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