Webinar: How to Overcome Challenges with New SQF v9 Implementation

"The webinar will explore some of the new requirements of SQF v9 that are proving problematic for some organizations that are upgrading their food safety programs in preparation for their first certification audits to the new standard.

Learning Objectives: Information on some of the issues experienced by organizations that have undergone certification audits to the SQF v9 standard, from the perspective of an experienced lead auditor that has performed a number of these assessments.

Who Should Attend: Organizations that are developing and implementing a food safety system and are anticipating their first SQF certification audit, or those organizations that are upgrading their existing certified food safety programs in preparation for their first certification audits to the new standard."

Webinar: SARS-COV-2 Variants: What to Detect and How to Do It

"The science on and surrounding SARS-COV-2 and the application of laboratory medicine towards combating the pandemic has evolved at a blistering, unprecedented pace. The majority of the first year of the pandemic focused on the development and deployment of multiple test modalities for the detection of SARS-COV-2, from PCR to Antigen, as the world as a whole strived to develop a vaccine in record time. Now as we enter the second year of the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, focus shifts to understanding our new vaccine-induced immunity and the continued development and spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Major issues faced by laboratory medicine include the role of serology testing in a vaccinated population with the goal of identifying a true correlate of immunity, and the possible effects of variants on viral detection methods. The designated roles of public health and clinical laboratories as well as the lines between surveillance, screening, and diagnostic testing continues to blur for many health systems. This webinar strives to provide attendees with a condensed yet comprehensive understanding on these two issues from experts in the field facing these challenges on a daily basis. Because information and developments on SARS-COV-2 is so fragmented even in the scientific landscape, this webinar assists in amalgamating current knowledge on the current and upcoming use of serology and variant testing in the SARS-COV-2 pandemic."

A Universal Digital Data Integrity and Compliance Infrastructure for Data in Flight

A webinar sponsored by Astrix

Date:  Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Time:  1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST

Presenters: Dale Curtis, CEO, Astrix & Dave Levy, Head of Product Management, Scitara


Data integrity is a hot button topic in most laboratories today and incorporates a wide range of application-specific needs. While data integrity is often associated with compliance related topics, it is equally important in non-regulated labs to ensure confidence in the data itself.

As laboratories work towards digital transformation, the need to extend the data integrity umbrella to data in flight has emerged. In a digitally transformed lab, instrument and application result data should be moving in a digital fashion freely between the instruments and applications that need them. In this environment, it becomes essential that laboratories have the means to ensure that the right data shows up at the right time, in the right format and that a digital chain of custody be available as a reference to support both compliance related needs as well as simple confirmation.

In this webinar, we will discuss how Scitara Digital Lab Exchange (DLX™) provides the critical infrastructure needed to support data integrity, including data in flight, across your end-to-end laboratory ecosystem at the lab, site and global level. Digital transformation and compliance strategies will include:

  • Universal Connectivity – How to eliminate data silos and achieve seamless connectivity to the wide and diverse group of instruments, applications and other resources used within the laboratory
  • Orchestrations – Creating business rules that govern how digital data flows through the system to enable automated data management
  • Monitoring – Enabling administrators to access the full digital chain of custody in context, and providing the ability to track day-to-day workflow activities within the lab to ensure data integrity and facilitate digital compliance

Webinar: Diabetes and the Clinical Laboratory

"As the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise in many areas across the globe, healthcare providers continue to look for methods that will aid in the diagnosis and management of patients. This is a complex process that poses challenges for patients, physicians, hospitals and laboratories. What is changing in today’s world is that many hospitals are being asked to take steps toward improving proactive and preventive care, improving patient outcomes while also saving on healthcare costs associated with diabetes and diabetes complications. Laboratories are invaluable partners in addressing this challenge.

Join us to learn more about HbA1c assay methodologies, the impact of analytical quality, standardization and harmonization of testing, and the advantages of using a clinical chemistry test as a diagnostic tool to aid in improving a patient's glycaemic control, decrease long-term complications, and enhance overall patient care."

Webinar: Hemoglobinopathy Testing: What are the Key Points a Lab Should Consider?

Capillary electrophoresis plays an important role in the diagnosis of hemoglobinopathy carriers and patients. The general flow is the determination of the red blood cell indices to establish a microcytic hypochromic anemia and Hb-typing by separation and quantitation of the different hemoglobin fractions. DNA analysis is the final confirming step to complete the diagnosis. In the era of Next Generation Sequencing, many genetic labs have employed Whole Exome Sequencing and Inherited Disease panels as tools to analyze DNA and detect disease causing mutation. However, functional assays are considered to be important to establish the function and effects of variants of uncertain significance. Functional assays in hemoglobinopathies are the hematology and the Hb-typing, either by capillary electrophoresis or HPLC, to be completed by DNA analysis as will be demonstrated during the talk."

Webinar: Navigating PAMA

"The second round of reporting for the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) is coming up January - March 2022 - are you ready?

The PAMA legislation has and will continue to significantly alter Medicare’s payment system for clinical laboratory testing while establishing significant new compliance demands. This legislation also has the potential to impact other payors’ rates, since many private payors base their reimbursement levels on Medicare rates.

Rhodes Group's consultants Denise Mazon and Doug Wussow are here to help you prepare for PAMA by answering your pressing questions, such as:

* How will the second round of cuts impact my lab revenue?
* How will PAMA cuts impact non-Medicare billings?
* How will these insights help my lab make better decisions on go forward strategy?"

Webinar: RT-LAMP: Best practices and tips to accelerate detection of viral pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2

"Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) uses a stand-displacing DNA polymerase and four to six primers to rapidly amplify DNA at a single temperature. By eliminating temperature cycling, a LAMP reaction may be performed with an inexpensive heat source rather than requiring a thermocycler or qPCR instrument. The LAMP reaction is also easier to perform and interpret that qPCR, with novice users obtaining clear yes/no detection results typically within 30 min. These results may be visually interpreted with the naked eye based on turbidity, colorimetric dye, or fluorescence intensity changes. Finally, LAMP is more tolerant of matrix inhibitors found in diverse sample types, allowing many crude samples to be directly assayed without prior nucleic acid purification. For amplification of RNA targets, a one-step reaction can be carried out by simply adding a reverse transcriptase to a LAMP reaction (RT-LAMP).

SARS-Related Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) research and surveillance continues to be paramount, especially given the proportion of asymptotic individuals, emergence of viral variants, and desire to return to work and school. To address the need and urgency of this testing, point-of-care solutions with high sensitivity and rapid turn-around times are required. Several reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) products have been developed to rapidly, robustly, and specifically detect SARS-CoV-2 and other viral pathogens. Our work at Thermo Fisher Scientific provides the scientific community with RT-LAMP solutions for viral pathogen research and surveillance, including protocols, enzymes, a reaction master mix, and an all-inclusive SARS-Cov-2 assay kit."

Webinar: Going beyond just recognizing the bias in AI

"We know, at this point, that AI tools are subject to bias. Whether it's the data it's been trained on or its use case, technology that relies on machine learning or natural language processing can create slanted – and even harmful – results. But simply recognizing the bias is not enough: Developers and stakeholders must work to address it and mitigate its effects. For this webinar, we'll speak to experts who work closely on this topic about the pernicious ways bias can appear in AI, and what organizations can do about it."

Webinar: Biorisk Management Perspectives: Then and Now

"In partnership with the American Biological Safety Association’s (ABSA) Biosafety and Biosecurity Month, APHL is proud to provide this free webinar! This program will provide attendees with an overview of biorisk management innovation throughout the years. Participants will hear from three biosafety professionals on their perspectives of biosafety and biosecurity practices and discuss the potential role of biosafety professionals into the future. This webinar will also be recorded and made available for those unable to listen live."

Webinar: Strategies for More Successful Budget Negotiation

"Budget negotiations can be very challenging for most lab managers. It seems that the lab always needs more new equipment, maintenance and repair budget, or new staff, but senior management is not always able to support these requests. Lab managers need to know how to effectively advocate for people and resources for their lab—not only during the budget setting process, but whenever these challenges happen to arise. This webinar will review many of the key steps required to successfully win the budget coverage required to keep the lab running well."

Webinar: Introduction to AI Image Analysis in Microscopy

"Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies already play a major role in our everyday lives, such as smart speakers that understand your voice or recommendations you receive about the latest video to watch. In this webinar, we will discuss and showcase how AI technologies can enable your microscopy image visualization and analysis, allowing you to extract further insights and advance your research.

Learning Objectives

* Introduce the basics of AI within the microscopy field
* Discuss how AI can enhance and denoise your images
* Demonstrate how AI can help quickly segment your objects of interest"

Learn How Discovery Data Technology Enables Faster Discovery Research

Thu, Nov 4, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

  • Company: Certara
  • Presenter: David Lowis, Executive Director, Scientific Informatics, Certara


Drug discovery research requires understanding complex chemical, biological, logistical, and computational data from a wide variety of data sources. A key challenge for discovery scientists is efficiently accessing the most relevant data from internal and external data sources in a cohesive project data view. Manual methods for assembling data from various sources are time-consuming and inefficient while many current tools require significant IT maintenance to keep data current. This webcast will demonstrate how technology can drive faster design-make-test-analyze cycles resulting in more efficient communication, collaboration, and workflow.

Webcast learning objectives:

  • --Learn how technology enables discovery scientists from large to small sized global pharmaceutical companies became 20% more productive.
  • --Show how data views can be built by scientists and delivered to colleagues as one click-access to project data.
  • --Understanding of how technology supports workflows of medicinal chemists, biologists and biologics researchers.

Webinar: The Role of the Laboratory in Managing Thyroid Health

"The prevalence of thyroid disease worldwide has served as a catalyst for healthcare providers to study various tools and methods to assist in thyroid disease management. During this session, Dr. Aw will provide a brief introduction to thyroid disease, as well as the clinical guidelines related to thyroid function tests (TFTs). Dr. Aw will also go on to explain the advantages of using TFTs as an effective tool with which to monitor thyroid health. Further, Dr. Aw will shed light on the clinical relevance and utilization of the thyrotropin receptor antibody (TRAb) test, while considering published data and findings to outline its benefits. Join us to learn more about the important role that the laboratory plays in assessing thyroid health and disease management."

Webinar: Leveraging Data Analytics to Streamline and Optimize Digital Image Management

"While data analytics is already guiding a number of clinical and administrative activities within care organizations, the concept of a fully data-driven health system—supported by robust AI systems—is still an objective on the horizon for many of them. Digital imaging management is one area where data, collected from various systems, can already provide clear insights to drive protocol improvements and operational efficiencies. Has applying data analytics to digital imaging systems become common practice? Are we currently making the most of our data analytics capabilities and using the produced insights to drive decisions and optimize processes? Convening pioneers and experts, this digital dialogue will use real-world implementation case studies to share innovative approaches and discuss the benefits of applying data analytics to digital imaging management."

Webinar: A Peek Behind the Curtain

"This session will provide an overview of culture-dependent and culture-independent laboratory diagnostic methods with a focus on strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate utilization of assays used for bacterial identification in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.

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

Webinar: Innovative Solutions in Biosafety Enclosures and Lab Automation

"Knowing the importance of using kinetic live cell imaging across a wide variety of applications, lab managers are tasked with choosing the proper biosafety cabinets to protect their personnel, product, and the environment from exposure to biohazards and cross-contamination during routine procedures. How can lab managers make the best decision about which high-performance systems are right for their facilities? What is the most cost-effective option for their unique situation?

This webinar will feature an overview of Baker’s collection of containment solutions and the BioTek products which together enable the high performance, cost-effective analysis and quantification of biomolecules, biomolecular interactions and cellular structure and function across diverse applications. With an unparalleled passion for helping customers advance science, discovery, and clinical care since 1952, The Baker Company develops truly revolutionary technology in biocontainment and contamination control for a wide variety of industries and applications."

Webinar: Optimizing your Evidence Processing

"Lab managers are tasked with running their labs like a business. This includes employee productivity and safety, quality assurance, cost-effective equipment and work processes, and the skillset to make important decisions on a daily basis. Guidance on when and how to make these decisions is valuable to lab managers as they navigate these workflows.

This webinar will discuss improvements to specific evidence workflows that can be made for greater efficiency and improved safety. This information can be implemented into existing labs or in the planning of new labs. A discussion on how and when to change SOPs will be included."

Webinar: GlaxoSmithKline STARLIMS Implementation Case Study

"GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) set out to implement STARLIMS at their pharma and consumer health locations around the world to support their manufacturing processes. Challenges were faced, but in the end, GSK received a world-class system that exceeded the needs of its labs by improving turnaround time for testing and successfully replacing older software, excel, and paper processes.

How did they do it?

Collaboration! CSols and the STARLIMS technical team worked closely with GSK’s product manager, quality, business analysts, lab leadership, and IT to develop, design, and deploy STARLIMS to their labs across the globe.

In one hour, you will learn how GSK achieved its success through:

* Implementation & Partnership: Review the needs of the lab and how they were met, as a result of the approach and processes leveraged to facilitate the STARLIMS deployment.
* Design: Highlight the global structure of the design and configuration and how it was localized for site/lab execution needs by working closely with GSK’s product manager and analysts.
* Process Execution: Hear how collaboration with GSK’s IT and Quality Group ensured repeatable success in Europe, SA, and Asia."

Webinar: CDS Webinar Series: Built for IT Without Compromise

"Chromatography data system software is an integral part of a laboratory's IT structure, enabling compliant, efficient and reliable handling of chromatography data.

In this webinar series, experts from Thermo Fisher Scientific will explore a range of benefits that a chromatography data system can provide to IT system administrators and lab managers, from backup and disaster recovery to a solution for remote working."

Webinar: The Practical Impacts of the No Surprises Act on Laboratories, Diagnostic Providers, and Specialty Physician Groups

"Surprise billing remains a hot topic in Washington. It occurs when patients unknowingly receive either emergency or non-emergency care from an out-of-network provider. The law specifically targets balance billing, when providers attempt to recover the difference between in-network and out-of-network charges not covered by payors.

Recently, the Administration issued the Part II Interim Final Rule with comment period for the No Surprises Act, a bipartisan consumer protection law designed to help curb the practice of surprise medical billing.

This 60-minute webinar will provide a review of the circumstances under which the No Surprises Act is relevant, as well as how and when the Act applies to both independent and hospital outreach laboratories. It will also cover some state-specific rules and real-world examples such as the difference between how an out-of-network claim was handled prior to the No Surprises Act and how it is handled under the rules of the No Surprises Act.

The webinar will also touch on the importance of providers having the capability to provide an accurate estimate of a patient's financial responsibility at the time of service."

Webinar: Elevate Your Workflow: Optimizing Data Durability and Intrinsic Compliance

"As you strive to balance regulatory compliance and productivity demands so you can deliver quality products to your customers, it is beneficial to look for ways to elevate controls and productivity in your lab. Leveraging tools that enable data durability and intrinsic compliance can also be used to reduce errors in operations, ultimately helping you achieve timelines and meet demands."

Lab Automation, Tomorrow’s Reality is Starting Today

Thu, Nov 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Astrix and L7 Informatics

Presenters: Patrick Rose, Director of Product Management, L7 Informatics

Session Summary: For this presentation, Patrick will look at how L7 can enable companies to achieve level 4 of the digitalization path towards industry 4.0. He will also examine the needs and benefits of standardization and automation of the lab, including external value chain partners. Patrick will discuss how with L7|ESP, this is achieved via collecting the data from automation and connected workflows, harmonizing data via scientific ontologies adhering to public standards and FAIR data principles, and ultimately applying Advanced Intelligence to visualize and analyze and unlock the value from all your operational data.

Webinar: Securing a Remote Digital Workforce

"Join VMware and Carahsoft to learn how a unified workload protection reduce the attack surface, strengthening security posture, and simplifying operations. Discover how increased visibility and a shared source of truth enables administrators to prevent and disrupt attacks at every point in the security lifecycle.

During this session subject-matter experts will discuss:

* Steps to simplifying security and IT operations by collapsing agents and improving performance
* How to increase visibility and security across endpoints, servers, networks, and workloads
* The benefits of "built-in" security and the modern way of securing workloads in the data center"

Webinar: Introduction to OpenRefine (DCMI)

"OpenRefine is a freely available desktop application for cleaning and processing data. This webinar will introduce the basic features of OpenRefine and discuss its use in some common scenarios for metadata cleaning and improvement. The webinar will use the introductory lessons of the Library Carpentry OpenRefine Lesson, which includes sample data and is available here: https://librarycarpentry.org/lc-open-refine/ "

NOTE: Non-member registration: $25.

Webinar: The Impact of BD Kiestra Total Lab Automation at Houston Methodist Hospital

"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 total lab automation and change management can help improve your laboratory capacity, impact patient management and deliver on your business case."

Webinar: What Clinicians, Pharmacists, and Public Health Partners Need to Know about Antibiotic Prescribing and COVID-19

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published several studies characterizing antibiotic prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic in outpatient, nursing home, and hospital settings. Findings from these studies and others inform opportunities to improve antibiotic use and guide the development of resources to support healthcare professionals and health systems. Case studies representing common clinical scenarios will be discussed to support decisions related to antibiotic prescribing.

During this COCA Call, clinicians, pharmacists, and public health partners will learn about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on antibiotic prescribing and strategies for optimizing antibiotic prescribing."

Webinar: A Fast and Reliable Method for SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Surveillance

"The current need for SARS-COV-2 wastewater surveillance programs globally requires many laboratories to set up routine wastewater testing workflows. However, existing workflows are often too slow, tedious, or not sensitive enough to detect low viral levels.

We have developed a fast, sensitive, and easy-to-implement wastewater surveillance laboratory workflow that gets from samples to results in less than 4 hours. First, our unique direct nucleic acid capture method efficiently concentrates nucleic acids and removes PCR-inhibitor to achieve consistent and high yield, ideal for downstream PCR and sequencing methods. Then, wastewater-specific RT-qPCR assays are used to detect SARS-CoV-2 levels. These assays are sensitive, inhibitor-tolerant, and include standards and quality controls according to CDC and EU recommendations.

In this webinar, we will highlight the features of these methods, share validation data, and present a real-world example of how the workflow was setup in a public health lab."

Webinar: Advancing the Collection and Analysis of PFAS in Blood and Serum

"Most of the serum PFAS testing in the US has been conducted via the CDC NHANES studies (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey). NHANES is now an ongoing process and while some PFAS serum concentrations have decreased significantly, other PFAS have only increased.

The need for blood testing will only continue to grow, well past the scope of the Federal government, with ever expanding lists of PFAS replacement and next-generation compounds already being found in the blood of citizens. As additional insight into the toxicological aspects is better understood, current blood testing can provide a snapshot into one’s own PFAS body burden. Even in areas in the US not impacted by industrial PFAS contamination, the food and water consumed can have a significant impact on the level of serum PFAS.

Eurofins PFAS bio-testing is designed to monitor environmental contaminants utilizing isotope dilution, the most robust and respected analytical technique. This technique is paired with a dedicated human serum lab as well as instrumentation specifically reserved for serum samples to ensure rapid and accurate results. Eurofins development of a self-administered PFAS test will allow clients to expedite the testing process by rapidly sampling and shipping samples back to the lab or study coordinator."

Webinar: The Human Component: Space Utilization to Maximize Research in Labs

"Ten years ago, maximizing flexibility and adding transparency was the major shift to traditional lab design. Today, our labs not only need to be flexible but aspire to attract and retain top talent. This discussion will review case studies and data that support a new shift in laboratory space utilization—one that balances the human component and functionality of protecting the process and material."