Winning

Volume 4 Issue 4 | May 2009

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Cover Story

Competitive Spirit

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A competitive spirit within any organization–business or research lab–is only fostered when management is trusted and members of that organization feel that their talents and contributions are appreciated and nurtured.  Create that atmosphere and winning will happen. 

Sections

Leadership and Staffing

Rebuilding High-Performance Work Teams

Staff reductions and corporate restructuring frequently result in fragmentation of high-performance work teams. Because they are often a cost-effective means of accomplishing corporate goals, some of these teams need to be reconstructed.

Laboratory Technology

Green: The Better Color of Vacuum

Whether vacuum is utilized for analytical purposes in corporate R&D or in government or university laboratory settings, those who depend on vacuum pumps do not expect vacuum to have color. However, in very significant and measurable ways, vacuum can be green.

On Balance

Out-of-level situations are so detrimental to the results of an experiment that balances can now be equipped to document levelness via an alibi memory, which will allow managers and external auditors to see when weighing results could possibly be tainted.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Flexible Lab Zones

A dynamic shift in the way researchers conduct their work has had a profound effect on the design of their facilities. Emphasis has focused on three main components: establishing large open labs, the distribution of utilities to and within the lab, and the auxiliary spaces that both support the research experiments and promote collaborative dialogue between colleagues.

Laboratory Technology

Research-Specific Labs

Identifying Drug Targets, Saving Humans

Getting a new drug into the hands of patients is no easy feat. Pharmaceutical companies have to go through a myriad of tests in cell cultures, animals and humans before discovering and developing treatments for illnesses.

Business Management

Freeing Up Time for Science

To increase efficiency and drive down costs, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are increasingly turning to multi-vendor asset management service providers for maintenance of their equipment throughout its life cycle from financing to disposal.

Biosecurity Regulations

By most accounts, America's biosecurity culture remains a work in progress as scientists adapt to new regulatory performance standards and policy makers grapple with the emerging tensions between the new regulations and the best interests of scientific research.

Lab Health and Safety

Handle with Care

Probably the single most common item of personal protection in the laboratory is the glove. Yet it is also the item most likely to receive the least amount of thought or consideration and may be the most misunderstood.

How it Works

Reduced Energy Operating Mode for BSCs

While safety can never take a backseat to energy savings or productivity concerns, BSC manufacturers have invented enhancements to provide safety, increase productivity, and conserve energy.

Automating Quantitative & Qualitative Protein Analyses

As more therapeutic proteins enter the market, an even larger number accumulate in biopharmaceutical drug pipelines. In order to improve assay quality and manage the growing workload, automated systems are needed to provide qualitative and quantitative information.

Computing and Automation

Managing Samples & Their Storage

Reliably tracking samples as they make their way throughout the scientific process is difficult yet absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, transcription errors, wrong versions of files or other mistakes are all too common and can lead to delayed product rollouts—or may even result in a product never making it to market.

Business Management