We are a rapidly growing special interest group focused on laboratory automation. Our membership consists of over 12,000 scientists and engineers. We have Bay Area California, Chesapeake (Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Delaware), Europe, Germany, Mid Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Philadelphia, San Diego, SouthEast, Upstate New York, and Texas chapters. A majority of members are from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry with others from the chemical, agriculture, cosmetic, food, and specialty industries. Multiple regional meetings are held each year in which our members' experiences in automation are presented. Among the topics discussed are the uses of laboratory automation in high throughput screening, drug discovery, biobanking, combinatorial chemistry, chemical synthesis, compound purification, compound distribution, data management, pharmaceutical dosage form sample preparation, dissolution testing, bioanalytical technology, chemical analysis, solid phase extraction, validation, and product formulation. A typical meeting consists of a social period followed by two or three presentations with discussions afterward. Posters are viewed during the social period. Job openings may be posted or announced. Technology Exhibitions are held to allow automation providers to present their products to the group. We are a non-profit group. No dues are collected.
The LRIG mission is to provide and facilitate instruction for both self-development and the benefit of the laboratory automation community. To do this, we:
Provide physical and virtual meeting places for scientists, engineers and academics interested in furthering their careers and the field of laboratory automation.
Facilitate communication among users and providers of laboratory automation.
Provide a platform to encourage an open discussion of any new automation technologies that can be beneficial to the laboratory automation community.
Share current best practices and experiences in the design and implementation of laboratory automation.
Encourage members to actively contribute, via the use of web and e-mail based bulletin boards (Discussion Mailing Lists).
Evaluate new technologies / instruments and share our findings at regional meetings and with on-line presentations archive.
LRIG is a non-profit group with an educational mission. All events are free and no dues are ever collected.
The LRIG Executive Board consists of the Executive Chair and a representative from each regional chapter.