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    Lean in Laboratories - Spring 2021 - Virtual Event

    Spring 2021 June 21-25 – A 5-day Lean Certificate Program

    In this live virtual event, learn how Lean techniques coupled with a Lean mindset speed throughput, eliminate quality issues, increase workplace satisfaction and improve customer service. The result: a 50 to 90% performance improvement plus an energized, visual laboratory workplace.

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    Pharmaceuticals, Human and Animal Healthcare, Bio-tech environments, Cosmetics, Chemicals, Food industries, R&D…

    The Lean laboratory certificate program is a 5-day fully accredited program designed to start you on the path to continuous improvement in your lab! Learn how to manage flows, eliminate backlogs, rework, and other inefficiencies while improving service to production, supply chain and customers and increasing employee satisfaction.


    Why is Lean important in lab environments?
    Because a laboratory is involved at each step of the Value Stream — incoming materials and goods, work-in process, and semi finished and finished products — delays and errors have a negative impact on the entire organization. Therefore speed, reliability and quality, i.e. lab efficiency, have a direct impact on overall organizational efficiency, as well as costs and the ability to meet customer demand.

    Furthermore, specialized skills needed in the laboratory make it specially devastating for the organization when individual technicians leave due to an inefficient stressful process and environment.


    Applying Lean in a lab environment helps alleviate inefficiencies by:
    − Improving end-to-end processes (Value Streams)
    − Underscoring demand and its variability
    − Scheduling analysis flows based on demand
    − Defining resources required
    − Creating and sharing standards to reduce rework

    − Creating a working environment based on trust, empowerment, and teamwork
    − Upskilling through cross-training
    − Developing problem-solving skills

    The Lean Lab concepts apply to all laboratories including Production Labs, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and R&D.


    Discover how Lean can help:

    • Continuously improve customer satisfaction by improving quality at the source and reducing lead-time for your customers
    • Systemically and repeatedly identify process inefficiencies so they can be reviewed and eliminated
    • Eliminate back-logs and failure demand – the work created when an activity is not carried out correctly the first time
    • Level the analysis flows to respond to incoming demand
    • Reduce absenteeism and turnover by creating more value-added work
    • Make processes visible so everyone can monitor daily progress to achieve improvement goals
    • Increase process capacity so more value-adding work can be performed with existing resources


    You will understand how these principles apply to your laboratory processes and how you can develop your “leadership legacy” through the implementation of these Lean approaches.

    Upon completion of this 5-day program, you will be awarded the Lean Laboratory Improvement Certificate and earn 4 Continuing Education Units from The Ohio State University.


    Monday 8am-5pm

    • Lean Fundamentals in Labs Environments
    • A3 Thinking
    • High Level Process Mapping
    • Learning to See Waste in Labs


    Tuesday 8am – 5pm

    • Mapping and Improving the Value Streams
    • Understanding Incoming Laboratory Demand
    • Defining Product Families in Laboratories


    Wednesday 8am – 5pm

    • Planning and Scheduling to Optimize Man and Equipment Time
    • Building Visual Management for Analysis Flows and Lab Activities
    • Workplace & System Organization: 5S’s, Visual Standards and Standardized Work for Process Stability


    Thursday 8am – 5pm

    • Reducing Set-up Times
    • Establishing metrics: Leading and Lagging KPI’s
    • Daily Performance Management
    • Team-Based Problem-Solving


    Friday 8am – 12pm

    • Week in Review
    • Taking it Back Home: Outlining Your Implementation Roadmap



    “We have been able to reach all our targets in 2019, and this is mostly due to the Lean Lab program which has made us capable of guaranteeing 24hr response time to our customers.”
    Laurent G., Managing Director Finance – Synlab Analytics & Services

    “It (Lean Labs) is so great. Everything has changed.”
    Sophie S., Quality Director – Aoste

    “Through Lean Labs, I have become another person, and a real manager.”
    Francoise A., Laboratory Manager – Aoste


    “I wanted to let you know that after 7 years of work, we have been awarded the Shingo Prize, the real one ?.

    We are happy to have achieved this very ambitious goal and to be the first French site to have it and only the second pharma site in the world. A great adventure! We will accept the prize in April in Florida. Thank you again for your contribution over the years 2013-2016 which made it possible for us to build solid fundamentals in Visual Management and Lean Lab.”
    -A.B., Global Manufacturing Performance Senior Director TechOps Division, Ipsen Pharmaceutical Company



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    Lean in Laboratories – Certificate Program
    2021 Session – June 21-25 – A 5-day fully-accredited program

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    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received within 10 business days of the start of a program will be assessed a fee equal to 10% of the registration fee; the remainder of the fee will be held on account for up to one year for use at a future event. If no notification of cancellation is provided, registration fees will be forfeited. There is a $50 processing fee for all cancellations. No refunds or credits will be issued once a session is underway.

    Consultants and academics may not be eligible to attend.

    Any individual attending this program hereby acknowledges and agrees that any photographs or videos taken during the event may be used in marketing efforts (web/print) including, but not limited to news and promotion without compensation to the participant.