Insights on Laboratory Data Management Systems

Volume 0 Issue 5 | September 2012

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Cover Story



Delivering the Paperless Lab Environment – A Game Changer

Trish Meek, Director of Product Strategy for Life Sciences in the Informatics business at Thermo Fisher Scientific, spoke with Lab Manager about how the paperless laboratory concept could prove to be a game changer for pharmaceutical and other life sciences industries, and reports on the impact of achieving a truly paperless lab, which can significantly reduce human error, increase efficiency and facilitate integration, and ultimately foster more robust collaboration both inside and outside the organization.

A Close Look at LIMS and ELNS

Laboratories are awash in data. The two main data management packages in use today are laboratory information management systems (LIMS) for structured data such as pH values or sample weights and electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) for unstructured data such as images and chemical formulas.


Consider a LIMS or ELN Replacement or Upgrade Carefully

Collaborative research is one of the justifications cited most often for acquiring lab data software. While such “soft” benefits are difficult to quantify, the “hard” benefits are easy to measure, after some digging.


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