Finding Dollars

Volume 8 Issue 10 | November 2013

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Cover Story

Featured Articles

Sections

Editor's Buzz

Time to Get Creative

Judging by this month’s cover story as well as the results of our latest Laboratory Spending Trends survey, it’s safe to say that federal budget cuts have created serious challenges for the scientific research community.

Surveys

Leadership and Staffing

Ask the Expert

Transitioning From HPLC to UHPLC

Justin Ringling, senior scientist in Analytical R&D at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD, about his work, which involves developing and validating analytical methods using HPLC, UHPLC, ICP, and MS.

Laboratory Technology

Under Attack

Cyber attacks against universities are on the rise, but academic and company labs are fighting back to protect their sensitive data.

Lab Health and Safety

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Don’t Allow Experiments to Run Unattended Unless They Are Failsafe

There are surely going to be times when experiments must continue running on their own while you do other things (go out to lunch or home to sleep). At these times, it’s important to consider all the things that could go wrong in your absence and to prepare for them.

Product Focus

Product Focus: GC Columns

As regulators have redefined environmental methods for low-abundance analytes, and demanded the analysis of more analytes, column manufacturers have done well to provide greater sensitivity and selectivity.

Product Focus: Lab Washers

A lab washer provides convenience, saves water and energy, and provides many more options for cleaning. In fact, the options just keep growing.

Product Focus: Homogenizers

New applications are being developed for homogenizers and are important in mixing suspensions, lotions, pastes, and dry-grinding solid materials.

Research-Specific Labs

Surveys

2013 Biological Safety Cabinet Survey Results

Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are enclosures that protect users and the environment from biohazards by removing particulates and aerosolized pathogens from the work area through HEPA filtration, then recirculate or exhaust the purified air, hence, cleansing the workspace air.

Surveys

Are You in the Market for a LIMS?

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) serves as the interface to a laboratory’s data, instruments, analyses and reports. For many analytical laboratories, a LIMS is an important investment that assists management in evaluating the efficiency of the laboratory’s operations and reducing costs.

2013 CO2 Incubator Survey Results

CO2 incubators are designed to copy a cell’s natural environment with a relative humidity of around 95 percent, a temperature of 37°C and a pH of 7.2 to 7.5. They are most common in biology labs performing tissue or cell culture and are used in any process where cells need to be cultured for a few hours or many weeks or where cells need to be expanded or maintained.

Lab Product

INSIGHTS

Insights on Laboratory Design

Today's laboratory designers understand that in environments that support complex tasks, workflow should dictate design, not the other way around.

Time to Upgrade?

How it Works

How Automating Sample Management Works

Problem: Advancements in technology in the scientific arena have led to the requirement to store larger numbers of compounds including small molecules, potential drug candidates or biological samples.

How to Reduce Air Change Rates

Problem: With their critical needs for indoor air quality, power, temperature, humidity and other environmental conditions, labs traditionally have had a difficult time balancing the growing pressures for energy efficiency with the technical requirements of the required functionality within the facility.