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State of ELN: Current Perceptions and New Paths

March 19, 2014 3:38 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Articles | Comments

The market for electronic laboratory notebook software (ELN) continued its upward growth trend in 2013, though at a slower rate than in previous years. While software sales still experienced a healthy increase north of five percent, it was not the robust 20 to 30 percent experienced in years past. Product sales are estimated at $130 million, while an additional $100 million was expended on services, support and maintenance.

Accelrys Capture Mobile Multimedia Application

March 3, 2014 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Accelrys Capture is designed to allow scientists to work more intuitively, efficiently and...

Informatics Snapshot: METTLER TOLEDO LabX

March 3, 2014 11:39 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Welcome to Informatics Snapshot — a feature that highlights the standout properties of the...

Accelrys Notebook 5.0

February 26, 2014 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accelrys Notebook 5.0 is a multi-discipline electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) with...

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A New Frontier: Biologics ELN

February 7, 2014 8:52 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

The rapid increase of investment in biotherapeutics is changing the profile of the biopharmaceutical industry and, along with it, data management in the laboratory. With attention on longer patent life, high barriers to generic equivalents and personalized medicine, an increasing portion of R&D spending is being allocated to large molecule therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies.

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Accelrys

January 30, 2014 8:54 am | by Accelrys | News | Comments

Dassault Systèmes, a 3-D design software, 3-D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions provider, and Accelrys, a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software for chemistry, biology and materials, have announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement for Dassault Systèmes to acquire San Diego-based Accelrys, Inc.

Paperless Lab Academy

January 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by Paperless Lab Academy | Events

Paperless laboratory is the result of a mindset change. The theme of the congress focusses on the relevant aspects moving from paper towards “less paper” operations across the entire value chain (start to finish). The Paperless Lab Academy congress will include many industry presentations as well as targetted interactive workshops, to demonstrate how your multi-discipline laboratory informatics requirements may be integrated from beginning to end.


Pittcon, Food Labs Conference Announce Co-location

January 20, 2014 2:45 pm | by Pittcon | News | Comments

The Pittcon Organizing Committee has announced that Innovative Publishing, producer of Food Labs Conference and publisher of Food Safety Tech eJournal, has signed an agreement for the second year for the co-location of Food Labs Conference to be held in conjunction with Pittcon 2014.

Exemplar NGS LIMS for Next-gen Sequencing Labs

January 20, 2014 2:05 pm | Sapio Sciences Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Exemplar NGS LIMS provides pre-built, clinical standard workflows for next-gen sequencing platforms, and also contains built-in sample management, electronic lab notebook (ELN), scientific data management (SDMS) and project dashboards.

Kiss my Turbine: What Electronics Firms Can Learn from the Doomed Airline Industry

January 13, 2014 4:39 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Ah, 30,000 feet and some old Dire Straits on the headphones, and waiting for my warm Heineken. Perfect. Though I enjoy lambasting companies that get it wrong, I’m also quick to stomp my feet and clap my hands when companies get it right. And I’ll do that, I promise, but allow me my fun first.

New Algorithm Dramatically Streamlines Max Flow Solutions

January 9, 2014 3:21 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT | News | Comments

Finding the most efficient way to transport items across a network like the U.S. highway system or the Internet is a problem that has taxed mathematicians and computer scientists for decades. Researchers describe a new theoretical algorithm that can dramatically reduce the number of operations needed to solve the max-flow problem, making it possible to tackle even huge networks like the Internet or the human genome.

Data Integrity in a Nutshell: Industry must take bold steps to assure the data used for drug quality decisions is trustworthy

January 7, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mark E. Newton | Articles | Comments

Regulatory inspectors have started digging much deeper into data, no longer accepting batch release data and supportive testing at face value. Even worse, this effort is justified: they have cited a number of firms for violations of data integrity, a most fundamental bond of trust between manufacturers and the regulators that inspect them. Industry must take bold steps to assure the data used for drug quality decisions is trustworthy...


Comparison of FDA and EU Regulations for Audit Trails

January 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by R.D. McDowall | Articles | Comments

Data integrity is a current hot topic with regulatory agencies, as seen with recent publications in this magazine, and audit trails are an important aspect of ensuring this in computerized systems. The purpose of this article is to compare and contrast the EU and FDA GMP regulatory requirements for computerized system audit trails.

A Fresh Look at the AnIML Data Standard

January 7, 2014 11:47 am | by Burkhard Schaefer | Articles | Comments

One of the challenges in laboratory data management is the handling and exchange of experiment data. Many vendors provide excellent instruments, but most produce data in their own proprietary formats. This leads to major difficulties for data processing, collaboration, instrument integration and archiving. The ASTM AnIML standardization effort addresses these problems by providing a neutral XML-based format for exchanging scientific data.

E-WorkBook 9.4 Electronic Laboratory Notebook

January 7, 2014 11:02 am | Idbs | Product Releases | Comments

E-WorkBook 9.4 is a data-centric electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) designed to increase operational efficiency through secure and flexible management of all research and IP. It features a flexible suite of applications for data and sample management, analysis, reporting and IP retention.

Pittcon Announces 2014 Technical Program

December 13, 2013 9:27 am | News | Comments

The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy announced the 2014 Technical Program  that includes over 2,000 presentations offered in symposia, oral sessions, workshops, awards and posters. This year’s program covers a wide range of applications such as biotechnology, biomedical, drug discovery, environmental, food science, fuels/energy, lab management, nanotechnology, polymers/plastics and regulations.

Accelrys Acquires QUMAS

December 10, 2013 4:04 pm | News | Comments

Accelrys, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Ireland-based QUMAS, a leading global provider of Cloud-based and on-premises enterprise compliance software supporting regulatory and quality operations in life sciences and other highly regulated industries.


Young Scientist Awards Brings Global Participants to SLAS2014

December 3, 2013 3:27 pm | by SLAS | News | Comments

The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Young Scientist Awards Program will honor achievement by three students at SLAS2014, the Third Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, which will be held January 18 to 22, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

Unified Biology Assay and Study Management Software

November 11, 2013 2:13 pm | Accelrys | Product Releases | Comments

Accelrys BioRails 4.5 and Accelrys Morphit 3.0 are designed to accelerate assay pipelines, improve cascade management and enhance collaborative decision-making in discovery biology.

Promising New Providers to be Showcased on SLAS Innovation AveNEW

November 11, 2013 12:43 pm | by SLAS | News | Comments

Eight entrepreneurial start-up companies offering inventive new products and services have been named to SLAS Innovation AveNEW at SLAS2014, the Third Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, which will be held January 18-22, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

Pittcon Announces Topics for Conferee Networking Sessions

October 16, 2013 12:12 pm | by The Pittsburgh Conference | News | Comments

The Pittcon Organizing Committee has recently announced the topics for Conferee Networking during Pittcon 2014, which will be in Chicago, Illinois, McCormick Place, March 2 to 6, 2014. Conferee Networking sessions are free to all registered attendees and provide an informal venue for a small group of participants to openly discuss topics of mutual interest or solve problems specific to certain instrumentation or procedures.

Core Informatics Names IBM Executive Josh Geballe as Chief Executive Officer

October 2, 2013 3:45 pm | by Core Informatics | News | Comments

Core Informatics, a provider of data management solutions to clients engaged in scientific research, announced that it has hired IBM executive Josh Geballe to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Geballe joins Core after over a decade at IBM where he held international executive roles spanning general management, finance and strategy.

Pittcon Announces 2014 Short Course Program

October 1, 2013 3:05 pm | by Pittcon | News | Comments

The Pittcon Organizing Committee has announces the course listing for the 2014 Short Course program which runs March 1 through March 6, 2014. Short Courses are taught by industry experts; range from half-day up to two-day classes; and include beginner, intermediate, and advanced level curricula.

Core LIMS, ELN, SDMS 4.2

September 19, 2013 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Core LIMS, ELN, SDMS 4.2 is designed to further extend the configurability of the Core LIMS product and to enable users to respond more promptly to rapidly changing informatics needs. The software extends the ability to configure personalized applications to include dashboard displays with administrator-defined dynamic content

FDA’s Focus on Laboratory Data Integrity – Part 2

September 15, 2013 3:31 pm | by R.D. McDowall | Articles | Comments

A further look at this current emphasis and a few problems inspectors have identified. The integrity of data generated by a regulated laboratory can make or break a regulatory inspection or audit. If you think that the warning letter citations quoted in part 1 of this article were bad, give a thought for another company...

ACD/ChemAnalytical Workbook for Problem Solving

September 11, 2013 11:18 am | Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ACD/ChemAnalytical Workbook software application provides an all-in-one experiment, workflow and data management tool for scientists that use multiple analytical techniques in a problem-solving capacity.

FDA’s Focus on Laboratory Data Integrity – Part 1

September 10, 2013 3:04 pm | by R.D. McDowall | Articles | Comments

The integrity of data generated by a regulated laboratory can make or break a regulatory inspection or audit. This paper looks at what is required for data integrity from the basis of the GMP regulations. It presents examples of non-compliances found in warning letters and a regulatory action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administraqtion (FDA).

Less is More: Adopting a Self-documenting Paperless Mindset

September 10, 2013 10:52 am | by Peter J. Boogaard | Articles | Comments

The paper versus paperless discussion is as old as the existence of commercial computers. In 1975, just after the introduction of the first personal computer Scelbi (SCientific, ELectronic and BIological), Business Week already predicted that computer records would soon completely replace paper. We all know that it took over 25 years before paperless operations were accepted and successfully adopted in our daily work.

Accelrys Acquires Environmental Health and Safety Provider ChemSW

September 4, 2013 9:17 am | by Accelrys | News | Comments

Accelrys, a provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, announced that it has acquired ChemSW, an Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) compliance solutions provider. This acquisition furthers Accelrys' scientific innovation lifecycle management strategy by providing solutions for managing and tracking the source, use and disposal of chemicals along the entire lab-to-plant value chain.

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