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June 23, 2021                  

Online event                     

Hosted by the

University of Basel

Scientific knowledge advances through iterative cycles of hypothesis and experimentation. Developing products and processes of any kind also happens in iterative cycles. For example, small molecule drugs emerge from numerous cycles of lead optimization: Medicinal chemists synthesize variants of an active molecule, their bioactivities and properties are measured, based on which a new round of syntheses is planned to match a target profile.

The challenge to fully automate, and thereby enormously accelerate such cycles has been first addressed many years ago. However, until recently, the technical hurdles were considered too high by most. With advances in the automation of chemistry, biology, and machine learning approaches, this has started to change. An increasing number of companies and institutions are taking on the challenge.

This online meeting aims to provide an overview of existing closed-loop design-make-test platforms and projects from across the world.


1:15 pm
Welcome & Introduction
1:30 pm
Ross King, Chalmers University & University of Cambridge
Keynote presentation: The Automation of Science
2:10 pm
Mariano Nicolas Cruz Bournazou, DataHow & KIWI Biolab
Digital Twins for Autonomous Bioprocess Development
2:50 pm
Andy Cooper, University of Liverpool & Mobotics
Putting a brain in the robot chemist:  closed-loop automation using dexterous mobile robots
3:30 pm
3:50 pm
Pascal Miéville, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
A data-driven infrastructure for catalysis optimization and discovery
4:30 pm
Alpha Lee, University of Cambridge & iDMT
Data-driven prediction of chemical reactivity
5:10 pm
5:30 pm
Alán Aspuru-Guzik, University of Toronto & Kebotix
There is no time for science as usual: Materials Acceleration Platforms
6:10 pm
Todd V. De Collo, Eli Lilly and Company, San Diego
Lilly Life Sciences Studio: Initial Learnings of a Closed-Loop Laboratory Environment
6:50 pm
Final remarks
Symposium Organizers
Also note this coordinated event on June 22:
June 22, 2021 Track on “Closed Loop Systems”