Category: 2019

Benefits you should bank on by using a LIMS

For our final blog post of 2019 we thought to give some information for those either investigating whether to buy a LIMS or perhaps who have one, but feel they aren’t maximising their return on investment (ROI) some food for thought.

LIMS should generate solid ROI and below are key areas:

With constant advances in technology the needs of a laboratory are frequently changing, but what remains constant is the need for end-to-end traceability of samples, data processing capabilities and report generation. This is where a LIMS comes in, it assists laboratories in monitoring workflows, managing data and inventory, assigning tasks, storing data and automating the reporting process.
 
Whether clinical, analytical or research, all laboratories operate under a time constraint of having to provide information to a customer, client or management as business decisions are then made based on that information. To make such information available instantly is nearly impossible without a LIMS, traditional methods of record-keeping using excel or paper-based files makes it impossible to source the required data.
 
A LIMS provides a whole array of advantages, as summarised in the infographic below:
  • Flexible enough to ensure compatibility with customer requirements and the ability to scale up  based on evolving lab needs
  • Seamless tracking of samples across the entire sample life cycle, from sample accessioning, testing, result entry, report generation, storage and/or disposal
  • Ensures repeatability by enforcing standard operating procedures
  • Efficiently managing the calibration and maintenance of instruments 
  • Flexible integration facility for easy exchange of data between instruments and other systems
  • Managing staff training, qualifications and competency
Therefore, any good LIMS would have the following capabilities:

A LIMS therefore provides a central platform for all laboratory activities, improving overall operational efficiency by driving a paperless laboratory approach. The main advantage lies in reducing human error through its ability to interface with chromatographsmass spectrometersanalysers and other instruments resulting in the direct transfer of test results into the LIMS. Moreover, all this data is stored in a secure central database as opposed to notebooks and spreadsheets, therefore retrieving information is fast and easy.
 
Whether you are looking to conduct a batch analysis, re-print 3-year old COA’s or view trends in sample throughput over a 10-year period, the data can be extracted and visualised with the simple click of a button!

Wish everyone a safe and happy holiday period from the OnQ Software team and we look forward to re-engaging in 2020!

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OnQ Software at ALMC 2019

Will be exhibiting at the Australasian Laboratory Management Conference held at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney between 11th-13th November 2019

Come and visit us at Booth #14 to gain further insight on how a Lab Grown LIMS can assist your Laboratory Operations!

Catch Nick Gannoulis, Managing Director of OnQ Software, provide an exciting presentation on “Agile Implementation for LIMS Business Intelligence”

See you there!

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Target Analysis S.A. is the new QLIMS distributor in Greece

We are pleased to announce that renowned solution provider of the scientific sector, Target Analysis, will be adding QLIMS to their product portfolio and be our new sales distributor in Greece.

Adding QLIMS to their portfolio fits in with their vision to provide quality services that will highlight Target Analysis SA as a Total Solution Provider for the supply and after sales support of scientific equipment and software.

Their product range includes: pre-owned systems, analytical instruments, consumables & spare parts, laboratory equipment, software, solvents & chemicals, by a wide network of internationally recognized manufacturers.

In conjunction with ELBIS’s establishment of the QLIMS support centre in Thessaloniki, this partnership now puts Greek laboratories in the unique position of having local access to:

  • a highly trained sales team – Target Analysis
  • a quality LIMS solution available in Greek – QLIMS
  • local support and technical service – ELBIS



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Η Target Analysis είναι ο νέος διανομέας QLIMS στην Ελλάδα

 

Είμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να ανακοινώσουμε ότι ο γνωστός προμηθευτής λύσεων του επιστημονικού κλάδου, η Target Analysis, θα προσθέσει το QLIMS στο χαρτοφυλάκιο προϊόντων και θα είναι ο νέος διανομέας πωλήσεων στην Ελλάδα.

Η προσθήκη του QLIMS στο χαρτοφυλάκιό τους ταιριάζει με το όραμά τους να προσφέρουν ποιοτικές υπηρεσίες που θα αναδείξουν την Target Analysis SA ως Παροχέα Συνολικής Λύσης για την παροχή και υποστήριξη μετά την πώληση επιστημονικού εξοπλισμού και λογισμικού.

Η γκάμα των προϊόντων της περιλαμβάνει: προ-ιδιόκτητα συστήματα, αναλυτικά όργανα, αναλώσιμα και ανταλλακτικά, εργαστηριακό εξοπλισμό, λογισμικό, διαλύτες & χημικά, από ένα ευρύ δίκτυο διεθνώς αναγνωρισμένων κατασκευαστών.

Σε συνδυασμό με τη δημιουργία του κέντρου υποστήριξης QLIMS της Θεσσαλονίκης από την ELBIS, η συνεργασία αυτή θέτει τώρα τα ελληνικά εργαστήρια στη μοναδική θέση της τοπικής πρόσβασης σε:

  • μια εξαιρετική καταρτισμένη ομάδα πωλήσεων – Target Analysis
  • μια λύση ποιότητας LIMS διαθέσιμη στα Ελληνικά – QLIMS
  • τοπική υποστήριξη και τεχνική εξυπηρέτηση – ELBIS
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New QLIMS European Support Centre

OnQ Software and ELBIS are proud to announce the opening of the new QLIMS European support centre and LIMS centre of excellence.

The centre will be based in Thessaloniki, Greece at the offices of leading Greek electrical engineering and IoT development company, ELBIS.

We are happy to leverage ELBIS skills and reputation for providing excellent customer support to ensure QLIMS customers have the best experience possible.

The centre of excellence will allow for:

  • Provision of support and technical services to European QLIMS customers
  • Showcase of next generation technologies and integrations relating to LIMS 
For example, ELBIS IoT and QLIMS integration:
For full details of the announcement – click here
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Conforming to TGO 93 Standards with QLIMS

The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 saw the rise of the medical cannabis industry in Australia, as it permitted the research, cultivation and production of medical cannabis and related products. Following this, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had a new task on their hands, regulating the production/manufacturing of what was once a Schedule 9 (S9) drug.  

As such, the TGA issued a new standard to specify the minimum quality requirements that unapproved medicinal cannabis products imported into and supplied/manufactured in Australia must adhere/conform to, this came be to be known as TGO 93 (Standard for Medicinal Cannabis).

TGO 93 stipulated that any company within Australia looking to import/export/manufacture Medicinal Cannabis products had to adhere to the standard and ensure that the active ingredients and cannabinoids present in the final product are strictly derived from the cannabis plant.

As TGO 93 involves recording, tracking and reporting on a range of macroscopic and microscopic examinations as well as chromatographic procedures, handling the data via a paper-based method becomes quite cumbersome and has no reportable audit trail. 


This is essentially where we come in, QLIMS assists users with:

  • Recording and tracking results from Cannabis Plant Tests and standard pharmacopoeial tests such as Alflatoxins, foreign matter, heavy metals, ochratoxin A, pesticide and Total ash. 
  • Recording, tracking and validating all the test methods required for assaying active ingredients and cannabinoids present in your cannabis samples
  • QLIMS ensures that users employ only appropriately validated test methods to samples
  • Individual testing and validation can be conducted for raw materials and final cannabinoid-based medical products
  • Via QLIMS Specifications Module users can record a range of specifications for different raw materials and final products
  • QLIMS Stability Module assists users with creating, recording and tracking shelf-life stability studies
  • Adhere to microbiological standards by recording, tracking and specifying limits for a range of microbiological tests
  • QLIMS reporting services can be used for generating COA’s and any other required compliance reports for both raw materials and final products
  • A secure and reportable Audit Trail that tracks any changes made to tests and results while specifying who, what and when. 
QLIMS is able to assist all Medical Cannabis manufacturers with conforming to TGO 93 standards. If you would like to know more please feel free to OnQ Software!
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How QLIMS supports the medicinal cannabis process

How QLIMS supports the medicinal cannabis process

As the cannabis testing industry grows more and more, so does the need for greater efficiency relating to results, reports, regulatory compliance and the many other aspects of data management.

Here we will explain to you how our solution, QLIMS, supports companies involved in each part of the chain and the items that medicinal cannabis companies should consider when selecting a LIMS and software for quality control.

For simplicity we have grouped the below info-graphic into 3 key functional areas:

  • Cultivation
  • Research & Quality Control
  • Manufacturing
Cultivation

The is relevant for groups who are growing the plants for medicinal use including harvesting of the plant material. 

The key requirement is to ensure you are recording each stage of the process, performing the correct tests and capturing the associated data in accordance to the licenses.  

 
Research & Quality Control

This is essentially for groups who are researching the development of new & improved medical cannabis strains and formulations for medical-grade products.
 
The formulation data and analytical reports are critical in this phase. 
 
Integration to scientific instruments is enabled to ensure accuracy and efficiency.
 
Manufacturing

QLIMS manages the associated testing required as part of the production/manufacture of medicinal cannabis products and ensures specifications are met.

The subsidiary data including COAs required for accreditation is critical to be captured.

LIMS is the central app for pretty much all laboratories and serves to receive and track samples and their results as well as generate reports, COAs and labels. 
 
By being modular, tracking the subsidiary and allowing for integration to any other systems involved in a medicinal cannabis facility, a professional LIMS such as QLIMS acts as an extension to your staff’s scientific skills and forms a critical part of the supply chain.
Would you like to find out more? Please feel free to contact OnQ Software.
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We’re hiring!

We are looking for an Implementation Manager.

If you are Melbourne based, technically minded and enjoy being customer facing this Implementation Management role could be for you.

Apply via the link below to work with the latest in web-technologies, awesome customers and a fun team.

https://www.seek.com.au/job/38777325

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QLIMS Auckland User Group Meeting – Thank You!

The OnQ Software team would like to thank all our users who attended the Auckland user group meeting this week.

We hope you found it as beneficial as we did to gather your feedback and ensure future releases of QLIMS can continue to form an extension to your scientific skills.

We would also like to thank our guest speaker Mark Homenuke from Water Outlook for his great presentation about ‘The Data Ecosystem’ and how technology and especially partnerships between different vendors, are needed to provide a good outcome for the client.

Keep the feature requests and feedback coming.

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OnQ Software at Australian Medical Cannabis Conference

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AUSTRALIAN MEDICINAL
CANNABIS CONFERENCE
Sofitel, Melbourne, 25-26 March 2019



We are delighted to announce that OnQ Software will be exhibiting at the 2019 Australian Medical Cannabis Conference held in Melbourne on the 25th and 26th of March.

Medical Cannabis is fast becoming the new frontier in modern medicine with TGO 93 marking the recent positive changes to the Australian Legislative environment, providing quality standards for Medicinal Cannabis and a pathway for researchers, doctors and pharmacists to begin the development, manufacturing, prescription and distribution of medicinal cannabis.


As a result, investment and research within the Medical Cannabis Industry in Australia has seen a tremendous improvement in the past few years, projecting it to be a $1 billion industry by 2025. 

Such scaling of research and evolution of regulatory requirements has resulted in a continuous growing quantity of data, managing this data becomes quite a task. This is where the implementation of a Laboratory Management and Information System (LIMS) can make all the difference.

Key Features of a LIMS for the Medicinal Cannabis Industry:

As the Medical Cannabis industry is new and rapidly growing, the most important feature of a suitable LIMS must be that it is flexible enough to readily adapt to changes in technology, testing and regulatory requirements. This is where QLIMS, OnQ Software’s in-house developed LIMS solution comes in. Besides for being flexible and adaptable, it provides the following features:

 

  • Sample Submission: Samples can be submitted either in person or via a Customer Portal, with barcode enabled Chain of Custody (COC), storage location, possession and status tracking.
  • Chain of Custody: Ability to track sample and aliquot information, from collection, transportation, testing, result entry through to disposal, along with ownership at every step of the lab workflow. Ensure the traceability of samples if sent to multiple locations for testing purposes.
  • Quality Assurance through Sample Testing and Analysis: Create qualitative and quantitative tests for potency, terpene, microbial solvent, heavy metals and pesticides. Record, track and generate the test results as well as record SOP’s and ingredients to ensure compliance with TGO 93 Standards
  • Formulations & Raw Material Tracking: Create Product and intermediate product formulations, including a listing of components and their quantities, as well as all the steps taken during manufacturing
  • Instrument Integration and complete lab automation: Interface the LIMS with your spectrometers and chromatographs either through an API or file-based integration
  • Reporting – Analytical (COA) and Regulatory: Create intuitive and meaningful reports. Generate Certificates of Analysis (COA’s) according to TGO93 requirements and authenticate test reports with e-signatures
  • Data Security and Detailed Audit Trail: Role – based security and e-signatures restricts unauthorised access to sensitive data complying with ISO 17025 and FDA’s CFR 21 Part 11

Whether you are a startup or an established medical cannabis development facility, we have a solution for you. Starting at just 50$ per user, with QLIMS you can have your testing operations, quality control and regulatory compliance in order to effectively navigate this booming industry. 


For more information, enquire now! Click Here

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LIMS for the Medical Cannabis Industry

Medical Cannabis is fast becoming the new frontier in modern medicine with TGO 93 marking the recent positive changes to the Australian Legislative environment, providing quality standards for Medicinal Cannabis and a pathway for researchers, doctors and pharmacists to begin the development, manufacturing, prescription and distribution of medicinal cannabis.

These new regulations have led to the emergence of a number of cannabis-testing laboratories as well as massive facilities for growing and manufacturing of medical-grade cannabis. Scaling of research and evolution of regulatory requirements has resulted in a continuous growing quantity of data, managing this data becomes quite a task. This is where the implementation of a Laboratory Management and Information System (LIMS) can make all the difference.

Key Features of a LIMS for the Medicinal Cannabis Industry:

As the Medical Cannabis industry is new and rapidly growing, the most important feature of a suitable LIMS must be that it is flexible enough to readily adapt to changes in technology, testing and regulatory requirements. Additionally, it must have the following features:

 

  • Sample Submission: Samples can be submitted either in person or via a Customer Portal, with barcode enabled Chain of Custody (COC), storage location, possession and status tracking.
  • Chain of Custody: Ability to track sample and aliquot information, from collection, transportation, testing, result entry through to disposal, along with ownership at every step of the lab workflow. Ensure the traceability of samples if sent to multiple locations for testing purposes.
  • Quality Assurance through Sample Testing and Analysis: Create qualitative and quantitative tests for potency, terpene, microbial solvent, heavy metals and pesticides. Record, track and generate the test results as well as record SOP’s and ingredients to ensure compliance with TGO 93 Standards
  • Formulations & Raw Material Tracking: Create Product and intermediate product formulations, including a listing of components and their quantities, as well as all the steps taken during manufacturing
  • Instrument Integration and complete lab automation: Interface the LIMS with your spectrometers and chromatographs either through an API or file-based integration
  • Analytical (COA) and Regulatory Reporting: Create intuitive and meaningful reports. Generate Certificates of Analysis (COA’s) according to TGO93 requirements and authenticate test reports with e-signatures
  • Data Security and Detailed Audit Trail: Role – based security and e-signatures restricts unauthorised access to sensitive data complying with ISO 17025 and FDA’s CFR 21 Part 11

With the present-day challenges faced by cannabis testing laboratories, implementing a comprehensive LIMS becomes imperative. The goal of a LIMS is to ensure that your lab is able to focus more on scientific research through the reduction of manual workload, increased efficiency in resource management and ability to comply with the changing regulatory environment.

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