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5/11/2017 Data Migration to LabVantage 8 at a Clinical Research Biobank

A Clinical Research Biobank reached out to CSols for help to migrate their data from caTissue, MS Sharepoint, paper, and MS Excel to LabVantage 8. Their current process was very inefficient, allowing only one study to be migrated at a time which took months to complete.  Their resources were overworked and less productive and the slow data migration process was severely adversely affecting the adoption of their new Enterprise LabVantage LIMS.

CSols was brought in to develop a streamline, standardized migration process by creating templates for data retrieval, extraction, and transformation, as well as creating a new, standardized, multi-use LabVantage import function. This work made the migrations quicker and repeatable. Migrating all the biobank data into LabVantage 8 has reduced IT support costs (only one system is now used), while increasing the accuracy and completeness of their biobank samples and information.


4/19/2017 CSols to help a Pharmaceutical Company Plan for and Select a LIMS

A Pharmaceutical Company specializing in Personal Medicine is currently leveraging many different systems to support its operations. They are looking to streamline their laboratory operations by implementing a new Laboratory Informatics Management System (LIMS). The client recognized CSols, Inc. as the premier laboratory informatics consultancy with specific expertise in strategic planning and selected them to assist them with optimizing their current lab informatics landscape, determining what gaps need to be filled, and properly selecting needed systems. This will be accomplished by utilizing CSols’ proven methodologies and knowledge of best practices to develop a detailed informatics path forward and any new informatics solutions required.


2/13/2017 CSols helps implement LabVantage LIMS at a Medical Device Company

A Medical Devices company is planning to design, implement, and deploy a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) solution to support its manufacturing plants. They determined that specialized consulting resources with LIMS business analysis, LabVantage LIMS and medical device laboratory expertise and experience were required in order to maximize project success. CSols LIMS Consultants, with all the requisite skills and experience, were engaged by the company to facilitate this LabVantage LIMS project. LabVantage LIMS Manufacturing Lot, Raw Materials, Environmental Monitoring, and Stability modules, in addition to standard LabVantage LIMS functionality, shall be included in the implementation.


11/28/2016 Guest Presenter at the Laboratory Informatics Summit

Laboratory Informatics Summit AgendaRecognized as a leader in Laboratory Informatics, CSols was approached to speak at the 13th Laboratory Informatics Summit on December 5th.  A distinguished CSols Services Manager will give a presentation on “Is Pharma Ready for Cloud? Concerns on the Cloud—Unveiling the Benefits and Determining Where and When to Use This Technology in R&D Labs.” This conference will also host comprehensive and ongoing discussions regarding integration, collaboration, analyzation, quantification, and a slew of other topics addressing the driving issues of laboratory informatics.


10/5/2016 Speaker at SLAS about Multiple Research Platforms: One Single Data Sharing Portal

The SLAS2017 conference on Feb 6-8th in Washington, DC is about life sciences discovery and technology and will provide attendees the latest research, peer perspective, and tools needed to stay ahead of the curve.  Recognizing an opportunity to contribute to the education of the attendees, CSols submitted a podium presentation abstract on “Multiple Research Platforms: One Single Data Sharing Portal”. It is with great excitement to announce that the abstract has been accepted!  Please join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the “Informatics of Drug Design and Compound Life Cycle Management” session.

CSols will also be on the tradeshow exhibit floor, Booth #449.  Swing by to chat about adding an Electronic Laboratory Notebook to your daily operations in the Lab or how to get the most out of an ELN you already have.

Check our Presentations webpage for the slides after the show.


9/19/2016 CSols is Moving to a New Location

After 10 years of continuous growth at its current headquarters location, CSols, Inc. has made the decision to relocate their offices to a larger space.  CSols has been expanding at a planned, steady rate and the current working space can no longer meet its needs.  Our growth and success is due to the hard work of all the CSols employees and the new, larger accommodations are welcomed by all.

The new CSols Address is: 750 Prides Crossing, Suite 305, Newark, DE 19713


09/12/16 CSols is named a Delaware Top Workplace for 3rd Year in a Row

CSols selected as a Top Workplace 2016CSols has been selected as a 2016 Top Workplace winner by the Delaware News Journal, placing 7th in the Small Business category.  This is a great achievement. We accomplished this as we continue to expand our business and still:

  • deliver excellent service to our customers;
  • nurture a healthy and meaningful work environment; and
  • invest a portion of our profits towards creating a better world.

This award was bestowed by The News Journal Media Group in conjunction with WorkplaceDynamics.  Over ninety companies representing 31,000 employees took part in the workplace survey.  Participation is voluntary by both employees and management. Areas which are measured include: growth, opportunities, employee appreciation, management support, company values, ethics and organizational health topics.  This is the third year in a row that CSols has been selected as a Top Workplace—a true testament that CSols is committed to excellence, teamwork, customer satisfaction, and sustainability.

As quoted from the President of CSols, Kyle McDuffie, “I extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all of the exceptional employees who made this possible. I’m excited about our future as we continue to execute our company’s vision together.” [ view the quote ]


7/2/2016 CSols, Inc. Celebrates 15 Years in Business

CSols 15 Year Anniversary LogoCSols Inc. celebrates our 15th anniversary as one the nation’s most trusted Laboratory Informatics Services Providers. We have been given much, as our 15 year history attests! CSols is passionate about staying ahead of the Informatics Market in anticipation of developing a portfolio of the types of services you might require and about hiring the high caliber staff necessary to deliver them. In return, we have been blessed with loyal clients, partners, and employees, all of whom which, we would not be the successful company we are today. As a result, we are thankful that our success has enabled us to allocate a growing percentage of our yearly profit to those less fortunate in our world. CSols seriously thanks you all and are excited about our future together.


3/10/16 CSols awarded Favorite Speaker at Pittcon 2016

CSols Best Speaker Pittcon

CSols, Inc. seeks to maintain a strong presence each year at Pittcon by teaching several Short Courses, presenting multiple Technical Talks, and moderating a few Conferee Networking Sessions. Our goal is to enable attendees to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experience our consultants have accumulated over the years. The topics and courses we present are Laboratory Informatics based and are always highly attended and well received. Speaking and teaching at Pittcon is something our consultants really enjoy, so we were very excited to hear that CSols had won the honor of being named Favorite Speaker! We appreciate the opportunity to help others in the Laboratory Informatics community get closer to achieving their goals in the Laboratory and will continue to present and teach at Pittcon for years to come.


2/17/16 CSols Presents on Laboratory Informatics Panel at SmartLab Exchange

CSols will be attending SmartLab Exchange in Coronado, CA for a 2-Day Laboratory Informatics Event on Feb 22, 2016. This is a unique conference that provides exclusive connection opportunities through networking, one-on-one business meetings with potential partners, contractors and suppliers, as well as strategic information sharing sessions.  Join us at the Innovation Panel Discussion Session where we’ll be sharing our thoughts and expertise regarding Laboratory Informatics projects.


1/18/2016 A Water Testing Laboratory undergoes Strategic Planning and Selection for a new LIMS

A California based Water Testing Laboratory is looking to replace their legacy LIMS with a product that aligns better with their current business requirements and reduces their overall ongoing support efforts. CSols was contracted due to our unique combination of domain expertise, extensive experience with laboratory informatics solutions, and strategic planning services. We will leverage our proven Strategic Assessment and Selection process to help the client find the LIMS solution that best aligns with their requirements and business objectives.


11/9/15 Pharmaceutical Company contracts CSols for Empower 3 Validation

A specialty pharmaceutical company is in process of upgrading their Waters Empower 1 CDS to Empower 3. For this project, the client required a Software Validation Consultant to review the current validation lifecycle documentation for Empower 1 and provide guidance for the upgrade. CSols was chosen for their Domain and Regulatory expertise, as well as their deep experience working with Waters Empower. CSols will be supporting the validation activities by creating a Validation Assessment Report to identify the existing gaps in the Empower 1 validation and identify corrective actions required to validate Empower 3, based on industry best practices and GAMP 5 guidelines for a configurable system.


10/5/15 Pittcon 2016 Short Courses and the Benefits of attending

Pittcon Short Course registration is now open and attendees can reserve their seat for the 2016 conference. CSols is proud to announce their 7 Short Courses that center around the Laboratory Informatics industry. Pittcon is the perfect opportunity to gain training on many topics surrounding the LIMS & ELN community that you wouldn’t otherwise have access too.  Check out the list of Short Courses below:

  1. Automating the Lab: LEAN Lab Operations and Integrated Lab Informatics Systems
  2. LIMS and ELN: How to Select, Plan, and Implement the Right Software Solutions for Your Lab
  3. Laboratory Workflow Reengineering for a LIMS or ELN Implementation
  4. Computer Systems Validation (CSV) Script Writing Workshop
  5. Laboratory Renovation for Safety, Efficiency, and User Experience Improvement
  6. Delivering a Successful Laboratory Informatics Project
  7. Preparing your Lab for Unexpected Downtime: Disaster Planning for your LIMS, CDS, and Supporting Infrastructure

While you’re at Pittcon, make sure to pop into to our 4 Technical Presentations and 3 Conferee Networking Sessions. They are all free to Pittcon attendees and do not require registration. And if you need a little help convincing your boss to let you attend Pittcon, have them read these Benefits we’ve compiled.  See you in March 2016!


9/16/15 BBB Delaware Recognizes CSols, Inc. for 5 years at A+ Rating

BBB of Delaware 5 Year CSolsCSols, Inc. was first contacted by the Better Business Bureau of Delaware in the Fall of 2010 as a candidate to join their organization. The BBB is a non-profit organization that serves as an intermediary between consumers and businesses. CSols was up for consideration to be an accredited businesses, with our pledge and continue adherence to the BBB Code of Business Practices and Standards for Trust. The eight BBB Standards for Trust are: Build Trust (“maintain a positive track record in the marketplace”), Advertise Honestly, Tell the Truth, Be Transparent, Honor Promises, Be Responsive (address marketplace disputes), Safeguard Privacy (protect consumer data) and Embody Integrity. Having followed their guidelines, CSols is celebrating our 5th Year at an A+ Rating.


8/30/15 CSols, Inc. is named a Top Business in Delaware

Top WorkplacesFor the second year in a row, CSols, Inc. has been awarded one of the Top Workplaces in the Small Businesses category for 2015 in Delaware.  We are honored to receive this award and would like to say a special “Thank You” to our employees because they are the ones who continue to Deliver Excellence each day. Our mission is to conduct relationships with one another, clients, and partners with integrity, quality and high value – and our employees do this day in and day out.  We are successful because of them, so Thank you to all the CSols, Inc. employees!


6/8/15 GenoLogics Clarity LIMS Upgrade and Validation at a Biotechnology

A Biotechnology company wanted to take advantage of several new capabilities and features offered in the latest version of Clarity LIMS so they decided to upgrade their legacy GenoLogics LIMS.

Through industry reputation and a recommendation from an employee, CSols was introduced to the project.  As a Clarity Certified Application Development (CCAD) partner, the client saw value in leveraging CSols’ Clarity LIMS and Clarity API expertise to meet their project goals. CSols was contracted to migrate assays, work with the client’s in-house team to migrate clinical report scripts, and provide support for lab operations. As a result of these efforts, the client continues to work with CSols on other projects.


5/1/15 CSols, Inc. received training at LabWare CEC 2015

LabWare CEC 2015 LIMS ELN Training SessionAs a partner to LabWare, CSols consultants attended the conference to stay current and up-to-date with any new software releases and features in order to provide the best service possible. The LabWare North American Customer Education Conference (CEC) provides attendees with the opportunity to update their knowledge and ensure their business is getting the absolute most from their LabWare system. LabWare’s innovative and comprehensive program of training courses, technical and management sessions, industry technical sessions, and networking events is designed to deliver maximum value to a wide range of attendees – LIMS administrators, system owners, power users, and IT support. Through the LabWare partnership, CSols learned from the best and are ready to pass on this knowledge to all LabWare users.


2/17/15 Pittcon accepted Several Abstracts from CSols, Inc. for 2015

As an industry thought leader, CSols, Inc. has earned a reputation for excellence by providing educational services and sharing industry best practices and methodologies with professionals in the informatics marketplace. To assist informatics professionals in overcoming their challenges, CSols will be presenting on a variety of subjects that surround the Laboratory and Scientific Business at Pittcon 2015. The following abstracts were accepted from CSols: 5 Short Courses, 3 Conferee Networking Sessions, and 3 Technical Presentations. Click here to view a list of the Pittcon Presentations.


1/15/15 LIMS Vendor Selection engagement with a Tobacco Manufacturer

CSols, Inc. was engaged to assist a Tobacco Manufacturer to determine the best LIMS that would satisfy their laboratory and business needs. CSols executed its best practice developed LIMS Selection Process which included the development and documentation of their laboratory and business needs, requirements, and workflows. This information was then utilized to develop the User Requirements Specification, Request for Proposal, Vendor Demo Scripts, Implementation Strategy, and a preliminary Implementation Project Plan. CSols also analyzed and scored the RFP responses and demo performances for the Client. When the process was completed, CSols had provided the client all the information necessary to select the best LIMS for their needs.


11/24/14 New Partnerships to Expand our Services Offering

CSols is excited to annouce 3 new partnerships. It’s important to CSols to be able to provide all the necessary information so that our clients can find the best completely integrated solution to fit their needs. The following companies add value to the services we off our clients and vice versa:

  • GenoLogics Life Sciences Software Inc.
  • Roka Bioscience
  • Lab-Ally

Visit our Partnerships page to read about each company and how our services compliment their offerings.


10/10/14 Employees Step Up their Volunteering Efforts this Summer

Sea Turtle ReleaseThe volunteer efforts of the CSols Employees have grown over the summer and we are able to add a few new organizations to our list:


CSols ranked 7th in Top Delaware Workplaces

CSols Top Workplaces in DECSols was announced as one of the Top Workplaces in Delaware in the small business category on August 17th in the News Journal. CSols is honored to receive this award and even more so because it was their employees who got them to this point. It’s the hard work from everyone in the company that allows CSols to thrive and excel. Achieving the number 7 position in the Top Workplaces in Delaware is a great accomplishment and could not have happened without each of them. In addition to this award, Kyle McDuffie, the President of CSols, Inc. was also named a Top Small Business Leader in DE.


7/2/2014 – CSols holds Semi-Annual Blood Drive

Blood Drive Charitable ContributionCharitable Spotlight: In keeping with the CSols mission to make our world a better place, a number of employees recently participated in our Semi-Annual Blood Drive in the beginning of June. We would like to recognize the numerous employees who were able to give more than just their time in order to help save lives. This was a company-wide effort with donations made at our local Blood Bank of Delmarva as well as the community blood banks of our remote employees across the country. CSols is committed to charitable efforts of all kinds and will continue this event in the future.


6/23/2014 – A Biopharmaceutical Company gets their First LIMS, Ever!

A major biopharmaceutical company selected CSols to manage their first ever LIMS implementation.   CSols’ track record of delivering Lab Informatics projects on time, within budget, and with high user adoption were major factors in their selection.  The alignment of the two companies’ corporate culture and CSols’ implementation process was seen as a critical success factor in achieving high user adoption for the new system.


6/17/2014 – SampleManager LIMS Implementation at a Synthetics Manufacturer

CSols was selected to be a part of a team working to implement SampleManager LIMS at a global manufacturer of high-performance materials and engineered components. Due to the complex nature of this project regarding sample and specimen preparation and the scheduling of tasks with a third-party resource management tool, the CSols team was asked to incorporate new ideas for handling the operations surrounding the definition and data capture of these preparations.  Because of our expertise in SampleManager LIMS configuration and implementation, CSols was able to provide several interfaces to allow the client to accomplish their desired system design.


5/14/2014 – Waters Empower 3 Training

Keeping our skills sharp, CSols Consultants are attending the Waters Empower 3 seminar in RTP this morning and looking forward to learning a lot about the upgrade features! If you’re curious about the new possibilities, let us know.


5/6/2014 – CSols to Sponsor Thermo Scientific CONNECTS 2014

If you’re attending Thermo Scientific CONNECTS 2014 next week, make sure you register for the Lunch and Learn on Tuesday. CSols will be presenting a project case study about how SampleManager LIMS was successfully implemented to address the urgent business needs of Vantage Oleochemicals. Click for full story…


4/23/14 – Crime to Conviction: LIMS and the Forensics Life Cycle

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) conference is featuring a Poster Session with the theme being “The Efficiency of Quality”. CSols’ poster abstract was accepted and will be presenting on “Crime to Conviction: LIMS and the Forensics Life Cycle”. View the key take aways here: Poster Overview


2/26/14 – Lab System Validation – Special Requirements

Our first webinar of the 2014 serious “Lab Systems Validation – Special Requirements” went off without a hitch! If you weren’t able to join us last week, don’t fret. Our webinars are always recorded and made available for downloading on our Past Webinars page.  After viewing, if you have any questions or comments, we welcome the opportunity to sit and speak with you. Also, don’t forget to check out our next month’s webinar “The Rise of Mobile Devices in the Lab & Beyond“.


2/07/2014 – LIMS and ELN Training

PITTCON is the perfect opportunity to gain training on many topics surrounding the LIMS & ELN community that you wouldn’t otherwise have access too. CSols has absorbed a plethora of information and experience over the past 10 years and feel it our duty and pleasure to pass that knowledge along to others, which is why we ask to participate in the PITTCON short courses each year. Our goal as consultants is to shape your large complex project into smaller, more manageable pieces, ultimately increasing your chances of a successful implementation. We discuss how to do this in our PITTCON short course “How to select, plan, and implement the right software for your Laboratory” taught each year. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the industry’s best; register now!


1/12/2014 – Six Confirmed CSols Conferences and Tradeshows

The CSols calender is filling up quickly for the year, starting out strong with 6 confirmed events:
• PITTCON
• STARLIMS Forum
• IVT Computer & Software Validation
• ASCLD (Forensics Conference)
• Thermo CONNECTS
• LabWare Customer Educational Conference

CSols engineers, programers, managers, and account reps will attend each event to stay current on industry, product, and partner related news. Our participation will vary with each show, from sponsoring and exhibiting to speaking and panel participant. If you will be attending any of these shows and would like to meet up, send us a message and we’ll happily arrange it for you.


12/12/2013 – Now Hiring – Laboratory Informatics Consulting Positions

CSols has adding three new positions to the Careers page, all ranging from junior to senior level:
STARLIMS Business Analyst/Developer
SampleManager LIMS Business Analyst/Developer
SQL*LIMS Consultant

Individuals will work on a number of large and mid-sized projects, both regional and global. Full Time position with competitive salary and benefits. Click to review and apply to the list of open positions: Careers at CSols


11/22/2013 – CSols, Inc releases 2 Articles for the Lab Informatics Community

CSols, Inc. has published two articles for the learning and enjoyment of Laboratory Informatics community. The first article is “ELN vs LIMS” which speaks to the decision many laboratories face and how to formulate a decision. The second article is “Acquiring an Informatics System – Where Do Consultants Fit In?” and it details the benefits derived from obtaining outside help for your Laboratory Informatics project and the pitfalls when the counseling is absent.


11/15/2013 – CSols partakes in Thermo Scientific Sample Manager 11 Training

An important element of CSols’ mission to Deliver Excellence is our commitment to ongoing training in the latest informatics technologies and applications. As part of this commitment, two members of the CSols LIMS team completed training this week in the newly released SampleManager 11 LIMS. The training was conducted at the Thermo Scientific training center in MA by senior members of the Thermo LIMS team from the US and the UK.


10/07/2013 – Joint Webinar with Simplica and their LabWare User Interface

Complimentary Webinar on October 16 at 2pm EDT: Understand the significant business benefits that may be realized by extending your LabWare LIMS beyond the Lab through the utilization of a Simplica front-end. This webinar includes a Case study on the implementation of LabWare LIMS with an extended UI and a live demonstration of the UI.


9/30/2013 – The Best CSols Quarter, Ever!

Congratulations and a job well done to the entire staff at CSols, Inc. The combined effort to cultivate client relationships, effectively deliver client requirements, and provide exceptional customer service, has marked the best Quarter, ever, in the history of CSols. The success of the 2nd Qtr (fiscal year) has everything to do with the teamwork, strong work ethic, dedication, and passion the CSols Team executes, thus, ultimately delivering excellence.


9/10/2013 – A Biotechnology leader gets a Strategic Road Map to better their Quality Operations

To support quality operations at their manufacturing facility, a Biotechnology leader in developing targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer sought out a highly capable consulting company to perform a business analysis of their quality systems. CSols, Inc. was contracted to assess potential enhancements to the electronic quality management systems including LIMS, CDS, EDMS, and CAPA, perform business process analysis, and recommend appropriate technical solutions. Utilizing their proven strategic methodologies, CSols will assist them in developing an informatics strategic roadmap for their laboratory operations that aligns with current corporate objectives.


8/19/2013 – From Pittcon Short Course to Published Article in The Analytical Scientist

Congrats to CSols Consultant, Bill Devorick; his article “Striving with Intention” was featured in The Analytical Scientist. He speaks about the mindfulness and motivation theory and how it can boost vitality, promote collaboration, and engender inspiration among your staff. This abstract caught the attention of the magazine when it was originally submitted for a Short Course at PITTCON 2013. We were delighted to see the Short Course generated a lot of interest and the article has been well received. The CSols team is very proud of Bill and hope this to see more work from him in the future.


8/05/2013 – State of the Art Crime Lab is Enhancing its Operations through Informatics

News - State of the art crime lab is enhancing its operations through informaticsAn ASCLD/LAB Accredited Criminalistics Laboratory was in need of a faster, more efficient way to process their case backlog. CSols was contracted to provide an analysis of the client’s current and future state workflows as well as user requirements definition for their laboratories. To complete this effort CSols delivered a Strategic Roadmap that advised the client with best course of action to meet their objectives of providing a unified informatics platform for all the laboratories. The Crime Lab will leverage the strategic roadmap to assist them with the vendor selection phase of their project.


8/01/2013 – CSols, Inc. performs a LabWare Implementation & Data Migration for Analysts, Inc.

A successful completion of a Data Migration and LabWare LIMS implementation for Analysts, Inc., an oil testing analysis laboratory. To make the transition from one system to another, Analysts, Inc. contracted CSols to assist them with data migration, system configuration, instrument integration, and on-going support of the new LIMS.


7/28/2013 – Bringing Laboratory Informatics to the IAFP 2013 Annual Meeting

CSols will be attending the IAFP Annual Meeting July 28-31. Stop by Booth #1026 to learn how Laboratory Informatics can with Quality and Regulatory requirements in Food & Beverage laboratories. Click for event details: IAFP 2013


7/25/2013 – CSols Chosen to Assist in a Major LIMS Upgrade

CSols was chosen to participate in multi-year, global SampleManager upgrade and rollout for one of the world’s largest chemical. CSols will be providing implementation leadership for the design and development of the system on SampleManager LIMS vs. 10. Specific responsibilities include refinement of the functional specification; detailed configuration; technical design; programming in VGL; Component and Assembly level testing and corresponding defect corrections; and product level Testing. Once completed, the result will be a world-scale integrated chemical company.


6/13/2013 – The R&D Operations of a Global Pharma Manufacturer selects CSols for Strategic Services

To support their Research and Development operations, a major global pharmaceutical manufacturer has engaged CSols, Inc to assess its’ laboratory requirements and identify and implement Laboratory Informatics Solutions that will support their laboratory operations.


5/31/2013 – New Webinar: Heads for LIMS – Tails for ELN

Many companies look to leverage informatics solutions to increase laboratory throughput, bolster compliance, and enhance business operations. Fortunately, there are a variety of potential LIMS & ELN solutions to help meet your objectives. Understand why making the right choice is the most critical factor controlling the success of your project.


4/29/2013 – CSols is Growing!

CSols has continued to experience a steady growth this past year, and for that, we are welcoming several new employees during the months of May and June. Their experience and knowledge are a welcomed addition to our Tool Box to better serve our client base. We look forward to the new members of the CSols Team!


3/14/2013 – The CSols Road Show is coming to your city!

CSols, Inc. is hitting the road again, coming to your town to host the complimentary seminar: Leveraging Informatics to Support Lean Labs. The first leg of trip will visit cities in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and California. Read what it’s about and register for the closest seminar near you.


2/28/2013 – CSols All-Star Employee is Running for a Cause

A Senior LIMS Consultant at CSols, Todd Lipman, is participating in the Melanoma International Foundation 5K in Wayne, PA on April 21st. Todd participates in the the 5K each year in honor of his sister, who lost her fight in 2008. Staying true to the core values of CSols, a donation has been made on Todd’s behalf and all the staff wishes him the best in the race. View more of our employee’s involvement in the community on our Philanthropy page.


2/21/2013 – New Webinar Date: Batteries Not Included – Looking Beyond the Informatics Quote

The Informatics Vendor will supply the software solution but you will have to supply the “batteries” to start it up and make it run efficiently. Join our group of experts as we discuss what is needed to “power” your Informatics Solutions on the implementation expressway.


1/21/2013 – Webinar: Validation – Friend or Foe?

Discover how planning the implementation and validation activities holistically will result in a more effective implementation, and understand that validation is largely a co-dependent component of a well-planned project, rather than a burdensome add-on.


1/9/2013 – Webinar: Sneak Peek inside CSols LIMS Short Courses at PITTCON 2013

PITTCON Short Courses provide the opportunity to receive classroom style training directly from the industry experts. CSols is presenting 5 short courses and want to give you a sneak peek into the lessons being taught in each class. Hearing this information ahead of time will better prepare you for what classes best align with your goals and provide confirmation of the value you’ll receive.


12/26/2012 – Chemical Manufacturer Selects CSols for Additional SampleManager Work

Following a successful upgrade of a 15 user SampleManager LIMS for a Specialty Chemical manufacturer based in the Midwest in 2012, CSols has been selected for a new project to implement SampleManager 10.1 at an additional site in 2013. The new site will share the same servers as the original implementation, but will require configuration for their specific operations.


12/17/2012 – Now Hiring a Thermo Fisher Scientific Nautilus Engineer

CSols is adding several Nautilus engineers to our staff for roles throughout North America. Individuals will work on a number of large and mid-sized projects, both regional and global, and must have experience with implementation or configuration of Nautilus v9 to meet end-user needs. Full Time position with competitive salary and benefits. Click to review the full job description: Nautilus Engineer


12/4/2012 – LIMS & ELN Short Courses – Receive in-class Training / Education / Business Information for your Organization

CSols has developed an extensive portfolio of LIMS & ELN related Short Courses to be presented at PITTCON 2013. These sessions will be taught by the domain field experts with first hand experience. The classroom setting allows for attendee participation, breakout sessions, and live Q&A. Short Courses must be registered by January 31st in order to guarantee the availability of each class. View the Selection Here: http://goo.gl/6SJth


11/7/2012 – CSols Contributes to the Red Cross Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims

CSols has reached out to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy by contributing a monetary donation to the Red Cross Relief. We understand the increasing need for food, clothing, housing and everyday living essentials for the people along the East coast and hope the donation will help provide them with supplies they need.


11/1/2012 – Pittcon 2013 Conferee Networking Sessions have been announced and CSols, Inc. is facilitating 3!

Each year at the PITTCON conference, Conferee Networking Sessions are held for all registered attendees to attend and network in an informal setting. In the two-hour sessions, attendees with similar interests meet to discuss new techniques, resolve problems, or brainstorm new ideas. The three abstracts submitted by CSols were accepted and we are very excited to moderate each of them. The Topics are:
– Social Media Applications in Science
– Is there Value in Hosting your Lab Applications in the Cloud
– We’ve Implemented a new LIMS, now what?


10/18/2012 – LIMS or ELN: Which is Right for My Lab?

Congratulation to Ned Haubein, a LIMS Consultant at CSols, Inc., for the acceptance of his technical abstract: “LIMS or ELN: Which is Right for my Lab”. He will be presenting at the PITTCON 2013 conference in Philadelphia. Be sure to swing by Room 120B on Thursday 3/21/13 at 9:55am to listen in.


10/17/2012 – CSols, Inc. kicked off their North American Road Show today!

CSols has taken to the road to spread awareness of our capabilities. We know there are many companies that can benefit from the service and support we provide, so our goal is to share this knowledge at each location of our Road Show.

Each travel stop will host a different seminar topic based upon your suggestions. If you would like to know more about how CSols can:
– leverage informatics to support Lean Concepts
– help in the selection of an informatics solution
– automate the laboratory process
– implement an informatics solution effectively across all business units
– manage your project and train your employees
– validate your systems to be part 11 compliant
– make your own suggestion…
Email CSols to schedule a stop in your city. info@csolsinc.com


9/25/2012 – 5 CSols Short Courses have been Accepted for PITTCON 2013

We are very excited to announce that the Short Courses submitted by Kurt Robak, Bill Devorick, Jeff Policastro, Geoff Turnbull, and Kyle McDuffie have been accepted by the 2013 PITTCON short course committee.

  • Delivering a Successful Laboratory Informatics Project
  • Improving Teamwork & Task-Focus in the Analytical Laboratory
  • Game Over or Project Reset: Rescuing Failed Informatics Projects
  • QA/LIMS/SDMS/ELN – Reaching the Promised Land – The Role of Lab Informatics in the Lean Lab
  • LIMS/ELN – How to Select, Plan and Implement the Right Software Solutions for Your Laboratory

9/17/2012 – CSols was selected by a major Food & Beverage company to provide a Global Strategic Assessment and Plan

CSols Inc. has been contracted by one of the world’s largest beverage companies to develop a global strategy and systems roadmap that will recommend and define new solutions and/or enhancements to existing solutions that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the laboratory environment. This roadmap will focus on identified high-level business issues centered on the company’s ability to effectively capture and leverage its valuable intellectual assets such as ingredient, formula, packaging, product, and equipment analytical activities and their associated processes.


9/11/2012 – Is it Time for a New LIMS in your Laboratory?

If you are trapped with an obsolete or unsupported LIMS and don’t know what your options are or how to choose between them, join the CSols Webinar “Time for a New LIMS?” on Wednesday, September 26th at 2pm EDT. This webinar will review industry best practices based on real world LIMS upgrade and migration projects and outline strategies to navigate through the informatics maze to a modern functional LIMS solution.


9/7/2012 – CSols, Inc. to Sponsor and Present at TIW 2012

CSols, Inc. is pleased to announce that they will, once again, be serving as a sponsor for the upcoming Thermo Scientific TIW 2012 event in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, September 10-13. The conference will bring together the Thermo Fisher Scientific User group to discuss concepts and solutions in laboratory informatics.

In addition to sponsoring the event and providing the prize for the Partner Expo Grand Prize Giveaway, several members of the CSols industry leading SampleManager team will be participating in a variety of TIW activities.

TIW 2012 is sure to be an excellent week!


8/1/2012 – Mission Possible! How to Measure the Validation Effort for your Project

Having difficulty estimating the amount of effort required for your lab informatics validation project? Not sure how to define the scope or allocate the proper resources to this project? Having trouble determining an acceptable level of risk? Join our FREE webinar on 10/17 at 2pm EDT and learn how to identify critical validation components and how to scope and estimate your validation effort.


7/27/2012 – CSols introduces “Round Table Discussions” a new online segment for the Laboratory Informatics community

CSols has recognized the need for a neutral forum where industry thought leaders could come together to discuss issues and challenges that impact their daily work life. To meet this need, CSols has created an online Round Table Discussion. These round table discussions will focus on laboratory informatics and how they are, or can be, leveraged to solve many of these issues and challenges in your environment. To read more and suggesta topic, visit the Shows and Webinars page.


7/23/2012 – CSols has been selected by a Military Medical Research Organization to assist with their LIMS Enhancements

CSols has been selected by a global organization dedicated to advancing military medical research to enhance their current LabWare LIMS. The tasks include an architectural review, additional configuration, instrument interfacing, static data loading, reporting as well as validation and deployment activities. These enhancements will increase laboratory efficiency, stream line work flows, ensure accurate transfer of information, and protect the integrity of high level sensitive patient data.


5/17/2012 – And The Award Goes To…

We’d like to thank our clients for all the kind words they’ve said about CSols over the past few months. We’ve always considered ourselves very lucky to have a talented and friendly staff of Consultants, Engineers, and Delivery team but we couldn’t be successful in our work without great customers to work along side with. To read our Clients’ comments, view our Testimonials Page.


5/9/2012 – A Specialty Chemical company selected CSols forthe planning and implementation of their quality system

CSols has been selected to help one of the top Chlor Alkali producers in North America “blueprint” their laboratory requirements and to put into place Laboratory Informatics Solutions that will enhance and centralize their Quality Systems at all of their North American manufacturing plants.


4/19/2012 – Global Diagnostics Manufacturer R&D group engages CSols for Strategic Application Architecture Planning including LIMS and ELN

A global leader in Diagnostics capabilities has engaged CSols to collaborate on a strategic architectural roadmap. The scope of the initiative includes processes, applications, ERP integration and IT components supporting R&D. The strategic architectural detail includes a sustainable and supportable R&D environment to expand capabilities, reduce costs and improve time to market for manufacturing. A detailed LIMS vs. ELN R&D fit analysis and recommendation was an integral component of the strategy.


3/27/2012 – Have a Failing/Failed Implementation – We have a Solution!

Sign in 4/18/2012 at 2pm EDT for our Free webinar “Game Over or Project Reset – Rescuing your Failed Implementation”. This webinar is for all those
implementations that are going down the wrong path, or are already there, and you don’t know how to salvage it or if it’s better to just scrap it and start over. We can help you figure this out and more. Check out the webinar synopsis for more information and to register.


1/26/2012 – January Webinar Recording Now Available Online

HOT OFF THE PRESS: the first webinar recording of 2012 “Making Risk Assessment Work – What’s the Fuss About” is now available on our downloads page. We decided to started the year off with our most popular webinar topic, Validation, and focus on a feature many have questions about, Risk Assessment. You may access the recording here and listen at your leisure. Though the webinar is over, we are always available to answer your questions by sending us an email or calling 302-731-5290. Enjoy!


12/22/2011 – CSols received an Award from the Delaware BBB

The Better Business Bureau held their annual Holiday Mixer for all Delaware members on December 8th. During the evening, they recognized each company that maintained a positive rating throughout the year. CSols, Inc. was awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation for our 1st year of Accreditation and continued commitment to high ethical standards. We are honored to receive this award and thank the BBB for a well organized and delightful evening.


10/4/2011 – 3 CSols Short Courses have been Accepted for PITTCON 2012

We are very excited to announce that the Short Courses submitted by Jeff Policastro, Geoff Turnbull, and Kyle McDuffie have been accepted by the 2012 PITTCON short course committee. Click below to read each synopsis and register:


9/14/2011 – “Batteries NOT Included – Looking Beyond the Informatics Quote” webinar

In one hour, learn how to significantly improve your chances of a successful Informatics Implementation for your LAB. Join us for this complimentary, hour-long webinar with a Q&A section on Wednesday, October 19th 2pm EDT.


08/24/2011 – CSols, Inc. is Hiring!

As CSols continues to grow our client base and expand into new territories, we must fill the need for many new positions. If you’d like the opportunity to be Key Contributor in a dynamic, fun and flexible company which rewards creativity and hard work, visit our Careers page to apply.


08/16/2011 – New Client Testimonials Have Been Posted

There’s no greater reward than receiving a letter from your clients, commending your workers on their expertise, dedication, and character while working on a project. CSols has been blessed with such a high caliber group of Consultants and recognizes the time and effort that they put into delivering excellence to our customers. We will continue to update our Customer Testimonials page as our clients share their experiences with us.


07/09/2011 – CSols, Inc. is Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence

with the hire of their first employee in 2001. We would like to thank all our past and current clients as well as the loyal employees who have contributed to our success. CSols is the leading Laboratory Informatics Expert Consultancy in North America. We have achieved this by superior domain expertise, embracing new technology, and most importantly by constant dedication to Delivering Excellence to our customers. To read more about where CSols started and our growth over the past 10 years, visit the CSols Inc History page.


06/30/2011 – Positive Feedback from Clients are Pouring In

CSols has recently completed a number of projects, and as part of our normal protocol, Satisfaction Surveys were sent to the Clients to evaluate the work our consultants performed. Click here to read the Customer Testimonials.


02/08/2011 – Oil Analysis Industry contracts CSols for their LIMS Implementation

A leader in the oil analysis industry has selected CSols to assist them with several facets of their LIMS implementation. The scope of the project includes final configuration work, instrument integration, and reporting. In addition, CSols has been assigned the mission critical task of migrating the customer’s legacy data to the new LIMS. These components are not only essential to the success of the project but are also crucial to the customer’s business because the LIMS will serve as the “backbone” of the customer’s online service. This allows their external customers view and print sample reports, download data, and process specific management reports in real time via their website.


01/25/2011 – CSols assists with ELN Strategic Planning Project

A world leader in generic pharmaceuticals has selected CSols to assist them with their ELN Strategic Planning project. This project is vital to the customer’s lean manufacturing and regulatory compliance objectives. For this project CSols experts will execute workflow analysis over two sites taking into consideration existing LIMS and CDS solutions. Upon completion of the analysis CSols will develop the customer’s User Requirements Specification (URS), Request for Proposal (RFP), and vendor demo scripts. This engagement will ensure the highest level of long-term success throughout the entire life-cycle of this ELN initiative.


01/6/2011 – Expanding Our Reach to Help More Charities

CSols is proud to announce the addition of 3 new organization to their charitable contributions list: Casa Alto Refugio, Church in the Vineyard, and DBCC Pink Ribbon Circle. Giving back to the community is a continuation of the CSols commitment to help make the world a better place.


01/5/2011 – CSols will be at Pittcon 2011

At Pittcon in Atlanta GA, CSols will be at Booth #3683 showcasing our new ELN service offering. Stop by to find out how you can integrate this new technology.

CSols will also be participating in these presentation during Pittcon:

  • Sunday, March 13: Kyle McDuffie was invited as the Lead Instructor to present a short course on ’LIMS and ELN: How to Select, Plan and Implement the right solutions for your laboratory.”
  • Thursday, March 17: A CSols Sr. LIMS Implementation Consultant will present an oral about
    Data Visualization & Dashboards – A useful tool for the Lab?”
  • Thursday, March 17: A CSols Sr. Informatics Consultant will present a poster covering
    Risk Based Laboratory Data Migration“.

12/17/2010 – CSols performs a LIMS Implementation for Polymer Materials Industry

Yet another example of the diversity of the CSols project portfolio:  Our LIMS professionals have been selected to provide services for the implementation of a new LIMS for a leader in the polymer materials industry.


11/10/2010 – The CSols Footprint extends to Europe for LIMS & CDS Support

Our informatics team is expanding with a world leader in consumer healthcare and long-term CSols client.  In addition to ongoing domestic LIMS and CDS support, we have recently added resources to support this client’s global needs with multi-lingual LIMS experts.


10/10/2010 – CSols Achieves an A+ Rating with the BBB

 CSols Inc. BBB Business ReviewCSols, Inc. was accredited with an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for adhering to the BBB Code of Business Practices, including its online standard. Meeting these standards includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Through the BBB code, CSols vows to create and maintain trust in businesses. To review the CSols report, click on the BBB logo.


10/4/2010 – CSols Adds LIMS Expert

CSols is pleased to announce the addition of yet another LIMS expert to our team of informatics consultants Our latest addition is to our recently established Canadian division. His deep STARLiMS knowledge and experience coupled with fluency in both English and French provide expanded opportunities to serve the overseas operations of our clientele. Initial assignments include projects for a top 10 Global Pharma concern in their operations in both the US and Europe.


10/1/2010 – A Chemical company contracts CSols for Strategic Services at Multiple Sites

A leading producer of titania-based ceramic honeycomb catalyst for NOx emission control used in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems for air pollution control has selected CSols Inc. to assist them with their LIMS Strategic Planning project at its two US based testing laboratories. The customer has determined that a well documented Requirements Definition and LIMS Vendor selection will help them mitigate the risk associated with a typical commercial LIMS implementation. CSols will utilize its industry proven methodology for Workflow Analysis & LIMS Selection to assist the customer to transform and unify the underlying processes, data management and reporting flows within their organization.


8/2/2010 – CSols’ Continued Growth

CSols’ continued growth as the leading Scientific Informatics Services Provider for North America has precipitated the addition of a full-time technical recruiter to our team.

We are very fortunate to have Aaron Griffin joining us in this capacity. Aaron brings extensive experience in staffing professional scientific and technical positions for a variety of individual firms as well as serving as an account manager for a staffing agency specializing in placing technical employees.

The addition of an in-house recruiter will ensure that we can continue to meet the growing needs of our clients by providing the unparalleled engineers, regulatory experts and information technologists that CSols is known for.


CSols continues to expand engagements throughout the Americas as a direct result of increasing demand for seasoned informatics guidance. In addition to our recently announced Canadian division, we also have a number of projects in Central and South America Among these projects:

  • Two of CSols Senior LIMS implementation team members are currently engaged in a SampleManager LIMS upgrade in Surinam for a global mining firm.
  • A CSols LabManager expert is assisting in the upgrade of an existing LabManager system for a major Mexican pharmaceutical
    company.

2/28/2010 – New Business Development Marketer, LIMS Selection, and High Quarterly Earnings

CSols, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Policastro, formerly of LabVantage/Applied Biosystems. In his new business development role, Policastro will lead the effort to further expand CSols’ market presence as well as develop new markets and new partnerships with key lab informatics companies. He brings over 12 years of pharmaceutical and process industry LIMS industry experience, including sales, marketing, product development, implementation, and management.

Previously, he held the position of territory manager for Thermo’s Informatics division, and prior to that was a regional sales manager for Beckman Coulter’s Laboratory Automation Operations – which was acquired by InnaPhase in July 2003. Policastro earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from St. John’s University, NY.

“We are thrilled that Jeff has chosen to join the CSols team,” said Sandy Ahmed., Vice President of CSols, Inc. “I’ve known Jeff for more than 10 years and his unique combination of helping his service teams deliver successful projects and understanding of the LIMS and the Informatics marketplace, particularly regulated industries, is strategic to our success as we continue to expand our business.”

“The decision to join CSols, Inc. was an easy decision for me,” said Jeff Policastro. “The company has an extraordinary track record for delivering high quality services on time and on budget to its customers. Along with their outstanding leadership and best in breed service team, I knew that no other Informatics services company could easily duplicate what CSols, Inc. is offering the industry now and in the future. After more than 12 years in LIMS, I am excited to be part of a company that is focused on the marketplace and is truly committed to delivering quality services to their customers.”


A major government agency contracted CSols Canada, Inc. to perform a LIMS selection including the development of user requirements specifications. CSols was awarded this contract based upon the lab informatics domain expertise and the commitment to meet a very tight timeline. An unprecedented track record for delivering projects of a similar nature was a key element in the decision process.


As part of our growth strategy and recognizing our strong position in Canada, we have formed a wholly owned subsidiary, CSols Canada, Inc., to drive future business in Canada. We are excited about this initiative and look forward to the opportunity to continue Delivering Excellence to the Canadian Informatics Market.


CSols celebrated their highest quarterly revenue earnings (since 2001) this past quarter. The second quarter results are a combined contribution of new contracts, growing partnerships and specialized CSols consultants. CSols remains on track for the last two fiscal quarters’ targets.


A number of CSols’ Senior LIMS Engineers recently completed advanced training in:

  • Thermo’s Integration Manager
  • STARLiMS V10
  • STARLiMS Forensic LIMS
  • LabWare V6 – We pride ourselves in having all of our engineers participate in our informatics partners’ advanced training programs in order to offer our clients the most up-to-date expertise available.

The re-designed and updated CSols Inc. website was rolled out August 2009. This site provides an overview of our services and products as well as Links to a variety of resources to meet your specific needs including useful informatics reference material and complementary live and recorded presentations. Our combination of Knowledge, Experience, and Service continues to grow our business.


In order to support our clients’ needs and increasing demand for our services, we continue to add several Senior LIMS Implementation and Validation engineers to our staff. These individuals bring a wealth of experience in the informatics industry to our clients. We are always seeking individuals who can add value to our service and support portfolio.


We are pleased to announce the addition of a new Marketing Assistant whose experience in coordinating the marketing and scheduling activities for a variety of technology firms should prove to be a great asset as CSols continues to grow.


CSols presented the QAvalid automated validation and compliance suite at the Waters Corporations’ [inform ‘09] conference in Seattle in late May.


Recent Projects:

  • Global LIMS implementations for clients in the Pharma, Mining, Energy, and Biotech fields
  • Regulatory compliance presentation at FDA Tobacco Summit
  • Revision of Validation protocols for major medical firm

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