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August 2020

Webinar: A COVID-19 Conversation: Concerns and Consideration for Cyber Hygiene and the Acceleration of Virtual Care Delivery

August 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

"The session will engage in dialogue and conversation with the audience to examine the new reality of virtual care delivery and the key strategies to ensure privacy and security within the context of the essentials of cybersecurity, the anatomy of a security breach, and the importance of appropriate cyber hygiene. If you are looking for a practical and understandable discussion of one of the most pressing issues today, join this session!"

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Webinar: Solving Common Hematopathology Testing Challenges with Next-Generation Sequencing

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Hematological malignancies are complex, heterogeneous disorders involving multiple recurrent somatic and germline mutations. For acute hematological malignancies, early diagnosis and personalized disease management remain serious challenges. Moreover, there is a growing need for reliable and timely detection of minimal residual disease (MRD) to improve overall clinical management for patients. Genomic biomarkers can provide valuable information to support these needs; however, current biomarker testing algorithms can involve multiple different modalities—often requiring laborious serial processes and time-consuming workflows. These challenges are further exacerbated by the growing number of biomarkers associated with hematological malignancies.

In recent years, next-generation sequencing (NGS) has emerged as a powerful tool for biomarker testing, owing its ability to rapidly and simultaneously interrogate multiple genomic aberrations from a single sample. This FREE webinar for laboratory leaders, with follow-up Q&A, will demonstrate how this technology can now be easily implemented, making it practical for in-house laboratories to quickly generate comprehensive molecular reports for routine clinical care."

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Webinar: Harmful Algal Bloom and Taste & Odor Testing

August 18 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

"This is the second Webinar in a series on Drinking Water Analysis. We will define the category of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), including associated Federal and State regulations which drive sampling for these constituents in managing algal toxin and taste & odor events in source waters. We will also highlight the diversity of testing options available at Eurofins and provide real-world examples of how Eurofins has supported response to and mitigation of HABs for its customers.

Topics which will be covered:

* Federal and State HABs Regulations
* Test Methodologies available to support HABs and Taste & Odor events
* Examples of method and reporting applicability for HABs projects"

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Astrix Webinar – SampleManager Modules: Everything you need to know to get the most value from your SampleManager LIMS

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

A webinar sponsored by the Astrix Technology Group

Date/Time – Wed, Aug 19, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Are you aware of the many different modules available on SampleManager and their potential use for your system? Learn from the experts at Astrix Technology Group about how these solutions can help you get the most value from your SampleManager LIMS.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Overview of the different SampleManager modules available: SM-IDI, SM-PIMS, SQC, Stability, Data Manager, LES and others
  • SampleManager Pharma Solution Module:  Accelerated implementation & effective validation tools for QA/QC
  • Factors for deciding when best to use a SampleManager Module or to Configure/Customize your LIMS system

This webinar is applicable to:

  • IT leaders responsible for the management of laboratory data and systems
  • Scientists interested in learning more about SampleManager capabilities
  • Laboratory managers and directors

Astrix and SampleManager

As the premier Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS™ Services Partner and SampleManager LIMS™ expert, Astrix Technology Group has extensive knowledge and understanding of the capabilities inherent in the latest version of SampleManager LIMS™. In addition, we have successfully demonstrated the use of industry wide best practices in the evaluation, design, development, implementation and integration of laboratory informatics solution options for hundreds of clients in a wide range of industries.

Astrix’ LIMS services for SampleManager include:

  • Business requirement analysis & project management
  • Cloud Migration
  • Design and implementation
  • Data migration
  • System integration/consolidation, configuration
  • Testing and user training
  • Systems validation

Our services begin with  a thorough understanding of your Laboratory’s needs along with mapping current workflows to determine a best vendor fit.  We work to ensure the SampleManager implementation is low-risk and highly adopted because we strive to match the right software with the right customer based on needs, skillsets…etc.

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Webinar: Cybersecurity Risk Management During a Pandemic: CISOs Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned

August 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

"COVID-19 has turned healthcare security on its head. Since March 2020, security leaders at health systems, hospitals, physician practices, and other provider organizations have grappled with the fast-moving demands of the pandemic ... COVID-19 likely accelerated healthcare’s transformation for more consumer-centric care (thanks to a growing comfort with telehealth, monitors, and other remote care technology), and most security leaders believe the remote workforce is here to stay, with many more employees working from home than before the pandemic.

In this special HIMSS webinar, three respected healthcare security leaders describe what it was (and is still) like on the COVID-19 pandemic’s frontline and how the industry confronted the security challenges thrust upon it by the pandemic – and if these challenges have created a 'new normal' for healthcare security."

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Webinar: PFAS Webinar Series, Part 1: PFAS Basics

August 25 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

"Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of synthetic compounds containing thousands of chemicals formed from carbon (C) chains with fluorine (F) atoms attached. The C-F bond is one of the shortest and strongest bonds in nature, and is responsible for most of the unique and useful characteristics of these compounds.

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are fully fluorinated compounds and were the most widely produced and studied of these chemicals. PFAS are used in a wide variety of industrial and commercial products such as textiles, leather, aqueous film forming foams (AFFF), metal finishing, semi-conductors, paper and food packaging, coating additives, photo lithography, cleaning products and pesticides.

PFOA and PFOS are persistent in the environment and are resistant to typical environmental degradation processes. As a result, they are widely distributed and are found in soil, sediments, groundwater, air and tissue across the United States. According to the US EPA, certain PFAS can bioaccumulate in the human body, and there is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes.

Topics which will be covered:
* A review of the chemistry and nomenclature
* Sources of PFAS in the environment
* Exposure pathways and risk
* A glimpse of the limited guidance and regulation that is available nationwide
* Discerning between the various analytical approaches
* Evaluating sampling protocols and best practices
* Introduction to precursors and replacement chemicals"

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Webinar: Cannabis Plant Testing Webinar: Private, Forensic, and Public Health Laboratory Approaches

August 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"Webinar speakers will describe forensic and public health laboratory approaches to cannabis plant testing for THC to increase understanding and collaboration between such laboratories, including instrumentation, methods, resources, and standard operating procedures. Approaches from a private national laboratory, a forensic laboratory, and a public health laboratory will be presented.

Moderator: Amy Miles, Director of Forensic Toxicology, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene"

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Webinar: SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Update – 2020

August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"This webinar will provide a review of the past 2019 – 2020 respiratory virus season and will highlight our surveillance strategies and challenges for 2020-2021, based on our expectations, for the upcoming respiratory virus season in light of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Additional topics that will be discussed include a review of the differences/ similarities between the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the current COVID-19 pandemic, updates on seasonal influenza, SARS-CoV-2 updates and new technologies including the roll out plans for influenza & SARS-CoV-2 multiplex PCR testing for surveillance and outbreak response. Additionally, updates on the influenza vaccine strain components will be discussed.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program.

As part of the new P.A.C.E. continuing education process, please go to the ASCLS CE Organizer web site to print your P.A.C.E. certificates. You will be asked for a code number to print the certificate. We will provide you this number during the webinar.

Please note that the deadline for receiving P.A.C.E. education credit for this webinar is August 26th, 2021."

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Webinar: Advancing Cannabis Cultivation and Processing with Scientific Data

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Getting the most out of a cannabis crop takes experience and constant decision making. Using scientific data to understand the plant THC and CBD cannabinoids, potency and how it changes through cultivation, harvesting and processing under constantly changing conditions and environment will result in making the right decisions related to:

* Plant development. Get to know the plant behaviors so you can optimize your processes and techniques.
* Managing the plant's life cycle steps. Deciding when to harvest, how long to cure and when to package in order to attain optimum potency to maximize revenue.
* Processing and formulation improvements in order to achieve consistent product will lead to better customer experience and brand preference.

The short seminar will provide a clear understanding of potency and nutrient tests and how measurement data can be applied in any operation to optimize processes, improve quality, and increase revenues."

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Webinar: LabWare LIMS can do THAT?

August 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"LabWare LIMS is a complex tool that has many features to offer your lab; including much that goes beyond the typical workflows and data management that everyone already knows. It’s time to think outside of the box and get creative with your LabWare LIMS usage.

In one hour, learn about ways to use LabWare you may have never even considered. Join our LabWare LIMS expert as they explore some of their favorite LabWare enhancements and customizations that are a bit unconventional …but very useful. If you are bored of just logging samples in LabWare LIMS, this may be just the webinar for you!"

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Webinar: The Global Regulatory Landscape for Clinical AI

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"As clinical systems look increasingly to AI software to enhance their workflow, improve diagnostics and automate routine tasks, regulators around the world have a large burden on their hands in terms of ensuring safety, efficacy and robustness of these novel algorithms. The medical device regulations need to be understood and adhered to not only by vendors, but also by purchasers. Understanding the key components of the regulatory lifecycle is crucial for market access, and vital to provide ongoing AI services. The culture of regulation often clashes with the Silicon Valley ethos of fast development but can be harnessed to maximize success."

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Webinar: The Investment from the Ground Up: What It Takes to Prime a Healthcare Organization for AI and ML

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

"As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads, health care providers around the world are facing unprecedented challenges, but also opportunities to rethink healthcare. The collection, management and analysis of complex healthcare data has offered the visibility needed to move forward; and new partnerships between healthcare and technology companies have emerged and evolved during this time of pandemic. Experts from Mayo Clinic and Google Cloud will share their journey in priming for a data-driven future that holds promise for improving the health of people and entire communities, and advancing clinical research. They will share best practices and lessons learned on setting up the infrastructure to offer virtual patient experiences, and the steps towards fighting disease and improving health for millions of people.

In this session you will:

* Recognize how high-impact healthcare use cases, including around COVID-19, illuminate the need for technology to improve the health of people-- and entire communities
* Demonstrate how technical advancements help put the patient first
* Identify the investment from the ground up: what it takes to prime a healthcare organization for AI and ML"

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September 2020

Uncomplicating LIMS Validation

September 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
LIMS Validation is a buzzword that tends to be widely misunderstood, and much abused, in the laboratory industry. And yet it is an important and challenging task. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), equivalent worldwide regulatory bodies and many certification bodies such as ISO, require that software systems be tested and proven to work as intended. LIMS validation is therefore a vital step in regulated environments, certified laboratories, and best practice laboratories to ensure data integrity and prove compliance. In this webinar we will debunk the myths and explain how you can drive validation of your LIMS system.

We’ll cover:

• What is LIMS Validation?
• When is LIMS Validation needed?
• A typical LIMS Validation process
• Consulting vs in-house resources
• Configuration GAMP categories, what you need to know
• Planning your LIMS Validation

This webinar is for all who use LIMS for any kind of quality assurance. You will discover a methodology to drive a risk-based approach to LIMS validation and be armed with the information you need to take the next steps confidently.
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Webinar: An Insider’s Look: How One Parameter Optimized a Lab’s Entire Bioprocess Workflow

September 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

"Osmolality testing is relevant throughout the entire bioprocessing workflow. As customers look to refine mAb and gene therapy workflows, there are growing opportunities for osmolality testing in process development and manufacturing. We invite you to join us for three short vignettes from a process expert with experience in all areas of the CMC value chain for recombinant therapeutics and gene therapy. We will discuss the importance of robust instrumentation and how osmolality, the one process parameter, helped shape decision making in the following areas:

* Upstream cell culture
* Formulation
* Stability QC"

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Webinar: Mitigating risks and optimizing security of supply in diagnostics

September 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"Join David Raw to discuss the importance of a collaborative, data-driven approach to analyzing supply risk and building solid foundations improving security of supply to meet the expectations of diagnostics customers. Hear how the learnings gained from unprecedented events help us to continually improve and find ways to modify product and workflow choices to reduce supply risks.

Learning Objectives:

* Review the importance of security of supply and the consequences of failures in the supply chain
* Discuss the importance of data in analyzing supply risk and be introduced to the sourcing risk finder tool and the measures that can be developed to mitigate supply risk levels, even during unprecedented times
* Consider product and workflow decisions that can help reduce supply risks and future trends and considerations in security of supply"

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