Course Information
Course Title: LIMS and ELN: How to Select, Plan and Implement the Right Software Solutions for Your Laboratory
Categories: 1 - Life Sciences
2 - Management/Professional Development
3 - Data Management
4 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
5 - Laboratory Information and Management
Instructor(s): Kyle McDuffie, Geoff Turnbull Course Number: 65
Affiliation: CSols Inc
Course Date: 03/12/2012 - Monday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $455 ($655 after 2/13/12) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Modern laboratories utilize a plethora of software solutions to deliver the analytical results to their internal or external customers. Most analytical instruments have supporting software applications associated with them. In addition, laboratory workflow tools like LIMS, electronic notebooks (ELN) or scientific data management systems (SDMS) have been available for many years. Yet few laboratories or companies have an organized plan or concerted strategy to ensure that these tools are properly implemented or integrated with one another. As a result, many laboratories do not gain the efficiency, productivity, quality and cost benefits that they should. Many LIMS are not properly implemented and often instruments are not integrated. This course is designed to provide participants with a technical understanding of LIMS and ELN products, how to justify them, and how to implement in a cost effective manner. Tools will be provided to help participants evaluate solutions or approaches in their own laboratories. Pitfalls and success stories from real world case studies will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and current challenges in a workshop format and the key aspects of successful projects will be discussed.

Target Audience
The course is targeted for laboratory managers, chemists and biologists from all industries but will also be of interest to IT personnel.

Course Outline
The topics that will be discussed:
- Assessment of the LIMS and ELN products available on the market 
- The benefits of Laboratory Informatics
- Planning
- Selection and justification
- Implementation 
- Technical approaches to system integration
- Case Studies (Pitfalls and Successes)

Course Instructor's Biography
Kyle McDuffie is President of CSols, Inc., the premier Laboratory Informatics consultancy in North America. He has over 30 years experience in LIMS and laboratory automation, as well as an extensive background in computer software validation. Kyle worked in the petrochemical industry for 14 years in both QA/QC and R&D with Dow Chemical and has spent the last 16 years in consulting with pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical customers.