Global Management

Volume 5 Issue 6 | July 2010

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Cover Story

Global Management

By John K. Borchardt

Forming and managing effective global research teams with members located in far-flung countries and different time zones is a major challenge for lab managers at multinational companies and at companies outsourcing lab work overseas.


Leadership and Staffing

Competing Priorities

Doing a good job of establishing project priorities and focusing on the highest-priority projects can enable laboratories to compete effectively with labs having much larger staffs and budgets.

Laboratory Technology

Into the Field

Increasingly, analysts perform routine analysis where the action islocations of environmental interest, manufacturing suites, crime scenes, loading docks, and packaging facilities through transportable instruments.

Specialty Gases

In many applications, continuous emission monitoring is required to collect and analyze at least one sample every fifteen minutes from industrial processes. High-purity gases are vital for this purpose, as are custom standards for head space analysis of water and soil samples.

Ask the Expert

Lab Design and Furnishings

Crime Lab Design

Design requirements for forensic laboratories are unique. While forensic labs share certain features with academic, research, and other laboratories, the composition of these elements and the addition of other characteristics make these facilities an uncommon challenge.

Leaning Toward Lean?

Although the basic concepts and techniques of Lean are straightforward, adapting them to a particular lab situation and integrating them into a defined process that uses resources well is quite a challenge.

Leadership and Staffing

Lab Product

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Biotech Lab

Jonathan V. Sweedler is a busy man: he runs a large research group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is the principal investigator for the UIUC Center for Neuroproteomics on Cell-Cell Signaling and the director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Microplate Readers

Microplate readers are used extensively in the pharmaceutical industry for high-throughput drug screening and in biology labs for enzyme assays, immunoassays, binding assays, protein and cell assays, ELISAs, and biomolecule concentration measurements.

Product Focus: Microscopes

Invented in the late 16th century, the microscope is arguably the oldest laboratory instrument. Yet despite its maturity, microscopy continues to evolve toward greater capabilities.

Product Focus: Low-Temperature Freezers

Low-temperature laboratory freezers are cooling boxes that achieve temperatures of about -40° C or lower. Kitchen freezers, by contrast, operate to about -20° C.

Lab Health and Safety

Business Management

Financial Intelligence

For a laboratory to be able to survive in a difficult economic environment, it is crucial that the scientific and financial sides of the business be in sync.

Valuing Specialization

Biotech organizations that hire more project managers and fewer programmers, invest in strategic sourcing personnel and adopt risk-based approaches to vendor selection may be better able to adapt to the ever-changing biotech landscape.

Laboratory Technology

Laboratory Technology

GE On-Line TOC Analyzer

Supercritical Water Oxidization (SCWO) technique offers enhanced reliability, ease of use and low maintenance.

How it Works

Purchasing Guides

How it Works

How it Works: Moisture and Ash Analysis

The MMS-4000 will save laboratories money by reducing energy consumption, increasing productivity, and improving the accuracy and reliability of the results.
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