Bridging Science and Business

Vivo Group

"Improving Lab Productivity"

Free Conference: Seminars, Exhibits & Networking
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Cambridge Marriott, Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway, Cambridge MA

Please join us for the first ever Lab Productivity Micro-conference where seminars and exhibits will feature ways to help make the laboratory more efficient and compliant.

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FREE! There is no cost to attend. This event is open only to employees of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.


5:30-6:30 pm - Networking, Exhibits, Hors d'oeuvres & Cocktails
6:30-7:00 pm - Keynote speaker
7:00-8:00 pm - Six 20 minute seminars in two tracks 
8:00-9:00 pm - Networking and Exhibits

Keynote Address
Strategic Leadership Increases R&D Productivity 
Gwen Acton, PhD, CEO, Vivo Group
Life science companies require technically trained experts and business professionals to work together productively. But lab scientists and management often have different priorities and training, and can experience trouble understanding one another. Strategic leadership is therefore essential to effectively navigate between these distinct cultures and to increase technical staff engagement, reduce internal department conflicts, and better align lab goals with organizational objectives.

Making the Most of Your Scientific Instrumentation 
Gary Lavine, PhD, President, Waltham Consulting
Keeping scientific instrumentation performing reliably is a critical issue for any laboratory. Learn about how, through understanding the laboratory, a maintenance and repair program can be designed to balance the lab’s needs and a tight budget.

Operational Excellence (OE) in R&D Labs - Does it apply? 
Fred Greulich, Vice President, Operational Excellence, Maxiom Group
Come hear about why the answer is “yes” including a brief overview of OE and how it offers R&D a proven set of principles, methods and tools to combine creativity with efficiency for better results. Case examples will be presented that will highlight tools and techniques used in labs and some results achieved.

Reducing Regulatory Risk in the R&D Laboratory
Jonathan Morse, Principal Consultant, Complya Consulting Group
Join us for FDA 101 as we cut through the jargon of Product Development, defining common acronyms and transforming opaque regulations into (almost) clear guidelines. We will also focus on how GMP Good Documentation Practices can help to systematize R&D data and  include an interactive Good Documentation Practices exercise.

GLP/cGMP Instrument Compliancy:
A bit of the Wild West and How to Avoid Shooting from the Hip
Vito Grisanti, Principal, Overbrook Support Services
The regulatory environment for GMP and cGMP laboratories has come under greater scrutiny yet a uniform understanding of terminology and required protocols has still not been fully understood or universally adopted. Vito Grisanti will review the history of compliancy, from his 20 years of experience conducting qualifications for both small laboratories and large multi-nationals. He will demonstrate how successful laboratories have made the audit process easier for the auditors as well as for themselves.

Five Factors You Need to Know Before Spending Money on a Laboratory Expansion
Jim Grunwald, President, Scitech Builders
Learn about the best practices of securing a location, settling on a design and establishing the overall budget for your laboratory expansion project. Engage in an open discussion on how to build and collaborate with your project team.

Vaccinate Yourself Against Regulatory Fines with a Gap Analysis of Your Lab Safety Program
Beth Graham, Consulting Safety Officer, Safety Partners
Regulatory inspectors can, and do, knock on the door to conduct unannounced inspections of your EHS program.  Learn how to be prepared to present your program in an organized and comprehensive manner by conducting a gap analysis of your EHS program before they arrive.

3E Company, Chemical, Regulatory and Compliance Information Services
A.J.B. Consultants, Lab Facilities Planning and Project Management
ClorDiSys Solutions, Decontamination Equipment and Services
Essco Calibration Laboratory, Calibration and Repair Services
New England Lab, Laboratory Furniture Systems
Relotek, Relocation Coordination for Offices and Laboratories
Safety Source Northeast, Safety Equipment and Supplies
Tobin Scientific, Laboratory Relocation Services
Veolia Environmental Services, Waste Management and Resource Recovery


Lab Productivity Conference