More importantly, the LIMS system (eLABJournal) has given our QA department a performance advantage by bringing our QA program to the next level while enabling us to meet the requirements of the CFIA Safe Food for Canadians Act with respect to the traceability of each ingredient and the batch data.
Our lab has established a biobank for over 40 subtypes of sarcoma. We needed a better way to track our biospecimen inventory. eLab allowed us to store clinical information on the same platform where the biospecimen inventory was logged. We used to use separate Excel spreadsheets to track inventory and clinical information, which was tedious and time-consuming. eLab has provided a secure platform that is able to grow and adapt to our ever-evolving biobank.
We have benefited a great deal from having all the information in one place, providing the whole team with comprehensive (anytime, anywhere) access to the data. This allows us to keep all the lab personnel informed about ongoing experiments and use the workforce flexibly where it is needed. This makes us more efficient and helps us to compile formal reports about our projects with minimal effort.
eLabJournal helped facilitate the communication between departments by providing on-the-go access to both our experimental and sample information. This prevented data losses, both due to the risk of losing the physical copies of lab journals and losing information ‘in translation’. Thanks to this system, we were also able to safely pseudonymise our samples and keep close track of where they were in the process, making it transparent to anyone not only within the company, but to our external partners as well while keeping access restrictions up to date even per user.
Our R&D pipeline generates a large number of samples and sample types that require tracking through multiple changes of ownership and product development phases. eLABJournal software allows us to document our experiments using the Electronic Lab Notebook module, and associate samples using the Sample Management Module. These tracking capabilities allow us to maintain high QA/QC standards and secure stewardship of customer-associated samples. Due to the ease of access to eLABJournal’s internet-based software, all team members can access and track relevant information from separate computers, thus avoiding the limit of a single point of access. Lab members can devote more time and effort to performing their experiments.
In my experience, eLABJournal has been a great help in organizing our data and products. This software is very user-friendly and very professional to use both for students and researchers.
Thanks to eLABJournal, FOx Biosystems is able to accurately and efficiently manage all generated laboratory research data. The user-friendly and straightforward Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) software enables us to centralize orders, collect and track sample information, make reservations for our devices and generate protocols. Implementation of eLABJournal within FOx Biosystems went very fluently, since everything is accessible with only a few clicks. We can strongly recommend the use of eLABJournal to other companies and academic institutions, since they will benefit from all its advantages.
eLABJournal combined our various projects into one, was amazingly fast to implement, and managed the storage and retrieval of samples using the eLABInventory function.
eLABJournal is the cornerstone of our documentation processes. We use it to document experiments and protocols, manage biological samples, organize our -80 freezer, print labels, and even order consumables—essentially using all of the features it offers. Clean documentation is the basis for reproducible research and progress in commercial R&D.
Thanks to eLABJournal, we managed in just 3 months to organize the documentation of our R&D for four different projects. Experiments stay with excellent inner division, easy to cross-reference and faster to fill out, compared to our previous organization. The procedure section helped us in organizing our protocols and finding its weak spot for someone who should read them for the first time. However, the cherry on the top for our researchers is Sample documentation which is extremely useful, especially since we work in physically separated laboratories across the city and with a different working hour, and with the production up to 100 samples of a different kind per week. It helps us to track down not only details about each sample but to easily find out which was the parental sample.
Steam Whistle Brewing
University of Pittsburgh
iGEM Rotterdam 2019
Bio Bureau Biotecnologia Ltda.