Confucius once said "To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." Little did he know how well that statement reflects research and development in today's pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations. These companies are drowning in a sea of data
High-speed wireless data transmission technology Bill Weaver, Ph.D. A colleague recently stepped into my office to tell me how happy he was with the new wireless network he bought for his home. Putting on my best Cliff Claven impersonation, I asked, "So, you bought one of them Wi-Fi IEEE 802.
There are many situations where running a cable directly to a PC can be cumbersome Thomas Lutz Most laboratory instruments (balances, electrochemistry meters, moisture analyzers, spectrometers) come with a standard RS232 serial interface so you can connect the instrument directly to a serial port on a PC and capture data from the device through a direct cable link.
This year the hot topic appeared to be tablet PCs John Joyce, Ph.D. While relatively stable this year, Pittcon featured the appearance of new vendors and a number of new alliances, both between informatics vendors and complementing vendors.
The benefits of outsourcing have begun to cause a ripple effect on the entire analytical services sector Steve Gregory In the past decade, outsourcing was a relatively new concept that companies considered while examining the cost and time effectiveness of maintaining an in-house laboratory.
Pharmaceutical laboratory information management systemrequirements Jo Webber CChem MRSCBioanalytical and analytical laboratory test data are of critical importance to a pharmaceutical company.
STARLIMS plays key role in integrating diverse laboratory operations into single system Rosana Santiago and Jose Ferrero Aspiring to merge the diverse operations of a central forensics laboratory in San Juan and three satellite operations into one single system, the Instituto de Ciencias Forenses [Institute of Forensic Sciences of Puerto Rico (ICF)] recently implemented a laboratory information management system (LIMS)
Sciex automates oMALDI source using IMAQ vision for LabVIEW Min J. Yang, Ph.D., Ron Bonner, Ph.D., and Morten Jensen Figure 1: Front and back views of an oMALDI source reveal the components of a built-in video source.
Scientific research profits from changes driven by new user community Rob Meyer and Ken Edgecombe, Ph.D. The traditional ranks of researchers relying on supercomputing resources may soon be dwarfed by relative newcomers to high performance computing-based research.
The advantage is that a neural net can approximate any mathematical function as closely as desired By Bradley Jones and Lee Creighton Response surface designs are a popular tool for developing predictive models linking several factors (inputs) to one or more responses (outputs).
Justin Neway, Ph.D. Discoverant helps improve stability and cut costs In the pharmaceutical and
Wide availability of new PC buses has raised the possibility of use for instrument control Dany Cheij As popular computer buses make their way into the instrumentation arena, interfacing to and controlling instruments through these buses becomes a possibility.
Acquisition using high-speed oscilloscopes Bill Weaver, Ph.D. While developing an instrument to perform ultrafast transient Raman measurements in the early 90s, I often chided scientific CCD camera manufactures for selling such egocentric equipment.
High-resolution, single-subject template expanded to allow crossover use for both cadaver and live subjects John Watson Colin Holmes, medical marketing manager at SGI, and voluntary subject for an enhanced baseline data set of the human brain.
ADLIP all-dome theater utilizes amiraVR graphics software Hartmut Schirmacher Protein Folding: Interactive illustration of a long chain of atoms folding into a meta-stable form, induced by forces between the individual atoms.