December 07, 2016      
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

 Volume 14, Issue 47


In This Issue

 Featured Journal Article

Bioinformatics workflow for clinical whole genome sequencing at Partners HealthCare Personalized Medicine

Genomic data is increasingly used to provide better, more focused clinical care. Or course, its associated datasets can be large, and it can take significant processing power to utilize and manage effectively. In this 2016 paper published in Journal of Personalized Medicine, Tsai et al. of Partners Healthcare describe their "bioinformatics strategy to efficiently process and deliver genomic data to geneticists for clinical interpretation." They conclude that with more research comes improved workflows and "filtrations that include larger portions of the non-coding regions as they start to have utility in the clinical setting, ultimately enabling the full utility of complete genome sequencing."
 Event Focus

WED. DECEMBER 7, 2016, 6 PM - 8 PM EST: Networking and Cocktails for Drug Discovery Scientists

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS: Join Benchling for an evening of cocktails with greater Boston area-based scientists. Connect with biology industry scientists from companies such as Editas, Synlogic, and Voyager Therapeutics, as well as researchers from institutions such as MIT and Harvard.

Making LIMS RFPs Effective

There are many places you can search to learn what should be included in a LIMS RFP, however, care must be taken to ensure that the requirements used in your LIMS RFP truly reflect your needs, processes, and priorities.

The Evolution of a COTS LIMS through One-Off Applications and Client Ideas

Like many laboratory products, LIMS change with evolving technology and regulations as well as client ideas. In the past, I’ve worked with a laboratory products manufacturer who made great profits off of client ideas for new products. There is nothing that rings the ear of a consumable products company owner like “I’d give a dollar each for…”

Cloud Technology Maximizes ROI By Reducing TCO

LIMS whitepaper underlining the evolution of LIMS, different types of LIMS architecture, benefits and risks of cloud computing and how SaaS models leverage cloud technology to maximize ROI by minimizing TCO.

Comprehensive LIMS Glossary & Acronyms E-book

A comprehensive LIMS Glossary and Acronyms e-book with important definitions of Laboratory information management system (LIMS) & related terminologies.
 Webcast Focus

Thursday 15th December 2016: ‘Out Of The Box’ LIMS Webinar

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) specialist, Autoscribe Informatics, is running an interactive webinar that discusses all aspects of “out-of-the-box” (OOTB) LIMS. The webinar will take place on Thursday 15th December at 8 AM Pacific Standard Time, 11 AM Eastern Standard Time, 4 PM Greenwich Mean Time and 5 PM Central European Time.

Thursday, 8 December 2016, at 04:00 pm: ELECTRONIC LAB NOTEBOOKS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

Presented by: CEO of sciNote, Klemen Zupančič. sciNote - Open Source Electronic Lab Notebook. Klemen will give us an overview how research data is currently being managed and how this will change in the future. Most of this 45 min webinar will be dedicated to the Q&A session, during which he will answer your questions about ELNs and address any concerns you might have.
 Recent News

12/02/2016 - Further Extends the Capabilities of its Cloud-based LIMS, CloudLIMS Lite, a class-leading provider of Laboratory Management solutions, has released a new version of its SaaS LIMS, CloudLIMS Lite. CloudLIMS Lite helps biobanks, clinical, research and testing laboratories keep track of their biospecimens, right from sample entry through labeling, storing, shipping and disposal.

12/01/2016 - eTrueNorth’s ePOCT Suite™ of Solutions Now Used in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

eTrueNorth, the U.S.-based healthcare technology solution provider for CLIA-Waived laboratories, announced today that they have signed an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The eTrueNorth ePOCT Suite™ of solutions will immediately begin to be integrated at Walmart and Sam’s Club.

12/01/2016 - Thermo Fisher Scientific CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing Tools Named Top Innovations of 2016

Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, announced today that The Scientist magazine named two of its CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tools among the Top 10 Innovations of 2016. The Invitrogen LentiArray CRISPR libraries, introduced in September 2016, ranked #5, while the GeneArt Platinum Cas9 Nuclease earned the #10 spot on the list.

11/30/2016 - Genohm wecomes new Team members

Genohm has new Team members in Durham, Ghent and Lausanne. Check them out!

11/30/2016 - Autoscribe Informatics Expands Into New UK Premises

Autoscribe Informatics, developer and supplier of the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), has moved to larger premises in the UK. As from 21st November, 2016, the company’s headquarters are located in Aldermaston, near Reading in the UK. This is a seamless transition for customers as the telephone number, e-mail addresses and website URL all remain unchanged.

11/23/2016 - Abbott Informatics partners with Synergy

The energy company was looking for a LIMS platform that could automate its routine laboratory test scheduling, enable direct results captured from analytical instrumentation into the software, and reduce the amount of manual data input, report writing, and reliance on spreadsheets. The ultimate goal was to deploy a single LIMS system that would simplify data collation and visualisation, interrogation and analysis, and facilitate more informed decision making.
 Bid / RFP / RFI Opportunities

DUE JANUARY 9, 2017: Request for Offer - Electronic Lab Notebook Upgrade for Laboratory Information Management System

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality seeks to upgrade its Sugar Land Laboratory to a more automated and paperless environment, specifically adding an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) component to its existing LIMS.

DUE JANUARY 10, 2016: Request for Information - Laboratory Information Management System Software

This Request for Information (RFI) is issued for the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL) to gather input and obtain information and cost estimates for supplying and implementing a laboratory information management system (LIMS) software.

DUE: JANUARY 13, 2017: Request for Information - Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

The Agri-Food Laboratories (AFL) of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (Alberta, Canada) require a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to replace the legacy system known as the Agri-Food Information Management System (AIMS).

DUE: JANUARY 19, 2017: Construction Materials Testing Laboratory Information Management System

State of Maine Department of Transportation

DUE DECEMBER 16, 2016: Lab Information Management System

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
 Upcoming Webcasts

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

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

 Upcoming Events

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!

15th Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Summit - Canada

The premier source for the most relevant updates within the cold chain and temperature management logistics industry is returning for its 15th iteration with the latest information on Health Canada 0069, international GDP requirements, USP initiatives, GS1 Canada updates & more. Join us to cover key concerns involving regulatory, logistics, quality, packaging, security & overall supply chain management, network with your industry peers, and create innovative ideas that will shape the future of the industry.

JANUARY 23 - 26, 2017: NELAC - Forum on Environmental Accreditation

With over 250 attendees, the Forum on Environmental Accreditation is the only conference that brings laboratories, regulatory agencies, data users, sampling firms, and many other organizations to discuss cutting-edge changes in environmental laboratory accreditation and future directions in policy that will have a national impact. In addition to the committee meetings and general sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to attend technical training courses, see the latest products and services in the industry and be able to network with peers.
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