As automation continues to work its way into agriculture, large farms are using robotic farm equipment for much of the work that had been done by people. Computing and information technology have a significant role to play from guiding tractors around fields, advising farmers on what crops to plant given forecasted weather conditions and consumer demand, managing communications, and maintaining records and data. Our interests in this article are going to focus on computing and information technology in the realm of agriculture research and laboratory testing
When technology changes, you must change with it. If not, your business could fall behind. Organizations can be easily swayed by new technology buzzwords such as digital transformation and AI/ML for the laboratory, without really understanding what will be required to enact that technology. As a consultancy to a wide range of companies, it is our business to stay at the forefront of laboratory innovation, learn all that we can about what the future may be, and share those learnings with our audience. [Read More]
Astrix participated as the Networking Reception Sponsor at the Pistoia Annual Conference in Boston, MA on Nov 1-2, 2022. This event had over 225 life sciences R&D representatives from many of the largest Pharma companies. Participants from Astrix included individuals from our Lab Information Systems group, Strategic Consulting Services group, and Marketing. [Read More]
Title 21 CFR Part 11 is the part of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations that establishes the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations on electronic records & electronic signatures (ERES). Part 11 sets out how a company operating in the US can use electronic quality records & digital signatures in place of paper-based documentation & ‘wet signatures’ in such a way that complies with FDA regulations. [Read More]
When writing job descriptions, there are seemingly little-known techniques that can turn your job postings into irresistible magnets for the right candidates. If you’re seeking quality over quantity and prefer to hire for longevity, then these four insider tips can shorten the interval between getting the attention of – and obtaining —the talent who’ll happily choose your organization. [Read More]
In an earlier article1
, we looked at the role laboratory information management systems (LIMS)
played in manufacturing/production operations, as well as their relationship to other control/database systems. This article is going to shift the focus to the source of those manufactured/production operations: research and development. [Read More]
One of the many benefits of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is that all laboratory data is captured in one place. This allows laboratories to easily extract Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and detailed management statistics from the data, providing a rich source of information to optimize operations and eliminate wastage. Yet few laboratories take maximum advantage of this capability. [Read More]
GLP lays down a very important principle that the data captured or entered in the system must be accurate. In order to ensure accuracy, GLP necessitates computerized system must have the capability to validate, verify and filter the data for accuracy. Logilab SDMS ensures that users can verify the data that is captured from the instruments can go through a workflow process. [Read More]
No organization, no matter how large or small, is safe from missteps in their efforts to progress and evolve. Mergers and acquisitions are the largest and loftiest of all change efforts a company can set out to achieve, with roughly 70 to 90 percent of them failing abysmally according to the Harvard Business Review. Failure isn’t limited to large-scale change pursuits, though. HBR cites studies that indicate a staggering 60-70 percent rate of failure for all organizational change projects [Read More]
With all that’s going on in the world and its economies today, there’s no better time for manufacturers to turn to robotics solutions. From labor shortages and inflated material costs to supply chain backups and a potential recession, manufacturers are faced with many challenges. Those manufacturers who must design, produce, and test their products in controlled laboratory environments are no exception. [Read More]
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG)
issues in the business world. From large corporations to small businesses, more and more organizations are looking for ways to incorporate ESG Initiatives principles into their operations. But what does this shift mean for the workforce? How are employees responding to these changes – and what does it mean for your business? [Read More]
Whether you’re choosing your first LIMS or thinking of upgrading to a different platform, it’s tempting to focus solely on product features and capabilities. But that’s only looking at part of the equation. It’s equally important to consider the services available for the product through the vendor and/or third parties.
Logilab SDMS has been designed and demonstrated to be fit for purpose in a GLP environment and introduced in a pre-planned manner. The system’s operational validation process during its original product development as well as any project implementation stage includes requirement specification, design documentation, industry coding standards, unit and system testing processes with test documents and reports. [Read More]
programs are designed to manage—if not prevent—surprises, preparedness is a focus of enabling vigilance. To support executives tasked with managing their company’s PV and Safety risk, Astrix has developed the first-of-its-kind Program Preparedness Self-Assessment. Just as Open-Source software is code that is designed to be publicly accessible, the Astrix PV Preparedness Self-Assessment is being made freely available for use by the PV/Safety community. [Read More]
Can a laboratory operate successfully without the use of laboratory informatics? To some, the answer is always “yes, informatics makes it easier, but it isn’t a requirement”, and that is true in a technical sense, but in reality, the practical answer is “not anymore”. The use of informatics in the environmental industry is an example we’ll be looking at in this piece. [Read More]
At Semaphore Solutions, we’re conducting UX research for our Labbit Intelligent Lab System, a full order-to-result software solution for molecular diagnostic laboratories.
Our goal is to make Labbit one of the best LIMS in the world — from its architecture and infrastructure right through to the user experience. We want your input!
The United States is home to some of the world’s leading life science hubs. From Boston to San Francisco, these cities attract top talent and investment dollars in the life sciences sector. Here are ten of the top locations for life science hubs in the United States. [Read More]
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]
The collaborative spirit in the life sciences sector is at an all-time high. The Lab of the Future Congress examines the role of new and emerging technologies to unlock advancements in the scientific research lab through the digitalization of processes in the modern laboratory to better handle challenges now and in the future. Strateos had the opportunity to connect with industry peers at our booth during this year’s congress in Amsterdam. [Read More]
Voice Command and Natural Language Processing is the computer’s understanding of spoken and written language. The ability of voice assistants like Google, Siri, and Alexa to detect human speech, react to it, and carry out voice-based requests is made possible through a process called natural language processing (NLP). NLP is the technology that makes it possible for machines to comprehend and communicate with human speech, however it is not just used for voice interactions. [Read More]