Features in Detail

LabCollector LIMS is modularly conceived. Each module has been designed with the end-user scientist in mind. Absolutely no informatics skills are required and LabCollector LIMS can be used immediately without complex configurations or long learning phases (an easy all-in-one installation wizard is provided for a quick installation). Labcollector LIMS can be extended with custom and/or 3rd party modules.  

LabCollector uses new technology like AJAX (Web 2.0) for a smooth and quick browsing experience.

Quick start and easy customization:

All modules are pre-configured with standard fields, for an easy and quick start. But to fit to you lab specific data scheme, LabCollector LIMS includes customization possibilities like unlimited extra fields and module preferences definitions (like drop-down menu selectors). Custom fields types include: text fields, date fields, checkbox and drop-down select lists with predefined values. Custom fields can be organized into groups that are then displayed or not on the records. Custom field masks can be defined. Custom modules design is also possible as an option.  Integrated online help is available directly inside the program via chat, ticket or knowledge base.

Samples Module

This module stores any kind of samples that your lab manipulates. You can custom define sample types. Lab staff can add multi-level processes or tests to each sample, which are kept by entry date and can be easily created with predefined process types indication and associated to phase specific reports. Samples and associated processes are connected to its operator. Sample data can be linked to other sample records or information on other modules. An analysis tab allows to display custom fields for storing analysis results or secondary information.

Samples’ records include an analysis tab easily configured to store lab analysis results.

Batch sample import is easy with link to Micronic’s 96 well scanner.

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Strains & Cells
Module

This module keeps and displays information about all bacteria, cells or other organisms owned by the lab. It is great for efficient search for the origins of a strain and where it is stored. Strains data can be linked to other strain records or information on other modules. A registry log book keeps track of all actions performed on the strains automatically or by manual entries (example: vial removal, new cell stock expansion, etc.). Direct sample derivation. An analysis tab allows to display custom fields for storing analysis results or secondary information.

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Reagents & Supplies
Module

This module stores any kind of reagents, chemicals or even supplies that are used in your lab. Search and browse by keyword, allows quick access to reagents data. The module allows complete custom categorization, risk and safety data management and associates sellers or local distributors contacts (with item price). It also keeps track of each different lot with available quantity and original barcode number.

The automatic Inventory tool gives a way to update reagents’ quantities quickly and better follow real stock state.

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Chemical Structures
Module

This module stores chemical structures that your lab manipulates. It supports 2D and 3D structures like chemicals or protein PDB models (MOL/SDF, CDX and PDB file types). You can link the structures to reagents or any other module. SD files with multiples structures can be imported automatically. A powerful sub-structure search engine can be added to take full benefit of this database.

Provides JMol applet for molecule visualization and requires the free MDL Chime Plug-in to be installed for spectra graphs.

Equipment Module

This module stores information on equipments on the lab. This is useful to manage warranty and other contracts associated to each equipment. Documents can be linked like manuals for example. Equipment maintenance record and tracking is included with alerting possibility. The maintenance alerts can be organized in different categories to manage different routines in the maintenance work.

Animals Module

This module stores information for your animals facilities. This is useful to manage which animal cages are currently hosted, their status, ongoing experiments, etc. Current and past animals are stored and quickly searched. Barcode tagging on cages will give easy data retrieval. A commentaries box allows quick observations storage. Wireless support gives even more flexibility. An analysis tab allows to display custom fields for storing analysis results or secondary information.

Plasmids Module

This module stores and allows the search for plasmid data. Plasmid records

can associate one sequence and one map image. Search engine can accept sequence queries.

One can also find matching primers for the plasmid sequence. Annealing search is done in both direct and reversed/complement directions and with primer degenerate code.

Plasmid data can be linked to other plasmid records or information on other modules.

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Primers Module

This module stores information about primers. Primer records include details like orientation, purity, labels and availability. Search engine can accept sequence queries. Primers data can be linked to other primer records or information on other modules. There is also the possibility to manage a primers order and synthesis list.

Primer annealing tool: One can also find matching template sequences for a particular primer, looking on plasmid or sequences modules. Annealing search is done in both direct and reversed/complement directions and with primer degenerate code. A self-explanatory logo indicates the match confidence between primers and sequences:

The partial annealing feature (30% homology annealing) is provided to find primers used for direct mutagenesis or constructions like “tag” fusions. The primer annealing tool is ideal to find primers or sequences related to each other without having to do time consuming cross-information data entry between primers and sequences. It is completely automatic.

Sequences Module

This module stores sequences common to lab experiments, allowing for example a quick access by scientists not familiar with a sequence used by another scientist, without having to decrypt GenBank records or other public databases. It is great to store and search for prototype or working sequences of the lab. One can also find matching primers for the sequence. Annealing search is done in both direct and reversed/complement directions and with primer degenerate code. Sequence data can be linked to other sequence records or information on other modules. Sequence records also keep all external files that you whish to associate, like ABI files, etc. Some Bioinformatics tools are provided for quick sequence manipulation and transformation (ORF finder, translation, etc)

Use Entrez GenBank import module to quickly download and directly import multiple nucleotide and associated protein sequences at once.

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Antibodies Module

This module stores your antibodies that your lab manipulates. You can custom define several options (isotypes, species, applications, etc.). With this module you can perform powerful searches of antibodies according to several criteria. Antibody data can be linked to other records or information on other modules.

Microarrays Module

This module stores raw microarray data. The microarray experiments collection keeps a memory of lab work. It includes a compilation engine to display raw data in a format way with coloring highlights for better identification of genes of interest.

Documents Module

This module stores any kind of documents to be shared on the lab network. They remain in a categorized tree organization, searchable and browsable. It is ideal for sharing protocols, papers, projects, presentations and much more. The module also includes a document editor to create new documents from scratch.

Address Book
Module

The address book can be used and configured at wish to manage any kind of contacts, like partners, clients, vendors, etc. It can be used in association with Reagents and Equipment modules to link vendors to records from those modules. You can so use LabCollector to store client samples and data and have those records linked to effective client contacts.

Custom Module
(optional)

If your lab needs to manage specific data, you can add custom modules (in option). These modules are fully customizable. You can choose a name, define required tools for data management and you can edit your own custom fields and setup the search engine. These modules will help your lab to manage data which can’t be entered in standard LabCollector modules. A custom module works like ohter meaning, you can add storage location, database links with other entries and log activity.

You can acquire as many custom modules as needed.

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