Labii electronic lab notebook (ELN) and laboratory information management system (LIMS)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Labii ELN Is Now Completely Table Friendly

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Hello Research Aficionados!

Well, you have asked, and we have listened. Per numerous requests, Labii’s ELN is now completely Table-friendly!

Now you can copy and paste tables from Excel, Google Sheets, the internet, pretty much anywhere, into your ELN. These tables do more than enhance aesthetics and organization, we have also implemented Functions, meaning all the calculations you’d use a calculator for can be done in a table. Tired of writing down your dilutions and what to automated the calculations? Labii’s Tables does that. Running statistical analysis on your data? Labii’s Tables can do it. Labii’s Table Functions means you’ll never need a calculator in lab and you never have to worry about keeping track of your numbers, we’ll do it for you.

Explore the tables for yourself and see the power they have in simplifying your workflow. We are always debugging, enhancing, tweaking, and developing so please provide any recommendations and especially, with your requirements.

As always, if you ever have any questions about us, our products, or just want to chat, feel free to call or email anytime.

Corbin Chase

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Advice For Those Who Are Beginning The SBIR Grant Proposal Process

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Hello research optimizers!

After about six weeks of work, we have finally completed our first NSF SBIR Grant Proposal. The process was....fairly arduous. I have much more respect for those who decide to write grants as their full-time job; it's not easy. We spent almost every day working on the proposal either discussing, writing furiously, registering, or talking with customer support.
Some advice for those who are beginning the grant proposal process:
  1. Start early. Start really early. Begin registrations ( Grants.govFastlane.nsf.goviUpdate .etc) (side note, is the most finicky website I have ever been to. Logged me out all the time (even 1 minute after logging in) and was often down due to "maintenance" (more like negligence)) a month in advance. Also, start drafting as soon as possible; you'll need to, write, rewrite, write again, and re-re-rewrite, but each iteration gets better and helps narrow your focus.
  2. Focus on the Technical Discussion and R&D plan. This is the most technical and likely difficult part of the proposal.
  3. Register for a workshop to help. We are participating in QB3's Startup In a Box program and received a great rate on our NSF SBIR Workshop; the QB3 staff is awesome!
I would encourage everyone to go through the proposal process. If not anything else, you're forced to think about everything you've already done and everything you will do for the next 5 years - we had some wonderful epiphanies during our proposal journey. If you have any specific questions regarding the process, feel free to reach out. I'd love to save someone from a government-prescribed headache.

Corbin Chase