24 - 25 July, 2018 | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Day Two: Thursday 25th July, 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee and Registration


Tom Olma

Acting Pathology West and Rural Microbiology Discipline Scientist, In–charge of Core Microbiology, ICPMR
Westmead, NSW Health Pathology

9:10 am - 9:50 am INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Case Study: How Syngenta is Bringing Research and Digital Together to Enhance Innovation

Brandon Dohman, Digital Innovation Lab Lead- US,Syngenta
By bringing a research-based approach to digital development, Syngenta has been able to produce tools more in line with customer needs in a faster, more agile fashion. At Syngenta’s Digital Lab, lean startup methodologies and design thinking are critical to success. In this session, Brandon will detail how to derive benefits through design thinking and lean methodologies within a scientific workplace:

  • The seed idea: What was the initial catalyst for the change and have the imagined benefits been realized?
  • The process of change: How were these significant changes to operations successfully made?
  • The outcomes: What have been the results of adjusting the culture and thought surrounding employee experience, product, and customer?

Brandon Dohman

Digital Innovation Lab Lead- US

9:50 am - 10:30 am Did we win the Trifecta? -A Case Study from SA Pathology’s Automated Laboratory

Tim Boyle, Leader- Business Development,Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

In 2017/18 SA Pathology had the trifecta of a new hospital /laboratory; new equipment and new Laboratory Information System.  With dreams and plans it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to marry all three major components into a modern diagnostic pathology service leveraging the best of all three components to meet the demands of both public and private clients.  This session will provide the opportunity for conversation around what was expected, what was delivered and what were the pitfalls in the trifecta situation:
·Planning a laboratory – what you need is not always what you get.  A brief case study on the process, the issues and the outcomes.
·What should be considered to ensure you get the best out of your selected instruments.  Did we miss anything?
·How about a new LIS to improve workflow and efficiency?  Was it delivered?
·Did the trifecta come home??

Tim Boyle

Leader- Business Development
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea

11:00 am - 11:40 am Leading Lab Innovation by Maximising Data Value and Digitised Systems for Enhanced Innovation, Productivity and Accuracy of Testing

Robyn Woodburn, Head of Laboratories,Melbourne Pathology
As we move into the age of automation and digitization, laboratory throughput and hence, the amount of data generated has increased at exponential rates. Large data sets are an opportunity to observe and predict trends which could hold the key to refreshing your laboratory processes and services to clients. In this session Robyn will share her experiences in data transformation from a pathology lab perspective:

  • Setting a clear strategic map for data collection: implementing a timeline approach which enables benchmarking and the system to be responsive
  • Developing practical process review of your current processes to ensure they are current and relevant
  • Use of electronic devices and digitised systems for efficient, safe and systematic data review and storage

Robyn Woodburn

Head of Laboratories
Melbourne Pathology

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Case Study: Physical Positioning to Increase Stakeholder Interaction and Enhance Productivity and Innovation

Tim Boyle, Leader- Business Development,Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
ANSTO is a unique facility, not only does it contain Australia’s only nuclear reactor but is also the custodian of Australia’s major landmark research infrastructure for the benefit of all Australian’s. As a modern science and technology organisation with both research and commercial operations, ANSTO is a great example of the collaborative and innovative benefits derived from the colocation of research and business endeavors. In this session Tim will share how ANSTO plans to scale upon these benefits to business and innovation through the establishment of the ANSTO Innovation Precinct:

  • Milestones in the journey so far: how collaboration has positively influenced research, individuals and ANSTO
  • How increased collaboration and innovation has shaped business
  • The path ahead: crowding in students and business to collocate with ANSTO

Tim Boyle

Leader- Business Development
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Integrating a Lab Information Management System using web services

Stephen Pratt, Assistant Director- Enterprise Surveillance Project,Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
When the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) decided to install a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), it was apparent that it would have to interact with a variety of business areas and information systems, ranging from modern mobile systems to spreadsheets or pieces of paper, with large legacy mainframe systems in between. As part of its IT modernisation strategy, DAWR selected a commercial off-the-shelf system that could be rapidly configured and integrated as a discrete system that could communicate consistently. Three main challenges were faced:

  • To describe samples gathered during biosecurity operations at the border and throughout the country so that they could be identified in our labs.
  • To supply the results for information and decision by departmental business areas
  • To consistently name organisms without creating our own taxonomic reference system, which would be costly to maintain and likely to be inconsistent.

These problems were solved by building an applications programming interface (API) that uses web services. Departmental systems can log samples with full metadata descriptions, saving time in the lab. Our scientists can rapidly assign names to specimens using a standalone taxonomic reference system, named "TaxaaS" (Taxonomy as a Service). These results can be shared with other systems, which can also refer to TaxaaS for their own purposes.

In this session, Stephen will share insights gained from designing and testing the LIMS interfaces:

  • Understand the ways that information will flow in and out of the LIMS, both in the real world and electronically
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel: use established data standards and work within the capabilities of the LIMS.
  • Keep it simple, and document the interfaces, both for technical reference and to describe business rules and workflows, so that everyone can understand the system.

Stephen Pratt

Assistant Director- Enterprise Surveillance Project
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study: Introducing a LIMS System Into The Laboratory for Improved Communication and Productivity

Pieter Swanepoel, Business Unit Manager,Eurofins |ams
LIMS systems have the ability to connect all facets of the lab, track work and progress and manage data: they have huge potential to improve lab-wide functioning across a broad range of industries and laboratory types. There are, however, significant considerations and challenges in implementing such a system. In this session Pieter will detail the process of implementing a LIMS at BioVet :

  • Preparing staff and current systems for a smooth transition to LIMS system
  • Managing the transition: approaching change in a step by step fashion for maximum success
  • Troubleshooting problems early on: attaining the capabilities for early detection and intervention of issues

Pieter Swanepoel

Business Unit Manager
Eurofins |ams

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Afternoon Tea

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Effective Management of Equipment Across a Large Research Organisation to Maximise ROI and Enhance Productivity

Mathew Wilson, Scientific Equipment Specialist,Garvan Institute
At the Garvan Institute hundreds of researchers operate within nine different divisions. Mathew’s role as the Scientific Equipment specialist is to assess the need for equipment across the institution and ensure it is available to the people who need it, when they need it, resulting in an operation which runs as efficiently as possible. In this session Mathew will explain:

  • Strategies put in place to ascertain the needs of the researchers
  • How this role has improved operations within Garvan and new opportunities which have stemmed from this
  • Managing communications with and between multiple labs and professionals

Mathew Wilson

Scientific Equipment Specialist
Garvan Institute

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm What’s Brilliant and BRIGHT at the Australian Synchrotron

Dr Michael James, Senior Principal Scientist,Australian Synchrotron

The 3 GeV Australian Synchrotron is an electron
accelerator that generates relativistic packets of
electrons to produce brilliant beams of infrared and
X-ray light for use in a vast array of scientific research.
The Australian Synchrotron is one of Australia’s premier
research facilities and represents one of the biggest
single investments in scientific excellence in the nation’s
history. Following its operation on behalf of the State
of Victoria, the Australian Synchrotron is now owned
and operated as part of the Australian Nuclear Science
and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
The Australian Synchrotron has become an integral
part of the Australian and New Zealand research
landscape. The facility has now supported over 42,000
user visits to its 10 operational beamlines, resulting in
scientific research that has already had a significant
and lasting impact. The facility generates more than
500 peer reviewed journal articles annually, with 20%
appearing in the world’s leading journals. Moving to
Commonwealth operation has enabled the substantial
refurbishment of our existing suite of beamlines and
accelerator systems. In this presentation:
 How refurbishment facilitated the development
of high-throughput measurements and associated
computing and data analysis workflows; leading
to increased capacity, new capabilities, improved
sensitivity, and new approaches to learning and
scientific collaboration
 Some of the major, recent development projects
at the Australian Synchrotron; detailing the
capabilities and activities of several of the current
suite of operational beamlines
 Looking forward to the expansion of the Australian
Synchrotron, called the “BRIGHT” program
which will include the development of eight new
beamlines and will deliver a substantial set of new
beamline capabilities to complement the existing

Dr Michael James

Senior Principal Scientist
Australian Synchrotron

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm Closing remarks from Conference Chairperson

4:40 pm - 4:40 pm Close of Conference