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Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) software helps laboratories manage and track samples, orchestrate workflows, as well as store and analyze all laboratory data.

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A cloud based lab operating system that runs on the Salesforce platform for commercial organizations in all industries. Learn more about Lockbox LIMS
Your lab doesn't exist in a silo, and neither should your LIMS. Lockbox is lab operating system built on the Salesforce platform for customer centric organizations. Lockbox is for companies that need an end-to-end solution from a customer portal all the way through results delivery. Lockbox goes 'Beyond the Bench' to provide everything a lab needs not just to manage the wet lab bench work, but everything that is needed from upstream sample collection and logistics to downstream results delivery. Learn more about Lockbox LIMS

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  • Certification of Analysis
Uncountable streamlines workflows by organizing & linking experimental inputs directly to measurement data, simplifying R&D management. Learn more about Uncountable
Uncountable is an all-in-one R&D platform that captures and structures all laboratory information and experiment data in a single centralized platform. Our cloud-based platform is fully integrated, combining all the features and functionality of a LIMS with ELN, robust visualization, reporting, and other Scientific Data systems. Our solution manages and links experimental inputs to data, simplifying complex R&D workflows. Enhance productivity & accelerate innovation with Uncountable. Learn more about Uncountable

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Agilent SLIMS combines the best of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). Learn more about Agilent SLIMS
Agilent SLIMS combines the best of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and of an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) to enable end-to-end solutions and manage all content and all context in the laboratory.  Agilent SLIMS integrates with simple and more complex instruments and supports workflows for Analytical, NGS, Biobanks and R&D labs. It is flexible and configurable, helping you increase your lab’s productivity. Learn more about Agilent SLIMS

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  • Certification of Analysis
CGM SCHUYLAB is an easy-to-use, icon-based LIS that interfaces with your instruments and offers billing and multi-language support. Learn more about CGM SCHUYLAB
Designed for medical labs and reference labs, CGM SCHUYLAB is a full-featured laboratory information system. CGM SCHUYLAB uses an intuitive, icon-based interface to connect to instruments, monitor QC, compile worksheets and daily logs, and print consolidated patient reports. CGM SCHUYLAB communicates with your EHR, PM, or HIS using the HL7 protocol. Direct Medicare/Medicaid billing, multi-language support, medical necessity checking, cytology, and microbiology available. Learn more about CGM SCHUYLAB

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The leading laboratory information system (LIS) for clinical labs including physician office, veterinary, hospital, and reference labs. Learn more about CGM LABDAQ
CGM LABDAQ is the leading laboratory information system (LIS) trusted by thousands of professionals every day. Built upon decades of experience, CGM LABDAQ can be found in virtually every clinical laboratory environment including reference labs, drug labs, physician office labs, clinics, and hospitals. Maximize efficiency and reimbursements. Developed and supported in the US, CGM LABDAQ stands apart for its connectivity, scalability, and its in-house support, services, and development teams. Learn more about CGM LABDAQ

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CellPort is the all-in-one lab management SaaS platform for cell culture, passaging, line development, characterization & manufacturing Learn more about CellPort Cell Culture Suite
CellPort is a comprehensive and innovative SaaS lab management platform that caters specifically to the needs of cell culture, passaging, line development, characterization, manufacturing, and banking.From managing cell cultures and passaging protocols to facilitating cell line development and characterization processes, CellPort provides a centralized hub for all aspects of cell-based research. Built on a foundation of scientific expertise and industry best practices, CellPort is continuously updated to include the latest advancements in lab technology and research methods. Our team of scientists is dedicated to ensuring that CellPort remains at the forefront of innovation, empowering researchers to stay ahead of the curve in their respective fields. With its comprehensive features, user-friendly interface, and commitment to excellence, CellPort is the ideal solution for laboratories seeking to optimize their operations, enhance collaboration, and drive scientific progress. Learn more about CellPort Cell Culture Suite

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  • Certification of Analysis
Labwise XD is a complete all-in-one laboratory system that unifies LIMS, ELN, QMS, and DMS on a single platform. Learn more about LabWise XD
Labwise XD is a digital lab operations solution that unifies lab environments and supports end-to-end business process management (BPM) to boost compliance and productivity. On a single cloud platform, this solution combines standard LIMS, ELN, QMS, DMS, data management, and analytics. This software platform connects easily with other corporate systems, instruments, and equipment, to manage laboratory, data, and procedural workflows in an all-inclusive digital lab solution. Learn more about LabWise XD

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eLabJournal is a fully customizable, secure, and compliant all-in-one ELN suitable for any life science R&D lab. Learn more about eLabJournal
eLabJournal is an all-in-one ELN that can be fully configured to the unique needs of your R&D laboratory. Efficiently document, organize, search, and archive your research, sample, and protocol data. eLabJournal is a secure and compliant software suitable for any lab. Start elevating your research with our free 30-day trial or schedule a live demo! Learn more about eLabJournal

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  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
Quartzy helps life sciences companies accelerate time to market and improve operational efficiency.
Quartzy empowers life sciences organizations to digitize the unique workflow of a lab, reducing time to market, and improving operational efficiency. Quartzys digital lab management system centralizes and simplifies requesting, approving, purchasing, and managing lab supply inventory, to make scientific discovery happen faster. Learn more about Quartzy

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One lab management platform that brings people, equipment and data together - no matter where they are.
Clustermarket is the world’s leading operating system for life-sciences laboratories. Our goal is to bring the management of research into the digital age, democratise access to expensive equipment and services and ultimately to enable life sciences innovators to get ideas to market faster than ever before. Our award-winning lab management software (previously known as Bookkit) and revolutionary marketplace helps labs to manage, connect and share resources. Learn more about Clustermarket

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Electronic lab notebook with top-rated customer support and features used at the FDA and USDA labs.
SciNote Electronic Lab Notebook is a cloud-based research data management platform with built-in inventory, compliance, & team management tools. With more than 100K users around the world, SciNote is also trusted by the FDA and USDA. Built with users in mind, SciNote offers a clear data structure (projects/experiments/tasks), visualized workflows, inventory management, compliance and collaboration features that will give you clarity of your research progress while reducing administrative burden in the lab. It's a flexible ELN that can adapt and grow with your unique needs. Learn more about SciNote

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Instrument Management
  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
Next-generation cloud-based lab management solution to streamline lab operations & business, helping you scale your ROI by up to 10x.
CrelioHealth is a cloud-based Laboratory Information Management System that streamlines lab operations & business using lab automation & integration. It works on multiple internet-ready devices to enable a better & connected user experience. CrelioHealth for Doctors Mobile App has real-time operational, finance, sample & report views to help you make quick decisions at your fingertips. CrelioHealth Provider & Patient Portal helps stakeholders to stay connected and manage orders & reports quickly Learn more about CrelioHealth For Diagnostics

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Certification of Analysis
A laboratory information system (LIS) that's comprehensive, flexible, and scalable. It increases productivity, revenue, and profit.
LigoLab Informatics Platform includes LIS modules for Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Laboratory, and Molecular Diagnostics, plus modules for laboratory Revenue Cycle Management, & Direct-to-Consumer, all residing on a single software infrastructure that connects every department and process, ensuring end-to-end data integrity and interoperability, while also eliminating compliance risk. The platform improves productivity and makes clinical labs and pathology groups more efficient and profitable. Learn more about LigoLab LIS & RCM Operating Platform

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
NovoPath 360 enables labs to grow and scale with ease offering the most comprehensive SaaS-LIS available.
NovoPath 360 is redefining laboratory information systems. Our SaaS-based platform enables anatomic and clinical pathology labs around the world to automate, track, simplify and complete complex cases from hemes to derm faster than ever before. We are raising the bar with one-of-a-kind capabilities helping labs accession, diagnose and generate fully customizable reports faster. Our clients are increasing case reviews, reducing operating costs and establishing customer loyalty. Learn more about NovoPath 360

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
For over 40 years, Psyche Systems has delivered a robust product portfolio of specialty Laboratory Information Software Systems
Psyche Systems suite of LIS software is the ideal middle ground between high priced legacy software and new to market cloud based systems that fill the LIS and LIMS landscape. Psyche Systems has been laser focused on two key philosophies. 1. Provide an exceptional customer experience with every interaction and 2. Provide each customer a tremendous value for their money. Those core values have helped Psych Systems thrive for more than 45 years with no end in sight. Automate your lab, your way. Learn more about WindoPath

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  • Certification of Analysis
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Easy scheduling and management for your lab equipment, services, and personnel.
Easy scheduling and management for your lab equipment, services, and personnel. Manage projects, inventory, and consumables, track user training records, generate invoices, etc. Set detailed user access rules, and access real-time activity reports to better understand availability and usage across your lab. Learn more about QReserve

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  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
All-in-one lab mgmt software with easy-to-use modules tailored for EHS, Researchers, & Lab Ops. More research time. Less admin hassle.
SciShield software was built by scientists, for scientists. We created a platform built specifically for the laboratory environment so EHS, Researchers, and Lab Operations can stop relying on generic solutions and focus on what matters most: safe science and their next discovery. Software to help you reduce risk, create safe environments, and automate administrative tasks. Our software includes service and support, with a white-glove approach to getting your lab up and running faster. Learn more about SciShield

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Instrument Management
  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
Dendi LIS is a modern cloud-native informatics platform built to future-proof clinical labs.
Dendi is a cloud-native LIS tailored for clinical labs aiming for sustainable growth. Featuring flexible workflows for high-complexity diagnostics, it includes a client portal, support for unlimited users and multiple sites, high-throughput automation, seamless instrument and EHR interfacing, billing solutions, real-time insurance eligibility verification, and an open API for extensive connectivity. Dendi is the leading LIS in implementation speed and customer satisfaction in the USA. Learn more about Dendi LIS

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
A SaaS, in the cloud LIMS with zero upfront cost for labs to digitize their operations, manage data, and meet compliance seamlessly.
CloudLIMS.com offers a SaaS, in the cloud LIMS, for biobanks, water, soil, oil, cannabis, food, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, and research labs. CloudLIMS helps labs manage data, automate workflows, and meet compliance such as ISO 17025, GLP, 21 CFR Part 11, HIPAA, CLIA, & ISBER Best Practices. CloudLIMS offers unlimited technical support, instrument integration, unlimited reporting templates, product upgrades, legacy data migration & data backups at no charge. Learn more about CloudLIMS

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  • Inventory Management Software
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reprua is an ERP tool that enables Japanese organizations to manage poisonous or hazardous substances in compliance with laws.
reprua is an ERP tool that Japanese organizations can exploit to manage poisonous or hazardous substances in compliance with laws and regulations. It supports direct integrations with existing in-house systems, allowing companies to achieve low-cost expansion. Managers can leverage the toolkit to automate time-consuming administrative tasks, improving workforce efficiency. The platform has inventory tracking functionalities that enable teams to gain insight into incoming and outgoing shipments. Warehouse managers can also use analysis tools to process data and visualize the results, enhancing resource management. Additionally, capacity control functions let ventures achieve optimal stock regulation strategies to drive seamless production. Learn more about reprua

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Certification of Analysis
Paperless automation solution for pharmaceutical laboratory workflow. Can integrate with your existing ERP.
CaliberLIMS ensures automation, quality, and compliance with built-in ELN, 20+ modules to pick from, and 100% regulatory compliance. The fully integrated LIMS system seamlessly integrates with CaliberBRM, CaliberQAMS, CaliberDMS and a wide product suite addressing the user's needs in a pharma laboratory. Learn more about Caliber LIMS

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Instrument Management
  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
CDD Vault is a drug discovery informatics platform with an intuitive web interface. Manage & analyze chemical data & biological assays.
CDD Vault is a comprehensive research informatics platform with an intuitive web interface. Multidisciplinary project teams can securely manage, analyze and collaborate on chemical data and biological assays. Capabilities include Bioassay Data Management, SAR Analysis, Entity Registration, Inventory Tracking, Graphing and Data Visualization, and Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN). As a hosted solution, CDD Vault is affordable, easy to implement, and backed by exceptional technical support. Learn more about CDD Vault

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
Sample Master automates laboratory & business operations, making users' daily work more efficient, more accurate, and overall easier.
Sample Master Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) leverages open architecture and comprehensive automation for laboratories of any size. Sample Master accelerates accurate reporting, multiplies productivity, increases operational efficiency, and provides unparalleled data security. Sample Master LIMS is Windows-compatible and boasts feature-rich components such as an intuitive user interface, integrated calculations, automated reporting and email alerts, Master Query and scheduling. Learn more about Sample Master

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
Unified, cloud-based productivity platform for scientists, managers, and executives at biotechnology R&D organizations.
Cutting-edge science deserves modern software. That's why we built Benchling, a modern cloud-based platform where scientists can design, share, and record experiments all in one place. The Benchling Life Sciences R&D Cloud replaces legacy ELN and LIMS offerings with seven integrated applications: Notebook, Molecular Biology, Registry, Inventory, Workflows, Studies, and Insight. The applications are natively unified from the ground up, resulting in a completely seamless user experience. Learn more about Benchling

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Certification of Analysis
A powerful laboratory information system (LIS) with integrated medical billing. The LIS for reference labs & physician office labs.
Prolis has harnessed over 20 years of laboratory knowledge to create our laboratory information system (LIS). Physicians and laboratory informaticians designed our system to enhance the clinical laboratory. As a cloud-hosted LIS, Prolis can be quickly deployed in your laboratory. Our LIS gives you insight into advanced laboratory data analytics, data integrity, connectivity with equipment, and powerful reporting. Learn more about Prolis

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  • Inventory Management Software
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  • Certification of Analysis

Laboratory Information Management System Software Buyers Guide

LIMS software makes it easier for modern laboratories across Canada to manage their records and general workflow. LIMS stands for laboratory information system, and it is a software solution intended to manage the entire journey a sample takes through a laboratory, enabling laboratory staff to effectively trace and track samples. LIMS software significantly reduces the risk of problems such as lost samples or incorrect labelling.

Some of the core features to be expected from LIMS solutions include sample tracking, which allows the progress of a sample to be tracked from arrival to results delivery. Also, expect to see a protocol execution feature that assists with the standardization of a laboratory's workflow, procedures and steps, minimizing the risk of human errors. In addition, LIMS software usually also includes a storage management feature that helps labs keep track of exactly where samples are stored or used throughout their laboratory lifecycle. LIMS software can keep detailed records, sometimes even down to the particular vial a sample is stored in, and this feature is crucial for busy laboratories that routinely work with large numbers of samples.

The ability of LIMS software to track samples throughout their lifecycle is an invaluable feature for busy labs because it allows employees to track and locate samples much quicker, and improves the overall productivity of the entire lab. It also minimizes the risk of errors significantly, which is especially important in laboratories that work with sensitive medical samples. Aside from this, LIMS systems also facilitate direct communication between labs and medical professionals or other institutions that request sample testing, which ensures that results are delivered promptly and effectively.

LIMS systems have a very specific application, unlike sales, marketing or customer support software, LIMS software is focused on the management of medical samples and their progress through a lab. However, some LIMS software solutions can be connected to, or integrated with, other business management systems such as accounting software. LIMS software is usually available in two distinct variants: the first is an on-premise solution installed and hosted locally on the lab's own IT infrastructure, and the second is a cloud-based system that is available via a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

Before making a decision on which LIMS software to use, Canadian businesses need to factor a few variables into the decision-making process. These considerations include, among others, the size of the laboratory, the number of users that require access to the system, whether or not remote access is required, and whether or not the LIMS software in question is compatible with other business systems that the laboratory may already be using. To be considered a LIMS software system, solutions generally enable labs to:

  • Track multiple samples as they are processed by the lab so that the progress and location of samples can always be determined with ease
  • Standardize different procedures and improve the workflow to minimize the risk of human error during the execution of tests and analysis
  • Manage where and how samples are stored in the laboratory environment so that workers can find relevant samples quickly when they need them

What is Laboratory Information Management System Software?

LIMS software in laboratory management software is designed to help laboratories across Canada manage the laboratory lifecycle of different samples. LIMS systems are designed to help laboratories effectively and efficiently manage their workloads and balance productivity with accuracy. Furthermore, LIMS systems can help laboratories reduce the chances of human error and the risk of problems such as sample swapping or incorrect labelling. LIMS systems also help laboratories to homogenize their activities, and some systems can even be connected with other business systems to enable the automated sharing of data between different business systems.

Modern laboratories can often be busy and under pressure to analyze samples quickly. LIMS software enables laboratories to track samples and view their progress throughout their laboratory lifecycle. In addition, LIMS systems also centralize data from different samples and different procedures into one easily accessible database so that it is easier and quicker to find information when needed. LIMS software can also be used to automatically share laboratory results with third parties, such as medical professionals. This eases communication between labs and their clients and can reduce waiting times significantly.

Many modern laboratories use LIMS to meet tight deadlines, perform their operations effectively, and reduce the risk of errors. By using LIMS software, laboratories can centralize data and share information with their partners easily and quickly. In addition to this, LIMS systems allow laboratories to standardize procedures and practices, which further contributes to the effective and professional running of the business.

What are the benefits of LIMS software?

The benefits of LIMS software for Canadian businesses are wide-ranging, and most of these centre around the idea of tracing the exact route a specific specimen takes through a laboratory. Some of the more specific advantages of using LIMS software in a modern laboratory include:

  • Sample tracking: Tracking samples from the time of their arrival to the end of their laboratory lifecycle is a critical feature in any LIMS system. It makes it possible for laboratory technicians to easily find samples when they need them while, at the same time, reducing the risk of losing samples.
  • Standardize operations and procedures: Standardizing protocols can be done easily with the help of a LIMS system. This is especially helpful in larger labs that deal with many different samples and tests daily. In addition, LIMS software can create standard operating procedures, which improves the overall quality and efficiency of the lab.
  • Manage sample storage: Storing samples in modern laboratories can be complicated, especially in labs that deal with a large volume of samples. LIMS software automates sample storage record keeping and allows technicians to determine the exact location of specific samples quickly and easily, which boosts productivity and reduces the risk of misplacing samples or confusing one sample with another.
  • Automatically share test results: Sharing test results with third parties, such as doctors or hospitals, can be done automatically with LIMS software. Automated result sharing makes it possible for labs to function more effectively and ensures that important test results are shared with partners or clients as soon as they become available. In addition, the ability to automatically share data ensures that a laboratory works as efficiently as possible and it keeps customers happy.
  • Search through a centralized database: Most LIMS systems have a centralized database that keeps detailed records of all the samples that a lab works with, and this database can be searched for information when needed. Having access to a centralized database further improves efficiency and makes it possible to easily share data with other business applications, such as accounting systems. In addition, centralized data storage is particularly helpful when labs are involved in medical studies or clinical trials because both historical and current information can be found easily.
  • Manage inventory: Managing inventory is a critical part of the day-to-day operations of any lab. By using LIMS software to manage inventory and lab supplies, labs can be sure that this important business function is kept under tight control. Items such as reagents are critical to the effective operation of labs, so being able to track data such as serial numbers, lot numbers, and expiry dates from a central location makes inventory management much more effective.

What are the features of LIMS software?

The features of LIMS software tend to consist of core features and common features, both of which can usually be found in LIMS applications. However, aside from these features, LIMS applications can also have a range of optional features and can differ significantly from application to application. Here are some of the most common features of LIMS software:

  • Workflow management: Managing the workflow in a laboratory is a crucial aspect of the day-to-day operation of any lab. LIMS systems allow labs to manage their workflow more effectively by allowing samples to be tracked through each step of their laboratory lifecycle. This strategic function is important because it can greatly improve the efficacy and accuracy of any lab.
  • Inventory management: Keeping track of inventory such as reagents and consumables that are required to perform tests is another essential function in most laboratories. LIMS software enables labs to automate inventory management by keeping track of inventory levels and important information such as lot numbers, expiry dates, and supplier information.
  • Instrument management: Keeping instruments in good working order ensures that a laboratory and its test results are accurate and reliable. However, larger labs often have a vast array of different instruments and manually keeping track of their status is not an easy task. LIMS systems can automate this task and inform lab technicians when a specific instrument is due for servicing, calibration, or if a fault is detected.
  • Automated data sharing: Sharing test results and other information with clients automatically ensures that important test results are delivered as soon as they are ready. In addition, automated data sharing also reduces the administrative workload in laboratories and improves the efficiency of the laboratory, which can lead to an improved reputation and better business results.
  • Compliance tracking: Ensuring that all the procedures a lab follows are compliant and by industry standards is essential. Labs often perform sensitive tests, and not being compliant with specific regulations can lead to test results being invalidated. LIMS software can help laboratories track each step of a specific procedure to ensure that tests are performed in full compliance with the relevant standards.
  • Certification of analysis: Certifying test results is often a requirement for test results to be considered valid. Many LIMS applications can electronically certify test results by appending a digital certification to the results. Certified results usually carry more weight than uncertified results, and customers may often decide to do business with a laboratory that can deliver certified results, which is why this feature is important.

What should be considered when purchasing LIMS software?

When purchasing LIMS software, it is crucial to consider several important factors. There are several LIMS applications on the market, and not all of them are created equally. While almost all the different LIMS applications have more or less similar core features, there are differences between the systems concerning their optional features. Some of the most important considerations that should be taken into account are outlined below:

  • What are the key features of the LIMS solution? It is critical to take a close look at the core features that the LIMS solution in question provides. Factors like whether or not the solution covers all the needs that a specific lab might have are covered and whether or not the system is adaptable are important considerations. In addition, it is also important to evaluate the basic needs of a lab before deciding on a specific LIMS solution. In many cases, a solution might come with many optional extras that are not required and not useful. Furthermore, a balance must always be struck between the needs of a lab and the features that a solution provides.
  • What are the intended goals for the LIMS solution? Not all laboratories are created equally, and not all laboratories specialize in the same field. However, LIMS solutions can be used in any type of laboratory, whether the lab in question works with medical samples, product development, research, or quality control. As such, some LIMS solutions are designed for use in specific fields and prioritize features that apply to that field over others. Laboratories need to take a close look at the features that a specific LIMS solution offers and judge whether or not that solution will be able to meet the needs of the lab before making a purchase. Understanding exactly the intended goals for a LIMS solution makes it easier to find the right solution.
  • What are the costs related to the LIMS solution? LIMS solutions are generally available in two pricing models. The first is in the form of traditional on-premise solutions that require greater internal IT involvement and higher upfront costs. The other is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, which is cloud-based and offers the advantage of being quicker and less expensive to deploy. In terms of forecasting future upgrade costs, on-premise solutions are in the hands of internal departments. Furthermore, SaaS upgrade costs are set by the provider, so they are less able to be anticipated in the long term. The biggest factor in deciding which pricing model to opt for generally depends on the laboratory's upfront budget, but it is important to consider all potential future costs when making a choice. Basing the decision on the total cost of ownership of a specific solution gives the laboratory a better idea of exactly what they are signing up for before making a purchase.
  • Will the LIMS solution help the laboratory achieve its goals? Before choosing a specific LIMS solution, it is important to consider the business goals that a laboratory wishes to achieve. By understanding these goals clearly, they can make better decisions and more carefully evaluate whether or not the software solution in question will help them achieve these goals. Purchasing a system that doesn't fit the bill can lead to large and unnecessary expenses further down the road, in addition to causing potential business disruptions.
  • Does the LIMS solution need to allow for remote access? While laboratory work is usually done in person and at the laboratory's premises, it might be useful for employees to access data remotely. At the same time, laboratories often deal with highly sensitive information, and this information must be always stored securely. If remote access is required, it is important to look for a solution that places a particular emphasis on data security and uses industry-standard data encryption to secure data when it is being accessed remotely.
  • Is the LIMS solution suitable for the size of the laboratory? Not all laboratories are the same size, which means that not all laboratories require the same solution. For example, a small laboratory with only a few employees might not require the same functionality as a large multi-branch laboratory which processes many samples per day. Purchasing a system that is incorrectly sized for the needs of a specific laboratory can be a costly mistake, and it is best to avoid this by analyzing the current and potential future needs of a laboratory before investing in a system.
  • Does the LIMS solution meet data storage requirements? Laboratories often work with data that is very sensitive and personal, so must always consider legal requirements that relate to data storage. Various countries and jurisdictions have significantly tightened their approach to data leaks, and the protection of personal data and investing in a system that doesn't meet the relevant standards can prove very problematic.
  • Is the LIMS solution compatible with other business systems? Modern businesses often have several business systems, and in many cases, one system relies on data from another system to perform its function. When choosing a LIMS solution, it is always a good idea to look for a system that is capable of interacting with other pre-existing business systems. For example, the ability of a LIMS system to interact with ERP and CRM systems is an important factor to consider.
  • Can the LIMS system interact with existing laboratory equipment? Laboratories that have many different machines often rely on LIMS software to ensure that their equipment is maintained regularly. LIMS systems can often interact directly with equipment to obtain information on the current status and maintenance requirements of the machine. However, not all systems can interact with all machines, and it is important to take this into account when choosing a LIMS solution.

LIMS software trends are another important factor that must be taken into consideration when deciding on which LIMS solution to invest in. The most relevant trends in the field of LIMS are:

  • Better data management: Data is more critical today than ever before, and data management standards are constantly evolving and improving. This is especially important for the laboratory industry due to the amount of data that the average laboratory generates, handles, and stores. Smart data management is a key requirement for any LIMS solution.
  • Cybersecurity: Data is a valuable commodity, and cybercriminals are well aware of this. One of the most important trends in LIMS software is a bigger emphasis on cybersecurity and data protection. More and more software providers are switching to a SaaS pricing model, which also drives the quest for improved protection against cybercrimes such as hacking, phishing, and data mining.
  • Instrument maintenance: Laboratories rely on expensive and complicated instruments to perform tests, and the results are only as good as the maintenance of the instruments. For this reason, there is a growing demand amongst LIMS users for better instrument management functionality.
  • Pre-configured systems: Many laboratories perform complicated tests that must meet specific industry standards, and it is not always easy to keep up with the many regulatory changes that occur. Because of this, laboratories are looking toward pre-configured systems that are already updated with the latest regulatory changes. Increased reliance on artificial intelligence: Very few areas have been left untouched by artificial intelligence, and this technology is particularly useful in LIMS solutions. Laboratories are constantly looking for ways in which to improve efficiency and accuracy, and AI has been proving very useful in achieving this goal.

Sources

The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra's directory that offer them. The following sources were used for this document:

  1. LIMS Systems – Capterra Canada (Date Accessed: Monday, May 30, 2022)
  2. Google People Ask (Date Accessed: Monday, May 30, 2022)
  3. LIMS Trends – Solution 4 Labs (Date Accessed: Monday, May 30, 2022)