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Cover Story |  Volume 5 - Issue 6  |  July/August 2010

Global Management

Establishing a common culture among far-flund research facilities


Leadership and Staffing

Global Management

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.

Competing Priorities

Competing Priorities

Techniques for prioritizing and managing tasks in alignment with your organization's goals

Lab Manager Academy: Goal Setting

Tips for setting and achieving goals for yourself and your lab

Science Matters: Staffing Companies

Examining four common perceptions that scientific professionals have of staffing companies.

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.

Zoex Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer

Provides tunable resolution of 4,000 to 7,000 at FWHM at m/z 281.

GE On-Line TOC Analyzer

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

July/August 2010 Technology News

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

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: How to Overcome Challenges with Microscopy

Dr. Rebecca Williams, director of the Microscopy and Imaging Facility at Cornell University, talks about her role in overseeing the imaging laboratory while pursuing independent research in the field.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Crime Lab Design

Crime Lab Design

Advances in technology, increased scrutiny, and developing techniques demand a specific design response

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.

Lab Product

Evolution of Water Purification Systems

A look at water purification systems from 1700s into the future.

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

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.

Product Focus: Clean Room Furnishings

Product Focus: Clean Room Furnishings

Choice of clean room casework, or furniture, is one of the most important decisions made when setting up classified space.

Lab Health and Safety

Building for People

Indoor environmental quality considerations for laboratory construction.

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.

How it Works

How High-speed Microplate Moving Works

Thermo Scientific Orbitor RS has been designed as one of the most reliable microplate movers in its class.

How to Verify Liquid Handling Instrumentation Performance

While the science behind ratiometric photometry for volume verification is complex, Maine-based Artel has been using it to lead the way in liquid handling quality assurance technology for the past 28 years.

How it Works: Fluorescence Mix-and-read Assays for Antibody Discovery

TTP LabTech has developed both bead- and cell-based fluorescence methods for the screening of antibodies against soluble and cell surface antigens.

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.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager Magazine's Independent Guide To Purchasing A Microplate Reader

A number of criteria need to be considered before purchasing a microplate reader in order to ensure that the instrument chosen is appropriate for its intended purpose.