Solving the Connectivity Puzzle: The Lab Operating System of the Future

Posted on Lab Informatics. 7 May, 2021

Science and Technology never stand still. This continuous evolution drives us towards a vast world of change and innovation at warp speed. SMART devices have become commonplace in nearly every aspect of our lives, capable of generating enormous volumes of on-demand data and enabling remote monitoring and control capabilities. In this age of increased efficiency, harnessing the power of data and technology can be a daunting task.


“Research laboratories are at the cusp of innovation, but it’s quite clear that, in many cases, their data management is many years behind. There is a lot of room for improvement, and we want to make the work of scientists easier by connecting everything in the laboratory: the data, the devices and the people.” – Simon Bungers, CEO & Co-founder, Labforward


While these technological advances build the foundation for the lab of future, one thing becomes clear; data management is still lagging years behind. The lack of a connected lab ecosystem creates siloed data and disparate systems that prevent automation, data accessibility and slow the progress of science.

Labforward solves the connectivity challenge, opening the door to a world of digital connectivity to create a seamless laboratory environment. Labforward’s integrated design concept enables users to connect all of their lab data to a centralized platform, that allows for real-time and remote electronic data capture, accessible through a simple interface. This innovative ‘lab operating system of the future’ blends the functionality of an electronic lab notebook (ELN) with the data management capabilities of a laboratory execution system (LES) across a seamless digital laboratory ecosystem.

The Laboperator lab automation platform provides the digital tools required to connect a wide diversity of equipment and applications to improve the flow of data throughout the laboratory. With the open platform design, labs can build digital workflows that incorporate multiple devices and allow for automated and manual steps. It is absolutely critical to have all components of the workflow incorporated into the digital footprint of the laboratory to automate processes and enable remote work.

The elimination of manual processes goes hand in hand with automation requirements to facilitate digital transformation within the laboratory. Each stage of your lab workflow that requires manual intervention, whether through the use of paper-based processes or arising from siloed technologies, represents a rate-limiting step in your operations. Laboratory notebooks are perhaps the last frontier of automation for the ‘old school’ scientific laboratory.

The workplace of today requires unique team dynamics, often working in remote settings. Readily accessible information for easy sharing with different members of the group can offer significant advantages foster collaboration. Labfolder is a next-generation ELN that replaces the conventional lab notebook and provides one continuous flow of information for each experiment.

The Labfolder platform allows for all data that is relevant to an experiment to be located in one place that is easily accessible and retrievable. The unified data structure documents and organizes all of the information associated with an experiment, to provide clean, accessible and workable data. Logical workflow guides can also be created to insure adherence to protocol in regulated environments or to guide new users.

Conclusion

Harnessing the power of technological advancements holds the key to creating a truly transformative environment of innovation. Digitization, automation and the elimination of data silos are principles underpinning any digital transformation effort, but can only be achieved through digital connectivity.

One of the most powerful advantages of end-to-end digital connectivity across your laboratory environment is the ability to work from any location, with global access to information from other sites, and monitor or impact research real-time remotely. Having the best-in-class digital solutions in place will support your successful digital transformation efforts to achieve and sustain this high level of operational efficiency. Labforward has created the operating system of the modern laboratory by connecting data, devices and researchers to enable the lab of the future.

Why it Matters for You

Digital connectivity across the laboratory ecosystem is essential for achieving a successful digital transformation. Creating bandwidth for the adoption of new technologies such as AI, ML and virtual reality is also essential in planning for the future state of your laboratory. When one considers the wide array of instrumentation and applications for the scientific laboratory, establishing seamless connectivity across the lab ecosystem requires a novel digital connectivity strategy.

  • The lack of a connected lab ecosystem creates siloed data and disparate systems that prevent automation, data accessibility and slow the progress of science.
  • Harnessing the power of technological advancements holds the key to creating a truly transformative environment of innovation, but can only be achieved through true digital connectivity.
  • Implementing the Laboperator platform in your laboratory solves the connectivity challenge, opening the door to a world of digital connectivity to create a seamless laboratory environment that connects all lab data to a centralized platform and allows for real-time and remote electronic data capture.
  • Replacing the traditional lab notebook with Labfolder will provide one comprehensive and continuous flow of information and data for each experiment that is readily accessible for easy sharing with teams to foster collaboration.

About Astrix

Astrix has been helping scientific organizations implement and integrate new informatics systems in the laboratory since 1995. Our experienced team of expert informatics consultants bring together technical, strategic, regulatory and content knowledge to provide the most effective solutions to problems faced by scientific organizations. Astrix partners with many of the industry leaders in the informatics space to offer state of the art solutions for all of your laboratory informatics needs. Our domain experts have helped hundreds of companies globally effectively navigate their digital transformation journey.

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