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Humanity & Optimism: The future of science is here

Today’s optimism is tomorrow’s innovation

Scientists’ role is to move us toward a better future. But what does that future look like? What does the next generation lab look like, who is standing in it and what problems will they be solving?

Thermo Fisher Scientific partnered with Savanta, a leading market research company, to understand what professionals in Life Sciences expect the world to look like in 2030. We conducted 20 hour-long in-depth interviews and surveyed more than 600 Life Science professionals from the United States and Europe.

What they had to say about the future was deeply reassuring, richly satisfying and occasionally surprising.

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“It is an exciting time to be a scientist. And it’s getting better. I feel like I’m just exploring my hobby or a passion, and I get paid for it.”

Director, Biotechnology

Faced with these challenges, scientists are not afraid to tackle them, and are confident they are going to succeed:


of scientist agree that Life Sciences companies should prioritize people and humanity over the products and services they provide.


of scientists believe they will live to see a complete cure to most types of cancers during their lifetime.


of scientists say implementation of environmentally responsible R&D can be achieved by 2050.

By 2030, scientist believe the following:

believe that artificial intelligence computing will have completely transformed the operation of labs.

say that fewer human workers will be needed in labs because of productivity gains tied to robotics.

agree that by 2030, virtual labs will rival traditional ones in terms of numbers and output.

say the labs of 2030 will be unrecognizable compared to right before the pandemic.

Level of diversity scientists see in their field, today and tomorrow

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"Having people who have those different perspectives is so critical, especially in Science and Biotechnology. You need that. You need your ideas to be challenged, and you need those different dialogues and different perspectives in order to make a change.”

Director, Clinical Research

Scientists were optimistic about achieving sustainability goals by 2030

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think sustainability is an important focus for Life Sciences companies over the next 10 years



state the need to perform well on Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) measures will increase in importance by 2030

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“The world is changing every day. It’s essential for a company that wants to be a leader in the global market to be always one step forward to the changes that are developing in the world in order to be prepared to offer what the people and society need to have a better life.”

Marketing Lead, Life Sciences

Humanity & Optimism: The future of science is here