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Clinical Analytics 4.0

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Clinical Analytics (CA) 4.0, the latest version of the on-demand EDC platform, provides a suite of features that facilitate clinical trial data, while automating analysis and management


OMB-DBK207 and OMB-DBK207-CJC Signal Conditioning Cards

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Each of 16 channels on the OMB-DBK207 and OMB-DBK207/CJC signal conditioning cards accepts an OM5 (5B) isolated analog input module. With DaqView software, users can configure channels to measure

Instrument Manager 8.05

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Data Innovations, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Instrument Manager (IM) version 8.05 is an instrument and LIS independent connectivity and data management system that stands between the instruments or medical devices and the information


Fluoview FV1000-MPE

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Olympus America Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Fluoview FV1000-MPE multiphoton laser scanning microscope system facilitates deep observation and imaging of living or thickly sliced specimens. Neuroscientists and cell biologists



October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LiquidIQ interconnect-driven server combines computing, networking and broadband to offer scalability and system control. The server uses AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture


The Eyes’ Mind

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Mike Long and Randall Frank | Articles | Comments

Visualization in the Linux supercomputing era Mike Long and Randall Frank In 1999, the Gordon Bell Prize for achievement in high performance computing was awarded to researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of Minnesota and IBM


From Matrix Algebra to Engineering and Beyond: All-purpose MATLAB 7.3 toolkit useful to professionals in many disciplines

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

MATLAB is mathematical software useful for a variety of functions, and is frequently used by engineers for diverse applications and development projects. Originally produced in 1984 primarily for matrix algebra, it has blossomed into an all-purpose toolkit useful in many disciplines and with its own loyal following.


Fact or Fiction?

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Vetting text with natural language processing algorithms Bill Weaver, Ph.D. While teaching my instrumentation and measurement courses, I am often met with surprise at the statement, “Scientists are the members of our civilization charged with discovering, documenting and disseminating truth.” I then spend more than a few minutes justifying this assertion. To support this statement, think about the consequences facing other professions that don’t...


Demonstrating System Life Cycle Regulatory Compliance: Inception through Construction

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Donna Lococo | Articles | Comments

A step-by-step guide to achieving an early-stage focus Donna Lococo The regulatory landscape for laboratories and the information systems that support them is a complicated topic that often does not get adequate attention in the earliest stages of system life cycle. Common practice may be to approach regulatory “compliance” as a bullet item on a feature list, both in terms of an organization’s requirements document and the vendor’s proposal....


Designing the Interface between LIMS and CDS

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

 Laboratories in regulated industries must work electronically if they are to survive. The rationale is that regulatory agencies are going electronic, with serious event safety reports being transmitted electronically in Europe to the agencies since 2004, and with the announcement by the FDA that all new drug applications must be electronic. The message is clear — move to an electronic environment.


From Cow Paths to Superhighways

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Stuart M. Miller and John M. Petrakis | Articles | Comments

Sophisticated process analysis techniques can bring dramatic change to informatics implementations Stuart M. Miller and John M. Petrakis Even before it was called “lab informatics,” the concept of process improvement as a predecessor to informatics system implementations was recognized and accepted as a necessary part of most major lab informatics projects. Yet, today, increasing pressure to get informatics projects done faster and cheaper,...


Effectively Defining LIMS System Requirements: How to launch a successful laboratory automation project

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Christine Paszko, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The first step of any successful laboratory automation project begins with clearly and succinctly defining the technical requirements of the data management system along with the laboratory manager, end-user, information technology (IT) personnel and all other stakeholder needs requirements. For many projects, this involves the creation of a team that will work to create flow diagrams that capture the business processes and rules


Holiday Diversions: A gift guide for your favorite scientist

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

November and the holiday season are upon us again. While it seems like only a few months since I finished last year’s guide, I have managed to locate a new crop of gift suggestions, containing both the unique and the unusual. First, let me suggest a little holiday music. Before you start thinking elevator music, this is not a CD containing the typical list of recycled carols.


California Dreaming: The Golden State steadies itself for LabAutomation

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

With the climatic and geographical changes from north to south, the latitude for finding something to like is wider with California than any other state. From the titanic redwoods to the north, to the idle rich playing golf at Pebble Beach, to skiing at Tahoe, to the isothermal climate of San Diego, California is packed to the gills with people for a reason.


Twin Star Explosions Fascinate Astronomers

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite stumbled upon a rare sight: two supernovas side by side in one galaxy. Large galaxies typically play host to three supernovas per century. Galaxy NGC 1316 has had two supernovas in less than five months…



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