AROBS Group at Analytica Trade Fair

Between April 24-27, our colleagues from AROBS Transilvania Software, AROBS Engineering, and Berg Software attended the Analytica Trade Fair in Munich.

Analytica is a leading conference in laboratory technology and biotechnology. Every year, it gathers world-class industry leaders, researchers, and professionals to explore the latest advancements and exchange insights.

Our team connected with other experts and discussed potential partnerships. Promoting our expertise and exploring the latest trends was a pleasure, as the medical industry is such a critical one.

Because we have confirmed and gathered so much information at the event, we will further explore the most important trends shaping the future of the laboratory technology and biotechnology industries.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) is probably the next tool used as laboratory technology. This tool can offer a learning experience like no other. While important, manuals and textbooks fail to create an immersive learning experience, making training a consuming process. VR can create simulations that show an angle that the user might not have considered before in a safe environment. Collaborative work will only get better, and the best part is that there is more.

VR technologies offer lab professionals workflow guidance and automatic documentation of processes. Engineers can use it to see complex processes enacted in a virtual world, and technicians can practice on virtual equipment to ensure greater understanding before doing the real thing. Minimizing mistakes and boosting efficiency are the keys to a better lab industry.

Increased volume of processed samples

A decade ago, the trend in lab technology was complete automation; nowadays, the industry has witnessed a shift to higher volume by maintaining the same quality of results.

There are more and more medical centers that require a high volume of tests. To help them, various suppliers have different innovative solutions to increase the number of samples processed per day.

While some suppliers rely on improving the hardware capabilities, others are focused more on software-based solutions.

Digital Labs

Digitalization can’t be stopped; almost all processes are now digitized. More and more, the tools known as Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are being introduced in medical testing labs. LIMS help automate many laboratory processes with less manual work and fewer errors. Every company in this industry is looking for faster turnaround times and overall improved efficiency, and that is what digital labs are offering.

The most important functionalities of LIMS are:

  • Sample Management: LIMS tracks samples from the entering point throughout testing. Then, they record all relevant information for each sample, which helps simplify sample organization and retrieval.
  • Automation and Efficiency: LIMS blend with lab instruments, automating data entry. This saves time, reduces errors, and creates a smooth communication line between instruments and the LIMS system.
  • Quality and Compliance: LIMS helps labs meet important regulations and standards (e.g., HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, ISO/IEC 17025:2017, and more). Having consistent and reliable results is key in lab testing.

Results Accuracy

Speed is not the only advantage sought after in the industry. Those familiar with the needs of the medical sector are also looking for solutions that improve results accuracy. While “error” is human, it might also be best to eliminate it in the case of such a critical product.

Lab processes are only becoming more complex as the years pass, leaving no room for mistakes. This need pushed experts to look for advanced technologies such as automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Their ability to create better systems with less human intervention was what was required.

Humans have always strived for perfection, and this trend is likely to persist as laboratory processes continue to evolve. Regardless, specialists need to ensure the reliability and reproducibility of their findings.

Artificial Intelligence

If the history books write—probably using a better version of a large language model—about the 21st century, they will most definitely include AI as one of the biggest technological breakthroughs.

In laboratories, AI-powered algorithms are helping with better data analysis, leading to accelerated advancements. Medical devices equipped with AI might improve patient outcomes. What makes AI such a buzzword is that it helps with diagnostic accuracy and personalized treatment plans, which will enhance patients’ lives.

As AI advances, so does modern healthcare. The use of this technology in laboratory technology and medical devices promises to unlock new frontiers in research, diagnosis, and patient care.

Final Thoughts

We left Analytica excited to see the industry’s technological landscape and how it will evolve. The emphasis has shifted from mere automation to a complex evaluation of solutions and devices based on their performance in terms of speed, efficiency, and accuracy.

At AROBS Group, our primary focus is to provide top-quality custom software solutions that meet industry standards and are tailored to our client’s specific needs and preferences. Our expertise includes clinical trials, biomedical engineering, medical devices, and intelligent automation. Our teams collaborate closely to achieve the best results for our clients.

If you’re interested in learning more about our expertise or looking for a technology partner to help you drive transformation in your business, reach out to us!

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