18 – 19 Sept. 2024 | Beaulieu Lausanne

Topics and Areas

Outlined below is an overview of the Ilmac topics and areas.

Ilmac is so diverse!

Laboratory Technology

In laboratories, things are moving faster today at all levels than they did just a few years ago. Take the examples of flow cytometry without the centrifugation step for sample preparation, scale-up with suitable software support, automated optimisation of particle properties using multi-parameter measurements and many more.
Data integrity represents a major challenge throughout the laboratory sector. Current laboratory information systems ensure data transparency, data quality and data integrity and also make processes more effective. This increases the value of new analytical equipment. How do you ensure data integrity in your laboratory, and which new devices would you like to integrate into your LIMS?


Many tasks in biotechnology can be completed faster and more easily than just a few years ago. Take the examples of flow cytometry without the centrifugation step for sample preparation, scale-up with suitable software support, automated optimisation of particle properties using multi-parameter measurements and many more. Which areas in your laboratories have potential for improvement?

Process Technology

The right valve for a given medium, a valve manifold with suitable control for multiple media and, for all of these, a combination of a control panel or decentralised control elements and process analytics (e.g. pressure and temperature sensors, automated titrations) – just a small part of the vast field of process technology.

Food Chemistry

Innovative processes for universal and calibration-free fat measurement, an unimaginably fast and fluctuation-free achievement of the nominal temperature in incubators and rapid air bubble detection in food-carrying conduits – these are just three highlights from the field of food chemistry, but there are many more. Which of these would you like to see in your food production or analysis?

Speciality Chemistry

Do you operate outside the usual markets, in very specialised markets – and are you a major player there (e.g. as a drug developer of antisense and RNAi therapeutics)? Then you need the right partner for speciality chemicals and special installations (e.g. pipes, pumps and assembly services for black and ultra-pure media, etc.).

Analysis / Diagnostics

The scope of current analytics and diagnostics ranges from broadly applicable methods (e.g. X-ray fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy) to a combination of individual therapy and diagnostics (e.g. cancer therapy). The field of clinical diagnostics is about health, and in the worst case about life and death – mistakes are ‘not an option’. From microbiological sampling to sample preparation, evaluation (e.g. testing distances, staining) and analysing the composition of medicines (tamper-proofing!), everything simply has to be right. At the same time, potential cost savings can also be realised (e.g. through more precise liquid dosing when analysing blood samples). Which diagnostic challenge would you like to master now?

Machine, System and Apparatus Engineering

Ready-made mesh ducts in a modular system, cable glands and accessories ensure that systems are explosion-proof. Hygienic design in accordance with the EHEDG standard and/or with USP-VI certification (e.g. compressed air diaphragm pumps) is gaining ground, particularly in the pharmaceutical, biotech and food sectors. Which requirements must your systems fulfil?

Cleanroom Technology

Much has changed in cleanroom technology over the past ten years. For example, analogue sensors have been replaced almost completely by digital ones. FFUs (Filter Fan Units) were introduced in ventilation technology, only to fall out of fashion again and now celebrate a comeback – with the new development of swirl diffusers. Comprehensive cleanroom concepts for various industries in general (e.g. pharmaceutical, petrochemical and chemical industries) as well as containment, single-use products or antistatic floor coverings – where do you see your needs for solutions?


The chemical industry needs to become more sustainable by reducing CO2 emissions and other emissions (e.g. leak-free quick-release couplings) and developing a more circular economy. This includes green impulses in apparatus and system engineering. Specialised analytics are also part of this: fast and reliable identification and classification of plastic waste turns it into recyclable materials. How would you like to reduce your CO2 footprint, be at the forefront with green technologies and even save costs as a result?


Nanotechnology is one of the most important technologies of the twenty-first century and encompasses various individual fields. For example, it combines work methods from nanotechnology with findings and practices from biology and biotechnology. The life sciences field in particular, but also environmental technology, sees great potential in this specialised area. Some of the developments made have already found their way into our everyday lives. Take the opportunity to find out about the opportunities nanotechnology can offer your company! Do you perhaps already have an idea of how you can benefit from it?

Quality Assurance

See more with ‘super-zoom stereo microscopy’, pipette testing made easy, reliable scale readings to the microlitre range and digital documentation – these are just some of the elements of modern quality assurance. In which areas would you like to achieve even more reliable quality or prepare your laboratory for the next audit?

Planning and Consultation

Supply chain interrupted? NMR device works perfectly, but is not utilised to capacity? Capacity expansion in production? Setting up a new lab – but how? You don’t have to start from scratch! First ask yourself the question: where can I get expert advice for my planning?

Pharmaceutical Industry

In the pharmaceutical industry, processes simply have to run smoothly. This increasingly involves a fully digitalised design for everything from the overall system down to the automatically controlled valve terminal, the hose valve for the flowing medium and the process analytics. For which process design and which individual components are you now looking for support?

Occupational Health and Safety

Finally, an affordable, practical, real-life test for the occupational safety of laboratory fume cupboards directly at the installation; finally, a fully certified fire-resistant base cabinet for laboratory fume cupboards and hazardous substance workstations for the complete disposal of flammable to highly flammable solvent waste; finally, latex protective gloves with a reduced protein content that can be used for a wide range of applications.

Training and Advanced Training

In today’s highly competitive market, it is difficult to recruit really good people for your own company. This has turned training and advanced training into a whole new challenge. Are you looking for a new employee, or are you looking for a new job in the life sciences? Then you’ve come to the right place. Employers and applicants can find each other at Ilmac Job Connect – and connect!


Digital technologies are game changers. For example, they allow for continuous analytical recording of parameters (e.g. in process water and industrial wastewater). Imaging systems enable visualisations of how the process is developing: which medium is currently in your tank? Is your process running as it should or are the values out of the tolerance range?

Artificial Intelligence

Research requires a lot of time. Artificial intelligence (AI) helps to obtain results more quickly and, for example, find a new vaccine within a short space of time, as is currently the case. This requires handling and evaluating large amounts of data in order to train and improve models. Which processes in your company could you optimise with the support of AI?


Robotics is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots. Robots are mechanical or virtual agents that are able to perform tasks autonomously or be controlled by humans.
Robotics has the potential to improve efficiency, safety and productivity in various industries. At the same time, it also raises ethical, legal and social issues, particularly with regard to the use of robots in the workplace and how companies handle personal data.

Research & Development

Reduce complexity, optimise for sustainability: whether it be chemicals, polymers or fibres – fossil carbon needs to be replaced by renewable carbon. Research into this is in full swing, as is the optimisation of bio-catalysed continuous processes. A combination of microwave energy and halogen radiation cuts moisture content analyses from hours to minutes. What kind of support are you looking for in your research?


Start-ups are companies in the early stages of their development and are often formed by individual founders or small teams. They are typically characterised by innovative ideas, creative solutions and a high degree of willingness to take risks.
Have you recently founded a company and are you interested in taking part in Ilmac to present your hard work and commitment to a trade audience?

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