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May 2021

Webinar: Suturing Healthcare’s Cyber Skills Gap

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

"As it relates to cybersecurity maturity, healthcare security leaders often speak of trailing 20 years behind their industry counterparts who invest heavily in both technology and talent acquisition. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the industry hard in early 2020 and cyber attacks continued to climb throughout the year, healthcare organizations were forced to increase cybersecurity efforts with fewer resources. One year later, there is evidence that the prognosis for continuing on in this manner offers a grim outlook.

Your employees are your single strongest asset in securing your organization and ultimately protecting your patients. In this webinar we’ll discuss the importance of empowering health IT and InfoSec employees and how to unlock their true potential to your organization."

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Webinar: Interoperability: The Essential Key to Unlocking Data

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am CDT

"Medical device interoperability is essential to the practice of modern medicine and we are closer to achieving it than ever before. The importance of connectivity and synchronization when it comes to home-based or wearables sensors has become more apparent during last year with the COVID-19 pandemic.

However many players in the industry face the challenges of connecting devices of all kinds to ensure that all patient data, regardless of the source, is captured accurately and more importantly, securely. In this webinar, our panel of esteemed professionals and experts will discuss how to maximise interoperability across the continuum of care, and how to promote more efficient collaborations between clinicians by ensuring device interoperability and connectivity. The session will also highlight the advantages of medical device interoperability and its ability to safely, securely, and effectively exchange and use patient information."

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Webinar: Bringing Deeper Insight to Data: The Role of Info Pros in Text and Data Mining Initiatives

May 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"Text and data mining (TDM) tools and resources are enabling researchers, knowledge workers and information managers to enrich internal and external content, and to discover relationships among a variety of content and across disciplinary fields. Information and knowledge workers can bring unique insights and skills to TDM projects – acquiring and licensing the right tools and content, managing and linking knowledge models, and identifying data silos and specialized resource collections within their enterprise. In this webinar, Mary Ellen Bates will look at how information managers can most impactfully and strategically contribute to TDM initiatives. TDM in Action: Some Springer Nature Use Cases Applications of TDM play an increasingly important role at Springer Nature. The first and most obvious case is how Springer Nature content acts as a high-quality feedstock for TDM applications that empower customer success. Less well known, however, is how Springer Nature itself uses TDM technologies to develop new products and services and enrich existing ones. Some TDM use cases, both beyond and at Springer Nature, will be explored."

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Webinar: Improve ROI with Fast Assessment of Decarboxylation Status in Cannabis and Hemp Extracts

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

"A key step in cannabis oil production is the decarboxylation of naturally produced THCA to psychotropic THC or CBDA to CBD, respectively. This step can be done either before extraction by heating the flower or after extraction by heating the cannabis oil. In both cases, heat is used to speed up the decarboxylation process. But with this heating step come considerations and problems. Excess heat or time will degrade the cannabinoids to unwanted side products, and it will tie up production capacity and generally incur higher production costs.

To better control this important processing step, we have developed an infrared (IR) monitoring solution that can track decarboxylation progress in near real-time. We have been able to validate the process for decarboxylation of both THCA and CBDA in both flower and oil. We will present our monitoring solution and the Agilent IR platform that enables this work."

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Webinar: Preparing for the API Revolution in Healthcare

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"As APIs emerge as the backbone of the digital health economy, payers, providers, and healthcare tech vendors need to know what they can do to prepare for, and capitalize on, the API revolution.

Join Change Healthcare and PatientPal for a webinar in which you’ll learn about:

* Trends, barriers, opportunities surrounding API adoption in healthcare
* Results from recent healthcare industry API market research commissioned by Change Healthcare
* How PatientPal is using APIs to automate the front and back offices at medical facilities
* What healthcare stakeholders must consider in order to prepare for, and capitalize on, the coming API revolution"

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Webinar: EPA UCMR5 – What Is Proposed and How Can I Prepare

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

"On March 11, 2021, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published the proposal final Unregulated Contaminants Monitoring Rule 5 (UCMR5). This 5th UCMR will require monitoring of the drinking water entry points of public water systems across the nation for a host of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs), including Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Lithium and also potentially Legionella, 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, Haloacetonitriles and Total Organic Fluorine (TOF). We will summarize these proposed new drinking water monitoring requirements and provide suggestions to prepare for successful implementation of these new requirements for your water system."

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Webinar: Practical Tips to Manage Laboratory QC Data

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT

"The effective use of Quality Control (QC) does not stop once QC results are accepted and patient testing begins. The key to reliable patient results and consistent laboratory processes is by managing QC data generated from multiple instruments. Dr. Nichols will discuss how to review and manage QC data, provide practical advice on using QC to assess laboratory performance, and offer guidance on troubleshooting QC trends and shifts.

In this webinar, learn how to obtain and analyze information from your QC data to ensure the quality of your laboratory systems."

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Astrix Webinar – Computer System Validation: Best Practices and Navigating Challenges

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Astrix Webinar

Any Computer System Validation (CSV) requires significant project planning and team coordination to execute and maintain the validated status. Assumptions can cause an increased number of variances and setbacks at the end of the execution that generates more work. In this webinar, we will walk through validation planning best practices and common issues to help you prepare for a smooth execution of your validation strategy."

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Webinar: Is Your Food Testing Lab Ready for an FDA Inspection?

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

"The goal of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to revolutionize the food safety system by preventing foodborne illness, rather than just responding to it after it happens. The FDA is enforcing these rules through routine random inspections at food manufacturing sites, and through the establishment of environmental monitoring programs in food facilities. Food testing laboratories can meet these FSMA requirements by using a LIMS for food safety, in order to monitor and record samples, tests, results. A Food LIMS can provide simplification and automation for increased accuracy and reassurance in a food testing laboratory, to establish a successful environmental monitoring process and best practices."

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Webinar: Discover Winning Strategies For Your SampleManager LIMS Implementation

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"Are you getting the most out of your SampleManager LIMS™ implementation? In the rush to go-live, it is not unusual that many productivity enhancing capabilities are overlooked. For example, are your processes fully tuned, workflows set, and is your stability module optimally configured? Capabilities such as analyst notebooks, LES/instrument interfaces, reports, and dashboards are often put off to a “Phase 2” which mysteriously never happens. In this webinar we will cover strategies for making these options real.

In one hour we will explore some of the highest added value capabilities of SampleManager LIMS and show you how and why you should take advantage of them. We will also share how you can extend and enhance your SampleManager system to get more value for your organization as well as what information you need in order to choose between many options. Join us as we take you through how to Discover Winning Strategies for your SampleManager LIMS Implementation."

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Webinar: Understanding and Managing Challenging Samples in your Laboratory

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

"In this webinar, Dr Rachel Marrington, Deputy Director, and Finlay MacKenzie, Director, at Birmingham Quality UK NEQAS, will give an overview of the common interferences seen in the laboratory: Haemolysis, Icterus and Lipemia (HIL). Rachel and Finlay will present the results of a large study UK NEQAS has coordinated supported by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, which looks at the effect of HIL on several common biochemistry analytes across different platforms.

In the second part of this webinar, Natalie Mullee, Principal Clinical Scientist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust UK, will talk about the electrolyte exclusion effect and the advantages of using direct ion selective electrode (ISE)-based technologies, in particular when analysing samples from cancer patients.

To round off the webinar, Els Melis, EMEA Senior Marketing Manager Clinical Labs Assays at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, will describe how VITROS® technology can help minimise the impact of interferences."

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Webinar: Securing Your Digital Future

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

This is a four-part webinar series spread across six hours (with breaks).

Part 1: Investing in the Right Cyber Tools and Services for Your Organization, 10–11 a.m. EDT

"The coronavirus pandemic brought fast change to the security needs of healthcare organization's who have more employees working from home than ever before and connected device usage on the rise. This session will focus on how CISOs are continually improving the technological backbone of their security operations to more easily identify bad actors and mitigate threats, all while facing shrinking budgets."

Part 2: Developing a Robust Identity Access and Governance Program, 12–1 p.m. EDT

"Identity and governance work can be difficult and time-consuming, but our panelists are here to help. This session will focus on the importance of developing a seamless system for identity governance, authorization, and access control and how they are focusing more holistically on the identity lifecycle. The panelists will share lessons learned, give advice on how to improve your existing IAM program; and start a new program if you don’t have one in place."

Part 3: Securing Your Digital Future, 2–2:30 p.m. EDT

"As the way people work continues to evolve with more companies moving to a cloud-based computing model, security remains top of mind for IT teams tasked with giving end-users secure, productive access to cloud-delivered digital workspaces. The typical workforce is now much more widely distributed than ever before, with many people now working from home or at least subscribing to a 'hybrid' model that may include working from home, at the office, or almost anywhere else. And oftentimes on endpoint devices of choice in addition to company asset-tagged 'work devices.' This wide geographical distribution of workers, coupled with a broader range of disparate user devices, presents some unique security challenges. IT teams need to continue to assign, invoke, and enforce company usage policies regardless of where people are working from, or what endpoint device(s) they are using. In this session, we’ll discuss some strategies that can allow IT to retain endpoint security with full end-user management and control, while still giving people the freedom to work where and how they choose."

Part 4: Medical Device Security - What You Really Need to Know, 3–4 p.m. EDT

"Securing medical devices is one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare delivery organizations today. Join this discussion to learn how organizations are overcoming common struggles in medical device management. This session will cover everything you need to know to set-up a world class medical device security management program and provide helpful tips that you can use to improve existing programs."

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Webinar: Extraction E2E: Why Filtration is a Critical Step in Cannabis Oil Processing

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

"The cannabis oil market is growing at a rapid pace across North America, as well as the globe. With legalization continuing throughout the world, new producers are going to be faced with the daunting task of producing large volumes of high-quality, compound rich oil with a clear, golden character that is free of chlorophyll.

To produce cannabis oil, the compounds must first be extracted from the plant. There are several ways to extract the oil with ethanol extraction being one of the most common methods.

Following extraction, operators face the challenging process of filtration to remove the undesirable wax that causes haze and the green color from the chlorophyll in the sativa plant. Current filtration methods suffer some significant drawbacks including product loss, reduced quality and consistency, and are not scalable enough to meet increasing product demand.

In this session, Pall Corporation and Evello International will share their best practices on how to optimize your extraction and filtration process."

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June 2021

Webinar: A well-implemented LIMS = Good data integrity

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT

"Data integrity with its "ALCOA+" is the new buzz-word. But what is it, really? And how do we get there? The presentation will first clarify what data integrity is, with the explanation of ALCOA+ terminology. Then the difficult question about how to achieve data integrity. The best tool is a LIMS, but only if it has been implemented in a good way. The presentation will continue showing many examples of good (and bad) ways to implement the LIMS for good data integrity.

Learning Objectives

* State which standards apply, and interpret the current standards for data integrity in the regulated environments
* Demonstrate how a LIMS can help with data integrity in the lab.
* Outline how a LIMS should be implemented in order to fulfill the data integrity requirements.
* Assess the changes needed to be done, to achieve better data integrity, even if they don’t have a LIMS"

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Expert Insights – Strategies for Leading a Successful Digital Transformation in the Laboratory

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Expert Insights – Strategies for Leading a Successful Digital Transformation in the Laboratory
Date:  Wednesday June 23, 2021
Time:  1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST


Digital transformation has become the top priority for scientific laboratories and quality manufacturing sites across the globe. The path to achieving a successful digital transformation initiative is often unclear with the many considerations and challenges to the best possible approach to address the specific needs of your organization.
Astrix CEO, Dale Curtis, along with our team of informatics experts will lead a live Q&A to provide valuable insights on the benefits, pitfalls and best practices to help navigate your digital transformation journey.

“Digital transformation is more about the journey than the destination: it’s an opportunity to change the organization’s mind-set from working heads-down to being eyes-up and focused on the data.” – Dale Curtis, CEO, Astrix

The key takeaways from this one of a kind event will include:

  • How to maximize the benefits of a digital transformation initiative
  • Best practices for implementing a successful digital strategy
  • Common challenges and obstacles and how to avoid them\
  • Incorporating new technologies such as cloud, AI and ML to achieve a truly transformative laboratory environment
  • The timelines and resources required to accelerate and achieve a successful digital transformation

Interested in submitting your question in advance?

Questions will be addressed during the event in the order in which they are received. Please submit your questions through the link listed below any time prior to the event. You will also have the ability to submit questions during the live event as the discussion may lead to additional topics that you would like to address. Questions that arise during the event will be accepted anonymously through the chat function of the webinar. The company and names of individuals will not be disclosed during the event.

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Online Symposium: The Science of Cannabis Extraction 2021

June 24

"Returning for the third year in a row, The Science of Cannabis Extraction 2021 will bring together extraction experts to discuss the hottest topics in cannabis and hemp extraction.

This free to attend, 1-day event will facilitate the enhancement of scientific discussion in the world of cannabis extraction, whilst providing a platform for scientists, researchers and technology providers within the cannabis industry to share their work and discuss challenges and opportunities in this developing market."

NOTE: Starts online at 9 a.m. PDT.

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