Creating Digital Lab
for biotech
global players

Industry
Biotechnology
Scope
IoT / Smart Devices / Digitalization / Automation / Data Gateway
Timeframe
4-12 weeks

30+

devices connected with unified communication

5

cloud platforms tested & assessed in lab environment

65%

data collection time reduction

01

CLIENT

The client is a global bioscience corporation that delivers innovative biotech and healthtech solutions. It deals primarily with discovering new medicines and ways to treat rare diseases, advancing genome editing technologies, and developing innovative components for laboratories.

02

BUSINESS NEED

The company's goal was to introduce an innovative, highly digitalized laboratory by leveraging smart, emerging technologies and procedures automation. They wanted to introduce the Lab of The Future with ubiquitous connectivity. It was supposed to accelerate work and improve the decision-making process thanks to sophisticated digital tools and solutions based on IT environment.

03

CHALLENGE

How to connect and digitalize lab equipment

Diverse ecosystem of systems, processes and datasets

Different types of equipment (bioreactors, chromatography, scales and weight terminals, pumps or spectrometers)

Insights were difficult to ascertain

Number of manually collected data made processes very cumbersome and challenging

04

SOLUTION

Creating a vision for the Lab of the Future

We had a privilege to support our client in creating the strategy vision for the lab. Working in collaboration with different departments from client’s organization and lab equipment providers on a shared vision, we created a roadmap to maximize efficiency and performance of lab processes and operations.

Integrating lab equipment & consolidating data

We designed several IoT and infrastructure solutions and deployed them into the lab environment. The major component we developed was The Data Gateway. DG was responsible for collecting all data and sending it to the cloud platform for further analysis. Data gateways mounted on the devices captured data streams directly from the physical interfaces (RSS-323). We connected to systems like the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) or Distributed Control Systems (DCS ) whenever possible. All connectivity was secured and embedded in the corporate network.

Technology used

3D Modeling and Printing IoT and OT communication protocols Microcontrolers PLC programming Python C/C++ JS
In 2021, we’ve worked on designing and building prototypes of smart modular sensors. We used communication standard - OPCUA, and MTP data model. In this case, we were able to lay the grounds for the lab of the future to get safe, effective new therapeutics into production quickly.

Rafał Cieślak

OT Engineer / Team Lead

05

OUTCOME

Thanks to the solution from our team, the client gains control and communication capabilities that turn laboratory data insights into productive outcomes for both upstream and downstream processes. In addition, the digital twin of the lab is ready and can be used to enable capabilities like Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. As a results our client was able to:
  • Digitalise the work in the lab and move to paperless processing
  • Reduce time of experiments cycles, data collection by ap. 65%
  • Enable intensified & continuous process
  • Increase data visibility - near real time data collection
  • Enable collaboration
  • Elimination of manual errors / Improved data quality

30+

devices connected with unified communication

5

cloud platforms tested & assessed in lab environment

65%

data collection time reduction

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