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April 2018

Webinar: Advancing the Cannabis Industry: Tools for Analytical Testing

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"The growing need for safe cannabis products has the demand for quality control testing labs at an all-time high. With increasing support towards the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana across much of the US, Canada, and abroad, we are witnessing the rapid development of new instruments and techniques to support this growing industry. Join our panel of experts as we review some of the latest tools and technologies for the cannabis lab in this interactive webinar presentation."

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Webinar: A Guide for Laboratory Systems Management, Part 5: Supporting Laboratory Systems

April 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

The previous webinars have progressed from the descriptions of laboratory technologies to choosing some components, the financial justification for their use, and the beginnings of describing the topology and distribution of lab informatics. In the course of those sessions, we began looking at the need for outside support for the systems under consideration: what help do you need when carrying out this work, and where will it come from?

This webinar will continue the development of that topic. What roles do lab personnel and corporate IT support play in identifying technologies, selecting products, implementing them, and providing for long-term support? Is there a need for additional players in this work and what are their roles?

Why is this important to you? We’re past the point where traditional IT backgrounds are sufficient to support laboratory work. While the ability to effectively apply the available technologies, and identify missing components, is outside the experience of most lab personnel and IT support, it is an essential need if we are going to meet the growing productivity and return on investment (ROI) demands of laboratory work. This presentation will look at how we develop people to fit that need.


A Guide for Management: Successfully Applying Laboratory Systems to Your Organization’s Work is a webinar series designed as a management level view of laboratory systems and is appropriate for anyone planning, reviewing, or approving the acquisition of laboratory informatics. A background in science is not necessary to follow the webinar material.  Its purpose is to provide you with an understanding of how these technologies (Laboratory Information Management Systems, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, Scientific Data Management Systems, Laboratory Execution Systems, Instrument Data Systems, and supporting technologies ) can be used to support or improve your labs operations, and the considerations that need to be taken into account before they are purchased.

This subject will probably span more than one webinar session. We will look at the:

•        Methodologies for planning for laboratory systems, where do you start, when do you start, and who should be involved
•        The roles of regulatory guidelines in different laboratories
•        Roles that laboratory management, personnel and IT support groups play
•        The changes taking place in laboratory work and the backgrounds needed to be successful
•        The efforts needed to supporting the technical work and meeting ROI and performance goals

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May 2018

Webinar: Medicare’s PAMA-Based CLFS Payment Impact: Strategies to Protect Your Lab’s Revenue

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

"Medicare’s new pricing system has hurt the bottom line of most clinical laboratories. Virtually every payor category and laboratory is affected—including large and small independent labs, hospital outreach, and physician office laboratories. Arm yourself with the information needed to understand current Clinical Lab Fee Schedule (CLFS) impact to your lab; to anticipate potential disruptors such as American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) federal lawsuit; and to prepare to take the correct actions to protect revenue and maximize reimbursement.

Join AACC and LabLeaders for this pre-recorded session to discuss the most crucial issues and challenges facing the industry under Medicare’s market-based payment system and gain invaluable insight into how the new pricing will affect your laboratory and what you can do to mitigate the impact."

Speaker: Lâle White, Executive Chairman & CEO, Xifin

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Webinar: Using AI and IoT to Accelerate Research

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"In recent years we’ve seen an explosion of technologies surrounding seemingly “new” fields of artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML), the Internet of Things (IOT), and the like. Whilst many of the underlying technologies have existed for decades, only recently has compute power become affordable and powerful enough to apply them to new fields. In this webinar, we will explore how these new technologies can be used to accelerate scientific research. Many of the AI tools currently being used are focused on data mining; whilst this is a necessary part of the process, it is important to note that any AI system is only as good as the data that’s fed into it. This is where the integration of sensors and IOT can make a meaningful impact – by intelligently incorporating protocol design and real-time sensing of physical parameters with machine learning, we can dramatically improve research outcomes by increasing the reproducibility of experiments. How many times have you run an experiment and not been able to reproduce the results – only to find out (after months of searching) that the root cause was something trivial like improper storage of reagents, or mis-calibrated instruments, or environmental variations in the lab? Join us for an in-depth look at how we can overcome these challenges by practically incorporating new tech into research processes to uncover and decipher these hidden confounding variables."

Speaker: Sridhar Iyengar, PhD, CEO & Founder, Elemental Machines

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Webinar: Tools and Technologies for the Materials Testing Lab

May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"Determining the physical and mechanical properties of raw and composite materials has wide application across a variety of industries, including food and beverage, medical and pharmaceutical, consumer goods, electronics, plastics, and building materials. Join our panel of experts as we discuss some of the latest technologies developed to extend the capabilities of materials testing for the quality control, production, or R&D laboratory."

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Webinar: Ensuring Data Integrity Using Enterprise Software: Part 2

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

"Data governance is an integral part of a regulated company’s quality system, of which, data integrity is fundamental. An increased focus on data integrity by international regulatory agencies has resulted in data integrity becoming one of the top reported global issues that regulated companies face. Having an enterprise CDS system connected to other enterprise software solutions, such as LIMS and SDMS, can simplify achieving your data integrity and compliance goals for your laboratory.

This webinar will discuss how having a connected enterprise CDS solution is a vital partner, providing the functionality to enable compliance and data integrity to be assured."

Darren Barrington-Light and Shaun Quinn, product managers at Thermo Fisher

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Webinar: Roundtable on Open Source and Open Standards in Imaging Informatics

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"This roundtable will present highlights from our June publication of the Journal of Digital Imaging. The issue will focus on advances in open source applications and open standards development. We have invited a few authors to discuss exciting new tools available in imaging informatics.

Webinar objectives:

* Highlight new open source applications
* Illustrate changes in open standards with DicomWeb
* Discuss how to leverage terminologies in the imaging informatics field"

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Webinar: Protect Your Evidence, Protect Yourself: Advanced Enclosures for Forensic Labs

May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"Learn how to provide the greatest protection for you and your evidence with the latest enclosures designed specifically for forensic labs. This webinar will discuss how to safely handle fentanyl and other high potency drugs. A fume hood is not the best containment choice for these compounds. Learn how to automate your super glue fuming process so your prints are optimized each and every time you CA fume. Finally, you will discover how you can reduce the risk of contamination to your self and your evidence during the drying process."

Speakers: Kelly Williams and David Wasescha, Product Managers, Labconco

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Webinar: Laboratory 4.0: Moving Beyond Digitalization in the Lab

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

"Today’s laboratories are becoming increasingly complex, with ever more data being generated and captured. At the same time, regulatory oversight is stronger than ever and places new compliance burdens on everyday operations. In response to this landscape, many laboratories have already implemented digitalization technologies or are in the process of doing so. But with the rise of Industry 4.0, which brings increased automation and digital information transfer in manufacturing, many organizations are contemplating what this means for the future of the lab.

Laboratory 4.0 brings these concepts into the lab, automating the capture and flow of digital data from all the disparate networked instruments and systems within the lab. The benefits are manifold, including more accurate results, reduced costs, greater efficiency, and improved collaboration. In this short webinar we will discuss how to evaluate the potential of today’s technology to implement various amounts of automation in today’s research, development, and quality control labs."

Speaker: Stephen Hayward, Product Marketing Manager, Biovia

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Webinar: Lab Informatics Project Leadership: Doing the right things

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"Organizations are beginning to recognize the importance of thinking more strategically, focusing on the objective of greater long term value rather than just tactical project execution. Effective project leadership, in addition to effective project management, is the key to establishing this long term business value.

In this one hour complimentary webinar, we will describe the required expertise of effective lab informatics project leaders, how their skills complement those of a generic IT project manager, and how they can work together to realize long term business value."

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