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March 2021

Webinar: Digital Maturity, Part 1: Why Does It Matter Now More Than Ever?

March 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am CST

"COVID-19 has prompted health systems to take a closer look at their digital maturity and to prioritise acceleration of digital transformation to optimise patient care. This crisis has highlighted how leveraging digital maturity and improving interoperability can lead to better connected care, health system resilience and outcomes. Join this session to explore the benefits of adopting digital maturity models such as EMRAM to benchmark digital progress across your hospital and draw up a roadmap for success. Get a clearer idea of how increased digital maturity can have a measurable impact in key areas such as efficiency, quality and safety and patient experience."

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Webinar: PFAS Webinar Series, Part 3: Navigating Analytical Method Options

March 9 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

"The chemistry and analysis of PFAS is unique and challenging, and there is currently no consensus best method for all environmental matrices. The USEPA published Method 537 in 2008 with an update in 2018. This method is applied to 18 PFAS compounds in drinking water matrices only. As of November 2019 EPA published an additional drinking water method, 533. This method was developed to target short chain PFAS compounds and utilizes different analytical techniques than method 537.1. There are similarities and disparities between the two drinking water methods.

Several other methods have been published for PFAS in non-potable and solid matrices including ISO Method 25101, ASTM D7979 and D7968. EPA is in the process of validating a number of methods with various analytical techniques for different matrices; none of which have been published yet. All of these method references address varying target analytes. The Department of Defense (DoD) has compiled quality assurance criteria for PFAS testing under Table B-15 of the Quality Systems Manual (QSM), criteria which has been adopted by a number of States. In order to meet client needs, environmental laboratories have adopted Method 537 and developed significant modifications to address non-potable water and solid matrices. In general, the broader modifications applied are similar between labs, but the opportunity exists for labs to make unique and unqualified modifications. The inconsistent adoption of these modifications yields opportunity for data variability over time and between labs.

This soup of non-validated methods and analytical approaches has left stakeholders with the challenging job of navigating their options and making the right choice for their project objectives. This presentation aims to provide clarity through a comparison of methods and what they are applicable to. An update on what is currently available in terms of published methods versus methods under development will be provided as well.

We hope you will walk away from this presentation with clarity regarding the methods conundrum and a higher comfort level around selecting the right method and protocols for your project objectives."

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Webinar: Using LabWare LIMS to Improve Your Lab’s Operational Effectiveness

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

"You’ve been using your LabWare LIMS for a number of months now and you are pleased with the results. Efficiency seems to have improved and the users have adopted the system. You’ve built in some reports and dashboards to provide views into your lab operations, but are you sure that you are getting the most out of the data that is stored within the LIMS?

You’ve captured the data, now is the time to act on it!

In one hour, learn how to analyze the data held within your LIMS to discover hidden informational nuggets that, when acted on, can improve the overall effectiveness of your lab operations. Join our LabWare LIMS experts as they explore some of the methods they have used to identify data to be used on the road to continuous improvement."

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Webinar: Superbugs and Changing Drugs: Antimicrobial Resistance Mechanisms Webinar

March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

"Antimicrobial resistant (AR) organisms are a global public health threat. In order to best characterize the infectious agent, determine effective treatment and develop new agents, it is critical to understand and survey the mechanisms by which these organisms gain resistance. During this webinar Lars Westblade will discuss major types of AR pathogens and their resistance mechanisms, laboratory detection of these pathogens and the use of antimicrobial susceptibility testing breakpoints for detecting resistance. Through a series of case studies, the audience will walk through the processes for AR detection, characterization and surveillance."

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Webinar: Smarter experimentation for scientists and engineers

March 15 @ 10:00 am - March 19 @ 10:45 am EDT

"Kick start your career development with our free five-part online training programme on design of experiments, delivered by JMP.

Design of Experiments (DoE) is the most effective way to empirically learn about technologies when there are many variables or factors to consider. Despite this, school and degree science curricula rarely teach these methods. In this fun and engaging training programme you will be introduced to DoE and you will see how it has enabled chemists to develop better solutions, faster.

DoE can help you:

* optimise a process to meet many targets (eg yield, impurity, material cost, cycle time) when there are many things you could change (eg pH, temperature, choice of solvent or base)
* deliver more projects by maximising the return from your available resources
* solve problems with manufacturing processes that should be routine but produce inconsistent results
* provide insight into novel processes where textbooks and literature can’t provide answers"

NOTE: This is a five-part webinar, same 10 to 10:45 a.m. EST March 15–19. An alternate session in April is also available.

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Webinar: Gaining an edge through smarter experimentation

March 16 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am EDT

"The Cambridge Dictionary defines an experiment as a test done in order to learn something or to discover if something works or is true. As a result, the experiments we perform become a tool to aid a series of binary judgements, e.g. did my current idea work, yes or no?

While this approach has served us all well, it is no longer sufficient and expectations are increasing all the time. For example, the world now knows a new vaccine can be delivered in 9 months. Continued use of experimental practices that lack predictable timelines regarding the achievement of key deliverables will no longer be tolerated. Experimentation processes need to surpass our expectations and solve obstacles almost before they appear.

In this webinar in association with Riffyn, we’ll look at the vast benefits that can be gained by utilising smarter experimentation and incorporating it into a workflow."

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Webinar: Digital Maturity, Part 2: Why Does It Matter Now More Than Ever?

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am CDT

"The days of burning medical images onto CDs to be couriered over to the consultant are numbered. Increasingly, adoption of enterprise imaging solutions is enabling the real-time sharing of X-rays, scans and other digital images across specialties, hospitals, departments and geographies. The benefits of remote reporting for patients, clinicians and healthcare systems are huge, especially in times of crisis: more clinical collaboration; improved diagnostic accuracy; greater efficiency; faster treatment and improved outcomes. This session will highlight the advantages of assessing providers' digital imaging maturity using models like DIAM (Digital Imaging Adoption Model) to help you draw up a strategic roadmap towards digital imaging maturity across your hospital."

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Webinar: Driving Innovation & Efficiency: New Technologies in the Field

March 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

"Lots of healthcare companies talk about innovation and improving efficiency, but few can live up to the billing. Join this webinar and learn more about three growth companies driving innovation in digital health and improving efficiency in operations for HIT. This panel will feature three firms: Kinsetsu, B-Secur, and Anaeko. Panelists will discuss the ways they’re helping improve the healthcare technology marketplace."

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Webinar: The evolving role of the microbiology lab: COVID-19, AMS and new automated technologies that improve rapid diagnostics

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"An important lesson learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is how critical the microbiology laboratory is to ensuring hospitals have surge testing capabilities. At the same time, an increased focus on antimicrobial resistance and rapid detection of resistant organisms has created a need for faster turnaround times while adding layers of complexity. Bottom line: lab resources are increasingly strained. In addition, with microbiology experts retiring and fewer graduates entering the field, labs have struggled to attract and retain the necessary talent to support their increasing volumes. During this webinar you will learn how COVID-19 has impacted AMS initiatives while highlighting the essential role of the microbiology lab in combating AMR and how new technologies in lab automation enable streamlined identification and susceptibility testing to improve laboratory workflow."

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Webinar: PFAS Webinar Series, Part 4: Advanced Discussion of Data Defensibility and DoD QSM

March 16 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

"The chemistry and analysis of PFAS is unique and challenging. There is currently no consensus method for all environmental matrices or all target analytes. For all matrices other than finished drinking water, a 537 Modified method, using isotope dilution, is commonly used and is widely accepted as the gold standard in quantitation for challenging contaminants such as these.

Currently there are no EPA approved methods for the collection and analysis of PFAS in matrices other than finished drinking water. For all other matrices, a user-defined method and protocols must be used. As there is no standard method for sample collection, handling, or quality control measures, specific attention must be paid to the protocols employed by the laboratory and the field sampling team.

In order to meet client needs, environmental laboratories have adopted Method 537 and developed modifications to address non-potable water and solid matrices. The inconsistent adoption of these modifications yields opportunity for data variability over time and between labs. Once the data have been reported the task of data review and validation begins and that process can feel somewhat daunting when it comes to this unique class of chemicals.

Taryn McKnight aims to provide clarity through a comparison of methods and a discussion about analytical parameters and their potential impact on data quality.

Charles Neslund will take us on a deeper dive into data quality and usability considerations. This begins with what little published criteria we have. We will review the criteria outlined in EPA published method 537.1 as well as the criteria outlined in the DoD QSM Table B-15. Charles will provide a critical look at the potential impact of these criteria on data quality."

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Webinar: Steps for a Successful LIMS Project

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

"The ideal webinar for anyone considering or starting a LIMS project in 2021. Learn the steps you should take to ensure your LIMS project is a success. Discover how to best gather your internal “User Requirements”, find out what you need to know from your Laboratory team and what questions to ask potential LIMS vendors.

Date - Thursday 18th March 2021
Time - 07:00 PDT, 10:00 EDT USA, 14:00 UK, 15:00 Europe

What you will learn:

• Recommendations for making your LIMS project a success
• How to best gather your “User Requirements”
• What questions to ask potential LIMS vendors
• Why taking the right steps will lead to success

Learn how to get the information you need, along with a few tricks and tips along the way to make your project a success!"

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Webinar: Bringing Genomic COVID-19 Surveillance to the Developing World

March 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"COVID-19 affects the entire world. However, only high-income countries are able to track SARS-CoV-2 variants, since access to genomic pathogen sequencing is limited by equipment and reagent availability.

Project Accessible Genomics is a low-cost genomic sequencing operation started by volunteers in the open science platform Just One Giant Lab (JOGL.io).

In this webinar Kahlil Corazo, who led a pilot of Project Accessible Genomics at the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao, will outline the Project’s achievements so far and explain how the team’s experience could guide labs in other developing countries."

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Webinar: Ensuring the Capture of Data and Metadata in the Lab

March 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"Data is the key product of any lab. Ensuring that data is captured accurately, in a very timely way, and effectively archived is critical to the appropriate use of the data by the lab’s scientists. Many labs have implemented laboratory information systems (LIMS) and electronic lab notebooks (ELN) to organize and capture data from the lab. These systems can be very powerful and enable better capture, organization, and use of a wide array of data. Despite the power of these LIMS and ELN systems, it can be difficult to connect some pieces of lab equipment to the LIMS and the ELN systems. Some instruments require extensive programming to effectively capture the data, and the data can sometimes be stored in rigid ways within the LIMS or ELN. To complement the power of LIMS, ELN, and other lab databases, individual data capture units are now being developed. These individual units can rapidly capture instrument data and metadata, and store those data with high accuracy wherever it best serves the lab’s work process."

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Webinar: Preparing and Reading Gram Stains: I’m Not Afraid

March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"Preparing, reading, and reporting a Gram stain can be a dreaded duty that some Medical Laboratory Scientists, who perform Gram stains infrequently, will try to avoid. If Gram stains are a challenge for you, this presentation is for you. Let the speakers help you to stop fearing Gram stains, as they review the process for making, reading and reporting quality Gram stains in a manner that will provide beneficial information to aid the physician in determining patient care. This session is geared to the non-microbiologist who prepares and reads Gram stains only occasionally, or the new inexperienced microbiologist.

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

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Webinar: Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Mutations: Impact on TaqPath Assay Performance and its Clinical Implications

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"SARS-CoV-2 has been mutating at a rate of about one to two mutations per month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that multiple variants of the virus are now circulating globally, including P.1 (Brazil), B.1.351 (South Africa), and B.1.1.7 (United Kingdom). What makes the new B.1.1.7. UK variant different is that it seems to have acquired mutations much more quickly than scientists expected, resulting in a reported 70% increase in transmissibility.

The emergence of multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants brings fast-moving questions for clinical laboratory administrators about the ability to identify new potential coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 variants. One of the most notable is how standard COVID-19 testing can be positioned to detect these new variants, particularly now that the S-gene dropout issue has been discovered.

During this complimentary webinar with follow-up Q&A, you will hear about the important clinical implications (epidemiological, prognostic, and predictive) of these “variants of concern,” the importance of early detection of these variants, and the steps your lab can take to confidently detect the COVID-19 virus with a very high degree of specificity and sensitivity, and identify the S-gene dropout."

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Webinar: LabVantage Instrument Integration: LIMS CI as a Key Component of Your Digital Transformation Strategy

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Astrix Webinar

"LabVantage Instrument Integration Webinar Summary – Data needs to flow rapidly from instrument to system to keep up with the pace of today’s digital laboratory. But how can we leverage new and existing integration tools to aid the process of digital transformation in the lab? What are the challenges we face when we try to get all the many disparate parts of the digital scientific environment to talk to one another?

To provide a tool to meet these challenges, LabVantage has released LIMS CI, a complex instrument interface ready to be adapted to your lab’s integration needs. This interface provides a framework by which we can integrate with laboratory instruments, software solutions, parsers, and libraries to further automate the digital transfer and synchronization of data between systems."

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Webinar: The Importance of Laboratory Diagnostics in the Fight Against Tuberculosis

March 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"In 2019, roughly 10 million people developed Tuberculosis (TB) globally and 1.4 million of them died, which makes it one of the top 10 causes of death globally.1 By 2030, the targets are clear: 90% reduction in the number of TB deaths and an 80% reduction in the TB incidence rate (new cases per 100 000 population per year), compared with levels in 2015.

Laboratory diagnostics continue to play a key role in the strategy to fight TB, and an estimated 60 million lives were saved through TB treatment between 2000 and 2019. In this webinar, you will learn how microbiology laboratories play an increasingly important role in the fight against TB."

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Webinar: Top Tips for Analyzing Elemental Nutrients and Contaminants in Food With Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

"Food samples contain a complex array of elements in variable concentrations, therefore highly sensitive and accurate methods are needed to detect low levels of food safety elements. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) is an inexpensive and mature elemental technique used to analyze a diverse range of foods for nutritional and/or safety purposes.

While AAS has been around for decades, in a typical day, an analyst may be required to prepare up to 10 calibration standards, dilute samples and perhaps add an ionization buffer to every sample. These steps can introduce contamination and error into the analysis. The automation of key sample preparation and method development processes allows up to eight or more elements to be determined in each sample, however measuring this quantity of elements sequentially is slow.

Agilent AAS instruments measure multiple elements each time a solution is aspirated. As a result, analysts can save time and reduce the need to remeasure samples, ultimately lowering the probability of human errors. Likewise, challenging matrices, such as those containing high levels of salts, can be overcome using Zeeman background correction in graphite furnace atomic absorption (GFAA)."

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Webinar: PFAS Webinar Series, Part 5: Forensic Tools, TOF, TOP Assay and Non-Target Analysis

March 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

"Current analytical methodologies measure a discrete list of approximately 40 PFAS compounds. Many additional PFAS are not determined as discrete compounds by existing commercial methods, therefore we may be underestimating the PFAS mass present in the environment. As the investigation of sites contaminated with PFAS matures, there is a growing interest in determining the contributions of different sources, to the overall contamination. Treatment technologies are also maturing in application and complexity of remedy options. The complexity and magnitude of the treatment can significantly impact costs for said treatment. Therefore, the development of analytical techniques that can more thoroughly delineate the mass of PFAS present and sources of the mass can be useful tools in environmental investigations.

Eurofins has implemented several tools that provide pieces to the puzzle that is environmental investigation. The use of the Total Oxidizable Precursor (TOP) Assay gives a measure of the unidentified mass of PFAS by demonstrating that mass with the potential to oxidize to PFAAs. The determination of total organic fluorine (TOF) approaches quantitation of the unknown mass from the angle of the fluorine content of a sample. When we add the results of accurate mass qTOF (quadrapole Time of Flight mass spectrometry), applied to targets and unknowns, we capture additional detail that may compliment at forensic application."

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Webinar: Labs of the Future: How Software is Powering Modern R&D Labs

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Each year, materials R&D teams must innovate faster and faster, but the software these teams use have not kept up. Data is siloed in different parts of the organization and collaborating involves phone calls to do something as simple as sharing a formulation between teams in different sites. This webinar will discuss what a modern data platform looks like, that enables cross-team collaboration and easy analysis of existing data."

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April 2021

Virtual Event: Food Safety Hazards Series: Listeria Detection, Mitigation, Control & Regulation

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

"The CDC estimates that nearly 48 million people fall ill and 3000 people die annually as a result of foodborne illness. Listeria is a concern due to the high percentage of fatalities that occur as a result of contracting listeriosis. Many of these cases are preventable.

During this virtual event, experts will discuss challenges and tangible best practices in Listeria detection, mitigation and control.

Learning Objectives:

* Addressing food manufacturing and preventing the introduction of the pathogen
* Risk-based and practical regulatory approaches that address risks associated with the presence of Listeria in food production and achieve key public health goals relative to the pathogen
* How to implement a strong Listeria control program
* Testing and challenges from a lab perspective: What does one do with an ambiguous result?"

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