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What is LIMS and How is It Changing Testing Labs

What is LIMS and How is It Changing Testing Labs

Laboratory Information Management System, aka LIMS, was initially designed to help track samples as they move through different laboratories around the world. However, this software has developed into the ultimate data management system for testing labs over the years....
Digitization: Enabling Biobanks Navigate Through Regulatory Challenges

Digitization: Enabling Biobanks Navigate Through Regulatory Challenges

Over the past two decades, there has been an increased need for collecting, curating, storing, and distributing biological specimens to gain specific information into the genetic makeup of diseases . This has sparked the demand for biobanking. Genetic and biomedical...
A No is Always a Yes as well - Important for Successful Biobanking

A No is Always a Yes as well – Important for Successful Biobanking

Welcome back to my column. I look forward to your questions and comments at daniel@biobanking.com. Today it's about saying no to become successful. Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, is said to have once said: "The difference...

Virtual Biobanking Trends and Challenges in COVID-19 Pandemic Era

In the last three decades, biobanks have evolved significantly all over the globe and recognized as an increasingly important source of data for medical research since the late 1990s. Having developed from freezer farms to rich data repositories, biobanks...
Are You Just Seeking Approval Digging Deep into Biobanking Ethics

Are You Just Seeking Approval: Digging Deep into Biobanking Ethics

This is going to be a bit deep, but bear with me... Biobankers are interested in ethics. To manage our tissue collections we need either approval by an ‘Ethics Board’ or we operate as part of a regulatory system used...
Artificial Intelligence: The New Age of Biobanking

Artificial Intelligence: The New Age of Biobanking and Medical Research

Artificial intelligence (AI) is slowly but surely transforming the practice of medicine. Advancements in digital data collection, computing infrastructure, and machine learning have allowed artificial intelligence applications to spread into previously untapped domains. Today, the revolution in biobanks, biorepositories,...

Sample Management for the Biobanking Sector – an Interview with Neil Benn, Managing Director...

Nowadays, 2D barcode technology has been widely adopted in modern biobanking for better sample tracking and management. Ziath, one of our Gold sponsors, is the expert and world leader in this area, with a range of innovative products like...

Defining biobanks: To be or not to be…… what was the question?

“Is a biobank a facility or research project?” This was a question asked in an international biobanking community forum back in April 2021. Answers were equivocal with many respondents taking an each way bet saying ‘both’. But this is...

Disease-Specific Biobanks: How Can a LIMS Help in Data Management?

Biobanks have a fundamental role to play in ensuring successful outcomes in clinical research by providing quality biosamples. They host donations of biological materials such as cells, DNA, and tissues . They also handle data that is related to...

Why do Blood and Plasma Need Refrigeration?

Blood, plasma, and other blood components are utilised every day in clinical and research environments for a multitude of uses, from life-saving transfusions to important haematology tests. All samples used for these medical activities have in common that they...

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