November 15, 2016      
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

 Volume 14, Issue 44=5


In This Issue

 Webcast Focus

NOVEMBER 16, 2016, 2:00 PM EST: Improving the Flexibility and Efficiency of STARLIMS Reporting

The reporting needs of a laboratory organization can be very broad, such that the development of reports can take up a considerable amount of time and effort, both during the initial STARLIMS implementation and on an on-going basis. This effort can be minimized while optimizing the flexibility of your reporting capabilities in many ways. Join this webinar to learn more.

Webinar: Reduce cost, reduce risk, improve lab efficiency with LabVantage Pharma.

Are you looking to improve processes within your pharmaceutical lab? Are you burdened with complex legacy systems that manage your quality samples, testing and allied business processes? With a LabVantage Pharma LIMS solution, you can enhance your laboratory efficiency, while reducing complexity and costs.
 Recent News

11/15/2016 - Look at how Genohm’s SLims solution will benefit QIAGEN’s GeneReader users

Roger Küng, VP of Business Development at Genohm, was interviewed on the benefits that Genohm’s SLims solution brings to the users of QIAGEN’s GeneReader. During AMP 2016 in Charlotte, NC, the scientific media team of QIAGEN interviewed Roger Küng, VP of Business Development at Genohm, to get the insider view of the benefits that the integration of Genohm’s solution SLims brings to the customers of QIAGEN’s GeneReader.

11/15/2016 - Leading Genome Research Center Catalyzes Technology Partnership Between DNAnexus and Microsoft to Support Data Management and Genomic Analysis

DNAnexus Inc., the global leader in genome informatics and data management, today announced that the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (SCGPM) has adopted the DNAnexus Platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud in order to bring enterprise-ready genomic analysis, data management, and collaborative research solutions to the center.

11/15/2016 - Benchling launches bioregistration and inventory management system to enable accelerated biologics R&D

Benchling, the next-generation life science R&D software company, today announced the launch of its Bioregistry system, releasing groundbreaking capabilities for complex biological entity registration and strain management. The Bioregistry is a major addition to Benchling's cloud lab informatics platform and is integrated seamlessly with Benchling's native lab notebook and molecular biology tools.

11/15/2016 - Matrix Express LIMS Helps Train Future Chemical Technicians

The Matrix Express LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics is being used as part of the Chemical Laboratory Technician major program at Bidwell Training Center (BTC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. This course equips students with the skills needed to work in a wide range of laboratory environments, including R&D, processing, quality control and manufacturing.

11/14/2016 - PAREXEL Launches IDMP-Focused Software and Service Solution

PAREXEL International Corporation, a leading global biopharmaceutical services provider, today launched an Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP)-focused solution for biopharmaceutical companies. LIQUENT InSight® for IDMP™ is the newest module added to PAREXEL’s Regulatory Information Management (RIM) platform.

11/10/2016 - Smiths Medical Launches PharmGuard Interoperability Software for Smart Pump Programming

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, today launched version 1.1 of its PharmGuard interoperability software for use with Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe pumps. The new version allows bi-directional integration with IHE compatible EMR systems.

11/10/2016 - TraxStar Technologies Enhances Auto-Scheduling in Lab Management Solution

The latest releases of QATrax Global and Enterprise Editions with Auto-Scheduling provide exponential improvements in the workflow automation of assigning and scheduling test lab resources, thereby dramatically improving test laboratory operating efficiency. Benefits include heightened visibility of projects, tests and schedules across the organization, resulting in faster time-to-market for new products.

11/10/2016 - Agilent Technologies Expands Data Processing Offering for Molecular Pathology

Agilent Technologies Inc. today released Cartagenia Bench Lab 5.0, a major new version of its lab software with new capabilities for somatic variant classification and reporting.

11/10/2016 - Sunquest Information Systems Acquires UNIConnect L.C.

Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. announced today the acquisition of the Salt Lake City-based software firm UNIConnect® L.C. UNIConnect specializes in software for molecular laboratories and augments Sunquest's molecular diagnostics solution.

11/09/2016 - Siemens Healthineers Launches Atellica(TM) PM 1.0 Software for Simplified Lab Operations

Today Siemens Healthineers announced the launch of the Atellica(TM) PM 1.0 Software(1), a customizable process management solution that enables laboratories to oversee process data for their automation system, IT and connected instruments—thus simplifying management of day-to-day laboratory tasks.

What Does a LIMS Do?

A fundamental question that many people new to the informatics world ask is “What does a LIMS do?” The real answer is the answer given by Shrek who when asked about the nature of ogres replied “ogres are like onions, they have layers”. You read correctly, LIMS are like onions; they too have layers.

A benchmarking analysis of open-source business intelligence tools in healthcare environments

In recent years, a wide range of business intelligence (BI) technologies have been applied to different areas in order to support the decision-making process. BI enables the extraction of knowledge from the data stored. The healthcare industry is no exception, and so BI applications have been under investigation across multiple units of different institutions.

Historical Data and the New LIMS

I recently received a call from a very nice municipal laboratory director and the conversation regarding LIMS, LIMS implementation, good LIMS implementers turned towards historical data. I laughed and thanked her for the idea of this article. I really should have thought of it. With virtually every LIMS sale whether it be to a municipality, commercial laboratory or university, the issue of historical data comes up.Most laboratories purchasing a LIMS, if they are replacing an old LIMS or are buying their first, have been in operation for some time. As we are all aware, historical data generally must be kept on record for some period of time based on various regulations and is often wanted for general trending information. In many cases, that period of time is five years. So, now what?
 Bid / RFP / RFI Opportunities

DUE DECEMBER 2, 2016: Request for Proposals - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

DUE DECEMBER 7, 2016: Request for Proposals - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

DUE NOVEMBER 17, 2016: Request for Proposal - Water Resources Laboratory Information Management System

 Event Focus

FEBRUARY 19 - 24, 2017: Molecular Med Tri-Con

Why is the Tri-Conference the Premier Event on Molecular Medicine & Diagnostics? If you are working in diagnostics and drug discovery, this is the must attend event of the year. Attracting over 3,500 drug discovery and development professionals from over 40 countries in 2016, the Tri-Conference has grown into a diverse event, focusing on Molecular Medicine, specifically on Discovery, Genomics, Diagnostics and Information Technology. Why attend the Tri-Conference? HEAR over 500 speakers from across all industries, all research fields, and from all over the world; CHOOSE from over 400 presentations and panel discussions; NETWORK with 3,500 drug discovery and development professionals from over 40 countries; SHOWCASE your Research by Presenting a Scientific Poster (and save $50!); PARTICIPATE in one of 30 Roundtable Discussions; VIEW over 170 Scientific Posters; VISIT with over 200 companies in the exhibit hall

APRIL 4 - 5, 2017: Paperless Lab Academy 2017

2020 ROADMAP for DIGITAL CONVERGENCE: Transforming scientific information into actionable insight.The Paperless Lab Academy is the ideal learning platform, for those considering consolidating, integrating and simplifying laboratory data management systems. The PLA is recognized by Gartner as one of the best European Lab Automation events!
 Upcoming Webcasts

Thinking About Buying or Replacing a LIMS? – Why Taking a Broader Technology Assessment Approach Will Save Time and Money

 Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 5 - 7, 2016: CRISPR: A New Era in Gene Editing

DECEMBER 5 - 7, 2016: Biological and Chemical Sensors Summit

DECEMBER 5 - 6, 2016: Laboratory Informatics Summit

NOVEMBER 27, 2016: Radiological Society of North America - RSNA 2016

NOVEMBER 14 - 16, 2016: World Preclinical Congress - Europe

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