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Presentation of the RAYA- Robotics Applications Award 2023

ISPE’s Robotics Applications of the Year Awards is a new annual award program that recognizes innovative applications of robotics technologies in laboratories and production sites. RAYA is meant as a platform to accelerate the utilization of modern robotics in our industry. This is not only about freeing workplaces from ergonomic challenges and mindless tasks and thus making them more attractive, separating product and people even better, but also increasing availability, efficiency, and quality.  The invitation to RAYA 2024 starts January 2024.

The final 2023 of the RAYA- Robotics Applications of the Year Award 2023 took place at ESSERT AG in Bruchsal as part of the ISPE DACH SIG Future Robotics Workshop. More than 60 participants of the workshop from the European pharmaceutical industry experienced pitches from the 20 applicants for the award in 9 categories and voted live on site for the winner of the public award.


The RAYA Award winners and jury

All RAYA Award Winners 2023
RAYA Award Jury: From Left to Right: Jochen Radmer (Jade Hochschule), Andrea Tanzini (Stäubli Robotics), Richard Denk (SKAN), Charly Coulon, Chair RAYA (INVITE), Henrik Heglund (NovoNordisk), Luca Kurzhals (Merck)

ISPE DACH Robotics Application of the Year Awards

1. Best Innovative Technical Concept: CHEMSPEED – Flex EP 

2. Winner Logistics: TAKEDA und ENGROTEC – mobile robotics R&D LAB 

3. Winner QC-Labs: Lonza und Goldfuss Engineering – Bioburden Testing 

4 Winner R&D Labs: United Robotics Group – UMobileLab QC HPLC 

5. Winner Fill & Finish: Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG & ESSERT GmbH – Speed-Bin-Picking 

6. Winner Packaging: Technicon A/S – automat offload mod 

7. Winner BioTech: Bayer and INVITE – Adherent Cell Therapy 

8. Winner Drug Product: Bayer, Hof, Glatt und Stäubli – Drum Handling 

9. Winner MedTech: ICA – Hero21 

10. Audience Award: Goldfuss und Lonza – Bioburden 

The audience award was assigned by the audience. -> Winner 3

11. Automated dosing and testing bench by JAG 


13. Telemanipulation of a Robotics arm + with Haptic Device by Stäubli/ForceDimension 

14. Fully automated sterile Powder Handling by SKAN 

15. Handling of Tablets by Dessl

16. Robotic handling system for samples and rejects by Groninger 

17. Glove & Gown Sampling Robot (GGSR) by Technicon 

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18. Infeed Cobot for vials by Manders Automation 

19. Fully autonomous shopfloor logistics by EngroTec

20. Production of parts of implants from SEFAR MEDIFAC by PharmaBotix