A LIMS for biotechnology can help control, manage, organize, and document information in the biotechnology field to help save time and money.
Benefits of LIMS
This system makes it easier to locate product information and the documentation needed to go along with it. Locating different product information is easier with the search functions. With the ability to automate more procedures, human error can be reduced and allow personnel to focus on other types of work that can provide a better cost benefit ratio.
LIMS is also designed to be linked to analytic equipment so, depending on the type and size of the system, different procedures can be done. Some of these procedures involve identifying samples, analyzing samples, defining analytic parameters, and setting up working tables.
Reducing the time it takes so a product can get to market is also important as development costs rise. LIMS software is useful for this in testing different samples to use resources in the most efficient way. When there are a lot of regular inspections going on, having a searchable electronic database with all the information can be invaluable. Having data all in one place makes it easier to extract the data and manage the process.
What Type of System to Choose
There are three different options for a company. It can use a program or in-house proprietary system that fulfills all local demands. A company can use a commercial product and modify it to fulfill the demands in a process known as customization. The last option is to buy a standard program that will cover most of the needs to the project, and this is known as a commercial off the shelf solution. Different factors can go into choosing a system. These factors include price, license price, updatability, staff training, ease of use, design, and implementation time. It’s also important to note what compliance regulations need to be met, as well as what type of electronic signatures and signatures will be used before selecting a system. Working with software that has traceability options can offer benefits to help comply with the documentation demands that regulations require. Traceability can be a key component in solving many technical challenges.
How LIMS Has Evolved
When LIMS was introduced, it served as way to keep all the completed and approved data in one place. Much of the data collection and calculation were being performed outside the LIMS, using a paper-based method. As regulatory and IT environments evolved, the role of LIMS evolved as well. Now LIMS can be used in every step of the process and these systems moving toward allowing biotechnology companies to be paperless. These LIMS for biotechnology systems can now interface with other systems, making the processes much smoother.