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First-to-File Patents: Do we still need an ELN?

President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) into law in September of 2011. This affected many sections of the existing U.S. patent statutes, the most talked about being the shift from a first-to-invent patent system to a first-to-file system. The first-to-file patent system went into effect in March of 2013. In the “old… Read More

Software Customization vs. Configuration

This is an age-old question right behind “Which came first: The chicken or the egg?” Ok maybe not, but it is one of the most asked questions within Laboratory Informatics. Customization requires a developer to make changes to code whereas configuration is changing settings – even when they are very in depth. Many solutions offer… Read More

Informatics Systems: A Serving of Alphabet Soup

Depending on how long you have been working in the Lab Informatics industry, you may have noticed that the list of acronyms is endless; or at least it feels that way! Through this multi-part blog series, we will attempt to explain the most common acronyms. What is a LIMS? LIMS stands for Laboratory Information Management… Read More