Better ways to run your lab like a business
Better ways to run your lab like a business
By using metrics effectively, laboratory managers can better focus their R&D efforts and be more effective in improving their firms' sales and profitability. This is essential, now more than ever, given the slow recovery from the "Great Recession."
Laboratory benchmarking entails comparing the quality of one lab to measures taken from a range of other laboratories, or from the standard bearers. Its the details involved in the benchmarking process, however, that can be maddening.
Good leaders need to be proficient in whats called situational leadership. Plain and simple, situational leadership means having the skills and understanding to assess the scenario youre facing and manage it with the right leadership style.
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We have moved past the point where general computer, word processing, and spreadsheet skills are a reasonable basis for competence in a modern laboratory.
By making the transition from a manual to an automated process, Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. gained more than they hoped for. The robotic solution automated a tedious manual process as well as allowed SBI scientists to extract more information from the data being collected.
This Mind Map outlines some thought processes designed to help identify potential performance-enhancing changes.
Provide a temperature range of 5 to 30 °C and a cooling capacity from 700 to 2,000 W Feature 24 different configurations, so users can tailor a system to their specific needs.
The latest equipment, instrument and system introductions to the laboratory market.
Incorporates an air-jacket design that evenly disperses air within the walls to maintain uniformity and ensure proper insulation.
DWS Range Operates at low noise levels; does not exhaust expensive conditioned/heated air into the atmosphere.
Features a maximum capacity of 12 L Accumulated Centrifugal Effect™ (ACE) function that automatically compensates for any variations in acceleration.
Peltier-based with no compressors or CFCs IN35 has a capacity of 27.5 L and IN45 has a capacity of 55 L.
Features automatic chip recognition and closed-loop temperature control.
Steri-Cycle In-chamber HEPA air filtration system filters the chamber volume every 60 seconds and reaches Class 100 air conditions within 5 minutes following a routine door opening.
Although the principles of clean room design go back more than 150 years to the beginning of bacterial control in hospitals, the clean room itself is a relatively modern development.
Rotary evaporators have for decades been staples in labs and industries performing chemistry, including labs in the chemical, environmental, materials, life science and forensics industries
Quantifying Organics Through Oxidation, Detection
Illuminating the Micro and Nano Worlds
Automated liquid handlers (ALHs) are one of the truly enabling technologies of modern life sciences, particularly in medical testing, biological research, and high high-throughput screening.
Power supplies provide steady, precisely controlled electrical energy to electronic equipment.
Marc Ferrer, Ph.D., Team Leader at the Chemical Genomics Center, which is part of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health discusses the need for automation in various laboratory settings.
A good system for chemical management begins with a complete inventory of the laboratory's chemicals and a material safety data sheet (MSDS) collection for those materials.
A summary of recommendations based on audit and inspection reports, along with some general lab safety recommendations, provide a broad overview of the types of issues raised during safety consultations.
John Tomich, director of Kansas State Universitys Biotechnology/Proteomics Core Lab, not only provides services to plant and animals researchers on campus and industry, but also offers his lab as a teaching tool for students in the field.
Automation solutions offer a great alternative to laborintensive manual processes. Liquid handling automation eliminates human errors and process inconsistencies over extended periods of time, resulting in an increased robustness compared to manual processes.
Popular 96- and 384-well microplate-based applications are often not ideally suited for manual pipetting methods. Although readily available in most laboratories, manual pipette use in these formats is neither efficient nor consistent.
Until the mid-1980s, purification of nucleic acids was traditionally performed by phenol-chloroform extraction and alcohol precipitation, which involved tedious manual tasks with toxic substances. This approach was soon replaced by the introduction of spin-column technology.