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SMi’s inaugural Conference
Robotics and Automation in Pharma
February 21 - 22, 2022 | London, UK
This year more than any other has highlighted the heightened importance of robotic technology and automated processes in the Pharmaceutical Industry. This technology has exceptional promise, and we are close to seeing such capabilities realised. Robotics and Automation will cut expenditure devoted to manual labour, remove human error from the production process, and protect technicians from harmful materials, on top of diminishing risks of human-sourced microbiological contamination.

We are seeing a shift towards a fully digitalised industry, that not only promises to improve production efficiency, but also increase the value that humans add to the production pipeline. By automating tedious tasks people can be applied to processes that no machine can do -- while artificial intelligence can utilise data to reform manufacturing.

At this year’s event we will be showcasing the latest developments in the field surrounding the integration of Robotics and Automation into the Pharmaceutical Industry, from advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, to key insights into data and analytics, as well as the significant leaps in the robotic automation of some of Pharma’s most crucial processes.
Through recent case studies and interactive presentations, our attendees will discover how to best anticipate the next generation of Pharmaceuticals.

To register your interest or to get involved please contact: eshambler@smi-online.co.uk


In this half-day workshop, the world of robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and overall digitalization will be presented. Drawing references from other industries, the potential for pharma applications will be demonstrated while introducing and transparently assessing risks and advantages. This includes a regulatory viewpoint.

This workshop serves as an initial introduction and includes some hands-on learning opportunities while focusing on personal exchange amongst all attendees and speakers. As this world continues to move and change fast, the aim is to provide this workshop repeatedly in an effort to present novel developments and solutions on an ongoing basis.


• Why fight the significant advantages robots, AI and digital solutions bring?
• Learn from experts what the world of robots and AI can bring to pharma.
• Robots leave the manufacturing halls and are ready for many new applications. Learn what is possible today and how to prepare for tomorrow.
• Are Robot and AI just a game? Learn how to secure your pharma business of tomorrow.
• Industry X.Y. Have you already started preparing your future business? Join us at the workshop to learn about your next steps.

The workshop includes lectures as well as hands-on training by mock ups and live activities presented in the exhibition hall.


Chief Executives, Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads of Department, Senior Managers, and Principal Scientists specializing in:

- Robotics & Control
- Continuous Processing
- Digital Strategy & Transformation
- Data Integrity
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
- Medical Devices
- Scale Up & Tech Transfer
- Quality Assurance/Control
- Regulatory Affairs & Licensing
- Compliance
- Emerging Technologies
- Risk Management
- Research & Development
- Sterilisation
- Supply Chain
- Research & Development
- Validation
- Process Monitoring
- Packaging
- Lifecycle Management

Previous attendees include:



Abbott; AbbVie; Allergy Therapeutics; Associates of Cape Cod; AstraZeneca; Baxter Healthcare; bioMerieux; BioPhorum; Boehringer Ingelheim; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG; Charles River EMD; Christian Doppler Laboratory for Monitoring of Contaminants, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna; Copan; Copan Group; Copan Italia SpA; CTL - Mat; David P Elder Consultancy; European Patent Office; Fagron; Freeline; Fresenius Kabi; Fresenius Kabi UK Ltd; GSK; GSK Vaccines; GW Pharma ; King's College London ; Kite Pharma ; Lonza; MeiraGTx; Meriagtx; Mettler Toledo; Mettler Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Thornton; MHRA; MIcrobiologics; Microgenetics Ltd; Novo Nordisk; Oxford Biomedica Ltd; Paul Ehrlich Institut; PHSS: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sciences Society; Reading Scientific Services Ltd; Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL); Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.; RSSL; Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH; SDA Pharma; Steris Corporation; Techniconsult Firenze SRL; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna; VCCN/Brookhuis Applied Data Intelligence; Veltek Associates, Inc.;

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

Martin Dueblin

Martin Dueblin, Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH
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9:10 To what extent are these technologies feasible today and ready to be used?

Martin Dueblin

Martin Dueblin, Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH
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• Understanding the current capabilities of robots
• Ensuring that a robotic system is reliable and robust
• Areas where robots are already in use

9:50 What is possible today with respect to pharma applications?

Martin Dueblin

Martin Dueblin, Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH
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• The operations of a typical pharma fab will be grouped into the respective business areas
• The needs will be summarized and the potentials for implementing new technologies addressed

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Where are the limitations, if any, and what are they?

Martin Dueblin

Martin Dueblin, Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH
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• The operations of a typical pharma fab will be grouped into the respective business areas
• The needs will be summarized and the potentials for implementing new technologies addressed

11:40 What shall be considered when starting a project today?

Martin Dueblin

Martin Dueblin, Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH
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• How can we prepare ourselves for the first steps?
• Is the industry ready for this change?

12:20 Closing Remarks

Martin Dueblin

Martin Dueblin, Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH
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Martin Dueblin

Martin Dueblin

Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH

Martin Dueblin

Business Owner, One One Eleven GmbH
Martin Dueblin

Martin Düblin is a mechanical and process engineer and highly experienced in the field of the life science industry, infrastructure and health care community. For more than 25 years, he has been involved in many major strategic projects in Europe, North and South America, North Africa and Asia for laboratories, pilot scale installations, production, office buildings, hospitals, education, warehouse, energy / utilities and waste management. Several products and brands have been launched under his responsibility. In his role as specialist for various life science companies, Martin has provided support in all kinds of technical «revolutions» such as full digital production with the help of robotics and AI, delivering high quality products, preparing the disruptive transition and ensuring global competitiveness.


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

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As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


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