Lab Innovations, our coverage of a sharp show on the cutting edge

In the quickly-evolving world of laboratory technology, understanding the cutting edge of innovation is crucial. Recently, Lab Horizons had the opportunity to attend the Lab Innovations 2023 conference, an event that showcased the latest advancements in lab services and equipment. This bustling gathering of industry leaders and users proved to be a fascinating experience, and we were thrilled to wander around and see the latest innovations.

Our journey at Lab Innovations was complemented by the presence of our sister magazine, Laboratory News, which had its own stand at the event. If you managed to visit them you would have met their brilliant Editor Brian who was showing off their magazine and giving out free badges. Together, we explored the sprawling halls, brimming with cutting-edge lab solutions that promised to revolutionise the way we conduct experiments and research.

Informational highlights

One of the standout aspects of Lab Innovations was the impressive array of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) on display. It was heartening to see how these systems have become integral to modern labs, streamlining processes and enhancing efficiency. Among the notable developers, Autoscribe stood out, showcasing their innovative solutions that are reshaping the landscape of laboratory data management.

As technology continues to push boundaries, we were particularly captivated by the introduction of Haptic Virtual Reality (VR) for labs by ST Enginering. The immersive experience offered by this technology opens new doors for scientists and researchers, allowing them to explore complex concepts in a virtual environment. We had the pleasure of trying it out ourselves, and the potential applications in the field of research are truly astounding.

Trying out some very snappy-looking VR gloves

In addition to the hands-on experiences, Lab Innovations offered a diverse range of talks by industry experts. One of the highlights was the session featuring our esteemed columnist, Sami Pearman-Kanza, whose insights added depth to the discussions about the future of laboratory technology. These talks provided invaluable knowledge, shedding light on the latest trends and developments that are shaping the industry.

Two days of buzzing science

The first day of the conference buzzed with activity, as attendees eagerly explored the exhibits and engaged in discussions with experts. In the evening, Lab Innovations reached its pinnacle with the prestigious Lab Awards ceremony, a celebration of innovation and excellence. The event was expertly hosted by the talented Maggie Philbin the former presenter of Tomorrow’s world and the CEO of the brillant science education organisation Teen Tech.

Choosing the recipients of the Lab Awards was a challenging task, as the entries were nothing short of remarkable. Each innovation showcased at the event demonstrated exceptional creativity and potential impact. As judges, we found ourselves immersed in a sea of groundbreaking ideas, making the selection process both inspiring and demanding.

The second day, although quieter, provided us with a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the intricacies of the exhibits. With fewer crowds, we had the space and time to engage with exhibitors, gaining in-depth insights into their products and solutions. This allowed us to thoroughly evaluate the offerings and understand how they could benefit labs in the real world.

More innovations insights coming

The experience at Lab Innovations was awe-inspiring, with a plethora of innovations that left us eager to explore and learn more. While this article provides just a glimpse of our time at the conference, rest assured that Lab Horizons will delve into specific innovations in future articles. The sheer volume of groundbreaking technologies on display made it impossible to cover everything in one article, but we are committed to sharing these discoveries with our readers in the coming months.

So stay tuned for more in-depth explorations of the incredible innovations we discovered at Lab Innovations, as we continue our mission to unravel the mysteries of the ever-evolving world of laboratories.


Matthew has been writing and cartooning since 2005 and working in science communication his whole career. Matthew has a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Fibre Optic Molecular Sensors and has spent around 16 years working in research, 5 of which were in industry and 12 in the ever-wonderful academia.

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