November 9, 2023
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

Volume 21, Issue 45

 

In This Issue

 Announcements

10/30/2023 - LiMSforum is pleased to offer LiMShelp consulting to our laboratory members at no charge

LiMSforum publishes the LiMSpec to help your laboratory develop your LIMS requirements.  Today, LiMSforum now provides free LIMS consulting services to our laboratory members to help utilize the LiMSpec to capture all of the laboratory user requirements specifications (URS) and to develop a set of requirements that reflects the LIMS needs specific to your lab. To learn more about this offering, please click here.

 Featured Books

LIMS Selection Guide for ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratories

 Featured Content

How does a cybersecurity standards framework fit into a laboratory’s cybersecurity plan?

An effective cybersecurity plan is imperative for any laboratory, given the often sensitive nature of the data it manages. A cybersecurity standards framework can help labs develop a complete, effective, affordable cybersecurity plan while keeping the laboratory’s expertise in testing and analysis, not the vast and constantly evolving landscape of cyber risks. [Read More]


QLIMS Case Study: Confectionery Brand

In this LIMS case study, we delve into how one of the world’s leading confectionery brands faced challenges and how QLIMS has worked to bring the highest levels of testing for their raw and packaging materials. [Read More]


The Potent Combination of ELN and LIMS: The Fast-Track from Ideation to Commercialization

Rooms filled with boxes of laboratory notebooks to the brim. Scattered Post-it notes and Excel sheets. It may sound like a chaotic scene of a mad scientist’s lab, but these things may be all too familiar to the modern-day R&D researcher. The struggle R&D researchers face today is real: while great leaps in science and technology have been made over the last few decades, lab technology hasn’t kept pace with the needs of modern researchers. Enter Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN) and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)... [Read More]


Using a LIMS to Manage Quality Control Samples in a Laboratory

Laboratories use Quality Control (QC) samples to ensure the accuracy and precision of their results and test procedures. However, managing QC samples can add an extra level of complexity to analytical testing, with the potential of introducing errors to the process. This blog describes how the Runsheet module of Autoscribe’s Matrix Gemini LIMS can help laboratories manage and automate their QC requirements and reduce potential errors. [Read More]


ELN vs LIMS vs LIS Solutions

Over decades, many different types of software have been developed to facilitate the scientific research and testing processes that occur in all different types of laboratory settings. The results is a cluster of acronyms and abbreviations that causes a lot of confusion amongst those trying to determine what will best support their specific needs.   In this article we hope to provide helpful guidance by explaining what an ELN, a LIMS, and a LIS do, the environments they’re best suited for, and shed light on the current state of laboratory informatics technology. [Read More]


What are the key elements of a LIMS for clinical diagnostics?

In clinical diagnostics, laboratories that expect to stay ahead must embrace cutting-edge technologies while adhering to regulatory obligations. A LIMS streamlines operations and positions labs at the forefront of diagnostic excellence is necessary. A LIMS for clinical diagnostics labs is a multifaceted solution that combines sample management, data management, stringent quality control, seamless integration, user management, and regulatory compliance. [Read More]


For a 3rd Year Running, L7 Informatics Joins the Winner’s Circle Again, Making the 2023 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™

 L7 Informatics today proudly announces its inclusion in the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 500™, for the third consecutive year. This accolade celebrates the company's extraordinary 2047% revenue growth, a testament to its groundbreaking approach and unwavering commitment to the life sciences sector. [Read More]


Why flexible plate mapping matters for therapeutic antibody secondary screens

Therapeutic antibodies are a revolutionary drug class that can treat a wide range of diseases. Secondary screens characterize the functional properties of candidate antibodies, narrowing the pool to those most likely to succeed in clinical trials. The wide range of micro-plate based assays that can test hundreds of variables at once requires accurate and complex plate maps that capture a variety of plate re-array options. Using LIMSense™, a modern LIMS from AduroSys, can ensure you keep track of all of your samples and identify the best antibodies for further development. [Read More]

 Journal Articles

11/07/2023 - Shared metadata for data-centric materials science

In this 2023 paper published in the journal Scientific Data, Ghiringhelli et al. present the results of an international workshop of materials scientists who came together to discuss metadata and data formats as they relate to data sharing in materials science. With a focus on the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable), the authors introduce the concept of materials science data management needs, and the value of metadata towards making shareable data FAIR. They then go into specific use cases, such as electronic-structure calculations, potential-energy sampling, and managing metadata for computational workflows. They also address the nuances of file formats and metadata schemas as they relate to those file formats. They clise with an outlook on the use of ontologies in materials science, followed by conclusions, with a heavy emphasis on "the importance of developing a hierarchical and modular metadata schema in order to represent the complexity of materials science data and allow for access, reproduction, and repurposing of data, from single-structure calculations to complex workflows." They add: "the biggest benefit of meeting the interoperability challenge will be to allow for routine comparisons between computational evaluations and experimental observations."

 Upcoming Webinars

11/15/2023 - Astrix Webinar – Decentralized Clinical Trials and Digital Health: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of Recent FDA Guidance

 Upcoming Trade Events

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

MASTER YOUR eDATA LIFE CYCLE:  The Paperless Lab Academy® is thrilled to finally land in the United States after so many requests from sponsors and attendees. We celebrated the 10th edition in Europe and are now coming to the U.S. with a strong and thought-provoking program to discuss everything about mastering your data life cycle. Register now and discover the program.

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