February 06, 2013      
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

 Volume 11, Issue 5


In This Issue

 Bid / RFP / RFI Opportunities

01/28/2013 - Request for Proposal - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

City of Baltimore, Maryland - Request for proposals to provide software and services for the replacement of existing Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) at its water and wastewater treatment plants.

Interview with organization that built its own sample tracking system.

One option for a science company with unmet data management needs is to simply build a software solution from scratch. You might think that this would be strictly the domain of large well-resourced organizations, but even for a small business or startup this can be a possibility that can yield unexpected benefits. There are still places in the US where a lower cost of living means that software developers are not as expensive as they are in silicon valley, and with patience, persistence and a bit of luck, business owners can indeed find highly talented local individuals who can create a great solution even in the least "techie" of locales. In the following interview, I talk with key players at a small midwestern biotechnology company who needed a better way to manage their extensive collection of biospecimens. The company prefers to stay somewhat anonymous, so I have used pseudonyms; "The Biorepository" is the name of the business, "PM" is the primary project manager and biorepository specialist who helped with research and design, "Dev" is the software developer who made it all possible and "Tissue Database" or just "TDB" is the name of the solution itself. "Bob", is of course, yours truly, the author of this blog.
 Recent News

02/06/2013 - Autoscribe announces Biobank data management seminars in the UK

Autoscribe has invited a number of biobanking experts to share their views and experiences on how to meet compliance regulations yet retain the flexibility to meet individual application requirements at three seminars to be held in the UK. These free, full-day seminars will be held in London on 7th March, Manchester on 12th March and Edinburgh on 23rd April. These seminars will be of particular interest to anyone involved in biobanks in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical research.

02/04/2013 - Capitol Hill Briefing on Value of Clinical Laboratory Testing

The foundation for 70% of physician decision-making, clinical laboratory tests are one of the most critical elements in preventing chronic illness, curtailing epidemics, and improving cancer care. At the same time, clinical lab tests are making the U.S. health care delivery system more cost-effective. On February 11, Kenneth Sisco, MD, Ph.D., medical director of Quest Diagnostics, will explore this topic at a Capitol Hill briefing for Congressional staff, members of the House and Senate, health care and patient organizations, and the news media in the visitors center of the U.S. Capitol building. The briefing is sponsored by "Results for Life," the educational arm of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA).

02/04/2013 - Accelrys® ELN Delivers Seamless Integration with the Reaxys® Workflow Solution

Accelrys, Inc., a leading provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, today announced exciting new chemistry information management possibilities for research scientists arising from Accelrys' cooperation with Elsevier. Scientists now can directly access and leverage the trusted Reaxys chemistry workflow solution from the Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN).

02/01/2013 - TECHNIDATA launches a major version of its TD-Synergy® Laboratory Information System

TECHNIDATA, the supplier of software for clinical and anatomic-pathology laboratories, launches a major version of its TD-Synergy Laboratory Information System (LIS). Among the new features, version 11.81 provides a range of innovative functionalities that significantly enhance sample collection security, specimen transportation, storage and traceability. These allow laboratories to optimize their own organizations, leading to greater efficiency and flexibility in multi-site contexts.

01/30/2013 - The RURO Flex™ Program - A Premier, Full Scale LIMS Made More Available

RURO is answering an important call within today’s laboratory world at-large. Everyday a small lab is forming a new relationship with a major partner or a mid-size lab business is struggling to remain efficient and compliant. For these and many other reasons, having a LIMS is now critical to many more than those who have the internal resources to evaluate and implement to their requirements – until now. Today, RURO reaffirms its commitment to small to mid-size lab businesses in releasing The RURO Flex™ Program for LIMS 24/7™. Comprised of a series of methods that can reform buyer resource requirements, The RURO Flex™ allows clients to structure a LIMS 24/7 purchase with non-traditional options.
 Upcoming Events

03/17/2013 - Pittcon Conference and Expo

Pittcon is the world’s largest annual premier conference and exposition on laboratory science. It is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation which is comprised of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).

03/03/2013 - HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition

HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition - March 3 - 7, 2013

02/11/2013 - Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference 2013

February 11 - 15, 2013 - 20 Years of Advancing Applied Science and Technology
 Upcoming Webcasts

02/14/2013 - Reduce COTS software validation using the 10 step risk based approach

02/11/2013 - HIPAA Privacy In 2013 and Beyond

02/11/2013 - Introduction to Biotechnology Analytical Methods

 Job Postings

5/31/2009 - Aggregated List of LIMS Jobs

05/31/2009 - LIMS / LIS & Laboratory Careers

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