Paperless Lab Academy 2017: Mark your Calendar


We are proud to announce that the 5th edition of the Paperless Lab Academy is ready to go.

Mark your calendar and book your free seat at the earliest!

Date: April 4th & 5th 2017

Location: Grand Hotel Rey Don Jaime, Castelldefels, Barcelona

Code promotionnel: PLA2017

Central Theme : 2020 Roadmap for Digital Convergence, transform scientific information into actionable insight

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The Paperless Lab Academy 2016, held on 19 and 20 April in Barcelona, closed its doors again with many positive impressions, from visitors of the industry, suppliers and sponsors.

Innovation, cloud, data integrity and process improvement were the key topics in this edition. 

Among the presentations , we highlight the contribution of Michael Shandler, Research Vice President, Life Science R&D en Gartner who described the event as one of the best in its category. Michael Shandler opened the event with his vision of laboratory practices in the digital age. Key to innovation, he argued, is the combination of technologies from different industries and cooperation amongst parties.

Data integrity was discussed from a technical, legal, business and risk management perspective. the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering  (ISPE) provides, via the GAMP-community, guidance on how to cope with challenges in data integrity. Axon Lawyers’  Sofie van der Meulen informed attendees about the latest developments on data protection legislation, in particular on the protection of intellectual property. During the session she showed that legislation still has got some flaws in these areas, making dealing with data protection a challenging practice. The event concluded with regulators like the FDA which is taking action with lawmaking and clarifying their viewpoint on the subject. 

Access to Presentations 

The balance is more than 200 attendees, 17 countries represented, 16 interactive workshops sponsored, 2 sessions for celebration and networking,  and highlights in the questionnaires: the atmosphere of exchange of ideas and experiences.

The organization wants to thank all participants, collaborators, visitors and sponsors who have made it possible.

The success is yours ! 



Paperless Lab Transformation Process: new session

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The pre-congress workshop at the Paperless Lab Academy 2016 has allowed to introduce the concept of designing a paperless laboratory and has received great acceptance and positive feedbacks on the relevance of such initiative. We´re glad to communicate that we´ve decided to run a new session by beginning of October in Madrid.

Should you be interested please contact  directly

On Monday April 18th, at the Don Jaime Hotel in Castelldefels (Barcelona), we launched the Paperless Lab Week with a dedicated workshop to managers of R&D & QC labs, production and IT of the pharma industry and anybody interested in data integration and data integrity.

We had the pleasure to receive representatives from research, forensic markets and to also see strong interest from the automotive one.

The workshop is articulated to provide an introduction to the process of initiation a paperless transformation project in the lab or even better art corporate level.

  1. Definition of the transformation project
  2. Review of the processes, to identify the multiple areas where paperless or less paper procedures could easily be implemented
  3. Map of the data workflow and its own life cycle management along the entire product life cycle (key focus on data integrity compliance)
  4. Map of the systems, instruments involved in the process
  5. Defining a technological strategy
  6. Assessing the potential possible technological scenarios

Should you be looking for more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Should you be interested in running a paperless project at your facility, just call us! We can help setting the right basis for a successful implementation.; tel:+34 629 026 621 ; skype: NL42_isabel

Great Success at Paperless Lab Academy 2016

Once again the european event Paperless Lab Academy has joined the key  market leaders of the industry. Feedbacks on plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities are extremely positive and all agreed:

High Quality delivered ! Worth the time, pertinent topics! The Place to be!

Gartner has recognised this conference as one of the “best one’s in Europe and affordable from supplier as delegate perspective” .








Faes Farma, a Spanish pharmaceutical company founded in 1933, with a strong presence in Spain and Portugal and a growing international presence, currently totalling 45 countries and exporting raw materials and finished pharmaceutical products to more than 60 countries.

As a result of its commitment to pharmaceutical research, Faes Farma can highlight the recent launch of an antihistamine molecule –Bilastine-, commercialised in Spain since 2011, currently marketed in more than 75 countries and undergoing registration procedures for commercialisation in markets as important as Japan and Canada.

As a result of all this activity, 2014 was an excellent year in economic terms, with a total turnover exceeding 198 million euros and net profit amounting to 25.3 million euros, a historic record for Faes Farma.


At the beginning of September 2014, a new strategic initiative called FAES2020 has been launched defining the main R&D+i strategic objectives for the next 5 years, among which are the development of 20 new drugs before the end of 2020.

Focusing on the FAES2020 objectives, NL42 is running a complete business process re-engineering by  reviewing the R&D Department processes, procedures and informatics tools.

Business Process Reengineering involves the radical redesign of core business processes to achieve dramatic improvements in productivity, cycle times and quality. In Business Process Reengineering, companies start with a blank sheet of paper and rethink existing processes to deliver more value to the customer. They typically adopt a new value system that places increased emphasis on customer needs. Companies reduce organisational layers and eliminate unproductive activities in two key areas. First, they redesign functional organizations into cross-functional teams. Second, they use technology to improve data dissemination and decision making.

Additionally, NL42 is supporting the whole process of laboratory informatics tools selection that should support actual and future needs of the Faes R&D department

Pre-Congress: Introduction to the PAPERLESS TRANSFORMATION PROCESS

Paperless Lab Academy Pre-Congress Workshop 

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As part of the organisation committee of the PLA, and on the basis multiple requests from last year’s edition.  NL42 will run a complementary pre-congress workshop. This event is free of charge and will be offered in Spanish language. The main objective of this workshop is to introduce the key concepts covered during the congress. We´ll go through the whole transformation process to paperless and discuss relevant items like data integration, data integrity and information technology strategies

When: Monday April 18th from 14:30 to 18:00

Where: Hotel Don Jaime, Castelldefels

Organiser: Isabel Muñoz-Willery, NL42 

Contact for Registration : 


Isabel Muñoz-Willery, Co Owner NL42. Paperless lab academy organisation committee
Roberto Castelnovo, Co Owner NL42. Paperless lab academy organisation committee
Alicia Tebar, Managing partner QbD Pharmaceutical Services S.L. Comité Dirección ISPE España.
Raffaella Vaiani, Partner & Laboratory Business Unit Responsable, LifeBee.

Agenda Items

  • Value of paperless transformation
  • Stages through the change
  • Facilitating Data Integration
  • Ensuring Data Integrity
  • Technology Strategy

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PAPERLESS LAB ACADEMY 2016 – April 19th & 20th, Barcelona.

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Finding the Speed to Innovation

The European congress “Paperless Lab Academy” is an adventure started five years ago that was running by the northern European countries (Zurich, Copenhagen and Amsterdam) and  landed in Barcelona past April.

The Paperless Lab Academy is aimed at managers of R&D, Quality and IT departments in organisations from the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biotechnological, goods consumers and chemical industries.

Its unique features have quickly made it a landmark event in the market of laboratory informatics where the main solutions providers turn up every year and into which internationally influential people, organisations and associations want to contribute.

From the first moment of the creation of this event, the two main objectives have always been to facilitate a platform where to share end-users experiences, get answers on key topics, and a showcase of the various informatics tools available today.

This year 2015, the focus has been on the change management. Changes while introducing new technologies to structure the organisational processes and ease the workflows while complying with the increasing demand for efficiency improvement, higher quality and compliance to regulations.  Changes that require unconditional support from the upper and a very effective management of the implementations in order to be successful and ensure commitment up to final users.

On an other hand, the tendency to outsource an increasing number of activities to CROs and CMO, the fact that in most of the organizations their actual “ LIMS” is reaching the end of its life cycle and that cloud technologies are more and more present, they are driving changes in the landscape of laboratory informatics.

“The Paperless Lab Academy continues to be possibly the most interesting and thought-provoking event dealing with laboratory informatics. By providing a synoptic overview of the informatics landscape and identifying trends and developments for the future, this year’s meeting of the PLA if anything surpassed the event in Amsterdam last year” Tom Wilkie (Europa science Chief editor, Scientific Computing World Review)

This year Scientific Computing World also summarizes in a series of reports what´s been discussed during the two day’s plenary session, the interactive workshops hold by the sponsors and the multiple networking opportunities. The first one  Out with the old and out with the external . The second article Lost knowledge and dead data  explores the issues surrounding outsourcing in more detail, while the third discusses Disruptive technologies in informatics.

The 2016 edition will focus on the capabilities of the organization to innovate. The topics will be about managing the need to simplify, to scale processes and assure sustainable laboratory operations ensuring data integrity across the life cycle. We are happy to confirm already several key contributors.

Gerhard Noelken, Business IT Lead Science & Technology en Pfizer

Michael Shanler, Research Director Gartner Industry Research

Bob McDowall PhD, Director, R D McDowall Limited

Giuseppe Randazzo , Acting Director- Office of Program and Regulatory Operations

Pat Pijanowski, partner at LabAnswer

Gonzalo Hernández, R&D Director at FAES Farma,

To summarize, getting Paperless is not only about informatics and digitalization. The objective is neither to transform paper onto paper glass. The Paperless concept is about consolidating processes that ensure the integrity of the data’s with secured integration systems.

We´d like to invite you to be part of this new experience.

For more information do not hesitate to contact us directly or visit


paperless lab academy

Barcelona, 19th & 20th April 2016

Finding the Speed to Innovate


DOWNLOAD: PaperlessLabAcademy 2016 – Sponsor-Flyer

After this year’s success in Barcelona, Industrial Lab Automation is delighted to announce the 2016 edition of Paperless Lab Academy. Mark your calendar and reserve 19th & 20th April 2016 in Barcelona in collaboration with NL42 Management Consulting.

This year’s theme will be managing the need to simplify, to scale processes and assure sustainable laboratory operations ensuring data integrity across the life cycle. Dedicated sessions will be developed to address the deployment of application software, people’s mindset and adoption for change, consolidating systems and impact of adopting new technologies.

  • No fee for customers to attend conference
  • Expecting 150+ cross industry delegates
  • Expecting 20+ partners/sponsors
  • 16 Interactive 1 hour vendor hosted workshops
  • Extensive regional and European external publication and PR
  • Optional pre conference training on Monday April 18th

Congress Content

  • 2 day congress. Location will be in Castelldefels, 10 min taxi from Barcelona airport.
  • Plenary presentations – Mix of client presentations on both days
  • Delegates and sponsors liked the breakout sessions concept. A targeted audience will allow sponsors to present detailed business case; demonstrate software and an interactive sessions. The congress will include four, 1 hour blocks of vendor hosted presentations. A proven opportunity to showcase products or services to your target audience.
  • Coffee break-outs will be held in the vendor pavilion area.
  • To maximize networking there will be several opportunities along the two days:
    • 2 hour networking reception will allow people to interact in relaxing atmosphere
    • Conference dinner at the Hotel with splendid sea views and with Mediterranean cuisine
  • SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING WORLD is premier European media partner. Publications with regional partner from the industry.

Sponshorship Options

  • Base package 3,900€. Includes networking partner pavilion, table top, media promotion, presentation slot in main program, company profile in event program, visibility on special event micro-site and free pass for a maximum of three representatives.
  • Hosting a 1 hour workshop 1,600€. Only in combination with base pack
  • Rates for lodging around 110 Euro/night


  • We will not allow vendor organizing parallel activities during event
  • An electronic contact list with delegate details will be published to the sponsors

We are looking forward your participation. If you consider supporting the event or have any question, please mail at, or visit

Terms and conditions of booking

  • Payment: 50% upon registration and 50% before Feb 20th, 2016. Payment term: 45 days from invoice date. Prices are excluding VAT
  • Representatives: A maximum of 3 supplier representatives is included.
  • Marketing: Sponsor booking to be confirmed before November 30th to assure to be included in advertisement & campaign activities.
  • Presentations: Upon availability and based on customer experience. Presentations are subject to approval.
  • Workshops: Only in combination with base package. Limited availability. Workshops will be assigned on “first-in, first-serve” basis.
  • Privacy: We operate in accordance with European privacy rules. Delegates may opt-out
  • Program content: We will work close with sponsors to maximize overall value

DOWNLOAD: PaperlessLabAcademy 2016 – Sponsor-Flyer

LEAN LAB: toward a lean and digital laboratory

Thursday October 15th in Milano, organized by LifeBee

Lean Lab is one of the most important moments for professionals dedicated to the analysis laboratories, during which influencers and industry players come together and smmarize the continuing evolution in the quality of results, reliability of the information, efficiency of the activities, integration of the laboratory into te company processes.Ssince 2009,  LifeBee promotes the thought and actions for  Lean Lab, facilitating sharing of ideas and experiences of those who apply the approach and develops their potential, in the industrie and services.

NL42 will be attending this event on the 15th presenting at 14:00 a talk on Lean & Paperless: the challenges of the change

Agenda and registration to the event

The event is addressed to  the directors, managers and operators of:logo_lifebee

*quality control laboratory

*R&D laboratory

*Service Laboratories

*Quality Assurance

in the field of Chemical-Pharmaceutical, Bio-Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Cosmetic, Nutraceutical.