LIMSWith fewer dollars to go around for R&D and increasing production costs,the life sciences industry must root out inefficiencies wherever possible and build in new processes to achieve improved productivity and greater efficiencies across an oftentimes much broader organization, starting with the laboratory. New technologieshelp accelerate discovery, which adds complexities that now-smaller staffs must manage. Never has the need for comprehensive enterprise-wide information management and analysis been greater. A highly integrated Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) can open the doors to new R&D investment.

Connecting the dots

Today’s laboratory is often a highly distributed laboratory, comprising a value chain that spans multiple constituents and geographies. If even a single laboratory (internal or external) still relies on a paper-based methodology that utilizes a lab notebook system, it’s not hard to imagine how that could impact overall quality, speed and throughput. What’s needed now are smart infrastructures in life sciences manufacturing that drive quality, not only in the laboratory and internally, but across distributed organizations. That kind of smart infrastructure needs today’s state-of-the-art informatics solutions that improve productivity and efficiencies and connect the lab to the rest of the organization.

Accelerating R&D

The benefits of having ERP meet R&D are many. A tightly integrated Informatics solution dramatically streamlines laboratory operations while minimizing the cost of ownership, implementation, validation and ongoing maintenance. This type of integration and efficiency can be achieved across the most highly complex and distributed of organizations or research environments – from multiple labs across a campus to a collection of diverse users crossing multiple geographies.

An enterprise-level Informatics solution, which includes built-in functionality for a LIMS, as well as Lab Execution System (LES) and Scientific Data Management System (SDMS) enables manufacturers to codify a “do it right every time” process approach, which can align everything from Quality by Design (QbD) processes to SOPs that are critical to achieving goals for increased pipeline productivity. When fully integrated with laboratory instruments and equipment as well as other enterprise systems, the LIMS removes non-value added processes and builds in the opportunities for greater efficiencies to occur. An enterprise-level LIMS, such as Thermo Scientific SampleManager, is able to receive and archive data from across the distributed enterprise so that information is more readily and easily available, allowing for improved collaboration amongst the range of participants in an R&D project.

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Today’s enterprise-level LIMS, with functionality that addresses the needs of automating method execution (LES) and enabling access to archived raw data (SDMS) are more and more the engine of innovation that allows for more exciting and collaborative research and development to occur. When a LIMS is fully integrated with an organization’s enterprise resource planning system (ERP), it becomes part of the R&D engine, and consequently every laboratory manager, staff person, instrument or set of data is contributing to potential growth.

With CONNECTS for the Paperless Lab, you can bridge the islands of data generated in the lab and transform that data into information that can be used across the enterprise. Organizations that take a holistic view of their operations and invest in this type of integration will reap the benefits of improved access to real-time information, regulatory compliance, data integrity, as well as time and cost savings by automating processes and reducing manual data handling.

Allowing a laboratory to be fully integrated with the rest of the organization sets up a scenario in which management can count on the lab as a contributor to its key business metrics, investors can count on the promises of that organization, and ultimately, the consumer can count on the promise of new drugs.

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