Frontier technologies promise to revolutionize life sciences R&D, but will this truly be the case? At the 2018 Benchling User Forum, a panel of industry leaders discussed R&D management in the current age of unprecedented technological change. Within the past decade, advances in structural and computational biology and genomics have changed the pace of innovation and transformed standard practices. How can R&D managers balance the promise that new technologies offer with the reality of running day-to-day operations? Join a conversation among visionaries about the future of R&D.