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An exclusive digital series focusing on the most crucial topics and issues facing today’s laboratory professionals

6-Part Series

Published Sep 2, 2021

Asset Management for the Lab: Strategies and Tips

Managing the purchase, use, and maintenance of laboratory equipment is a significant undertaking for any lab manager. Each phase of an instrument’s life cycle requires investment, informed decision making, and pre-planning. This web series guides readers through the various stages of asset management—from buying new (or used) equipment and navigating service contracts to maximizing equipment life cycles and finding new uses for unneeded instruments and tools.

Articles in this Series
An Overview of Laboratory Asset Management New Ways of Working Require Unique Purchasing Considerations Lab Management Software Solutions to Improve Lab Operations How to Buy and Sell Used Lab Equipment Negotiating Laboratory Service Contracts and Warranties Tips for Managing Five Phases of the Laboratory Life Cycle

Asset Management for the Lab: Strategies and Tips

Asset Management for the Lab: Strategies and Tips

Managing the purchase, use, and maintenance of laboratory equipment is a significant undertaking for any lab manager. Each phase of an instrument’s life cycle requires investment, informed decision making, and pre-planning. This web series guides readers through the various stages of asset management—from buying new (or used) equipment and navigating service contracts to maximizing equipment life cycles and finding new uses for unneeded instruments and tools.

Managing the purchase, use, and maintenance of laboratory equipment is a significant undertaking for any lab manager. Each phase of an instrument’s life cycle requires investment, informed decision making, and pre-planning. This web series guides readers through the various stages of asset management—from buying new (or used) equipment and navigating service contracts to maximizing equipment life cycles and finding new uses for unneeded instruments and tools.

Steps to Leading a New Lab Setup

Managing a New Lab Setup

Whether creating a new lab facility from scratch or moving your existing lab to a new space, the process of setting up a working laboratory is a complex process. Depending on the equipment and other needs of your lab, it can take weeks after the initial move-in day to get fully operational. In this web series, we offer tips and solutions to some of the main hurdles of leading a new lab setup.

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Insights into the Main Stages of Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development

Pharmaceutical Development: Solutions for Each Stage

At each stage of the drug discovery, development, and approval process, there are many aspects to consider and many details to get right. To bring most drugs from discovery in the lab to approval for sale in the pharmacy requires roughly 10 years and can cost billions of dollars. In this web series, we explore some of the solutions to key challenges in each of the main stages of pharmaceutical discovery and development.  

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Analytical Testing Drives Production of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Analytical Testing Drives Production of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium (Li)-ion batteries are crucial power sources for a wide variety of important consumer products like electric vehicles, phones, and computers. The production of high quality Li-ion batteries (LIB) requires high purity components, especially the Li. High performance analytical instruments and techniques can help deliver these high purity components.  This series explores different aspects of analytical testing and key technologies that improve analysis from the mining and refining of the Li, through the manufacture and recycling of the LIB cells.  

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Testing for Contaminants in Environmental Samples

Testing for Contaminants in Environmental Samples

Environmental samples—soil, water, air, and wastes—pose unique challenges for collection, transport, and analysis. Many contaminants are present in very low concentrations, and require sensitive methods and instruments for detection. Specific applications—especially wastewater testing—require rapid, efficient testing. This series explores different aspects of environmental testing and key technologies that improve analysis.

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A Brief Overview of Bioprocessing

Bioprocessing: Where It Is and Where It's Going

Bioprocessing involves the creation of a needed material from a living organism, usually cells or parts of cells, with applications in food and biofuel production, medicines, or therapies, to name a few. In this Big Picture series of articles, we’ll provide a brief overview of bioprocessing and bioprocess engineering with a particular focus on bioprocessing for therapeutics, as well as a more in-depth look at some of the ways companies are solving challenges in industrial bioprocessing, trends in single-use bioprocessing, recent developments in cell line development in upstream bioprocessing, and how new options in cell media can help overcome the challenges of cell therapy manufacturing.

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What We Have Learned About Managing a Lab during a Pandemic

Lab Management in the COVID-19 Era: 1 Year Later

Though they faced sudden, massive change when the pandemic was declared in March 2020, lab professionals have risen to the challenge. Battling mental health stresses, communication issues, remote work, increased workloads, and changes to workflows, in addition to a host of other issues, lab managers and their teams are emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever. In this series, we cover key crisis management lessons learned from a year of managing a lab during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Best Practices for Lab Data Integrity and Security

Data Integrity and Cybersecurity in Today’s Labs

Laboratory leaders use diverse sets of data on a daily basis, from data generated by basic research experiments, to analyzing financial data to make informed business decisions. Regardless of the type of data being produced and analyzed in a lab, it must be trustworthy and accurate. Ensuring data integrity and security promotes a positive lab culture, protects the lab’s reputation, and drives business growth.

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Why Add Automation to Your Lab?

What Can Automation Do for Your Laboratory?

There’s no doubt that automating your lab is one of the biggest changes you and your staff will encounter, but it doesn’t need to be a challenge if done right. This series will cover how to decide if automating your lab is the right decision for your facility and how to do it successfully, key benefits and examples of lab automation, automating regulated laboratories, and some of the latest technologies on the market.

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Ensuring Reproducible Data in Life Science Laboratories

Ensuring Reproducible Data in Life Science Laboratories

Cell culture and immunoassays are fundamental techniques for life science research in academic and pharmaceutical laboratories. Whether laboratories are in the race to publish, or be first-to-market with novel therapeutics, accurate, reproducible results are critical for success. Working with high-quality reagents, and practicing good aseptic technique are two simple and highly effective ways to ensure optimal outcomes and advance scientific discovery.

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Ultralow Cold Storage 101

Everything You Want to Know about Ultralow Cold Storage

Until recently, ultralow temperature (ULT) freezers were not well-known pieces of equipment, used mainly in specialized biomedical and clinical laboratory applications. However, given the need for COVID-19 vaccines to be stored at ultralow temperatures, these units are now in high demand and are regularly featured in the mainstream media. Whether you’re a first-time ULT freezer owner or a regular user looking to replace your existing unit, this web series aims to provide everything you need to know about ultralow cold storage for the lab, including how it works, how to keep your ULT in top shape, its role in successful COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, and factors to consider when purchasing.

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Lab Equipment Maintenance

Preparing Your Lab for Economic Change

Lab managers often face the challenge of tightening their budgeting belt. This five-part series will offer money-saving tips to accommodate labs with a lean budget, and advice on how to keep lab equipment running smoothly to avoid unexpected repair costs.

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Essential Communication Tools for Managing Far-Flung Teams

Overcoming the Challenges of Working Remotely

Thanks to modern communication technologies, laboratories across the world are more connected than ever, enabling new capabilities and collaborations. Now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely has become the new normal for most labs. How can laboratory leaders effectively manage their teams from a distance and provide the resources necessary for staff to efficiently continue their work? Find out in this four-part series.

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