Category: LIMS

Benefits of an AWS Powered Cloud LIMS

Benefits of an AWS Powered Cloud LIMS

Laboratories from all industries seek to enhance their operational efficiency, data management, and research capabilities, so selecting the right Lab Information Management System (LIMS) becomes crucial for them. OnQ Software, leveraging the robust and scalable infrastructure of Amazon Web Services (AWS), offers a comprehensive LIMS solution QLIMS tailored to meet the unique needs of your laboratory. In this blog post, we dive into the benefits of AWS powered QLIMS. 

1. Dynamic Scalability and Flexibility

QLIMS on AWS can seamlessly scale to accommodate labs’ growing data and scientific needs, ensuring that resources are always aligned with current demands. Furthermore, QLIMS can adapt to various configurations, providing flexibility in implementation and operations. With a dedicated support team, OnQ Software ensures smooth implementation, user training, and ongoing maintenance, providing expert assistance and rapid issue resolution.

2. Enhanced Security and Compliance

AWS’s robust security infrastructure, combined with QLIMS’ comprehensive security protocols, ensures that your sensitive data is protected against breaches and unauthorised access. AWS complies with stringent regulatory standards such as HIPAA, GDPR, and ISO, which are critical for maintaining data integrity and legal compliance in laboratory environments.

3. Superior Reliability and Performance

Leveraging AWS’s global infrastructure, OnQ Software ensures high availability and reliability of its LIMS, minimising downtime and ensuring continuous access to critical data and applications. AWS’s advanced computing resources provide laboratories with optimal performance for data processing, storage, and analytics, enhancing overall laboratory efficiency.

4. Integration and Interoperability

QLIMS is designed to seamlessly integrate with your existing systems and workflows, including laboratory instruments, ERP systems, and other third-party applications. Utilising AWS’s broad range of services, QLIMS can create a unified, cohesive ecosystem that enhances operational workflows, and facilitates smooth data flow and interoperability within your lab.

5. Advanced Analytics and Innovation

By leveraging AWS’s advanced analytics, machine learning tools and continuous innovation, your laboratory can access powerful insights, predictive analytics, state-of-the-art functionalities and data-driven decision-making capabilities to ensure they stay at the forefront of industry standards.

6. Proven Track Record

OnQ Software has a proven track record of successful LIMS implementations in many laboratory environments, showcasing its ability to deliver high-quality, reliable solutions that drive operational efficiency and data integrity.

Numerous satisfied clients attest to OnQ Software’s expertise, reliability, and the transformative impact of QLIMS.

You can read our case studies here (Comvita, Baiada, and Garvan Institute of Medical Research) to see how other laboratories from different industries benefit from QLIMS.  

Choosing OnQ Software’s LIMS solution QLIMS on AWS offers laboratories a strategic advantage, combining the power of AWS’s cloud infrastructure with OnQ Software’s specialised expertise in laboratory management systems. This partnership ensures that labs benefit from unparalleled scalability, security, performance, and innovation, positioning your laboratory for sustained success and growth.

Are you ready to revolutionise your lab with AWS-powered LIMS? QLIMS is ready for you, contact now for a free demo. 

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    LIMS in the Medical Cannabis Industry PART 2

    LIMS in Medical Cannabis Industry

    In recent years, the medical cannabis industry has experienced significant growth and acceptance worldwide. With this growth comes the need for robust and efficient systems to manage the complex processes involved in cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution. This is where Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) play a crucial role. In Part 1, we delved into the key features of a LIMS in the medical cannabis industry and how QLIMS conforms to TGO 93 Standards. Now, in Part 2, we’re diving into 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.


    The 4 key functional areas of the medicinal cannabis process:

     

    • Cultivation 
    • Research and Development
    • Quality Control
    • Manufacturing
    1. Cultivation

    This is relevant for groups who are growing the plants for medicinal use including harvesting of the plant material and are in the process of setting up or have already completed the set up of their cultivation facilities and are looking to implement a system to manage their plant yields, harvests and record each stage of the cultivation process.

     

    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 licences.

    2. Research and Development

    This is essentially for groups who are researching the development of new and 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.

     

    Here we will focus on how QLIMS can help you with the extraction, research and testing of medical cannabis, with a focus on data management, quality, inventory, stability testing and regulatory standard and by discussing how a LIMS assists with extraction and analytical testing and End to end Batch & Sample Workflow Management.

    3.  Medical Cannabis Testing & Quality Assurance

    With the large number of cultivation facilities currently set up or in the process of being implemented across the country, Medical Cannabis testing labs will see a massive magnitude of samples that will require testing and processing will be difficult to manage with just spreadsheets or paper-based systems. Furthermore, using spreadsheets is simply not enough to comply with the regulatory guidelines as there is no audit trail tracking your samples, across reception, testing and disposal.

     

    LIMS plays a significant role in overcoming such data management and traceability challenges.

    4. 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.

     

    Here we will focus on how QLIMS supports the manufacturing of medicinal cannabis products. The focus will be data management, final product formulations, compliance with GMP guidelines and workflow tracking.

    A large number of medicinal cannabis facilities set up across Australia are focused on manufacturing for local and exporting. As such the sampling numbers are going to be very high so a system to effectively manage all that data, maintain traceability and help keep compliant with GMP will be important. As seen from our previous posts, no matter what data you are looking to record and track a LIMS can help.

     

    These are some of the major areas where QLIMS can assist with GMP compliance and improve automation at your manufacturing facility.

     

    These are just a few areas where a robust LIMS can improve your laboratory and business practices. By being modular, tracking the subsidiary and allowing for integration to any other systems involved in your medicinal cannabis laboratory, 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.

    LIMS Medical Cannabis Industry

    If you’re interested in learning more about how a LIMS can benefit your medical cannabis operations or if you have any questions, contact us today to explore how QLIMS can streamline your lab workflows and ensure compliance with industry standards. Let’s take your laboratory management to the next level together!

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      LIMS in the Medical Cannabis Industry PART 1

      Medical Cannabis Industry

      In recent years, the medical cannabis industry has experienced significant growth and acceptance worldwide. With this growth comes the need for robust and efficient systems to manage the complex processes involved in cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution. This is where Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) play a crucial role. In this blog post, we will dive into the LIMS in the Medical Cannabis industry together. 

      LIMS in the medical cannabis industry serve as a comprehensive solution for managing laboratory workflows, data, and compliance requirements. 

      Here are the key features of a LIMS in the Medical Cannabis Industry

      • Sample Submission

      Submit samples easily through our Customer Portal or in person, using barcode-enabled Chain of Custody (COC) for streamlined tracking of sample location, possession and status. 

      • Chain of Custody Tracking 

      Trace sample and aliquot information seamlessly from collection to disposal, ensuring ownership and location tracking throughout the lab workflow, even if samples are sent to multiple locations for testing.

      • Quality Assurance in Testing and Analysis

      Perform qualitative and quantitative tests for potency, terpene content, microbial presence, solvent residues, heavy metals, and pesticides. Record, track, and generate test results, along with maintaining SOPs and ingredient lists to comply with TGO 93 Standards.

      • Formulation and Raw Material Management

      Develop and track product and intermediate product formulations, detailing components and quantities, as well as manufacturing steps.

      • Instrument Integration and Lab Automation

      Integrate the LIMS with your spectrometers and chromatographs for seamless data exchange, either through API or file-based integration.

      • Analytical and Regulatory Reporting

      Generate clear and meaningful reports, including Certificates of Analysis (COA) according to TGO93 requirements, and authenticate test reports with e-signatures.

      • Data Security and Auditing

      Ensure data security with role-based access controls and e-signatures, preventing unauthorised access and ensuring compliance with ISO 17025 and FDA’s CFR 21 Part 11.

      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 and 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 or manufactured in Australia must adhere to, this came to be known as TGO 93 (Standard for Medicinal Cannabis).

      TGO 93 stipulated that any company within Australia looking to import, export, or 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 labs need assistance with a reliable LIMS system.

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      If you’re interested in learning more about how a LIMS can benefit your medical cannabis operations or if you have any questions, contact us today to explore how QLIMS can streamline your lab workflows and ensure compliance with industry standards. Let’s take your laboratory management to the next level together!

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        Streamlining Data Migration for LIMS

        Data Migration For LIMS

        Data migration can be a daunting task for laboratories looking to transition to a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The process of transferring data from one system to another requires careful planning, execution, and validation to ensure that all data is accurately transferred and accessible in the new system. In this blog post, we will dive into the data migration for LIMS. 

        Challenges 

        One of the most challenging aspects of data migration is its potential to disrupt laboratory operations. This disruption can occur due to the complexity of the process, the risk of data loss or corruption, and the need to ensure data security and compliance. 

        Solution

        At OnQ Software, we understand the challenges laboratories face during data migration, which is why we have developed a comprehensive approach to help streamline the process and minimise disruptions to your operations. Our team of experts works closely with you to assess your data migration needs and execute the migration process efficiently.

        QLIMS has partnered with qcKen from ZIFO Rnd, a groundbreaking tool designed to meet your needs completely. QLIMS and qcKen are dedicated to making your lab’s digital transition as seamless and painless as possible.

        By leveraging qcKen, OnQ Software ensures a smooth and efficient data migration process for its customers. qcKen offers several benefits, including the ability to import, screen, and check large volumes of data, migrate data from handwritten documents, and migrate directly from other LIMS databases.

        40 days to 2 days 

        Our tool allows you to easily integrate and transfer data from multiple sources, no matter the format or location, ensuring that all your valuable information is included in the migration process. qcKen can import data directly from any source documents such as Certificate of Analysis, Analysis Reports, Product Specifications, Worksheets, General Test Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures.

        Analysts can easily examine and correct anomalies as needed by reading documents to create an RPA specification. The service uses machine learning to continually learn and improve conversion accuracy, and once the RPA is analyst-validated, qcKen’s Object Creation Engine takes over and creates objectives in QLIMS. So, our approach to implementation gives analysts an opportunity to focus on performing analysis.

        But it’s not just about data transfer, qcKen also guarantees a smooth and fast transition, reducing the disruption to your lab operations. Previous research has demonstrated that qcKen can significantly decrease the duration of migrations from a typical timeframe of 40 days to only 2 days.


        With qcKen, you can focus on what really matters:
        running your lab efficiently and effectively.

        If you also would like to learn more about the implementation of a LIMS, you can read our other blog post here

        If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about QLIMS, please don’t hesitate to contact us. QLIMS goes beyond data migration to provide comprehensive solutions for your laboratory needs, designed by scientists for scientists. 

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          Unlocking the Power of AWS for LIMS

          AWS For LIMS

          Cloud computing has transformed the way organisations and laboratories manage their data, providing online access and storage that eliminates the need for local computer storage, especially recently. This innovation has been particularly beneficial for laboratories, offering a secure, scalable and cost-effective solution for managing laboratory data. Let’s dive into AWS for LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems) together. 

          Understanding Cloud Computing and AWS

          Cloud computing has brought a significant change in the way businesses operate. Among the top players in this domain stands Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides a complete set of services covering software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS) solutions. These services enable faster server access, a diverse range of storage options, and advanced security features.

          AWS’s Impact on Laboratory Management

          AWS has significantly influenced laboratory management, providing numerous advantages such as effortless data access, advanced computing resources, and reliable security features. Laboratories can use AWS to seamlessly scale up, efficiently manage massive datasets, and comply with regulatory standards.

          As an Example: QLIMS Runs on AWS

          By hosting QLIMS on AWS, laboratories can access their data from anywhere, at any time and using any device that has an internet connection. AWS’s robust infrastructure ensures high availability and reliability, while its security and compliance features help laboratories meet regulatory requirements. 

          Enhanced Security and Compliance

          AWS provides several security and compliance features, including encryption, access controls and audit logging. This ensures that laboratory data remains confidential and meets regulatory standards. This level of security is crucial for laboratories handling sensitive data and guarantees integrity of their data. 

          Scalability and Flexibility

          QLIMS can easily scale to accommodate the growing need of laboratories, whether they are small or large, thanks to AWS. AWS’s flexible pricing model allows laboratories to pay only for the resources they use, making it a cost-effective solution for laboratory data management. 

          AWS Qualified Software

          In addition to all of the benefits, QLIMS became an AWS Qualified Software solution this year, beyond enhancing its credibility and reliability. 

          In Closing 

          The future of AWS and cloud computing looks promising with continued innovation and advancements expected. The more businesses and laboratories embrace the cloud, the more pivotal AWS will become in shaping technology’s future. 

          To learn more about QLIMS and AWS, contact us here

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            The Ultimate Guide to Implementing LIMS

            Implementing LIMS in a laboratory

            Implementing LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) can be a game-changer, because there might be resistance and reluctance to the new routines which require significant adjustments. In this blog post, we will dive into implementing a LIMS to prevent the challenges beforehand.

            The laboratory management plays an important role here to support and encourage this transition. While these challenges may occur, the long-term benefits in terms of effectiveness and efficiency can be substantial. (1)

            Achieving these benefits requires the laboratory to dedicate sufficient time and resources to planning, selecting, and implementing the new system. Also, the LIMS must align with the quality and objectives of the business, ensuring compatibility and integration. (1)

            Key points in this blog post:

            • What is a LIMS? 
            • Why do you need a LIMS? 
            • When is the best time for a LIMS? 
            • Steps for Implementing a LIMS 

            What is a LIMS? 

            A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is a software platform enabling users to effectively manage the flow of samples and associate data to support laboratory operations and enhance efficiency.

             

            Through the use of a LIMS, laboratories can automate workflows, tests and procedures, integrate instruments, provide a complete record of all samples, tests and results in the system via secure and comprehensive audit trails. LIMS helps labs streamline operations by making the move from paper to a digital environment, with the goal of saving time, money and reducing errors. 

             

            To learn more you can click here

            Why do you need a LIMS? 

            There are many reasons and benefits to implement a LIMS. However, if we have a look at the top of the list, it streamlines the data management, enhances efficiency, offers quality controls, simplifies regulatory compliance, and provides sample traceability. 

            1. Data Centralisation and Accessibility: A LIMS centralises all laboratory data, making it easily accessible to authorised personnel. This reduces the risk of data loss and ensures that all information is available when needed.

            2. Improved Productivity and Efficiency: By automating manual processes, a LIMS can significantly increase the productivity of your laboratory. Tasks that once took hours or days can now be completed in a fraction of the time. 

            One of our dairy industry trailblazers shared their experience:  “QLIMS has been a real time-saver for us, giving us an extra 3 hours every day! Instead of spending time on data management and manual work, we now focus on what truly matters – production and innovation.”

            3. Enhanced Quality Control: A LIMS helps maintain high levels of quality control by standardising workflows, reducing human error, and ensuring that all processes are followed consistently. You can explore a case study here to see how a LIMS led to a 20% increase in quality assurance productivity.

            4. Regulatory Compliance: Laboratories are subject to strict regulatory requirements. A LIMS can help ensure compliance with these regulations by providing a secure and auditable system for managing data. 

            For instance, QLIMS is used in a wide range of laboratories and industries standing up and supporting:

            • 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11 conformance for auditing, e-signature and security for manufactured items under GMP.
            • ISO 17025
            • Industry standards such as GAMP.
            • Security and data privacy to meet HIPAA, GDPR, CAP, CLIA, Privacy Shield and others
            • Support for Right of Access and Right to be Forgotten requests under GDPR.

            5. Sample Traceability: With a LIMS, you can easily track the movement of samples throughout your laboratory. This is crucial for maintaining the integrity of your samples and ensuring accurate results.

            6. Cost Savings: While implementing a LIMS requires an initial investment, the long-term cost savings can be substantial. By improving efficiency and reducing errors, a LIMS can help lower operating costs and improve the overall profitability of your laboratory.

            7. Scalability: A good LIMS is scalable, meaning it can grow and adapt to the changing needs of your laboratory. Whether you’re a small lab or a large enterprise, a LIMS can be tailored to suit your specific requirements.

            8. Data Analysis and Reporting: A LIMS can provide powerful tools for data analysis and reporting, allowing you to extract valuable insights from your laboratory data. This can help drive decision-making and improve overall performance.

            When is the best time for a LIMS?

            Determining the right time to make this transition is crucial for a successful implementation. First of all, the test volume conducted by the laboratory is an important consideration. A general guideline is to have a minimum of 500 tests per month before considering the implementation of a LIMS. This indicates that the laboratory has a significant workload to warrant LIMS adoption.

            Even though test volume is important, the size of the laboratory/company should also be taken into account. Sometimes a laboratory conducts 500 tests per month, but it may be relatively small. In such cases, it is advisable to wait until the maximum capacity reaches around 300-350 tests per month


            One crucial factor to consider is the Return On Investment. Determining ROI is an important step in justifying an investment in LIMS. This evidence-based approach allows laboratories to make informed decisions. By evaluating the expenses incurred in the lab operations, laboratories can estimate the potential cost savings and efficiency gains that a LIMS can bring. 

            If you would like to calculate your estimated ROI with LIMS, you can click here.

            Determining the best time for a laboratory to transition to a LIMS involves careful consideration of various factors. While having a minimum test volume is a general guideline, the laboratory size and ROI are equally important aspects to assess. 


            Steps for Implementing a LIMS

            After understanding the importance of implementing a LIMS, the next step is to outline the key steps involved. 


            Here’s the key steps based on our implementation process for QLIMS:

            1. Understand the business and their requirements
            2. Create an implementation plan using Asana
            3. Deploy a test environment
            4. Train the core project team
            5. Configure QLIMS to meet your specific needs
            6. Perform User Acceptance Testing
            7. Deploy the system in a production environment
            8. Onboard laboratory staff and ensure they are familiar with the new system.

            Have questions about any step in the LIMS implementation process? We’re here to help. 

             

            You can schedule a demo and see how QLIMS can streamline your operations, enhance efficiency, and improve the quality of your laboratory’s work. Let’s embark on this digital transformation journey together! Contact us with your queries and our team will be happy to assist you every step of the way. 



            References 

             

            1. Avery, G., McGee, C., & Falk, S. (2000). Product Review: Implementing LIMS: A “how-to” guide. Analytical Chemistry, 72(1), 57-A.

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              AI Trends in Laboratories

              AI trends in laboratories

              Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising the way laboratories operate, offering new capabilities that improve efficiency, accuracy, and innovation. From automation to predictive analytics, AI is transforming every aspect of laboratory workflows. Let’s explore some key AI trends that are reshaping the field of laboratory science.



              Here are the AI trends in Laboratories

              1. Automation for Efficiency

               

              One of the most significant impacts of AI in laboratories is automation. AI-powered systems can handle routine tasks such as sample processing, data analysis, and report generation. This not only speeds up processes but also reduces the risk of human error, leading to more reliable results.

              2. Predictive Analytics for Informed Decision Making

               

              AI’s ability to analyse large volumes of data has made predictive analytics a powerful tool in laboratories. By predicting outcomes such as equipment failure or experiment results, labs can make better-informed decisions and optimise their workflows.

              3. Personalised Medicine and Genomics

               

              In the field of personalised medicine, AI is playing a crucial role in analysing patient data to develop personalised treatment plans. AI algorithms can analyse genomic data to identify genetic markers and predict the effectiveness of specific treatments, leading to more targeted therapies.



              4. Accelerating Drug Discovery

               

              AI is also revolutionising the drug discovery process by analysing vast amounts of data to identify potential drug candidates. This has the potential to significantly accelerate the development of new drugs and reduce costs associated with traditional drug discovery methods.



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              5. Quality Control and Assurance

               

              AI is improving quality control processes by analysing data from sensors and monitoring systems to detect anomalies. This helps ensure that products meet quality standards and reduces the risk of defects.

              6. Image Analysis for Diagnostics

               

              AI algorithms can analyse images from microscopes and other imaging devices to identify patterns and anomalies. This is particularly valuable in diagnostics, where AI can aid in the early detection of diseases.

              7. Internet of Things (IoT) and Connectivity

               

              IoT devices in laboratories enable the collection of real-time data from various sources, such as equipment and sensors. This data can be analysed by AI systems to optimise processes and improve decision-making. Connectivity solutions streamline data transfer,  integration,  and  interoperability between different laboratory automation platforms and informatics systems (Mana Àbdaulh Ali Al Zamanan, 2023). 



              8. Natural Language Processing for Data Extraction

               

              In the realm of scientific literature and patient records, AI’s natural language processing (NLP) capabilities are invaluable. NLP enables AI to extract relevant information from vast amounts of text, aiding in data analysis and decision-making.



              9. Robotics for Lab Automation

               

              AI-driven robots are increasingly used in labs for tasks such as sample handling and experiment conduction. These robots improve efficiency and safety by reducing the need for human intervention in potentially hazardous environments.



              10. Regulatory Compliance

               

              AI can help labs ensure compliance with regulatory requirements by analysing data to identify areas of non-compliance and suggesting corrective actions. This reduces the risk of regulatory issues and ensures that labs operate in accordance with relevant standards.

              In conclusion, AI is transforming laboratory operations in ways that were previously unimaginable. From automation to predictive analytics, AI is enhancing efficiency, improving accuracy, and driving innovation in laboratories around the world. As AI continues to evolve, its impact on laboratory science is only expected to grow, leading to exciting new possibilities in research, diagnostics, genomics and healthcare.



              Did you know that OnQ Software and COMPUTD are hosting an interactive workshop at Analytica in Munich that focuses on the integration of AI in labs to enhance efficiency and innovation. Whether you are new to AI or have some experience, there will be something for everyone. Visit us at Analytica, or contact us. 

              References

               

              Ahmad Barnawi, A., Al Otaibi, M. J., Alhashash, S. Y., Alfouzan, M. S., Alotaibi, M. B., Alduways, A. H. B. M., … Alaqeel, M. A. M. (2023). Trends in Laboratory Automation and Robotics. Journal of Namibian Studies, 36(S2), 1993-2004. ISSN: 2197-5523 (online).



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                Trends in LIMS

                Trends in LIMS

                LIMS are evolving rapidly, driven by technological advancements and the changing needs of modern laboratories. Keeping up with these trends is crucial for laboratories looking to enhance their efficiency, data management, and compliance. In this article, we’ll explore some of the trends in LIMS.

                To begin with, understanding the fundamental role of LIMS and its significance for laboratories is essential. Laboratories across the globe use a management system to manage data, inventory, and user permissions and this system is known as the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). LIMS provides seamless access to data, which can then be categorised and structured into various reports as required. A comprehensive LIMS can handle a wide range of laboratory data, from initial log-in procedures to result reporting. Let’s have a look at the latest trends in LIMS together.

                1. SaaS LIMS

                First trend could be SaaS, or Software as a Service. It has emerged as a leading trend in the LIMS industry, transforming the way laboratories manage their data. With SaaS-based LIMS, laboratories can enjoy the benefits of easy access, seamless scalability, and reduced IT infrastructure costs. This trend reflects a shift towards more agile and cost-effective solutions, allowing labs to focus on their core activities without the burden of managing complex IT systems. As more laboratories embrace the cloud-based model, SaaS LIMS is poised to revolutionise data management in the industry. 

                SaaS LIMS

                2. Integration with IoT and Automation

                Integration with Internet of Things (IoT) devices and automation systems is transforming how data is collected and managed in laboratories. LIMS can now seamlessly integrate with IoT devices and instruments, enabling real-time data monitoring and analysis. This integration improves efficiency, reduces manual errors, and accelerates decision-making processes.

                3. QR Codes

                QR codes are revolutionising sample tracking and management in laboratories. By incorporating QR codes into their LIMS, laboratories can easily track samples throughout the testing process. QR codes enable quick and accurate identification of samples, reducing the risk of errors and improving traceability. With the ability to store a wealth of information in a compact format, QR codes are enhancing data management in labs, making workflows more efficient and improving overall productivity. 

                4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Trend in LIMS

                The potential applications of AI in laboratories are extensive and can work alongside human efforts. Labs rely on extensive data use and constant analysis, and integrating AI and machine learning can significantly benefit these operations. AI algorithms can process large amounts of data quickly and accurately. In laboratories, this means accelerated data analysis, allowing researchers to obtain meaningful results in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes. 

                To learn more about AI in labs, read our blog here

                5. Compliance and Data Security

                With increasing regulatory requirements, compliance and data security are top priorities for laboratories. Modern LIMS solutions offer robust features for ensuring compliance with regulations such as FDA, ISO, and GLP. They also provide enhanced data security measures, such as encryption and access controls, to protect sensitive information.

                Data security is paramount in laboratory settings, and cloud-based solutions like AWS offer advanced security features to protect sensitive information. AWS provides a secure environment for data storage and transmission, utilising encryption and access control mechanisms to safeguard data from unauthorised access or breaches. Additionally, AWS offers compliance certifications, ensuring that data management practices align with industry standards and regulations. By leveraging AWS services, laboratories can enhance their data security posture and mitigate potential risks associated with data management. 

                Did you know QLIMS has these features? From cloud-based convenience to seamless automation and QR code integration, QLIMS is your gateway to enhanced efficiency and data security. Want to see it in action? Fill the form below, or send an email today and experience firsthand the difference QLIMS can make in your laboratory. Let’s embark on this journey together towards smarter, more efficient lab management!

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                  How to Improve Core Lab Operations

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                  Optimising Core Lab Performance:
                  Omics Challenges Meet LIMS Solution

                  In the dynamic realm of core labs, where the focus is on unravelling the mysteries of omics—proteomics, genomics, and sequencing—the quest for groundbreaking discoveries is ceaseless. Core labs play a pivotal role in revealing new drug targets, diagnostic methods, and personalised drug therapies, driving the advancement of medical science. This brings to mind the big question “How to improve core lab operations?”.

                  However, to be effective partners to their customers, core labs must navigate the challenges of being better, faster, and more cost-efficient. The cornerstone of success in this quest lies in turnaround time—a critical factor that defines customer satisfaction. To elevate their commitment, core labs are adopting a bold approach: guaranteeing their work with strict deadlines. If a deadline is not met, a discount on the project becomes a testament to their accountability.

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                  The key to achieving excellence is the use of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). LIMS plays a crucial role in improving efficiency and innovation in core labs. It offers a strong foundation for automation, helps address key challenges, and provides a range of benefits.



                  Maximising Efficiency through LIMS Automation

                  A LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) helps laboratories to ensure the quality and integrity of their results by managing the details and necessary elements of conducting work in a core lab. The best LIMS generally come with pre-built workflows that are compatible with common instrumentation, so labs can start managing runs in the system from the get-go. 

                   

                  Additionally, LIMS can offer powerful application programming interfaces (APIs) based on familiar and standard scripting tools that lab staff can use to create custom workflows specific to their needs.

                   

                  By standardising workflows and vocabularies and integrating systems for seamless data transfer, LIMS virtually eliminates data entry errors that may occur due to manual entries.



                  In essence, LIMS emerges as the catalyst for progress in core labs, offering a holistic solution to the challenges posed by the omics revolution. As core labs strive to strike the delicate balance between being good, fast, and cost-effective, LIMS stands as a technological ally, propelling them toward new frontiers in scientific exploration.

                   

                  Join us on a journey where the convergence of omics and LIMS reshapes the landscape of core labs, fostering innovation, efficiency, and excellence. Stay tuned for more insights into the dynamic interplay between technology and scientific discovery! 



                  To learn more how we can improve operations and run your core lab like a business fill the form below, contact us today!

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                    Mastering the Data Maze: LIMS in Action

                    Data Management with LIMS

                    As laboratories continue to grapple with an increasing volume of data, implementing a solution becomes a necessity. LIMS is a solution designed to help laboratories manage their data effectively. With the increasing volume of data generated in labs, LIMS offers advanced features to streamline workflows and improve data accuracy. From sample collection to analysis, LIMS ensures seamless integration of data across the entire laboratory workflow. By adopting LIMS, laboratories can improve their efficiency and pave the way for scientific breakthroughs. In this blog article, we will dive into how LIMS optimises data management in laboratories.

                    Data Management Benefits with LIMS

                    Let’s Move Beyond Traditional Notebooks

                    Navigating through the maze of lab data stored in notebooks can be a challenging task. While it may seem easy to jot down numbers or attach result printouts, the real challenge arises when you need to retrieve that information months later without any hassle. This becomes crucial when compiling reports or facing audits. Managing lab data often involves manual transposition into spreadsheets or databases, followed by constructing control charts and turnaround time calculations, which is a time-consuming and error-prone process. However with the introduction of a cutting-edge Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), these inefficiencies can be transcended.

                     

                    LIMS not only takes the hassle out of data management but also enhances control and accessibility. No longer do you need to manually transfer results; LIMS can seamlessly integrate with instruments and other systems. This integration brings forth a wealth of functionalities, significantly reducing the likelihood of manual data errors. Moreover, it fosters interdepartmental collaboration by providing convenient access to manufacturing data for easy comparison with lab data. In essence, LIMS doesn’t just simplify; it revolutionises lab data management, freeing your team from tedious manual tasks and empowering them to focus on what matters most—accelerating scientific progress.



                    Understanding the Data Lifecycle

                    Successful data management begins with a thorough understanding of the data lifecycle. LIMS takes a comprehensive approach, starting with the initial stage of sample collection. The system facilitates the seamless entry of sample data, ensuring accuracy and eliminating the risk of manual errors. As samples progress through various stages of processing, LIMS maintains a detailed and traceable record, capturing every step in the laboratory procedures.

                    Automating Workflows

                    A key strength of LIMS lies in its capacity to automate workflows, addressing the challenge of diverse laboratory processes. By optimising tasks such as sample preparation and analysis, LIMS not only reduces manual effort but also minimises the potential for errors, contributing significantly to enhanced data accuracy.



                    Upholding Data Integrity

                    Data integrity is of paramount importance, especially in regulated laboratories. It involves protecting and ensuring the compliance of data and records with regulatory standards. LIMS plays a crucial role in upholding these principles by providing a solid foundation for adhering to industry regulations and ensuring quality assurance. It ensures data integrity by meticulously documenting sample journeys and implementing strict quality control measures, making it an essential component of the laboratory workflow.


                    Did you know QLIMS has been at the forefront of lab management for a quarter of a century? You can read one of our case studies with Comvita, one of the largest honey companies, here and discover how QLIMS revolutionised their processes, making data-driven decisions a breeze and boosting productivity by 20%.

                    Our extensive experience has empowered numerous laboratories, transforming their data management and accelerating scientific progress. If you are ready to revolutionise your lab’s efficiency, just fill the form above to learn more!



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