1 – Presenter: Brian Schebye (Novo Nordisk) – Title: Automation of sterility testing 

• 00:20 – 00:35 (15 min): Presentation 2 – Presenter: Christina Gerdes (Universal Robots) – Title: Keeping it clean: Universal Robots bringing automation to clean and sterile environments 

• 00:35 – 00:50 (15 min): Presentation 3 – Presenters: Kasper Stoy (ITU) and Søren Peter (DTI) – Presentation title: Innovation opportunities and academic challenges 

• 00:50 – 00:75 (25 min): Open discussion with panel and audience 

• 00:75 – 00:80 (5 min): Workshop closure and follow-up definition 

Please see below for ‘Speaker bios and Talk abstracts’ 

Contributors: Speaker bios: 

Novo Nordisk – Brian Schebye (External Collaboration & Contract Manager) 

Brian Schebye is currently external collaboration manager for Novo Nordisk, Denmark. In this role, he identify and deliver collaborative solutions to improve pharmaceutical manufacturing and manage relationships with professional organizations and other partners in the pharmaceutical industry. His specialties are robotics, robust engineering, AI and advanced inspection methods combined with a commercial background and advisory board/Board of Directors experience. 

Within Novo Nordisk, Brian has held various positions in business support, process optimization and as Director with responsibility for the financial management of Novo Nordisk’s fill-finish manufacturing of injectable drug products globally. 

Universal Robots (UR) – Christina Gerdes (Global Product Marketing) 

Christina Gerdes is a member of Universal Robots’ Global Product Marketing team, leveraging her Masters in Strategy & Organization MSc. and Bachelors in International Management B.A. to drive successful go-to-market pursuits. With 4+ years of experience at the company, she’s been an integral part of the Cobots into New Environments product team for the past year. Within the team, she combines her commercial knowledge with an understanding of pharmaceutical requirements to help deliver innovative solutions that meet customer needs. 

Universal Robots (UR) – Johannes Callø (Global Product Manager) 

Johannes Callø is the Global Product Manager for the Cobots into new environments team at Universal Robots. He holds a Master’s degree in Medical Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, providing him with a unique blend of technical and scientific expertise that is essential to the success of his team. With over 20 years of experience in the MedTech segment, Johannes together with his team is discovering the new market needs and drives product development for the Pharmaceutical and Laboratory segment. 

IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) – Prof. Kasper Stoy (Robotics Research) 

Kasper Stoy is a robotics and lab automation researcher holding a professor position at the Computer Science Department of the IT University of Copenhagen. He co-founded Universal Robots and in 2015 Flow Robotics. He is also an active player in the international robot research community and has published more than one hundred scientific papers. He holds a M.Sc. degree in computer science and physics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark (1999) and a Ph.D. degree in computer system engineering from the University of Southern Denmark (2003) 

Danish Technology Institute (DTI)- Søren Peter (Technology Manager) 

Søren has 30 years of experience in the industry with automation and robotics solution at end-users mainly in Europe. Solutions designed include special-machines, robotics, vision-systems, user-interfaces and integration to external systems. Søren is serving as proposal evaluator for the European Commission 

Further information: Talk Abstracts: 

Presentation 1 – Presenter: Brian Schebye (Novo Nordisk) – Title: Automation of sterility testing 

A lot of progress within automation of laboratories have been made in recent years, but manual procedures still dominate especially in a regu 


· Radhika Gudipati,, Ocado Technology 

· Patrick Courtney,, TEC-CONNECTION 

· AnthonyRemazeilles,, Tecnalia 

· Mikkel Olsen Labori,, Danish Technology Institute (DTI)

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Room K3 – Koncerthuset
15 March - Healthcare
Radhika Gudipati