December 21, 2022 - North Pole Enterprise Improves Productivity with LabLynx LIMS

On the morning of December 26, 2019, LabLynx, Inc., a trusted laboratory information management system (LIMS) vendor in Smyrna, GA, received a peculiar email. Someone claiming to be Kris Kringle had visited LabLynx.com and filled out a form requesting to connect with a LabLynx team member and schedule a demo of the ELab LIMS software solution. The entire LabLynx office was abuzz. [Read More]

December 21, 2022 - Answers to Five Common Questions About Validation

If you operate computer software, at some point you may need to consider some aspect of validation. As an end user of any software, you benefit from the validation and testing that software underwent before it got to you. Validation of systems or instruments assures all parties that the object of the validation will function as intended. It is a valuable exercise for any organization, even those that aren’t in industries subject to government regulations around CSV. This blog looks at questions that many of the organizations we work with have around computer systems validation (CSV). [Read More]

December 21, 2022 - Securing Your LIMS in the Cloud

Although it may seem counterintuitive, transplanting your lab’s data and workflows from your on-premises servers to a third-party’s cloud-based LIMS makes your lab more secure. Moving your lab’s operations into the cloud also splits responsibility for security between you and your cloud LIMS vendor. Security in the cloud is one factor laboratories must consider when adopting a LIMS. There are shared security responsibilities in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model and LabLynx’s cloud-based LIMS offers security advantages over an in-house application. [Read More]

December 21, 2022 - Enhancing the scientific lab experience Part 1: The lab-centric environment

Digital transformation is the bedrock of an overall positive scientific experience in the lab. For truly successful digital transformation, both the physical and data lab environments need to be carefully brought together. Lab information management systems, or LIMS, are an ideal solution, effortlessly integrating these two settings. This two-part blog series explores how to use LIMS to enhance the overall scientific experience: in this first blog, we focus on how flexible interaction with LIMS can improve the lab-centric environment. [Read More]

December 21, 2022 - Astrix Scientific Staffing Blog – A Guide to State Pay Transparency Laws for Employers Part 1

As pay transparency laws become increasingly common across the United States, employers must understand their obligations. The range of regulations varies by state. This is part one of our two series blog posts; we will cover the states that have statewide pay transparency laws, what those laws entail, who is affected, and what employers need to know. Stay tuned for part two of our blog posts that covers the rest of the states with salary transparency laws. [Read More]

December 21, 2022 - The Logilab ELN website is now live and has got a lot more to offer

In a bid to reach the ears of people from regulated & non-regulated industries that are in need of paperless data capture solutions for their lab, we launched Logilab ELN, a cloud-based next-gen version of its  Electronic Lab Notebook solution in 2021, with the goal to make research and QC labs paperless. [Read More]

December 14, 2022 - Has Your Laboratory Information Management Software Reached the End of the Road?

Pexels pixabay 163728 800px no credit neededFed up with your current laboratory information management system (LIMS)? Find yourself struggling to work efficiently? Strangled by the inflexibility of your LIMS? The requirement to upgrade your LIMS boils down to operational efficiency. If your current LIMS is slowing down the laboratory turnaround times, becoming a burden to use, and demotivating staff, it’s time to upgrade! [Read More]

December 14, 2022 - Informatics in the Food and Beverage Industry

The food and beverage industry is under pressure from a variety of fronts, including a need to meet customer demand for nutritious, safe products; address environmental concerns like waste management and reduction; keep products on shelves, and meet the demands of multiple regulatory agencies are just a few points, all while making a profit. Laboratory informatics can play a significant role in increasing the efficiency and productivity of that research and testing. LabLynx’s ELab LIMS software solution, in particular, can support everything from materials evaluation in research to quality control during and after products are produced. [Read More]

December 14, 2022 - Guidelines for Selecting a Pharmacovigilance System Project Team and Their Responsibilities

Pharmacovigilance system implementations succeed when project team members are properly chosen, and their responsibilities are clearly delineated and documented. It is crucial to include the appropriate professionals on the pharmacovigilance system implementation team. Selecting the best qualified individuals for the team greatly enhances the odds for success. [Read More]

December 14, 2022 - How Logilab SDMS helps Laboratories to enable Eudralex Annex 11 Compliance: Part 1

Eudralex is the collection of rules and regulations governing medicinal products (for human use as well as for veterinary use) in European Union (EU). Eudralex consists of 10 volumes, of which only Volume 1 (concerning medicinal products for human use) and Volume 5 (concerning medicinal products for veterinary use) present official legislation. The basic legislation is supported by a series of guidelines that are published within the other eight volumes. [Read More]

December 7, 2022 - LIMS Selection Workbook for All Laboratories

When planning a project of any type, it makes perfect sense to initially research and detail the specifics of the project to lay a solid foundation to work from. This is particularly true with software development, where careful initial planning is vital to ensuring the project is legitimate in the eyes of critical stakeholders and will meet specified goals. This demands the creation of a software requirements specification.  Many specification documents for laboratory informatic systems have been compiled over the years. This updated version incorporates standards and regulations and provides a guidance-based approach to building a spec document for your LIMS. A solid set of LIMS requirements can act as a checklist when determining which LIMS vendor is right for your laboratory. [Read More]

December 7, 2022 - Non-Classical Computing is Impacting the Digital Transformation of Life Sciences

High-performance computing is a fundamental enabler for Big Data, AI, and Advanced Simulations and non-classical computing architectures use parallelism, in-memory processing, and other mechanisms to dramatically increase computing throughput potential. Non-Classical computing platforms, such as quantum computing or large-scale (i.e., exascale) computing platforms, are making it possible to run previously impossible algorithms to compute in a reasonable time.  [Read More]

December 7, 2022 - The Return on Investment for Laboratory Informatics

Laboratory work depends upon highly skilled people and sophisticated equipment to produce knowledge, information, and data. The cost, value, and ROI for those products are affected by the methods used to record and manage them. Producing knowledge, information, and data is one key aspect of laboratory work. Keeping it useable, accessible, and searchable over the long term is key to maintaining its value and realizing the return on your investment in laboratory space, equipment, and personnel. [Read  More]

December 7, 2022 - Post-Event Recap: Pistoia Alliance 2022 Collaborate to Innovate Conference

Post-Event Recap: Pistoia Alliance 2022 Collaborate to Innovate ConferenceThe Pistoia Alliance is a global, not-for-profit organization that strives to lower barriers and overcome obstacles to innovation to transform life sciences R&D with a focus on collaboration across all levels from academia, biotech companies big and small to technology providers. The Alliance fosters pre-competitive collaboration with members working together as equals on projects that will benefit the industry as a whole—whether it is identifying the root causes of inefficiencies, working with regulators to adopt new standards, or helping researchers implement AI effectively—and more!  [Read More]

December 7, 2022 - How Logilab SDMS helps Laboratories to enable 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance: Part 3

Nature of Logilab SDMS and its applicability for 21 CFR Part 11 Logilab SDMS is a closed system. Closed system means an environment in which system access is controlled by persons who are responsible for the content of electronic records that are on the system. [Read  More]

December 7, 2022 - How To Prevent Candidate Ghosting

You found your ideal candidate. Their resume and qualifications are what you are looking for, and they impressed you and your hiring managers during the initial or follow-up interviews. They seemed equally enthused about the opportunity, and you follow up with them for the next steps and wait for their response. Days go by, no email responses, and they are not answering your calls. What happened? You have been ghosted.  [Read More]

November 30, 2022 - Automation in Farming Can Forever Change the Agriculture Industry

As if the looming need to feed the world’s growing population were not enough, farmers are dealing with many other challenges in sustaining their business. Farm automation can help the agriculture industry meet the needed increase in production, while at the same time solving labor shortage problems and allowing for increased care of the environment. Farm-focused agriculture labs can assist with soil and seed analysis, among other things, and utilize the data captured by drones and crop sensors to provide recommendations for crop rotation, fertilizer adjustments, or new pesticide treatments. [Read More]

November 30, 2022 - How Logilab SDMS helps Laboratories to enable 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance: Part 2

Agaram Technologies’ Logilab SDMS is a generic software application designed to handle scientific instrument data from any analytical instrument and can facilitate data management with access control. Logilab SDMS will perform scheduled data capture, cataloguing, archival and facilitate restoring data and has capabilities to extract data of interest from instrument output to be pushed to external systems like Electronic Note Book (ELN), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP). [Read More]

November 30, 2022 - Composable Architecture’s Impact on a Digital Transformation of Life Sciences

Composable Architecture shifts the focus from monolithic application suites and hosting to use of best of breed solutions as part of a unified platform-ecosystem.  By leveraging business architecture, technologies, and agile thinking, organizations can speed discovery, gain greater agility, and enable flexibility to handle future changes. Many organizations find that the fundamental components to enable Composable Architecture are already in place. [Read More]

November 23, 2022 - Pooled Sample Testing in LIMS

Pooling samples and testing the resulting single sample can help laboratories improve productivity, reduce reagent use, and cut costs. Pool-testing can be used to increase throughput if testing resources are limited or during times of increased demand. Sample pooling is used in many industries. [Read More]