January 25, 2017      
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

 Volume 15, Issue 4


In This Issue

 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

FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 2, 2017: 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.

SCIFIO: An extensible framework to support scientific image formats

In this short paper published in December 2016, Hiner et al. of the University of Wisconsin at Madison demonstrate their open-source library SCIFIO (SCientific Image Format Input and Output). Built on inspiration from the Bio-Formats library for microscopy image data, SCIFIO attempts to act as “a domain-independent image I/O framework enabling seamless and extensible translation between image metadata models.” Rather than fight with the difficulties of repeating experiments based on data in proprietary formats, SCIFIO’s open-source nature help with reproducibility of research results and proves “capable of adapting to the demands of scientific imaging analysis.”

Reducing the Unknowns: The Value of Lab Informatics Project Managers

On every project there are things that we know and things that we don’t know. It is the project manager’s responsibility to plan for and manage both the knowns and the unknowns in order to deliver the project on-time, within budget, and meeting specifications.
 Recent News

01/25/2017 - LabVantage Announces ISO 9001:2015 Certification

LabVantage, the leading provider of laboratory informatics solutions and services, recently announced that the company achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. While LabVantage has always used international standards to create and sustain their practices and procedures, this certification provides solid evidence that the LabVantage quality management system meets the highest standards available. As a leader in the industry, this certification further distinguishes the quality of LabVantage products and services and will help the company maintain its competitive edge.

01/25/2017 - LabVantage Releases Latest Pharmaceutical-specific Solution – LabVantage 8 Pharma

LabVantage Solutions, the leading global laboratory informatics provider, announced the release of LabVantage 8 Pharma. The solution provides the pharmaceutical industry with a pre-validated, pre-configured LIMS. The goal of the solution is to reduce cost, reduce risk and improve lab efficiency overall.

01/25/2017 - New Functionality For Remote Usage Of Matrix Gemini LIMS

Autoscribe Informatics will be showcasing two new capabilities for remote usage of its Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) at PITTCON 2017. The Matrix Gemini Field Analytics System extends the use of the LIMS to the field, allowing data to be recorded off-line and uploaded to the LIMS when an internet connection can be re-established. The new Web Portal allows third parties access to relevant data, reports and metrics produced in Matrix Gemini.

01/25/2017 - Precision BioSciences goes paperless to progress innovation using IDBS E-WorkBook

Precision BioSciences, a genome editing company based in Durham, North Carolina, has implemented IDBS E-WorkBook to improve its data capture and streamline innovation in cancer immunotherapy, gene therapy and food science. Deploying E-WorkBook across its three businesses will improve Precision BioSciences’ knowledge sharing and collaboration.

01/17/2017 - John Muir Health to Install a Sectra Cloud-Based Archive for Enterprise Imaging

International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra announces that John Muir Health has purchased an archive to store radiology and cardiology studies in the cloud. All images in the enterprise will be archived in three geographically separate areas with fail-over capabilities.

01/12/2017 - IDBS Launches The E-WorkBook Cloud: Combining the Most Powerful R&D Software Platform with the Benefits and Flexibility of the Cloud

IDBS has today launched The E-WorkBook Cloud, an enterprise, Cloud-based platform designed specifically to meet the future challenges of scientific and R&D data management.
 Upcoming Webcasts

FEBRUARY 2-3, 2017: 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance for SaaS/Cloud Applications: 2-day In-Person Seminar (San Diego, CA, United States - February 2-3, 2017) - Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "21 CFR Part 11 Compliance for SaaS/Cloud Applications: 2-day In-person Seminar" conference to their offering. This interactive two-day course will explore proven techniques for reducing costs associated with implementing, using, and maintaining computer systems in regulated environments. Today, the FDA performs both GxP and Part 11 inspections, the Europeans have released an updated Annex 11 regulation that expands Part 11 requirements and companies must update their systems and processes to maintain compliance.

JANUARY 26, 2017: The Top Five Mistakes Made in Selecting a LIMS and how to fix them

Live Webinar from Astrix on January 26th at 1PM EST. The LIMS selection process poses many risks to an organization. Join Astrix Technology Group as we provide a deep dive on the reasons why LIMS implenetations fail to achieve their goals and how to fix those issues.
 Bid / RFP / RFI Opportunities

DUE JANUARY 27, 2016 5pm AEST: Request for Expression of Interest - Provision of a Biobanking Laboratory Information Management System

New South Wales Health Pathology is calling for proposals to provide a Biobanking Laboratory Information System (BLIMS) to manage the receipt, processing, storage, retrieval, transportation, destruction and billing functions of the NSW Health Statewide Biobank.
 Upcoming Events

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!

MARCH 20-24, 2017: CHI's 8th Annual Biotherapeutics Analytical Summit

Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Eighth Annual Biotherapeutics Analytical Summit has grown from strength to strength year over year, covering a wide variety of product characterization topics ranging from post-translational modifications to bioassays, from process change to compliance, from developability to biosimilarity.

MARCH 20-24, 2017: 2nd Annual Immuno-Oncology Summit

Following the success of the inaugural Cancer Biotherapeutics conference in London, the the Immuno-Oncology Summit Europe 2017, to be held 20-24 March in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf Business District. With an expanded three-track program, attendees can now experience a full week of cutting-edge science and discussion.

MARCH 8-9, 2017: Two Day Course - A to Z's of Microbial Control, Monitoring and Validation of Water Systems (Burlingame, CA, United States - March 8-9, 2017) - Research and Markets

This 2-day course is particularly relevant to managers, supervisors, and operatives taking on new responsibilities related to water, but also for experienced water personnel to learn the true whys behind what they do and perhaps better ways of doing things.

MARCH 5-9, 2017: Pittcon 2017 Conference and Expo

Pittcon is the world’s leading annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. Pittcon attracts attendees from industry, academia and government from over 90 countries worldwide.

FEBRUARY 21-22, 2017: 2nd Annual Biosimilars Summit

Discussions on key insights from thought leaders into the biggest challenges in the analytical and clinical phases of biosimilar drug development, from addressing current regulatory struggles, demonstrating the quality attributes needed to prove interchangeability, and successfully entering the market.

FEBRUARY 13-18, 2017: AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual scientific meeting will have over 800 scientific papers, breakfast seminars, workshops, and other special events are presented. The AAFS consists of eleven sections representing a wide range of forensic specialties, and the annual scientific meeting gathers these professionals who present the most current information, research, and updates in this expanding field
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