Silver is the 47th element in the periodic table. It’s strong yet malleable and versatile. Its many applications make it indispensable in modern society. Likewise, we think that silver – BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver – can be an indispensable element in the startup lab. Aptly named, we designed this version of BaseSpace Clarity LIMS to accommodate the burgeoning needs of small and mid-sized labs.
Yet, many startups and smaller labs are resistant to the idea of a LIMS. “I have only one sequencer and a small sample volume” or “LIMS are too expensive and difficult to implement!” are phrases we commonly hear. However, we’ve seen firsthand that BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver can help smaller labs scale to their sample volumes, do more with less, and eliminate growing pains. It’s also affordable and easy to implement. Radium Hospital in Norway is a perfect example of how labs can benefit from BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver.
Here are three reasons smaller labs benefit from BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver:
- Spreadsheets don’t scale. In the beginning, labs may have a small sample volume and can get by with tools such as Microsoft Excel® and Google Spreadsheets, or even a whiteboard, to track experiments and samples. These tools can work for a while but don’t scale when there are changes in staff or sample volume. For instance, what happens when the person who set up all of the spreadsheets is out of the office or decides to go to another lab? And what happens when sample volumes grow or new sample types are introduced? Growth and increased sample volume cause an interesting dilemma for labs that use spreadsheets. Inefficiency begins to weigh these labs down, and even though they recognize the need for a more productive solution, they can’t get out from under all of the work to make the transition. That’s why labs that are projected to grow should start with a LIMS from the beginning—to save time, money, and frustration. There are other limitations with spreadsheets: they are prone to transcription errors, they don’t promote collaboration, and they don’t include any sort of workflow management. A good LIMS will help your lab in each stage of its development. BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver provides sample tracking, reduces manual data entry, and includes workflow management and enforcement–all at an affordable monthly rate so it’s the perfect entry point for smaller labs.
- Labs evolve. As labs grow, their needs change. They may be running the same samples as when they started, but maybe now they offer different services or even process patient samples. Or perhaps new instruments are brought into the lab. Adjusting to technology and process changes can be difficult. A good LIMS can help labs adapt as well as minimize growing pains. BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver comes with preconfigured workflows for common instruments so that adopting new technologies is easier. Additionally, BaseSpace Clarity LIMS can be configured a multitude of ways without the need for development time or professional services resources.
- Money is tight and labs must protect investments. Amidst change and growth, these budding labs recognize the need for more codified lab management but argue that money is tight and they can’t afford a LIMS. When money is tight and every resource counts is precisely why smaller labs should have a LIMS. A good LIMS, like BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver, can help you use reagents more carefully, get more out of your instruments, and improve accuracy and the overall efficiency of your lab. BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver can even be implemented in a high-security cloud, eliminating the need for any IT staff to install or maintain it.
These reasons are why we developed BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver. Silver is our take on what smaller labs need most: scalable LIMS functionality at a small price, effortlessly implemented. So, although silver is the 47th element in the periodic table, we think BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver should be the first element brought to the table in a new lab.
Contact us for more information about BaseSpace Clarity LIMS Silver.