Lab Innovation & Excellence (Labs) 2019

22 - 23 Oct 2019Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland

Agenda

SHAPING NEW ZEALAND'S SCIENCE INDUSTRY: TRENDS AND OUTLOOK
8.30
Coffee & registration
8.50
Opening remarks from the Chair
9.00
Opening keynote: Developing New Zealand’s science industry and the role laboratories play in this sector
  • Understanding where New Zealand’s science industry sits globally
  • Fostering New Zealand’s potential for innovation within the science industry
  • Highlighting the trends that is shaping New Zealand’s science industry
  • Enabling greater engagement between the research and labs industries
Prof. Gary Evans, Chief Science Advisor, MBIE
9.50
International keynote: Designing the lab of the future | The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute was awarded the 2017 Laboratory Award of the year recognising and commending their lab design. In this session, Nick Carter, will discuss the approach taken to design their innovative laboratory. 

  • Encouraging a highly collaborative environment within the lab – how did The Francis Crick Institute achieve this 
  • Showcasing the role technologies play in the design 

Nick Carter will be joining us live from the UK and delivering a video presentation

Nick Carter, Director of Facilities and Infrastructure, The Francis Crick Institute
10.20
Case study: University of Auckland Science building

The University of Auckland Science building reconstruction has been increasingly recognised in recent times. As part of the build, new lab spaces were designed to encourage collaboration.

  • Designing a collaborative space between research professionals and lab professionals – how has the new build enhanced this
  • Discussing the features of a lab – how are these improving efficiencies
Roger Lins, Strategic Project Manager, Faculty of Science & University of Auckland
James Mooney, Principal, Architectus
11.00
Morning break
Innovation and entrepreneurship within the laboratory industry
  • Shedding insight into the innovation opportunities available in New Zealand’s laboratory industry
  • Understanding the link between innovation and research and development
  • How is innovation driving the growth of New Zealand’s laboratory industry?
Dr Zahra Champion, Executive Director, BIOTechNZ
12.10
Thought leaders’ panel: An in-depth discussion on laboratories in NZ and globally

This session follows on from the morning’s topics putting forward thought leaders to continue the discussion on research, innovation, technology and sustainability within the laboratory industry in New Zealand.

Prof. Gary Evans, Chief Science Advisor, MBIE
Dr Zahra Champion, Executive Director, BIOTechNZ
Roger Lins, Strategic Project Manager, Faculty of Science & University of Auckland
James Mooney, Principal, Architectus
12.50
Lunch
1.45
IMPROVING EFFICIENCIES IN LABORATORIES
Murray Robinson, Lead of Speciality, Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics, Pathlab
1.50
Machines don’t rest but they do wee | Use of automation at Pathlab
  • Increasing workload and centralisation meant the existing system was no longer suitable - how to best accommodate the changing work environment? Planning the processes and tasks that require automation
  • Implementation and workflow logistics are never quite as you expect. How to refine and develop the new work environment?
  • There is always something new on the horizon. Keeping an open mind, seek the best, and embrace change
Murray Robinson, Lead of Speciality, Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics, Pathlab
2.30
The importance of well-planned gas reticulation line installation for new laboratories | Coregas Australia
  • Compressed gas or cryogenic liquids
  • The need for good leak tightness to avoid air contamination in the gas line
  • Choice of gas delivery system for uninterrupted gas supply
  • Auto gas re-ordering with telemetry system
Victor Chim, Market Manager - Speciality Gases, Coregas Australia
3.10
Afternoon break
3.40
Micro 3D printing for new high value opportunities | Callaghan Innovation
  • A unique new technology to 3D print the very small
  • Rapid prototyping of complex miniature devices
Andrea Bubendorfer, Principal Scientist and Team Leader Molecular Sensing and Microfabrication, Callaghan Innovation
4.20
Change leadership: implementing new process in laboratories the right way
  • Showcasing meaningful workforce engagement and consultation
  • Change management strategies that work
  • What should be avoided when implementing change?
  • Measuring the effectives of change management throughout the process
Darcy Mellsop, Director, ci lab
5.00
Closing remarks from the Chair and Networking drinks
8.55
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK INTO HSNO FIR THE LABORATORY INDUSTRY IN NEW ZEALAND
Welcome back from the Chair
9.10
Decrypting part 18 of the Health & Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017

Part 18 of the Health & Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations, focusses specifically on laboratories in New Zealand. In this session, WorkSafe will break-down and discuss its application for laboratories.

  • Studying part 18 of the Health & Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations and what this means for lab professionals
  • Managing processes through the supply chain to ensure practices are in alignment with the regulation
Anne Forsyth, Hazardous Substances Technical Specialist, WorkSafe
9.50
Practical applications of part 18 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017
  • Understanding how to apply part 18 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 in your lab
  • Highlighting what the laboratories are struggling with and solutions to overcome these
  • Key takeaways that can be implemented in laboratories immediately
Jaime MacDonald, Occupational Health and Safety Advisory, Auckland District Health Board
10.20
Life in the lab under a quality environment - the ups and the downs
Jane Martin, Senior Laboratory Technical Officer, Plant Health & Environment & Ministry for Primary Industries
Morning break
11.25
HEALTH AND SAFETY AND WELL-BEING IN LABS
11.30
Are you managing the risks when it comes to new technology?
  • Looking into recent and new emerging technology and understanding what the risks associated with it are
  • Providing answers and the tools that can be used to reduce the risks using both traditional methods as well as new methods such as occupational exposure banding
  • Highlighting risks from new substances, bioenergy, energy applications of biotechnology and nanomaterials and more
Derek Miller, Consultancy, Miller Hygiene Consultancy
12.10
Laboratory equipment and operation: risk, and ISO and IEC standards
  • Understanding the standards development process
  • New Zealand involvement in the process
  • Testing or calibration laboratories versus medical laboratories
  • Laboratory risk, including human factors: its assessment and management
Chris Peace, Principal Consultant, Risk Management Ltd
12.50
Lunch break
The importance of ‘basic’ lab skills: a look into liquid handling and ISO 8655
  • Overview of why it is critical not to overlook ‘basic’ and assumed experimental technique
  • Helping technicians understand the importance of liquid handling
  • An in-depth look into ISO 8655 – what do you need to know?
  • Implementing methods to improve liquid handling skills in the lab
Alexandra Medway, Technical Specialist, MICRONZ
2.30
Case study: Implementing a well-being program for laboratory staff | Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Championing a well-being program to advocate for lab professionals’ health – how is Fisher & Paykel Healthcare achieving this?
  • Highlighting improvements in efficiencies and delivery of tasks
Prudence Murray, Process Manager - Clinical & Post Market Surveillance, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
3.10
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Conference
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