September 7, 2023 Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 21, Issue 36

In This Issue

 Featured Books

LIMS Selection Guide for ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratories

 Featured Content

28 Signs Your Lab Might Need a LIMS

There comes a point in every lab where data gets scattered across paper files, spreadsheets, and a patchwork of laboratory systems. Manual processes can’t keep up with rising demand. Ultimately, customer satisfaction plummets with profound implications for the lab. All these challenges stem from the way labs manage information. If these 28 signs of laboratory information management challenges look familiar, your lab is ready for a LIMS. [Read More]

True Lab Automation: Utopia for the Life Sciences

Lab automation is transforming the life sciences industry in fields such as synthetic biology and genetic engineering by streamlining processes and supercharging research and development. These advances will transform the practices of medicine, manufacturing, and agriculture, among others. Achieving lab automation may seem like a utopian dream, but it’s not as far off as you think. [Read More]

Separating Data Information within a LIMS

LIMS solutions always consist of an application, which provides the user interface, and an underlying database, which holds all the data securely. One of the features of Matrix Gemini is that it can offer a choice of multiple databases to connect to during startup. Our demonstration system uses this feature to allow us to show potential users the system most appropriate to them. However, this architecture also has benefits for users when it comes to organizing their data. [Read More]

LIMS in the Environmental & Water Industry

Environmental testing laboratories play a pivotal role in safeguarding the quality of elements ranging from the air we inhale to the water we consume. In an era where data precision and ecological responsibility are paramount, LIMS is emerging as a transformative force that streamlines processes, supports regulatory compliance, and elevates sustainability efforts. [Read More]

Want to Safeguard Your Lab Data? Five Questions to Ask Your IT Team or LIMS Vendor

Busy labs collect an incredible amount of data every day. From patient and sample data and test results to information about equipment, reagents, and personnel, data is the foundation of the lab business. So safeguarding this valuable data — maintaining its security and ensuring it is always accessible — is critical. In our last post, we shared four ways to ensure your cloud-based laboratory information management system (LIMS) keeps patient data safe. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at other ways to keep data secure, including data backups, disaster recovery plans, and security audits. [Read More]

Navigating Digital Risk: Understanding Risk Assessment in Lab Software

In today's technologically advanced world, labs rely heavily on software solutions to streamline their operations and improve efficiency. However, with the adoption of digital systems comes the need for assessing and mitigating the associated risks. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of risk assessment in lab software and understand its significance in ensuring a safe and effective working environment. We discuss the intricacies of risk assessment, its key components, and the role it plays in the validation process. [Read More]

The Role of Food and Beverage Stability Testing

With the wide range of food and beverage products the consumer has available, they need assurance that the items they purchase are safe and will last on their shelves or in their refrigerators and freezers until they reach their use-by dates. That is the role that shelf life and stability testing play in the marketplace. That work can be assisted by automated testing, which in turn can be managed by a well-designed informatics system, such as LabLynx ELab LIMS, to organize, manage, and report the process of testing protocols. [Read More]

 Journal Articles

09/05/2023 - Autonomous experimental systems in materials science

Materials science has been and continues to be an important study, particularly as we strive to overcome challenges such as climate change, pollution, and world hunger. And like many other sciences, the expanding paradigm of autonomous systems, machine learning (ML), and even artificial intelligence (AI) stands to leave a positive mark on how we conduct research on materials of all types. Ishizuki et al. of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and The University of Tokyo echo this sentiment in their 2023 paper published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials: Methods, which discusses the state of the art of autonomous experimental systems (AESs) and their benefits to material science laboratories. After introducing the topic, the authors explore the state of the art through other researchers' efforts, drawing conclusions based upon how AESs can be put to use in the field. After characterizing AESs' use and addressing sociocultural factors such as inventorship and authorship with AI and autonomous systems, the authors conclude that while AES will provide strong value to materials science labs, "human researchers will always be the main players," and this hybrid automation-human approach "will exponentially accelerate creative research and development, contributing to the future development of science, technology, and industry."

 Upcoming Webinars

10/18/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Generating and managing structured, reusable data tables for data-driven submissions

10/04/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Decentralized Clinical Trials and Digital Health: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of Recent FDA Guidance

09/28/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Automate Clinical Documents with Generative AI

09/21/2023 - Webinar: Cloud hosted LIMS - 10 Things to Know Before You Jump

09/20/2023 - Webinar: Getting Management Buy-in for Your Next Informatics Project (Panel Discussion)

09/20/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Creating your Digital Lab of the Future: Blueprint for Next-Generation Laboratories

09/13/2023 - Semaphore Solutions Presents: Clarity LIMS Office Hours

 Upcoming Trade Events

11/16/2023 - Paperless Lab Academy® 2023 USA

10/24/2023 - HIS 2023

 LIMS Bid Opportunities

12/31/2023 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System for Laboratory eTools Repository

10/26/2023 - Request for Bids: Multi-ministry SaaS LIMS

10/13/2023 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for Purdue University

09/25/2023 - Request for Information: Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Replacement for Montana Department of Justice (DOJ)

09/22/2023 - Request for Proposals: National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

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