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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Here Is Why You Should Never Use Open Source Electronic Lab Notebook

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Scientists love open source. They write the code, publish it, and allow anyone from the world to contribute. As such, a free and open source Electronic Lab Notebook - sciNote emerged and quickly gained popularity because it was free and easy to access. Open source works everywhere but not with electronic lab notebook.

You should NEVER use open source Electronic Lab Notebook 1) if you highly value your research results and intellectual property; 2) if you are concerned with the security of your data. Electronic Lab Notebook to scientists is like the steel safe to bankers, they both store the most valuable items. If you were the banker, will you feel comfortable knowing that your steel safe is open source, with anyone being able to access the design of the lock? No, never. It is the same with scientists, it is not safe to store your valuable data in an open source electronic lab notebook.

Unfortunately, open-source can never co-exist with security. Hackers can pore over the code, looking for security loopholes that allow them to take control of your data by exploiting any platform or script weaknesses. This is a frightening and inevitable scenario that could easily happen to you. The cost is too great and could severely compromise the integrity of your work especially if you are part of a large pharmaceutical company. The thought of losing your secrets to the hands of your competitors can severely injure your credibility, not to mention have a severely negative impact on your company financially.

Labii ELN & LIMS places the security of your data first and foremost. Our source code is only available to our employees with its distribution highly controlled and monitored. We do not disclose our design algorithm to any third parties (Unless partners with a contractor).

For the best of reasons and for your own safety, you should NEVER use open source Electronic Lab Notebook.

Draft by Yonggan Wu

Proofread by Matthew Manalac

Friday, May 5, 2017

Increate Competitive Advantage In Biotech With Labii Electronic Lab Notebook

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Electronic lab notebook, also known as ELN, is not as popular as it supposed to be. On one hand, most available ELNs in the market suck. Literally, they are sucks. They are using technology from 10 years ago and are basically a rich-text editor plus a file manager. They add zero value to current scientific research. On the other hand, the scientists/researchers are not adventurers, they are unwilling to change the way they are doing in document research.

The electronic lab notebook is critical for biotech and pharmaceutical companies, especially in increasing competitive advantages. Giving two companies started at the same time and working in the similar area, with the same size and research ability, one company documents everything with an ELN and LIMS, the other goes with traditional paper lab notebook. What would happen to them after one year? The result is obvious: science is all about data. The company goes with ELN will have all experiment details documented, the data can be further used for statistical analysis and can suggest better solutions for new discoveries. On the other side, the company using the paper lab notebook, might be still struggling in searching a result they create months ago or figuring out the handwriting of other scientists. There is no way for the company with all data in the paper notebook to have deep insight. Technology brings progress and breakthrough. Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the earth, but he can never beat a running car.

What kind of electronic lab notebook is the "running car"? After interviewing hundreds of biotech companies and academic labs. I believe such electronic lab notebook should eliminate the time in documenting, able to manage the research data and further, interpret the research data. Labii ELN & LIMS is an electronic lab notebook designed in such way. Labii ELN & LIMS has recently integrated metadata syntax and enabled data documenting and key variable extractions at the same time. Labii is now leading the way in the electronic lab notebook and aiming to bring competitive advantage to your company.

By Yonggan Wu