23 March 2018

A team of scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has produced a new design for a beyond-lithium-ion battery cell that operates by running on air over many charge and discharge cycles

22 March 2018

At The Pistoia Alliance’s annual EU member conference in London, president of the Pistoia Alliance, Dr Steve Arlington, urged stakeholders to come together to help technology continue to drive change in the industry and to amplify R&D budgets

16 March 2018

Certara, the global leader in model-informed drug development and regulatory science, today announced the launch of its Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Immuno-oncology Simulator Consortium

13 March 2018

A new European project aims to overcome the energy efficiency challenges of heterogeneous computing architectures by developing a new software stack

12 March 2018

Citoxlab Group, which offers a range of preclinical and specialty services, has announced it attends to acquire Solvo Biotechnology

12 March 2018

A major upgrade is being made to double the storage available in one of the UK’s leading environmental science supercomputer

05 March 2018

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Newcastle University, are the first UK academic organisations to deploy servers containing IBM’s POWER9 system

01 March 2018

Agilent TechnologiesandImperial College London have signed a strategic scientific collaboration agreement that brings together Agilent’s analytical technologies with Imperial researchers

28 February 2018

Elsevier has announced that it is working with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) to create a new taxonomy for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Embase, Elsevier’s biomedical literature database

27 February 2018

Two reports published in Biological Psychiatry demonstrate an approach to use electronic health records to more accurately investigate neuropsychiatric symptoms.

22 February 2018

Researchers at Earlham Institute (EI) have released ‘GeneSeqToFamily’, an open-source Galaxy workflow that helps scientists to find gene families based on the ‘EnsemblCompara GeneTrees’ pipeline.

21 February 2018

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Blue Waters supercomputer to research the potential applications of graphene – including nanoscale electronics and electrical DNA sequencing



Building a Smart Laboratory 2018 highlights the importance of adopting smart laboratory technology, as well as pointing out the challenges and pitfalls of the process


Informatics experts share their experiences on the implementing new technologies and manging change in the modern laboratory


This chapter will consider the different classes of instruments and computerised instrument systems to be found in laboratories and the role they play in computerised experiments and sample processing – and the steady progress towards all-electronic laboratories.


This chapter considers how the smart laboratory contributes to the requirements of a knowledge eco-system, and the practical consequences of joined-up science. Knowledge management describes the processes that bring people and information together to address the acquisition, processing, storage, use, and re-use of knowledge to develop understanding and to create value


This chapter takes the theme of knowledge management beyond document handling into the analysis and mining of data. Technology by itself is not enough – laboratory staff need to understand the output from the data analysis tools – and so data analytics must be considered holistically, starting with the design of the experiment