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Cover Story |  Volume 4 - Issue 7  |  September 2009

Social Responsibility

Your lab's role in the larger community


Leadership and Staffing

Social Responsibility

I do think that were entering an age when scientists are increasingly aware of the social and political implications of their work. Many scientists are not just open to the idea of interacting with the public, but see that as an obligation. - Dietra

Staying on Schedule

Speed in completing product and process development projects means fewer surprises. There is less likelihood that the market has changed when teams complete projects and get new products to market quickly.

Science Matters: Onboarding: Create an Optimistic and Welcoming Work Environment

Along with building relationships with experienced employees, managers can help new employees feel welcomed before they even begin working with a proper onboarding process.

Laboratory Technology


The cooling and subsequent storage of frozen cells is a vital step in providing a continuous source of tissue and genetically stable living cells for procedures such as bone marrow transplant, IVF, and organ donation. Cryopreservation works by inhibiting all biochemical activity.

Protecting Your Gassets

A discussion on selecting appropriate pressure and flow control devices would be incomplete without covering the requirements pertaining to a variety of chemical process and quality control applications.

September 2009 Technology News

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

Convergent ELN

The latest ELNs now support the convergence of instruments, software and R&D workflows in an electronic lab environment.

Smart Software Purchasing

If you intend to purchase a major piece of software to service your entire division or organization, or a large laboratory, you need to follow a process to ensure that you make the right purchase for your situation.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Thinking Lean

While it might sound like some sort of fad diet, lean in the context of business improvement refers to a specific methodology that originated in the Japanese motor industry toward the end of the 1980s.

Lab Product

Evolution of the Pipette

Scientific demands continue to drive the development of this once simple, now highly sophisticated technology.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Forensics Lab

Its a little like the hit CBS show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation–a team of experts solving crime by examining pieces of evidence from a scene where things have gone wrong.

Business Management

Developing a Business Case

When it comes to successfully managing a laboratory, the challenge is to think as a business manager and as a scientist at the same time.

Lab Health and Safety

Evaluating Training

With a research facility’s typical mix of research laboratories, instrument rooms, chemical storage, waste handling and busy receiving/loading docks, a wide array of hazards is always present.

How it Works

How an Automated Nanoliter Liquid Handler Works

The steadily escalating cost of the drug discovery process means companies are continuously looking for ways to increase process and cost efficiency.

3-D Cell Culture Simplified

The study of cells and their behavior is growing rapidly in drug discovery and disease research. This has created a huge demand for more efficient methods to culture cells.

How an Automated Liquid Handling Station Works

Liquid handling has a pivotal role in a wide range of experimental applications with researchers worldwide depending on a variety of different pipetting methods on a daily basis.

How Near Infrared Chemical Imaging Works

Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is a widely used technique that detects the presence of different chemical bonds through the analysis of optical absorption in the wavelength range 700 to 2500 nm.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager Magazine’s Independent Guide to Purchasing a Centrifuge

Lab Manager Magazine’s Independent Guide to Purchasing a Centrifuge

Before guiding yourself through the Lab Centrifuge purchasing selection criteria below, you should ask yourself four questions related to the protocol or application you intend to use this centrifuge for.