May 22, 2019 - CloudLIMS Version 1.83 Released!

CloudLIMS, an advanced cloud-based SaaS LIMS, accelerates biobanking, clinical research, and testing laboratory operations by efficiently managing laboratory data, automating laboratory workflows, and following regulatory compliance such as ISO/IEC 17025:2017. The new version of CloudLIMS, version 1.83, is equipped with several new features and enhancements to better meet the data management and reporting requirements of testing laboratories, such as clinical, cannabis, agriculture and food & beverage. The highlights of this version are the ability to configure dependent analyte attributes for auto-calculation of complex test results and improvements in the test report template.
To read the complete blog, please visit: https://cloudlims.com/blog/releases/cloudlims-version-183.html

May 15, 2019 - Data Integrity: The Importance of a Quality Culture

Verification of data integrity is a critical part of the FDA’s mission to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices. As such, the FDA’s expectation is that all data generated to support the quality of manufactured products is both reliable and accurate.

Compliance violations involving data integrity have led to numerous regulatory actions by the FDA in recent years, including warning letters, import alerts, and consent decrees. In 2018 alone, the FDA issued 54 warning letters that had references to data integrity and data management deficiencies in pharmaceutical companies, 10 of which were in the United States. An analysis of 2018 warning letters by FDAzilla found that 45% of GMP-related warning letters issued to pharmaceutical companies based in the United States included a data integrity deficiency.

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May 15, 2019 - How LIMS Supports Food Safety Best Practices

Food and beverage providers have a great responsibility to ensure the release of safe and healthy food products to the tables of consumers. With the globalization of the food supply chain in recent years, this responsibility has grown more complex as the progression from raw materials to production and packaging involves an increased number of players. Furthermore, public demand for a wide variety of foods that are available year-round create more opportunity for error.

May 15, 2019 - Back from the ISBER 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibits

CloudLIMS is back from the ISBER 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibits held in Shanghai, China. For the first time, ISBER hosted its annual meeting in the Asia Pacific region. More than 700 repository professionals participated in the annual meeting.

May 8, 2019 - Meeting the Challenges of a Multi-Generational Workforce

Due to the 75 million strong Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age, a wide range of industries in the United States are currently experiencing labor shortages. Combine this with the fact that, for a variety of reasons, many Baby Boomers are delaying their retirement and you have a recipe for significant generational diversity in the modern American workplace. It is not uncommon these days for a 20-year-old new hire to work with colleagues 50+ years their senior. Many companies are, in fact, now employing a workforce that spans four different generations.

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May 1, 2019 - Highlights from the 2019 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo

Since its inception in 2002, the annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo has become a premier event for showcasing the wide-array of IT and informatics applications and enabling technologies that drive biomedical research, drug discovery & development, and clinical and healthcare initiatives.

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May 1, 2019 - LIMS and ELN Planning: Having the Right Non-Laboratory Team Members

This blog post is part of an on-going series about the LIMS and ELN implementation journey, specifically the Do’s and Don’ts of the implementation planning phase.  Today’s post discusses who should be on your project team from outside the lab.  We’ll take a look at who should be on the team and some of the activities they should complete.

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May 1, 2019 - What is a Biobank?

A biobank is the centralized source of high-quality human biological specimens. Biobanks are often called biorepositories, however, there exists a fine distinction between the two. A biorepository involves the collection of plants, animals and other non-human samples; whereas a biobank mainly store biological samples obtained from humans. Biobanking is the process of collecting, storing and distributing human biological samples and related data for clinical research purpose.
To read the complete blog, please visit: https://freelims.org/blog/what-is-a-biobank.html

April 24, 2019 - Why Your Laboratory Needs a Strategic Informatics Roadmap

The digital revolution is rapidly changing the landscape for R&D companies by making readily accessible information and data ubiquitous. As such, having a strategic informatics roadmap is crucial to harnessing this data.  This abundance of data, along with the technology to store and analyze it, has served to dramatically accelerate the pace of change in our world and intensify competition amongst businesses. Industry leading enterprises are investing heavily in IT initiatives in the laboratory that create pathways to accelerated product development, improved quality and compliance, enhanced customer safety, and reduced cost.

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April 24, 2019 - LIMS and ELN Planning – DON’Ts (and what to do instead)

“Getting” a LIMS or ELN is a much more complicated and lengthy journey than many organizations expect.  For many labs, just defining requirements and refining a vendor short list can be a months-long endeavor, but there is much farther to travel after selecting your preferred LIMS or ELN product.  Many clients envision an efficient, automated lab that runs on a shiny new LIMS or ELN, but we often see expensive software systems fail to live up to these expectations.  LIMS or ELN licenses alone can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and at that price, how could they not perform as promised?!

This blog post examines the LIMS and ELN Implementation Planning part of the journey and highlights some common problems to avoid as you traverse the road to your laboratory informatics destination.

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April 17, 2019 - CloudLIMS @ ISBER 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, Shanghai, China

CloudLIMS is excited to participate at the ISBER 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibits to be held at the Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China, May 7-10, 2019. Over 700 delegates from across the world are expected to attend the annual meeting. We are presenting a poster titled “Leveraging Cloud-based LIMS for Managing Tissue Samples at RGCIRC Biorepository to Facilitate Cancer Research”.
To read the complete blog, please visit: https://cloudlims.com/blog/isber2019.html

 

April 17, 2019 - CloudLIMS Version 1.82 Released!

CloudLIMS, an advanced cloud-based SaaS LIMS, accelerates biobanking, clinical research, and testing laboratory operations by efficiently managing laboratory data, automating laboratory workflows, and following regulatory compliance. The new version of CloudLIMS, version 1.82, is equipped with a new module, the Document module. It enables testing laboratories, such as clinical, cannabis, agriculture and food & beverage, to manage laboratory documents, exercise version and access control. 

April 10, 2019 - Back from the AACR Annual Meeting 2019

CloudLIMS is back from the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, USA. Over 20,000 attendees from across the globe participated in the annual meeting to share their knowledge and discoveries with each other, with the objective of making improvement and progress in cancer research.

 

April 3, 2019 - PITTCON 2019 Highlights – New twists refresh Pittcon

PITTCON celebrated its 70th year this year making it one of the oldest laboratory shows and still one of the largest US exhibitions we attend. The 2019 format, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, was similar to last year with a five-day technical program and a three-day exhibition. Many US Labs, large and small, find PITTCON a great place to research LIMS. They are able to compare the main vendors in-depth over the course of the three days and get to understand them enough to make some initial choices and guide their future decisions over user requirements. Unlike in previous years there was no “Informatics” section, so those doing the research had to search out the LIMS vendors from the exhibitors.

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March 27, 2019 - Improving Laboratory Efficiency with Application Portfolio Rationalization

Industry-leading enterprises have tended to invest heavily in laboratory IT initiatives to drive the innovation necessary to stay competitive while improving laboratory efficiency. These organizations deploy applications for all the right reasons – reduce costs, improve organizational efficiency, drive innovation. Unfortunately, application bloat is an all too common occurrence across large organizations.

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March 27, 2019 - CloudLIMS @Bio-IT World Conference & Expo ’19, Boston, USA

CloudLIMS is excited to exhibit at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo ’19, to be held at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, USA, April 16-18, 2019. We are showcasing our secure, scalable, cloud-based SaaS Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), CloudLIMS, at booth 609. We are also presenting a poster titled “Addressing Security and Privacy of Data with Cloud-Based Informatics”.
 

March 27, 2019 - CloudLIMS Version 1.81 Released!

CloudLIMS, an advanced cloud-based SaaS LIMS, accelerates biobanking, clinical research, and testing laboratory operations by efficiently managing laboratory data, automating laboratory workflows, and following regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, ISO/IEC 17025:2017. CloudLIMS is pleased to introduce a new module, the Kits module, in its new version 1.81.
 

 

March 19, 2019 - Guiding Principles for Building a Smart Laboratory

Building a Smart laboratory involves a multi-disciplinary approach and a commitment to move away from traditional paper processes.  Many day-to-day, routine laboratory operations are still carried out using manual, paper-based systems for everything from recording test results to managing inventories to documenting and scheduling instrument calibrations. This reliance on paper is not just expensive, it also decreases the efficiency of the laboratory workplace and leaves the laboratory vulnerable to having valuable data misplaced, lost or destroyed.

Technological advancements in wireless networks, laboratory equipment, sensor technologies, micro-electronics, informatics software and other areas have helped to spawn a digital revolution in connectivity in the modern laboratory. Forward-thinking organizations are capitalizing on this digital revolution to create highly integrated and automated smart laboratories that help facilitate product quality and efficiency in manufacturing processes, as well as enhanced innovation and product development through data analysis, process monitoring and continuous feedback.

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March 13, 2019 - Free Vs Commercial LIMS

One of the major challenges faced by laboratories across the world is efficient sample tracking and workflow management. With technological advancements that enable the automation of laboratory operations, implementing an automated management system such as Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is quickly turning into an essential requirement
To read the complete blog, please visit: https://freelims.org/blog/free-lims-vs-commercial-lims.html

March 13, 2019 - CloudLIMS @2019 Cannabis Science Conference East, Baltimore, USA

CloudLIMS is pleased to announce its participation at the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 8-10, 2019. We are showcasing our secure, cloud-based, ISO/IEC 17025:2017 compliant Cannabis LIMS