Big Picture

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

6-Part Series

Published May 28, 2021

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.

Articles in this Series
A Brief Overview of Bioprocessing The Basics of Bioprocess Engineering Solving Key Challenges in Industrial Bioprocessing Automation Will Dominate Single-Use Bioprocessing within the Next Five Years Upstream Bioprocessing: Innovative Trends and Developments in Cell Line Development Overcoming the Challenges of Cell Therapy Manufacturing

Bioprocessing: Where It Is and Where It's Going

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.

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.

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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Technology Could Be Key in Tracking COVID-19 Spread

Necessity is the Mother of Invention during COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scientific community has jumped into action to solve important questions surrounding the virus, provide resources for testing, develop solutions to supply shortages, and much more. This five-part series highlights examples of the innovations that have been produced as a result of this unprecedented crisis.

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Building a Culture of Sustainability

Is Science Sustainable?

Laboratories have developed the reputation of being "energy hogs," but there is now a global effort to conduct research in a more environmentally-responsible way. This five-part series will discuss the challenges of leading a sustainable laboratory, and provide a variety of solutions and ideas to curb your facility's environmental footprint.  

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Managing Your Lab Amid COVID-19

The State of Science During COVID-19

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has uprooted how citizens carry out their daily lives, and how businesses operate. This six-part series will discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on laboratory operations across the US, and offers advice for lab managers on how to safely lead their teams through the crisis.

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Speed and Sensitivity Give qPCR the Leg Up in Certain Clinical Cases

PCR: A Powerful Analytical and Diagnostic Tool

PCR is a powerful analytical technique, and with increased speed, sensitivity, and multiplexing capability, has become a valuable diagnostic tool. Careful assay design and optimization ensures successful experiments and expands its utility.

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A Lab Manager's Role in Hiring Laboratory Staff

Leading Your Team to Success

Hiring talented individuals is just the start of ensuring long-term success for your lab facility. This five-part series will guide lab leaders through every phase of the management journey, including how to build a cohesive team, establish a positive lab environment, develop strategies to enhance productivity, and plan for the future.

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