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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The Laboratory Informatics sector has several applications categories:

LIMS: Laboratory Information Management System
A LIMS is a computer system for laboratory management. The LIMS enables laboratories to trace their activities such as analysis of samples, instruments used, inventory levels and users

ELN: Electronic Laboratory Notebook
ELNs are applications which allow observations, ideas, experiment protocols and test results to recorded.

SDMS: Scientific Data Management System
SDMS is an electronic archiving system that stores and manages all types of scientific data to a centralized database and can be integrated with a large number of applications.

ISA: Instrumentation Software Automation
Those are specific software to an environment and / or an area of laboratory activity such as chromatography data software and mass spectrometry software.

Currently in the laboratory computer system, each of these applications is independent and has its own functional scope. Interfaces are established to allow communication and exchange. Our unique AgiLab Science platform combines both ELN and LIMS technologies to deliver solutions that increase efficiency and quality in your laboratory.

Industry sectors targeted by our platform include: food and beverage, environment, chemical, petrochemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, manufacturing and energy.

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The AgiLab Science platform is perfectly suited to all companies from small start-ups and individual laboratories through to large global organizations.

Yes. From an intellectual property perspective, the use of an ELN has several advantages. It provides a more secure environment than paper because it can limit the access to data based on profiles. It also helps to create a written record of actions and all required traceability. The ELN integrates secure mechanisms such as time stamps and digital signatures on sensitive actions that cannot be changed. Consequently, it’s possible to prove the date of experiments. In addition, the electronic format helps avoid readability problems which you would sometimes see with scanned documents or handwriting.

    For the license mode, there are two possible choices:
    1. A floating license (calculated from the number of users connected simultaneously)
    2. A company license (unlimited number of users connected)

Monthly or annual subscription to the application.

AgiLab for mobile devices, tablets and pc-hybrids

Yes. The AgiLab Science platform works on tablets and PC hybrids equipped with a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. It is also possible to develop mobile applications with specific functionality.

A LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) is an information system whose main function is to manage samples from receipt in the laboratory to the publication of an analysis report.

Users can enter all information regarding sample analysis such as sample number, batch used, date, time, place of sampling, person who made the analysis into the LIMS, allowing complete sample traceability. Data can be entered manually or be imported from different measurement equipment. The LIMS also provides complete results reporting and integrates with other systems such as ELN and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

The LIMS also provides control and laboratory data management system, allowing information sharing between project teams and users such as engineers, technicians, operators and customers.

The implementation of a LIMS in an analytical laboratory has many benefits for effectively managing samples and their associated data to increase productivity. Some of these include:

  1. Improved traceability: LIMS keeps track of all resources used in the laboratory such as users, instruments, samples and reagents. It also provides multiple security levels and a data audit trail traceability and compliance with regulatory requirements like FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and ISO 17025.
  2. Improved sample management: LIMS allows you to trace all the elements for identifying your samples including date of receipt, date of sampling, batch number and barcode identification.
  3. Improved productivity: manual or automatic import of results from instruments helps speed up data capture, increases data reliability and reduces transcription and copying errors. Instruments generate large volumes of raw data which originally led to the first generation of LIMS applications.
  4. Easy access to data: the integrated search functions allow users to find information more quickly.

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems are collaborative software that allow better project management across the main company departments such as purchasing, accounting, production and logistics. ERP integrates management of resources (human and material), various project management tasks and deadlines. They typically use a single common database that allows standardization of data from users in different departments.

LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) is a scientific collaborative tool that traces everything that happens in the laboratory from sample reception to the production of an analytical report, providing the management of data quality in the laboratory. Therefore, LIMS is a specific tool in the field of laboratory while ERP is a tool developed for company administrative functions.

LIMS and ERP systems can be integrated to make a link between the administration functions and the laboratory. This increases the flow of data between departments and can promote better collaboration.

In the medical biology field, normally people talk about LIS (Laboratory Information System) to mean medical laboratory quality systems.

LIS and the LIMS are often confused because of their very similar names, however they offer different features. Indeed, they do not meet the same regulatory standards and they differ in the workflow structure. The analysis reports generated by LIMS are intended for industrial customers or the laboratory itself while the results of reports generated by LIS are for doctors who treat their patients.

The table below shows the main differences between LIS and LIMS:

LIMS LIS
Data type processed Data related to complex sample batches Data related to patients
End users Quality control, analysis and research laboratories Doctors
Standards BPF, ISO 17025, FDA 21CFR Part 11 ISO 15189, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

Yes. Quality control testing after the development of a product, can involve the implementation of an electronic laboratory notebook and a LIMS. Our AgiLab Science platform provides a single integrated platform containing both LIMS and ELN technologies for managing all R&D data.

Yes. AgiLIMS® provides a number of standard features to ensure compliance with the key aspects of ISO 17025:

  • Staff management: monitoring of staff data such as date, name, roles and assignments.
  • Authorization management: traceability of historical formulations, clearance and seizure analysis and manipulation of measuring instruments for each staff member
  • Reagents and consumables management: tracking information such as registration expiration dates, quantities, quality certificates, safety phrases and storage
  • Instruments monitoring and measuring devices: including life sheet traceability and metrological monitoring
  • Planning: operation planning of metrological monitoring
  • Document management: including archiving and document version tracking
  • Location management: managing storage locations in a hierarchical view, sample library and storage of consumables
  • Security and electronic signature: electronic signature and patterns associated to important actions
  • Data audit: full audit trail of changes to the analysis results.

AgiLIMS® can manage the traceability of all tasks from receipt of the sample to the publication of results for quality control laboratories while meeting the regulatory requirements of ISO 17025. In addition, AgiLIMS® is also fully compliant with other regulations and standards such as 21 CFR Part 11 FDA (Food Drug Administration) and GLP.

An ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebook) is the electronic version of a paper laboratory notebook. It frees up more scientist time to conduct experiments by reducing the workload related to written reports and improves experimental planning. The ELN will keep track of performed experiments, experimental data and provide better data review and analysis with real-time access. ELNs can be searched and data shared more quickly, promoting collaboration among scientists in research and development.
Have a look at our study on electronic laboratory notebooks.

The AgiLab Science platform provides a single ELN technology which can be used across any area within R&D. In addition, we have configured specialized applications for Biology (ELN BioLab), Chemistry (ELN ChemLab) and Formulations (ELN FormuLab) which incorporate business specific functionality which can be used independently or together as needed, providing researchers the ability to manage and track their daily work, in a personal and shareable space.

ELN BioLab: electronic laboratory notebook for biology
ELN BioLab is an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) for biology, helping biologists to manage, monitor and share experimental data daily with collaborators. ELN BioLab supports the full diversity of experiments performed in biological R&D laboratories including configurable plate management for in-vitro experiments and optimized management of treatment groups for in vivo studies with an optimized management of the treatment groups. ELN BioLab is the first web 2.0 collaborative application for the centralization of electronic notebooks and the management of biological knowledge.

ELN ChemLab: electronic laboratory notebook for chemistry
ELN ChemLab is an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) for chemistry, helping chemists to manage, monitor and share chemistry experiments, performed reactions, synthesized molecules and the batches produced and used with colleagues. ELN ChemLab can calculate in-silico physical chemistry properties of synthesized products. All reactions, products and raw materials are stored in a shared database which can be searched and retrieved with the associated chemical data. ELN ChemLab is the first web 2.0 collaborative application for chemical knowledge management.

ELN FormuLab: electronic laboratory notebook for formulation
ELN FormuLab is an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) for formulations, providing formulators with a new perspective for the daily management and monitoring of their formulation activity. Formulators can manage, monitor and share creation of new mixtures, the recording of mixture assays and description of processes with colleagues in a fully compliant, secure, regulated environment. ELN FormuLab provides a fully integrated system for formulation management and analytical test results of raw materials and mixtures. In addition to centralization of formulation data, ELN FormuLab provides a wide range of data analysis tools such as historical tracking, dashboards, graphs, calculations and audit trails.