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Industry Insight

Preview of Pittcon 2016 LIMS & Informatics Events

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Industry Insight

Preview of Pittcon 2016 LIMS & Informatics Events

Sessions, Symposia, Short Courses and Workshops to Attend

The Pittsburgh Conference, aka Pittcon, is the premier conference and exposition on laboratory equipment and chemical analyses in North America. This year it returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from March 6-10.

As always, there are LIMS and Informatics symposia, contributed sessions, short courses, and workshops to bring you up to date on the latest in LIMS, informatics, laboratory automation and laboratory regulations spread throughout the week. The information below also includes details about lab management activities that involve informatics solutions, from laboratory safety to laboratory improvement projects.

There are several short courses of particular interest that address LIMS this year. These include Siri Segalstad’s one-day short course on LIMS on Monday, March 7; Kurt Robak’s half-day session covering Laboratory Workflow Reengineering for a LIMS or ELN Implementation on Tuesday, March 8; and, Howard Rosenberg’s one-day course on LIMS and ELN: How to Select, Plan and Implement the Right Software Solutions for Your Laboratory on Tuesday, March 8.

To assist you in making the rounds of LIMS and Informatics events and exhibitors, this article highlights the current details.

At a Glance: LIMS and Laboratory Informatics Sessions

  • R&D to QC: Bridging the Gap (Sunday Organized Contributed Session)
  • Laboratory Safety (Sunday Conferee Networking Session)
  • Data Analysis and Manipulation (Monday Oral Session)
  • Scientific Management in a Service Oriented World (Monday Conferee Networking Session)
  • LIMSLive@Pittcon: Best Practices & Lessons Learned from the Lab (Tuesday Contributed Session)
  • Choosing the Best Laboratory Improvement Project (Tuesday Conferee Networking Session)
  • LIMS – No One Size Fits All (Wednesday Oral Session)
  • Analytical Information Markup Language (AnIML) Data Standards (Wednesday Workshop)
  • Big Data in Analytical Sciences: Challenges & Solutions (Wednesday Symposia)
  • Bioinformatics: Metabolite Identification and Quantification (Thursday Symposia)

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

R&D to QC: Bridging the Gap, Organized Contributed Session, Room B312, 1:30-3:00
Organizer: Justin Shearer, Dow AgroSciences
This session will chronicle some of the considerations that many research and development scientists utilize when developing methods that will transfer to quality control laboratories in the agricultural chemistry and other regulated industries. Perspectives from Research and Development and Quality Control will be discussed.

Laboratory Safety, Conferee Networking Session, Room A407, 1:30-3:00
Organizer: James Kaufman, Laboratory Safety Institute
The laboratory safety networking session will provide an opportunity for interested participants to share ideas and discuss current topics in lab safety. The topics will include: (1) How to create more effective lab safety programs, (2) how to comply with laboratory regulations, (2) how to convince others that lab safety is important and that you are serious about it, and (4) How to prepare for laboratory emergencies. The emphasis will be placed on the simple and inexpensive things on can do (without a purchase order or requisition).

MONDAY, MARCH 7

Data Analysis and Manipulation, Oral Session, Room B301, 8:30-10:40
Eight sessions cover a range of data analysis topics from “Quantitative Evaluation of Spectral Interferences in Atomic Emission Spectroscopy” to “Lifecycle of Analytical Methods: Development of Equivalent Dissolution Methods for Immediate-release Oral Dosage Forms Post-approval.”

Scientific Management in a Service Oriented World, Conferee Networking Session, Room A408, 3:30-5:00
Organizer: Paul O’Connor, Dow Chemical
One of the greatest challenges facing analytical laboratory managers is leading a strong scientific organization in a business environment that is often service driven. This session will allow industrial leaders and others to discuss challenges and share solutions in establishing the value and technical strategy of a science-driven organization.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

LIMSLive@Pittcon: Best Practices & Lessons Learned from the Lab, Contributed Session, Room B315, 1:00-5:00
Organizer: Ken Ochi, Devender Gandhi
This session will focus on sharing real world experience when it comes to selecting, implementing and maintaining a LIMS. Session speakers will share their real world best practices and lessons learned and help attendees avoid the common pitfalls and missteps that have plagued many LIMS projects.

Choosing the Best Laboratory Improvement Project, Conferee Networking Session, Room A408, 3:30-5:00
Organizer, Katherine Temple, CSols
This session discusses ways to improve efficiency, output, and productivity while maintaining the user experience in the laboratory. Recently, however, everyone has to do more with less and capital projects and increasing head count are not a first choice. Participants’ experiences with choosing the best laboratory improvement project for their needs will be discussed. The group will then cover more specific ways of improving information flow and data sharing, like chromatography data systems (CDS), laboratory information management systems (LIMS), and electronic laboratory notebooks (ELN). Participants can share their success stories and opportunities for improvement as well as pose questions to others about specific improvement projects.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9

LIMS – No One Size Fits All, Oral Session, Room B405, 8:30-12:00
This session provides a range of presentations from various informatics vendors that examine different aspects of LIMS, from implementation to functionality. Session topics range from “Going Mobile with LIMS for Field Data Collection” to “Key Factors to Consider when Transition to a New LIMS” to “LIMS Implementation: Big Bang or Phased Approach.”

Analytical Information Markup Language (AnIML) Data Standards, Workshop, Room B313, 8:30-12:00
Organizer: Burkhard Schaefer, BSSN Software
The ASTM subcommittee E13.15 is driving a cross-industry effort to standardize a universal data format for analytical chemistry data. The resulting Analytical Information Markup Language (AnIML) Data Standard defines an XML-based format for documentation of laboratory experiments and their results. It is suitable for a wide range of analytical measurement techniques. This session will begin with data-standard-requirement assessments from the pharmaceutical, environmental, and academic sectors, followed by vendor perspectives and examples of using AnIML to address such needs, and will conclude with an update on the current state of the ASTM AnIML standards.

Big Data in Analytical Sciences: Challenges & Solutions, Symposia, Room B305, 1:30-5:00
Organizer: Hang Lu, Andriana San Miguel
This session will focus on multi-dimensional analyses, large data set collection and mining in a variety of fields. As analytical sciences are moving towards more complex and abundant data sets, new methods to curate and mine data will no doubt push the boundaries of discoveries. In this session, the current challenges and opportunities in big data problems in both the biological and chemical analytical sciences will be discussed, bringing together chemists, biologists and computer scientists that are on the forefront of big data set acquisition and analysis.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10

Bioinformatics: Metabolite Identification and Quantification, Symposia, Room B311, 1:30-4:25
Organizer: Xiang Zhang, University of Louisville
Metabolite identification and quantification are the two main research topics in current metabolomics. This session brings scientists from both industry and academia for education and networking, during which the latest development in bioinformatics tools for analysis of GC-MS, LC-MS and NMR data will be introduced.

FROM A TO Z: LIMS AND INFORMATICS VENDORS EXHIBITING AT PITTCON

The Exposition floor will be open from Monday, March 7 to Wednesday, March 9, 9:00-5:00 and on Thursday, March 10, from 9:00-3:00.

Abbott Informatics (formerly STARLIMS), 4261
Accelerated Technology Laboratories, 4057
Advanced Chemistry Development (ACD/Labs), 4058
Autoscribe Informatics, 4063
Baytek International, 4156
Bio-Rad Labs, Informatics, 2238
BSSN Software, 4060
Camin Cargo Control, 4160
Cerno Bioscience, 3128
ChemWare, 4056
Chromperfect, 1843
DataApex, 2863
Ethosoft, 4259
LabVantage Solutions, 4157
LabWare, 4357
Lonza, 4463
Molnar Institute, 1625
OriginLab, 1946
Psyche Systems Corporation, 3951
Promium, 4165
Quality Systems International, 4257
Rural Sourcing, 4461
RURO, 4264
Siemens PLM Software, 4262
TetraScience, 4646
Thermo Fisher Scientific, 2239
Waters Corporation, 3538
Zinsser Analytic, 3031

Full details of the technical program, short courses and exposition available at Pittcon 2016 can be found at Pittcon.org 
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