Although many think of cloud computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) as a 21st century invention, its development was more of a gradual evolution that began back in the 1950’s when multiple users on “dumb” terminals were connected via a central mainframe computer. Today, cloud computing has taken the business world by storm, offering to improve business agility and scalability, increase computing power, storage capacity, and scientific collaboration, all while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The modern laboratory produces vast amounts of data from a wide variety of sources that are too often not integrated. With the advent of high throughput technologies, both the quality and quantity of information is increasing dramatically. At the same time, R&D partnerships continue to increase, with data flowing increasingly across organizational boundaries. Taken together, these trends contribute to significant data management challenges for both small and large organizations alike. One of the most common methods for managing these challenges is to implement a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as a way to automate the business processes and data capture associated with laboratory workflows.
IT project failures are unfortunately quite common – a recent survey by cloud portfolio management provider Innotas revealed that over 50 percent of businesses surveyed had experienced an IT project failure within the previous 12 months. A successful laboratory informatics project can be especially difficult to achieve, given the complex processes and technologies used in the laboratory environment. The success of a laboratory informatics project can be defined in terms of the delivered solution being on time and within budget, meeting all requirements, and ultimately resulting in a high level of system satisfaction, adoption, and utilization by the laboratory and supporting staff.
A major research-based biopharmaceutical company was working with a commercial LIMS vendor to implement a LIMS for the Biometrics department. Both the biopharmaceutical company and the LIMS vendor had project teams which interfaced closely to move the project forward.
As the complexity of the global R&D environment has grown over the last several decades, biopharma companies have found it increasingly difficult to accomplish scalable growth with their in-house team alone. This has led to the practice of outsourcing becoming commonplace as a way to reduce costs.
The economic downturn in 2008, which began with the bursting of an 8 trillion dollar housing bubble, had a substantial impact on the job market. In 2008 and 2009, the U.S. labor market lost 8.4 million jobs, or 6.1% of all payroll employment, producing by far the largest labor contraction of any recession since the Great Depression.
The Internet of Laboratory Things – a disruptive set of technologies that is changing the way innovators are managing their labs.
LIMS Selection is no small task. A laboratory information management system (LIMS) represents a central hub for managing many of the operations in the modern laboratory. Originally, LIMS were designed to be a simple sample tracking tool, enabling systematic control of workflows in regulated environments. Recent years have seen the evolution of LIMS into more of an enterprise resource planning tool that can manage multiple aspects of laboratory informatics – resource management/scheduling, assay data management, data mining, data analysis, case-centric clinical data, and electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) integration.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. recently announced 96-week results from two ongoing Phase 3 studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of daily Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide, TAF 25mg) in immune active patients and in patients switching from Gilead’s Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, TDF 300mg)