IDBS Blog | 27th June 2018

How Your LIMS Can Help Reduce the QC Burden in Bioanalysis

The quality of your bioanalytical process will determine the quality of your study and with the right solution, the entire process can flow with a seamless assurance.

As the primary impact on your study timeline occurs during the audit and review phase, isn’t it best to pick a solution that makes this simple, transparent and quick?

Most major bioanalysis laboratories use a LIMS for sample tracking within a study and to ensure tests are conducted in a consistent manner, however, a LIMS can leave a number of gaps that manual, paper-based processes are still required to fill.

This includes critical information associated with projects, studies and daily runs, which is not captured or tracked in the LIMS but is still essential to the completion of study reports – for example, analytical instrument setup, method validation documentation, sample QC and system calibration records.

Typically, this information resides in paper lab notebooks or study binders.

There is no arguing that laboratory informatics solutions such as LIMS, scientific data management systems (SDMS), electronic document management systems (EDMS), and instrument control software have significantly advanced the quality and quantity of bioanalytical data being generated. But could you be using your LIMS to do so much more?

Integrate your LIMS with new technology

Modern bioanalytical labs require a robust data management solution that improves workflow efficiency, simplifies the application landscape for the scientist and addresses the significant QC burden of each study.

By integrating your LIMS with other software, you can manage your operations and reduce your backlogs without having to deploy another standalone system.

E-WorkBook has a number of specific tools for integrating with LIMS that can help streamline and enforce synchronization. For instance, E-WorkBook can automatically synchronize with the hierarchy setup (and security model) so that users have a familiar workspace within their electronic study binder.

A record of the sample sequence, plate layout and instrument settings can also be extracted from your LIMS and presented as part of the daily run worksheet. Using the run ID, data can be retrieved without the need for manual file transfer or copy/paste functions. This can significantly reduce the QC burden and simplify the analyst’s day-today workflow. To maintain the integrity of the validated environment, E-WorkBook can be restricted to ‘read-only’ rights within the LIMS.

As data analysis for non-compartmental studies is often done in LIMS, the study result can be imported directly into E-WorkBook. In addition, users of E-WorkBook have the option to exchange information with third-party analysis tools and include output results in analysis reports. E-WorkBook includes a comprehensive statistical engine as well as extensive graphic capabilities, giving users the option to use this native functionality rather than third-party software, i.e. do the non-compartmental analysis directly in E-WorkBook.

Implementing a single platform

By implementing a single platform for comprehensive capture, storage and reporting of bioanalysis study data that integrates with existing laboratory infrastructure, you can begin adding value and dramatically reducing the QC burden in bioanalytical laboratories without compromising quality.

You could even cut your bioanalytical study time by over 55%. Want to know how? Check out our bioanalysis solution brief here.

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