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Onwards and upwards: IT and automation in the lab

2 Dec

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The move towards automation has been a key trend in the pharma and biotech sectors. We’ve seen the robotic handling and processing of samples move from high-throughput screening domains onto the discovery bench. Almost every lab now has a liquid handling or clone/cell-picking robot, and high-content single-cell screening instruments are replacing fluorescence-activated cell sorters. Scientists want to see seamless flows of data from lab instruments into processing, analysis and knowledge platforms. Guest blogger Agnes Huot, former Director of R&D IT at Biogen Idec, explains.

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X marks the spot: optimizing cell culture development

25 Nov

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Data. It’s everywhere and every day, more and more is being generated by scientists in research and development (R&D) cell culture labs. This data is a highly valuable asset so long as it can be accessed and linked together efficiently for analysis. Data which isn’t searchable or housed with appropriate context ultimately slows down discovery. It’s like having a treasure map you’re unable to read: potential for great things but not a lot of use. So how can we unlock the value of data and make real breakthroughs in R&D?

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Oil’s well that ends well

17 Oct

Oil and Gas

The oil and gas industry is essential to us all. It heats our homes, provides fuel for transport and produces many related products which enhance our day-to-day lives. But what goes on behind the scenes to ensure we have a constant supply of energy to power our lives and supply us with essential materials? Just as oil and gas are critical to our modern lifestyle, efficient data management and process IP capture are vital to this business. The value of a modern ELN can be seen across all streams of the industry.

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Back to the future: shaping the lab of tomorrow with the knowledge of today

15 Oct

Back to the future

The advancement of technology used in everyday life occurs at a tremendous rate. Now take that speed of change and apply it to the laboratory. Keeping pace is a challenge for anyone creating informatics for scientists, researchers, engineers and analysts. This is particularly hard with expectations for IT and infrastructure systems higher than ever before. We see this first hand: one of the key drivers for our customers across market verticals is to improve efficiency and throughput, and the way they use our technology in the lab makes a real impact. Essentially, automation is more often than not a positive thing, but it mustn’t come at the expense of usability, scalability and an environment people can really work in.

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Tuning the engine: four trends driving the future of lab informatics

15 Aug

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Lab technology has gradually become the grease to the wheels of R&D teams. Next generation tools will be essential in dealing with the R&D challenges of tomorrow.

A number of leading thinkers at our recent Connect conference shared their thoughts on the subject, including Atrium Research and Consulting CEO Michael Elliott. We’ve picked out some of the key trends below that are shaping the future of the informatics superhighway.

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