Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Sustainable Efficiency Impact to the Laboratory

Mark Paskanik, CRB

Laboratory owners are constantly challenged to create more from less. We will examine a case study for QualTex laboratories where throughput was increased tenfold. QualTex is the largest independent, nonprofit testing laboratory in the United States for blood and plasma products. The lab is registered by the Food and Drug Administration and International Organization for Standardization and is dedicated to supporting global public safety with the timely delivery of high-quality testing services for patients, donors and regulated biological products.

With a thorough holistic approach to the design process and an experienced integrated team, practical approaches were used to meet the automation goals of the project. We will also examine the critical components of the design and how to plan for both future automation and artificial Intelligence. Lessons learned will be presented from the case study to look at how this approach to automation can be used on any project.

Learning Objectives

  • Lessons learned perspective from an automation lab case study
  • Holistic approach to the laboratory design
  • Importance of team integration
  • Practical strategies to reduce overall carbon footprint


Mark Paskanik, CRB Senior Architect and Laboratory Design Expert, has 20 years of experience programming, planning and designing research facilities worldwide. With a focus on tested planning principles, Mark uniquely adapts each lab design to support the client's vision to create a collaborative, efficient and safe environment. Mark currently serves as a founding board member for the NC-Triangle Chapter of I2SL.


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