October 28, 2009      
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

 Volume 7, Issue 42


In This Issue

 Polls & Surveys

What type of system do you use to manage laboratory data?

There has been a number of discussions recently about what type of system is dominant in the laboratory for managing data. Take this 3 second poll to tell us what your lab uses and learn what others are doing.
 LIMS Blog Postings

Be a savvy LIMS buyer… Try it before you buy it

It seems like the modern software industry has passed most LIMS companies by. The modern software company has become very mature and competitive while LIMS software companies seem to be stagnant, lacking innovation and unwilling to provide even the most basic product information on their web sites; instead choosing to rely upon salesman promises over real concrete demonstration of product features and functions. This is the sort of behavior you would expect from software companies in the 1980’s and 90’s, not a modern software company.

Is there such a thing as an “Independent LIMS Consultant”? Does it matter?

I read a blog post recently from a LIMS consultant attempting to define what an independent LIMS consultant is. They defined “Independent” as “not directly involved with” and that it does not mean “small”. I agree with that definition. However, I contend that there is no such thing as an “Independent LIMS Consultant” or at least it is so rare that one can argue reasonably that it does not exist.

Instrument Interfacing - The Great Paradox of LIMS?

Blaze Systems has issued an Instrument Interfacing White Paper examining the apparent paradox evidenced by the underutilization of this powerful and cost effective adjunct to LIMS functionality. The various myths which contribute to this reality are discussed, evaluated, and examined under the illuminating light of reality.
 Recent News

10/26/2009 - Systat Software Launches SYSTAT 13

Systat Software, Inc., a leading developer and supplier of award-winning scientific software and services, today announced the launch of SYSTAT 13, the latest version of its flagship statistical software package.

10/26/2009 - New Release of Matrix Stability Data Management Software

Autoscribe are pleased to announce a new release of their powerful stability data management software for managing and reporting on shelf-life studies in FDA regulated industries.

10/22/2009 - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Uses IDBS to Improve Understanding of Childhood Diseases

IDBS, the leading worldwide provider of research data management and analytics solutions to R&D organizations, today announced that The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the leading pediatric hospitals and research facilities in the world, has implemented the InforSense-based Translational Research Solution to advance the understanding of complex genetic disease.

10/22/2009 - CLSI and Analyse-it Announce Plans to Collaborate on Statistical Tools for Medical Laboratories

Recognizing that robust statistical tools are essential for ensuring accurate results for increasingly advanced medical tests, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) and Analyse-it Software, Ltd. (Analyse-it®), are pleased to announce a new joint venture partnership to combine CLSI’s expertise in developing best practice standards and guidelines for the medical laboratory with the power of Analyse-it’s expertise in developing statistical software.

10/22/2009 - Tripos Releases Newest Version of Benchware Discovery 360 – Its Powerful, Enterprise-Wide, Pharmaceutical Research Software

Tripos™, a leading provider of drug discovery informatics products and services, today announced the release and general availability of Benchware® Discovery 360 (D360) Version 5.0

10/22/2009 - Phase Forward Introduces Phase Forward™ IRT 5.0 Interactive Response Technology Solution

Phase Forward, a leading provider of data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety, today announced a major new release of its Interactive Response Technology (IRT) solution, Phase Forward™ IRT 5.0.

10/22/2009 - Tripos Releases Newest SYBYL-X Discovery Software for Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling

Tripos™, a leading provider of drug discovery informatics products and services, today announced the release and general availability of the latest version of its flagship product line, SYBYL®-X.

10/22/2009 - LabVantage Announces Release of SQL*LIMS® Service Pack 7

LabVantage today announced the release of Service Pack 7 (SP7) for the SQL*LIMS product platform. SQL*LIMS is a fully-integrated laboratory information management solution (LIMS) ideally suited to manage an organization's product development, quality management, and analytical laboratories.

10/22/2009 - OriginLab(R) Releases New Viewer for Origin 8.x

OriginLab Corporation, a leading provider of scientific graphing and data analysis software, announced a new version of Origin Viewer to provide better support for Origin 8.x files. Origin Viewer is a free downloadable Windows® application that allows all non-Origin users to gain access to the content of OriginProject (OPJ) files.

10/21/2009 - Cardinal Health, Orchard® Software enter exclusive agreement for laboratory information systems offering

Cardinal Health and Orchard Software today announced an agreement to offer the Orchard® HarvestTM Laboratory Information System (LIS) and Orchard® Pathology Diagnostic Information System to physician office laboratory customers.
 Upcoming Events

12/16/2009 - The 10th U.S. – Japan Symposium on Drug Delivery Systems

11/19/2009 - Probe Discovery

11/17/2009 - LIMS Seminar Tour Coming to Seattle, WA!

11/17/2009 - Reach the Life Science Research and Laboratory Science Community at BioConference Live, First of its Kind Virtual Event Slated for November 17-19, 2009

 Demonstrations & Presentations

LIMS for the Water, Wastewater Laboratory

The Ideal LIMS Solution for the Water, Wastewater Lab is a function of the right company, the right technology and the right features and functions for your needs. All supported by first class training, implementation and maintenance and support services. LABLynx is the Ideal Solution for your lab or enterprise, no matter how large or small, or how you choose to manage your own unique workflows, individual processes and data.

Enterprise Software for the Pharmaceutical Laboratory

The following presentation provides an overview of the Enterprise Software needs of the modern Pharmaceutical Laboratory. Today’s challenge for the diversified pharmaceutical laboratory is to find a comprehensive enterprise software solution that provides not only LIMS functionality but an Electronic Laboratory Notebook, Enterprise Content Management and a wide variety of functions for personnel management, asset management, instrument interfacing and much more, all within the context of being validated and fully compliant with 21 CFR part 11.
 Bid / RFP / RFI Opportunities

09/28/2009 - Request for Proposals for Partnership to Collaborate on a Laboratory Information Management System

Clean Water Services – Water Resource Management Utility, Tualatin River Watershed, Oregon
 Job Postings

5/31/2009 - Aggregated List of LIMS Jobs

The following is a real-time aggregated list of LIMS jobs pulled from job sites all over the Internet. The list is kept up to date in nearly real time.

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

LIMSfinder.com is pleased to announce an improved job board that combines both LIMS and Laboratory Career opportunities. The service is free for our member sponsors and all job seekers. The new job board offers a job search feature and allows for posting of Featured Jobs for less than $1 per day. Candidates can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter that highlights all of the Featured and Sponsored job openings.
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