As a systems integrator, we will help your organization to define and build a solution to your needs. We can review existing commercial Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) or Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for suitability and assist with implementation (validation and verification) or develop a custom solution. Our approach is to evaluate existing processes and identify gaps between best practices to target improvements. RoboTech Science is not associated with a particular LIMS, ELN, or hardware vendor, so we can objectively assist your organization to define and prioritize system requirements.
We evaluate every component in the system, including liquid-handling robotics, scientific instruments, software applications, barcoding and RFID systems, interfaces to other systems, and data storage, availability, and security. Our goal is to use existing commercial products whenever feasible and customize solutions for robotics or software, as required. We create an implementation plan and schedule, perform systems integration, and manage project risk to deliver the solution and ensure our customer’s expectations are satisfied. Our solutions fall into two primary categories:
Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN)
Recording methods, reagents, and collecting data in notebooks is an essential practice for record-keeping in scientific research. The volume and complexity of data generated in the modern laboratory and legal requirements have made the paper notebook unsustainable. Scientists today use an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) system to track experimental data, procedures and document research performed to satisfy legal (e.g., CFR 21 part 11 and Intellectual Property protection), regulatory (e.g., FDA), technical and scientific requirements.
ELNs are focused on bench level test and not individual samples and are either general systems for organizing content into searchable material or targeted to specific disciplines, e.g., Analytical Chemistry. ELNs enforce standard operating procedures, can perform calculations, prepare worksheets, and collect data directly from instruments. Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) have reduced the record-keeping while increasing productivity and efficiency.
Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are sample-centric systems focused on tracking the flow of samples from arrival in the lab until reporting results. LIMS is suitable for well-defined processes, such as diagnostic or forensic testing of multiple samples in a batch. The LIMS manages the flow of samples through the laboratory process and stores and maintains the integrity of data.
Typical LIMS solutions implement the following core functionality: Instrument analysis, Data Analysis, Data Reporting, Lab Management Functions (e.g., manage inventory of standards, solutions, reagents), and System Management Functions (e.g., sample scheduling). LIMS is integrated with laboratory robotics, instruments, and scientific applications to automate workflow (e.g., setup, sample tracking, and data collection).