Lab 4.0 Feature Session

Global enterprise digital transformation initiatives for chemical R&D

Time & Location

Wednesday: 13.00 to 14.00, Stage 3


Peter RhodesDigital Transformation for Scientific Research, Dotmatics

About this Session

This year’s Lab News hosted speaker session will include expert speakers specialising in chemistry research and transition, business change, technology adoption, and digital transformation for scientific research. Throughout the session, our experts will present short, practical discussions around the transition of R&D chemical processes through a digitised framework.

With a focus on the effects of Lab 4.0 on product development cycles, time to market and cost to market, we will consider how digital best practice processes and chemical laboratory management solutions provide a competitive advantage that helps chemical companies drive higher levels of innovation and profitable growth. We shall look at how AI already impacts many areas of chemistry, and how we must ‘AI-enable’ the next generation of chemists. Finally, we hope to point our audience in the direction of useful digital transformation initiatives for chemical R&D laboratories.

13:00    Introduction from Sarah Lawton, Lab News

13:05   How AI already impacts many areas of chemistry and how we should ‘AI enable’ the next generation of chemists

13:25   Driving innovation in UK chemical labs in small and medium enterprises through the adoption of company-wide Industry 4.0 solutions

13:45   Global enterprise digital transformation initiatives for chemical R&D: Preparing the Ground for AI

Speaker Bio

Presentation Title:

Global enterprise digital transformation initiatives for chemical R&D: Preparing the Ground for AI

Presentation overview:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other data-driven approaches that aim at accelerating new product innovation now feature on many executive agendas and are often prominent in shareholder annual reports. They are seen as a strategically important in expediting dramatic improvements in business operations and responsiveness to (even anticipation of) environmental and market forces and to guide companies in delivering the right products to market faster.

Global multidisciplinary scientific research teams are now expected to contemplate collaborative exploration of huge areas of hitherto hidden design space for innovative chemistry and biology applications and manufacturing methods; at pace, scale and with certainty of outcome.

As part of these efforts, organizations need to answer:

–        What pragmatic steps can chemical companies now take towards this new world?

–        What to do first, how well positioned are they with respect to their industry peers (how real is the threat)?

–        How well aligned are the internal stakeholders for digital transformation of scientific R&D?

–        What are the expected costs & benefits?

This talk presents a number of foundational strategies for consideration and challenges companies to consider a horizontal view of their organisation in readiness for embracing a culture of change.

Speaker Bio:

Peter has 27 years of industry experience in helping companies to transform their business processes around R&D digitalisation. He has a BEng in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University and a MSc in Engineering Business Management from Warwick University. He has worked with companies such as JCB, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, GSK, Arkema and Croda to introduce large scale change programmes aimed at optimising multidisciplinary workflows; from new product introduction and process development through manufacturing. With Dotmatics the focus is now to accelerate scientific research and help make the world a healthier, cleaner, and safer place to live.