What is a LIMS?

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is software that allows you to effectively manage samples and associated data to improve lab efficiency

Modern genomics research generates an unprecedented amount of data. Faced with increasing data volumes and sample throughput along with near-continual changes in technology labs seeking to streamline lab operation and cut costs must in turn modernize their approach to managing, tracking, and centralizing genomics data.

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is software that allows you to effectively manage samples and associated data to improve lab efficiency. By using a LIMS, your lab can automate workflows, integrate instruments, and manage samples and associated information. Labs using LIMS boost their level of professionalism and their ability to meet customer demand in two ways:

LIMS helps labs produce accurate, reproducible results faster and more reliably
LIMS makes data from sequencing runs easier to store, track, and assess over time and across experiments so that labs can evaluate and improve operational efficiency

Do I need a LIMS?

Many next-generation genomics labs face the daunting task of trying to manage lab day-to-day activity as well as large volumes of data.

Some of the most common challenges include:

How will a commercial LIMS help my lab?

A commercial LIMS can streamline lab operations, improve the quality of genomics research, and boost the level professionalism of your core services lab.

A good commercial LIMS should:

A good commercial LIMS will help you present your lab in a professional manner to collaborators and granting bodies by enabling you to manage samples and workflows from end-to-end, ensuring the highest quality traceable results, and substantially improving overall lab efficiency and operations.

I’ve done an example here where we’re changing the configuration from a plate where samples are given to us in columns, to wanting to do the work in rows, and trying to do that in Excel – which is how we would have done it in the past – is tricky to say the least, but in GenoLogics [Clarity LIMS] it’s pretty straight forward.”

– James Hadfield, Head of Genomics Core Facility, Cancer Research U.K.

White Papers and Webinars

Visit our Library to access more great content

 

Related Blog Posts

Visit our Blog for thought-provoking content for the next generation sequencing lab.