Nobody’s Perfect, but Data Should Be: Maintaining Data Accuracy

By: Steve Ferrell, Chief Compliance Officer Whether you believe we are the descendants of ancient primates, the children of God or – as I do – the subservient vassals of Gozer the Gozarian, we are all human and we are all imperfect. As with anything

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What Art and Science Have in Common: Only the Original Counts

By: Steve Ferrell, Chief Compliance Officer When modern GMPs were first developed in the 1970’s, few peripheral industries benefited more than the manufacturers of blue pens. Our younger readers may already be lost at this point, so for their benefit I’ll explain: most early photocopiers

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Because You Needed it Done Yesterday: Keeping Data Contemporaneous

By: Steve Ferrell, Chief Compliance Officer Time in the lab is a resource as precious as any instrument, test, or person. Many a fine lab technician has felt the need to find more; to time travel in a sense by recasting or fitting results into

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Why the Pen is Not Always Mightier: Legibility in Laboratory Data

By: Steve Ferrell, Chief Compliance Officer Have you ever been told you ‘write like a doctor’? If you have, odds are it wasn’t a compliment recognizing your superior cursive or your masterful ability to spell ‘acetaminophen’ without a spell check. It’s much more likely to

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An Admin by Any Other Name: Making Lab Data Attributable

By: Steve Ferrell, Chief Compliance Officer “My name is Connor, here’s my letters: C-O-N-N-O-R!” To my four-year-old, attribution is fundamental to his daily interactions. He is often surprised and bemused when he meets other Connors and even more so when they spell their name with

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Addressing Data Integrity in the Age of Sticky Notes

By: Steve Ferrell, Chief Compliance Officer In 1992, I entered my first lab: a land of Bunsen burners, pipettes, test tubes and a kaleidoscopic selection of oddly colored sample jars. Within 20 minutes, my lab partner and I had spilled 4 molar hydrofluoric acid into

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Avoiding Bad Lab Software: A 3-Step Guide

Effective software evaluation is a vital skill needed to achieve success in your lab and career in the life sciences. Here’s how to do it: 1. Know your requirements Clear and detailed software requirements are very important, but also difficult to create. With clear documentation,

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CEO Blog: Leaders in Lab Software

by Tom Dolan, Chief Executive Officer, RURO Incorporated March 15, 2018  My wife and others in her field work to put Hashimoto’s and other ailments into remission. Let’s imagine that I have started my own lab to support their growing demand for testing. Ready? I

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Big Pharma = Big Data: Challenges and Solutions

Large pharmaceutical companies face numerous data management obstacles. This is, in part, due to the large scope of data that requires proper data entry, storage, access, curation, and reporting. Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are a common and appropriate solution. However, many Big Pharma companies

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Six Problems Your Toxicology Lab May Be Facing (And How to Solve Them)

Often, the most challenging part of running a clinical toxicology lab has nothing to do with testing itself. Between daily operations, client management, changing reimbursements, and the constant threat of inspection, many toxicology labs are finding the logistics of day-to-day lab management difficult to keep up with. Though a

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