Lab Innovations 2019

Simplifying clinical lab procurement at the UK’s only lab-dedicated showcase

Lab Innovations will return to the NEC, Birmingham, for its 8th successive year on 30-31 October 2019. As the UK’s only trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry, it is supported by many of the UK’s leading scientific institutions, including the RSC, UKAS and the Science Council. Following the show’s increasing popularity, Lab Innovations 2019 will be 10% bigger this year, with more healthcare-related exhibitors and visitors from the NHS, and offering more product launches, innovation and opportunities for networking than ever before.

The event is all about the business of the laboratory with almost 80% of the 3,000+ attendees involved in the purchasing products and services. Last year saw a 43% increase in lab managers, a 53% increase in lab technicians, and an impressive 125% more procurement managers.

Key scientific and healthcare companies and institutions

Over 160 leading science and healthcare suppliers such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, SLS, Kimberley-Clark Professional, Labcold, Veolia Water Technologies, Haier Biomedical, Contained Air Solutions and MP Biomedicals are among the many suppliers and manufacturers exhibiting in 2019. All will be presenting cutting-edge equipment and services such as specialist training, recruitment and logistical support, applicable to a broad spectrum of industries, including diagnostics, healthcare and life sciences.

Education and CPD points

Lab Innovations offers many CPD-accredited educational opportunities, enabling visitors to earn CPD points when they visit the show. The Perkin Elmer-sponsored “Insights and Innovations” theatre will once again be organised by Laboratory News, providing insight into the latest discoveries and discussing best practices and day-to-day challenges in the lab. This year the Royal Society of Chemistry will celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table in its dedicated theatre and several related networking events.

Novel laboratory and cleanroom products

The Cleanroom Hub, in collaboration with Cleanroom Technology, will provide a dedicated zone for suppliers of cleanroom equipment. It incorporates a seminar pod with educational presentations for cleanroom professionals, a networking lounge and dedicated exhibitor pavilion. The significant increase in cleanroom attendees in 2018 demonstrates the clear demand for products and information relating to the cleanroom, and this zone is set to create another buzz at Lab Innovations 2019.

First-time exhibitors will showcase products never seen before at Lab Innovations in the adjacent “Lab News Village”. Additionally, the well-received SLS pavilion is almost a third larger, showcasing 20 partners of the UK’s largest independent supplier of laboratory equipment, chemicals and consumables.

Major focus on sustainability

Lab Innovations is guided by an Advisory Board which steers conference topics and helps to shape the event. Composed of representatives from scientific institutes, suppliers and publications, the Advisory Board meets regularly to consider industry challenges and trends, and with sustainability high on the UK agenda, the ‘Sustainable Laboratory’ will return for 2019. Here visitors will be shown how improvements in technology, procurement and best practice can reduce running costs whilst safeguarding the science.

Attendees will be able to speak with leading UK universities and institutions on how they are using ‘green’ equipment and processes to achieve sustainable results. Commenting on her visit last year, Carolyn Jones, Lab Manager, University of Birmingham said: “I’m very interested in the sustainability side of things and looking at what people are doing to reduce their carbon footprint. It’s good to see all equipment out and working on the stands, from all the big companies as well as smaller start-up companies. It’s been a good day out and well worth attending. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone with a budget to spend.”

Enhanced networking opportunities

Building on its reputation as the leading meeting place for laboratory professionals, procurement managers and suppliers, Lab Innovations 2019 will now feature the Lab Connect online meeting planner to ensure productive B2B matchmaking. This free-to-use service, will provide visitors and exhibitors with the opportunity to pre-arrange meaningful meetings with exactly the right companies or attendees for their needs, ensuring an even more productive visit.

Phil Ellis, Equipment Services Manager, Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus Ltd summed up his visit to Lab Innovations 2018, and the importance of making connections: “This is the first time I have attended Lab Innovations and I have ended up coming both days due to the amount of connections we were making. Besides networking, Lab Innovations has given me the opportunity to keep up-to-date as the entire market is here. I will definitely come again.” From an exhibitor’s perspective Jacqueline Balian, GAMBICA’s Head of Laboratory Technology Sector, added: “GAMBICA has exhibited at Lab Innovations since the start. We find it one of the most effective events for connecting our members with purchasers and distributors.”

Save the date: 30-31 October 2019, NEC, Birmingham.

Oct 30 2019 to Oct 31 2019
NEC, Birmingham

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Simplifying clinical lab procurement at the UK’s only lab-dedicated showcase