Sapio Sciences has announced Exemplar LIMS for clinical and research NGS labs. Exemplar NGS LIMS is a system built to handle the sample tracking and processing needs of clinical or research laboratories. Exemplar provides complete tracking of samples through the NGS pipeline from request through sample processing and results delivery. It provides automation integration as needed, along with preconfigured workflows, management level dashboards, full consumables management and support for regulatory compliance such as CLIA.
The dynamic nature of the NGS lab requires a LIMS that can adapt quickly to changing protocols and platforms. Exemplar is the most configurable LIMS at all levels, meaning that no matter what technology you introduce into your lab or what your requirements are, you can be confident that Exemplar can meet your needs.
When evaluating a LIMS, labs should choose a system that:
Is fully web based for complete end user usage and configuration and is usable on tablet computers.
Tracks volumes of samples through the pipeline
Has pre-built, CLIA standard, NGS workflows
Fully tracks aliquot and derivative lineage
Tracks samples and workflows throughout the pipeline.
Collects quality control data and integrates with all leading QC genomics instruments.
Can fully track consumables including amount remaining in inventory and expiration dates.
Is highly configurable to easily alter existing workflows and when creating new ones.
Includes graphical dashboards of lab activity
Is highly scalable to handle anticipated concurrent users and sample volumes for many years
Can support any additional lab process outside the NGS arena
This extent of this list is daunting for a new MDx company to consider as a thorough implementation of these features could require 4 or more software solutions and years of work. New labs also need to get CLIA certification and may also need to operate under GLP and/or be a validated lab per FDA Part 11 specifications.