November 04, 2015      
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

 Volume 13, Issue 43


In This Issue


Does a LIMS really Benefit Management more than Scientists?

It is surprising how often we hear scientists/lab technicians claiming that the LIMS only benefits Management. Why do they believe this and how can this belief be corrected in order to attain a successful LIMS project?


Why do some people seem to hate LIMS so much? A lot of times, their reasoning comes down to misconceptions. It's time to clear them up.
 Bid / RFP / RFI Opportunities

DUE December 10, 2015: Request for Response - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS3)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), is soliciting bids for the acquisition of a new Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS3)

DUE: November 19, 2015 - BID/RFQ for a HLA Laboratory Information System

2015-0096 - HLA Laboratory Information System for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

DUE November 16, 2015: Invitation to Bid - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for Harris County Pollution Control Services

DUE November 6, 2015: Solicitation - Service Nonviable Environmental Sample Testing MPLS

Service Nonviable Environmental Sample Testing MPLS Solicitation Number - Department of Veterans Affairs - Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System -

DUE: November 6, 2015 - Request for Information for Drug Testing Services

Request for Information for Drug Testing Services - Federal Occupational Health (FOH) Drug Testing Services
 Recent News

11/04/2015 - RURO Releases Sciency ELN Cloud

RURO, Inc., a leading LIMS, and other sample management solutions provider announced that its Electronic Lab Notebook solution, Sciency® ELN, is now available as a subscription-based, cloud-hosted software service.

11/03/2015 - LifeLabs Now Offering Panorama™ NIPT in Canada via Natera's Constellation Software Platform

Natera, Inc., a leader in non-invasive genetic testing and the analysis of circulating cell-free DNA, today announced that LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services ("LifeLabs"), a leading Canadian laboratory services provider, is now performing the Panorama non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) at its genetics laboratory in Toronto, leveraging Natera's proprietary technology and Constellation, Natera's cloud-based software platform, for clinical genomic analysis.

11/02/2015 - QIAGEN Expands Clinical Decision Support for NGS in Oncology Labs

QIAGEN N.V. today announced enhancements to its QIAGEN Clinical Insight®(QCI™) clinical decision support solution, which streamlines the annotation, interpretation and reporting of next-generation sequencing results (NGS) for clinical laboratories.

11/02/2015 - Tute Genomics Acquires Knome

Tute Genomics, the leader in clinical sequencing informatics, today announced the acquisition of key assets of Knome, a renowned human-genome interpretation company whose systems and services helped spearhead several of the greatest commercial advancements in modern human genetics.

10/27/2015 - Autoscribe Informatics Opens Office to Support Expanding BioHub

Autoscribe Informatics celebrated the opening of a new office facility in the UK in October. Based in Alderley Park in Cheshire the office will supply and support laboratory and business information systems management to customers across the north of the country.
 Upcoming Events

November 18, 2015: PEFTEC 2015 Exhibition and Conference

PEFTEC 2015 Exhibition and Conference is for Companies specialising in monitoring and analytical technologies for the Petroleum, Refining and Environmental Industries. PEFTEC brings together an extensive conference and seminar programme on case studies,regulation, standards and analytical techniques with a focussed exhibition of product and service providers.

JANUARY 23, 2016: SLAS2016

SLAS2016 takes place January 23-27 in San Diego, California. Programmed by scientists and engineers for peers interested in leveraging the latest in scientific technology. Best-in-class information, innovation and inspiration at the intersection of science and technology. See for details and to register.

JANUARY 25, 2016: 11th Laboratory Informatics Summit

Register by Friday, November 20, 2015 and receive up to US$700 off! January 25 - 27, 2016 - Philadelphia Timelines are tighter than ever before and informatics teams must constantly adapt to the changing demands of research science. Furthermore, periodic updates to your systems calls for a comprehensive implementation and integration strategy to ensure compatibility with existing lab systems, and also between multiple different vendors. Learn how to better Implement, Validate, Integrate & Analyze your laboratory data and information systems at the 11th Laboratory Informatics Summit, taking place January 25-27, 2016 in Philadelphia. Download the agenda on the website for further info. See you in Philly!
 The LIMS Book

2015 Edition of the Complete Guide to LIMS & Lab Informatics Released

The LIMSforum group has released the 2015 Edition of the Complete Guide to LIMS & Lab Informatics. The electronic and print versions of the book are available at The eBook version is free. You can also send it to your Kindle. This new 2015 edition has over 400 pages of information with tons of information on features and functions for LIMS and LIS and complete vendor directories for LIMS, LIS, ELN, SDMS and CDMS products. There are over 30 LIMS vendors with complete pricing information as well. This resource is compiled from our site so you will want to check back often as we will be releasing subsequent editions as the community updates the information. Any vendors who wish to be listed can do so by submitting your information and price lists to the editor. Do get your free copy at: We also have a completely new site for the LIMSbook. It has many other books you will be interested in and all of them are completely free and open access. We will be adding a facility soon to allow you to create, publish and share your books freely. Also be sure and check out our search facilities. They will help you find just the information you need from our growing list of knowledge bases.


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