GAMBICA Lab Industry Conference 2024 - Strategic growth in a world full of AI

11 March 2024, In Person Stapleford Park Country House Hotel

This year we will be discussing how to achieve strategic growth in a world full of AI – and we will be giving you the data to decide how fast and how far your company could grow. The conference will provide you with essential information on the key issues including:

  • How AI and Digitalisation will affect the lab and the world, and how they can be harnessed to give you an edge.
  • Economic and political projections of the world you will be trading in and in-depth data on lab industry sales forecasts.
  • Updates on sustainability and how your peers are faring.
  • Procurement insights on how to sell to universities as UK frameworks come up for revision.


The essentials for digital transition

Attending the GAMBICA lab industry conference helps members take time out from the everyday pressures of business to look at the big picture.

This year we are thrilled to have digital evangelist, Ved Sen of Tata Consulting Services UK who has been advising senior clients across rail, utilities, travel and other industries for over 20 years on emerging technology, design, and business. Author of ‘Doing Digital’ a guide for non-technical leaders, Ved will be outlining the likely impact for UK SMEs of the transition to digital and advising on how your company can grow in a world full of AI. To alert you to the advances already being made by your customers and companies in your supply chain, Tim Hargreaves from Marks and Clerk will be reviewing the existing use of digital and AI innovations in life sciences. And once you have an idea about the digital world you will be working in, Donna Evans, of The Growth Company will help you make plans for your own further digital transformations with information on how to get funding and other assistance.

University frameworks – from the horse’s mouth

We are very pleased to have the chair of the Southern Universities’ Purchasing Consortium presenting his thoughts on how lab companies can be successful in bidding for their framework which is to be re-tendered. Of course, one of the areas they will be looking most closely at will be sustainability so Ben Sunderland will be updating you on the findings of our membership sustainability survey and how members are using our Environmental Champion branding in their bids.

Data for the lab industry

For those who want to understand the overall sales picture for lab sales Mike Tice from Instrument Business Outlook will present their latest insights to the conference and we will have all the usual economic and political forecasts.

Politics and policy

As, the conference will take place in March, when we will probably be in the run-up to an election we will be providing an opportunity for you to direct our lobbying activities at the conference. A change of government will provide an opportunity to get improvements made to our business environment, so GAMBICA’s leading members are currently drawing up an action plan for getting our industry’s priorities adopted into the various party manifestos. The draft manifesto will be presented at the conference so that you can ensure that your views are included.


The full programme is as follows:

Strategic success in a future full of AI



Welcome - Paul Wheeler, Elementar, Chair, GAMBICA Lab Tech Board

Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow Secretary of State for Business (invited)


Economic forecast – Lee Hopley, Director, Economic insight and research, UK Finance 


Forecast for the lab industry – Mike Tice, Instrument Business Outlook


Political forecast – John Arnold, Northern Universal



Session 2

What does AI and Machine Learning mean for the Lab industry?


The impact of the AI revolution on UK businesses in the next 5 years -Ved Sen, Head of Innovation, TCS


How AI IS currently being used in the medical and lab industries - Tim Hargreaves, Marks and Clerk


How to develop a digital strategy - Donna Edwards, The Growth Company



Session 3

What do we want from the future?


If sustainability is important – how can AI help? – Martin Bach, alt-bearings


Sustainability update – Ben Sunderland, CAMLAB


Selling to universities – the upcoming framework and sustainability scoring – Jiteen Ahmed Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium



Session 4

Our main asks from the incoming government

15.30 – 16.25


Influencing future government policy – your priorities – Steve Brambley

Panel discussion on the current proposals and priorities



Results of business sentiment survey and close


We are looking forward to seeing you there. As always, accommodation at Stapleford Park is limited and late comers will have to stay at the Premier Inn, ten minutes’ drive away so, if you would like to stay at the conference hotel, please get your booking in right away!

To reserve your place, please click here.