The life science industry has many domains, but a laboratory information management system (LIMS) seeks to meet the needs of research labs, diagnostic labs, next-generation sequencing (NGS) labs, and biobanks. The specific needs of each field are slightly different, but they often require a blend of similar important attributes from any software they use. Currently, many labs use spreadsheets and paper to keep records, but innovation is trending toward digitalization. This prevents or mitigates human error across the board, allows for more automation, and introduces creative approaches to reducing the user's manual workload. Labs in particular often suffer from storage costs associated with tracking, managing, and analyzing immense amounts of data, producing meaningful reports, and getting a return on their investment. This must all occur within the confines of tools that don't overwhelm their budget and provide a means to maintain reliable quality standards equal to industry requirements.
This is where GenohmĄ¯s SLIMS comes in, with the primary goal of being an easy-to-use platform that provides flexible features that can be quickly optimized for any lab's needs. SLIMS offers location and sample management to define the lab's sample types and where they are at any given time. It facilitates workflow management, where the lab's workflow can be assembled to track the treatment of every sample. It also provides an electronic lab notebook to take notes and record SOPs alongside workflow progress. Additional features involve defining tests, managing sample and ingredient orders, processing quality controls, and many others. These can be designed in the context of the system or through APIs to interface with other software. The APIs allow SLIMS to integrate with any piece of a labĄ¯s equipment, making it an affordable all-in-one option in a world that needs a LIMS to keep up with the industry demand. The SLIMS store and SLIMS cloud allow configurations to be shared so a lab can be quickly made operational.
The idea behind SLIMS was conceived by two bioinformaticians in Ghent, Belgium , who grew frustrated over an industry need that they realized wasn't being met. They followed the old adage: "If you don't like it, make your own," and they created something that is much more than a database. Since its founding, Genohm expanded to Lausanne, Switzerland, and Durham, North Carolina, USA. SLIMS is the flagship product of a team that is genuinely invested in the future of genomics, technical advancement of the space, and creative approaches to solutions that their customers face.
Agilent acquired Genohm in May 2018. We are excited to bring GenohmĄ¯s solutions and expertise into our informatics solutions portfolio and family. SLIMS will provide Agilent with an adaptable, scalable tool kit and a new ELN solution, as well as over 40 talented people. Combining the Genohm team with Agilent, its insights from a long-standing industry team of specialists and its support infrastructure will make SLIMS the solution that every lab deserves.
SLIMS is currently available through Genohm. Visit their website for more information and to get a demo. As the integration of Genohm into Agilent progresses, we will keep customers informed. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to reach out to the Genohm team if they have any questions.
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Genohm, founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2011, is the creator of SLIMS, an easy-to-use, adaptable laboratory information management system. Features include location and sample management, workflow management, electronic lab notebook, test definition, order and QC process management, and QC, among many others. To learn more or get a SLIMS demo