Lab Innovations attracted 3,113 attendees for its 2018 edition. This is a 10 % increase on the previous year. Underlying the headline number were significant increases in visitors involved in purchasing products and services for the laboratory industry.
Twickenham/UK — Lab Innovations saw many new products, technologies and applications introduced to the UK by big brand laboratory names and smaller niche suppliers. The Innovation Gallery Award, sponsored by Innovation DB, recognised these product innovations, with new exhibitor, CN Bio, winning the award for its Physio Mimix T1 organs-on-chips system.
At the core of the event’s success was the mix of numerous laboratory products on show, along with networking and CPD-accredited educational opportunities in the four open-access seminar theatres: the Royal Society of Chemistry theatre; the Laboratory News Insights and Innovations theatre, sponsored by Perkin Elmer; the new Cleanroom Hub area, in association with Cleanroom Technology; and the Live lab. Most presentations were packed, with ‘standing room only’ the order of the day, especially for the keynote speakers, broadcaster Maggie Philbin, highlighting ‘Hidden Innovators’, and science presenter Steve Mould, anecdotally discussing ‘What it means to be a nerd’.
The Sustainable Laboratory area — another new feature for 2018 — proved to be an important draw. The trade fair also presented an opportunity to discover new options for improving efficiency in the lab. Conceived to support the industry by introducing purchasers to innovative products and ideas, Lab Innovations 2018 proved successful, as many exhibitors emphasised that they wouldn’t miss it for the world.
According to Stephen Dey, Operational Marketing Team Leader, Eppendorf UK, the fair is one of the only places where they get to see this breadth of customers. Overall, 79 % of visitors were involved in the purchasing decision, with a 43 % increase in lab managers, a 53 % increase in lab technicians, and an impressive 125 % increase in procurement managers. In addition, the number of scientists attending increased by 49 %.
Lab Innovations 2019 will take place on 30th to 31st October 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.