DIGITAL INNOVATION FOR BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTION
Technological and digital innovation
Innovation through digital transformation
The digital transformation affects bioprocesses and the bioprocessing industry just like everything else in our lives. Such transformation holds promises of significant business advantages for the companies. New mindsets, methods, and technology are being introduced at a rapid pace. Digital technologies can mitigate these work environmental challenges by partially automating trivial tasks and generating better decision-making. At the same time, it should be recognized that enabling technologies may introduce potential challenges for users.
Traditionally, biopharma companies have been slow to incorporate digital technologies such as augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and the IoT into their operations. The COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to prioritize investments in digital innovation more than before and in the wake of this development it is needed to test where and how new technology can and will be used. Testa Center has an authentic production environment for the development, testing, and verification of operational technology, information technology, automation, and all other products and services that help us enhance quality, efficiency, user experience, and usability.
In Testa Center, we interact with researchers and companies working at the intersection of life science, software, and hardware development. We help to bridge the gap between people and technology, as well as between research and commercialization, so that the potential for innovative digital technologies is based on user needs. Closing this gap means that people can work faster and more efficiently with innovative digital technologies and a perceived sense of meaningfulness and self-fulfillment in the process of drug discovery. It also means that new innovations can be tested and verified in a real environment, hence shortening the time-to-market.
Better ways of working
The Testa Challenge
In October 2020, we ran the first Testa Challenge, a one-week open bioprocess run for technology innovators. Like a hackathon, innovators were asked to solve industry problems related to the themes set up by the Testa Center. Sponsors paid for the food and consumables to give the teams time to focus and spark innovation.