What is a LIMS ?
LIMS stands for Laboratory Information Management System
Laboratory Information Management Systems are software platforms designed to support and enhance the operations of modern laboratories. They help labs to move from paper to a digital environment by streamlining operations with the goal of saving both time and money.
A consequence of the ongoing democratization of technology is that today’s modern labs can process more samples than ever, subsequently generating huge amounts of data. Beyond the complexity of the bench lies a web of analytical and interpretation platforms with which scientists analyze data. All of which needs to be organized and associated with its respective sample. Additionally, each sample needs to be associated with its respective processing batch, order number, and metadata information. The organizational needs surrounding the ever-increasing number of samples and data creates the impetus to migrate from a paper based system into a digital management platform that is flexible and can support the science of today.
What exactly will a LIMS do for my lab? A true LIMS should provide you with solutions for the many different aspects of sample and workflow management that are needed. IT should support the entire gauntlet from tracking samples as they enter a laboratory, collecting all of their associated data (e.g. tests, derivations, results, etc.) and compiling said data for a final report. On top of that, it should be able to automate processes, integrate with lab equipment, offer security, compliance, and, most of all, scalability. Any lab with a reasonable volume of samples, data, processes and results will benefit from having a professional LIMS as a digital management platform to support its environment.
But beside the technical mumbo-jumbo, what is the real function of a LIMS in a lab?
Let’s take our SLIMS solution as an example. The answer is simple really, SLIMS is not only a software platform used in a laboratory, it’s a Lab Companion for everyone. In today’s world of digital assistants, it is a digital Team Member that supports the organization of the lab by freeing up time and energy for everyone, ultimately helping to advance your science. And if you run a lot of routine task, just close your eyes and let SLIMS handle the heavy lifting with a couple of clicks.
What is special about SLIMS?
The size and complexity of modern science in terms of samples, tests, and data clearly show the need for a modern digital management system. Ever-increasing sample numbers leave people with little time to investigate every individual result. Complex policies around sample and data handling have revealed the need for compliance tools to manage data and guarantee auditing and traceability.
SLIMS has been designed to integrate a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN), and a Biobanking module into a flexible, customizable platform that offers any user the ability to configure the system to match their own lab processes and procedures.
It doesn’t matter if your processes deal with protocols in genomics, proteomics, or QC/QA workflows. SLIMS can manage them all.
Genohm’s SLIMS platform provides a first of its kind integrated system with Biobanking, workflow management, ELN, and order tracking capabilities. This allows any lab full control over their processes before samples are shipped. Our digital platform provides a modern framework designed for customization that allows labs to bend the system to their workflows, and not the other way around. SLIMS is built to be technologically agnostic and flexible enough so labs can develop their own integrations for lab equipment. It allows you to know where your samples are in real time with updated dashboards and audit trail information, real time aggregation of various types of data (e.g. images, QC, etc), and full interactivity with barcode readers, machines and peripherals of any lab.