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Cover Story |  Volume 7 - Issue 6  |  July 2012

Effective Global Leadership

What today’s lab manager must know to successfully manage remote and culturally diverse teams


Editor's Buzz

Opposite Ends of the Earth

Last month we provided important and practical information about project management techniques and their usefulness in laboratory management. This month we turn our attention to a different management challenge that becomes more commonplace every day in every industry.

Leadership and Staffing

Effective Global Leadership

What today's manager must know to successfully manage remote and culturally diverse teams.

Lab Manager Academy: The Three-Legged Stool for Training Success

The 16-session manager training program was phenomenally successful. Ninety percent of the attendees were offered promotions within a year of their graduation. Why was the program so successful?

Business Management

QC Failures Happen

Methods for determining which undesirable conditions require root cause analysis and which do not.

The Blended Training Model

Classroom training sandwiced between pre- and post-course online activities delivers strong results.

Science Matters: Global R&D Demands Effective Communication

Collaborating and communicating effectively around the world should be a top priority for most science companies and labs if they hope to compete on a global level.

Computing and Automation

Enterprise Resource Planning

Superhighway for lab communication amoung disparate laboratory software systems.

Laboratory Technology

Field-Worthy Instrumentation

Portable instrumentation and analyzers are a booming business if recent announcements are any guide.

Flexible Gas Handling

Computerized and expandable systems allow for continuous processing and cost efficient lab expansion.

Ask the Expert

Ask The Expert: What to Know Before Investing in an Ultrapure Water Purification System

Sarah Haviland, lab manager and graduate student in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina, shares her experiences with contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., on choosing and installing a new point-of-use water purification system.

Lab Health and Safety

VHP Safety Basics

VHP Safety Basics

Vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization is effective, but not without hazards.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Develop Plans and Conduct Drills for Dealing with Emergencies

Develop Plans and Conduct Drills for Dealing with Emergencies

The only good way to prepare for an emergency situation is to think through how you should respond and then practice doing it correctly.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Drug Discovery Lab

Perspective On: A Drug Discovery Lab

Started up in 2000, A&G Pharmaceutical is an antibody-based drug theranostic (therapeutic and diagnostic) company focused on improving the screening, detection, and treatment of cancer as well as other diseases that affect people.

Lab Product

The Right Choice For Mass Spectrometry Systems

An analytical method that involves generating charged molecules or molecular fragments and measuring their mass-to-charge ratio through the ionization of chemical samples, mass spectrometry (MS) is a key part of many laboratories.

July 2012 Technology News

The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market.

Product Focus

Biological Safety Cabinets: Improvements in Efficiency and Ergonomics

Biological Safety Cabinets: Improvements in Efficiency and Ergonomics

The phrase “biological safety cabinet” sounds straightforward enough. It’s clearly a cabinet meant to keep biological hazards safely contained. This technology, though, comes in a broad range of classes.

Product Focus: Homogenizers

Turning a sample into a suspension— the essence of homogenizing—occurs in a wide range of laboratory applications. In life science and clinical research, scientists often homogenize tissue samples for various analytical studies.

Product Focus: pH Meters

This article covers the trends in laboratory pH Meter technology from the early days to the latest updates to pH Meter requirements.

Product Focus: High-Purity Laboratory Water Systems

Every laboratory requires high-quality water. Many labs or their parent organizations maintain dedicated plants to transform municipal water into a product lab managers can trust for routine jobs.

Accuracy, Reproducibility, and Walk-Away Operation

Titrators are basic laboratory tools that add solutions of one reagent to solutions of another with varying degrees of precision. Labs employ titrators mostly in analytic mode to measure concentrations of analytes.


Are You in the Market for a Chromatography Data System?

The right chromatography data system (CDS) can spell the difference between a streamlined data collection process and one that is haphazard. CDSs are software packages that collect, store, and help users interpret data.

2012 Vacuum Pumps Survey Results

Vacuum pumps are an essential piece of equipment and are used in a wide variety of processes in most laboratories.

2012 Microplate Handlers Product Survey

Microplate handlers are specialized robotic devices that transfer microtiter plates in three-dimensional space from one location within a workflow to another.

How it Works

How it Works: A Rinse Station

Cleaning and rinsing lab and process carboys and containers by hand inevitably leads to problems with cross-contamination.

How Heat Effect in Fume Hoods Works

Chemical procedures commonly require the introduction of heat. This is typically in the form of a hot plate or open flame. While the best place to perform these types of chemical procedures is inside a chemical fume hood, most people are unaware of heat’s effect on the airflow through the fume hood, and the potential impact on containment.

How it Works: A Non-Contact Sensor for Monitoring Solvent Levels Automatically

Problem: The use of laboratory automation increases productivity and precision, making it attractive for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

How it Works: Optimized Lab Equipment Maintenance

The pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries are experiencing watershed changes that are directly driving the need to increase research efficiency while minimizing costs.

White Papers and Application Notes

Improving Performance and Sensitivity of LC/MS Instruments Using Optimized LC/MS Solvents

Increasing the sensitivity and resolution of LC/MS instruments has been an ongoing focus for instrument manufacturers.

Elix® UV Technology Compared to Single and Double Distillation

Today, newer purification technologies have proven able to compete with long-established distillation. Following a brief review of these purification technologies are data for performances of a single and double distillation system, and the Millipore Elix UV system.

Tough Tissue Homogenization with a Bead Mill

The effectiveness of sample preparation influences not only the quality and quantity of the results, but also the conclusions drawn from experiments.

Products in Action

BioTek Continues to Set the Standard in Microplate Washing with the New 405™ Touch

For nearly 30 years, BioTek has led the market in developing microplate washing technologies, and is well recognized for the industry standard ELx405™ Microplate Washer.

Twin Power Technology in 10mm, 16mm, and 22mm Sizes

Burkert Life Sciences division of Burkert Fluid Control Systems is the global leader in microfluidic systems and fluid control products.

Ultrapure Water Enables Excellent Chromatographic Performance for LC-MS Analysis

Liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) is a powerful analytical technique which combines the separation capabilities of either high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) or ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) with mass analysis by mass spectrometry.

PURELAB flex– Innovating Water Purity

ELGA’s new innovative Type I ultrapure water purification system ensures accurate consistent results. The PURELAB flex 3 & 4 are the latest additions to the award winning PURELAB flex range of systems.

Eppendorf epMotion 5075: Automation made simple

The epMotion 5075 LH is the ideal solution for advanced liquid handling demands.

Know why Metrohm Titrators are Lab Favorites?

Because they give you everything you want, and do everything you need.

The New Choice in Centrifugation

NuAire has partnered with AWEL International to bring you a full line of centrifuges.

New Series 3Y

Check out the new features of the 3Y series of balances.

Buffer Creation Wizard

Automate your Buffer Preparation with the Tecan Buffer Creation Wizard The Buffer Creation Wizard.

Flexibility and Automation for Toxicology and Specialty Chemistry Testing with the Thermo Scientific Indiko Benchtop Analyzer

Offering quality, flexibility and automation the new Thermo Scientific™ Indiko random access analyzer fits ideally to small clinical laboratory settings wanting to save time and money.