September 8, 2020
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 18, Issue 36


In This Issue

 Featured Books

COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory

 Featured Content

09/08/2020 - Case Study: LabVantage LIMS Biobanking Validation for a Contract Research Organization

A contract research organization (CRO) providing full-service clinical development services to biopharmaceutical and medical device sponsors was interested in implementing one centralized system to manage their biorepository. They choose to install the LabVantage pre-packaged LIMS designed for biobanking (LabVantage Biobanking), as this system is pre-configured to address all aspects of biorepository management.

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09/08/2020 - Lab Lessons from COVID-19: Best-of-Breed Systems Enable Stronger Response

The lab is the command post in the fight against COVID-19. If your organization is considering a shift from best-of-breed laboratory technology to  an enterprise-wide system and EHR with a patchwork of add-on applications, now is an  important time to elevate this question: During a pandemic, is it fiscally responsible to  spend millions moving away from best-of-breed laboratory systems that work? Read more  in our blog post, Best-of-Breed Systems Enable Stronger Response

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09/08/2020 - See why Genomic Prediction Chose Exemplar

Genomic Prediction a clinical laboratory which provides advanced genetic testing to reduce the risk of disease and improve the health outcome of newborns chose Exemplar as their clinical LIMS.

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09/01/2020 - Clouds or Clods? Software as a Service in GxP Regulated Laboratories

Clouds or Clods?This blog will discuss some of the regulatory risks involved in using a cloud software service provider, or Software as a Service (SaaS). If you take this route, will you be floating on a cloud or just a clod? A clod is defined as a lump of earth or a stupid person—I leave it to you to decide whether these definitions apply, after you finish reading.

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 Journal Articles

09/02/2020 - Mini-review of laboratory operations in biobanking: Building biobanking resources for translational research

In this 2020 article published in Frontiers in Public Health, Cicek and Olson of Mayo Clinic discuss the importance of biorepository operations and their focus on the storage and management of biospecimens. In particular, they address the importance of maintaining quality biospecimens and enacting processes and procedures that fulfill the long-term goals of biobanking institutions. After a brief introduction of biobanks and their relation to translational research, the authors discuss the various aspects that go into long-term planning for a successful biobank, including the development of standard operating procedures and staff training programs, as well as the implementation of informatics tools such as the laboratory information management system (LIMS). They conclude by emphasizing that "[b]iorepository operations require an enormous amount of support, from lab and storage space, information technology expertise, and a LIMS to logistics for biospecimen tracking, quality management systems, and appropriate facilities" in order to be most effective in their goals.

Laboratory Technology Management & Planning

This document is based on a presentation delivered by chemist and automation consultant Joe Liscouski at the 2nd Annual Lab Asset & Facility Management in Pharma 2019 conference held in San Diego, CA, on October 22nd, 2019. It is not a verbatim transcript, but an expansion of the material presented. The presentation addressed the importance of effective technology management and planning within scientific work. With improved technology management and planning, "[t]hat work should yield better organized systems, reduced costs, better workflows, and improved ROI. How do you go about it? That is what we’ll start to address in this material."

Demystifying Biomedical Big Data: A User's Guide

This is a Georgetown University course that is released on the edX platform. The eight-week course is designed to provide greater "understanding, analysis, and interpretation of biomedical big data to those in the biomedical field with limited or no significant experience in bioinformatics." The course is free to take, with a Verified Certificate of completion available for $49. The course requires on average three to six hours a week of effort. Access to the class begins September 9, 2019.
 Upcoming Webinars

09/17/2020 - Reimagining Life Sciences R&D During COVID-19 and Beyond

09/23/2020 - Astrix Webinar – R&D Enterprise Architecture for Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning

09/23/2020 - Data Analysis and Visualization in STARLIMS

10/01/2020 - Lab Testing in the 21st Century

 Featured Discussions

09/03/2020 - Covid-19: Professor Didier Raoult targeted by a complaint to the Order of Physicians

08/27/2020 - Best Software For Pathology Lab Management System

07/24/2020 - Electronic Lab Notebook

07/02/2020 - Laboratory ICT documentation template

02/14/2020 - How to approach connecting instruments to a network

12/10/2019 - I am an instrument vendor and I have a question regarding data standard

 Other News

09/08/2020 - COVID-19 Testing Labs Can Skip RNA Extraction, Simplifying and Accelerating Workflow, With New Promega XpressAmp™ Direct Amplification Reagents

09/08/2020 - First U.S. Lab Implements AI-based Solution for Cancer Detection in Pathology

 Bid Opportunities

09/18/2020 - Request for Proposals: Development and Deployment of a Web-based Laboratory Information Management System for Kephis Analytical Chemistry Laboratory and Food Safety

09/22/2020 - Request for Proposals: Oral Pathology Lab Management System

09/23/2020 - Request for Proposals: Environmental Laboratory Testing

09/30/2020 - Request for Quote: Materials Testing and Laboratory Analysis Services

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Computing Solutions, Inc.
OnQ Software
SCC Soft Computer
Sapio Sciences
Thermo Fisher Scientific

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