Bioanalysis Zone

Chapter 1: Laboratory informatics for the bioanalytical laboratory

Doi: 10.4155/FSEB2013.14.148


RD McDowall
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About the Author

Bob McDowall has a PhD in forensic toxicology, 15 years’ bioanalytical expertise in two major pharmaceutical companies and for the past 20 years has been a consultant running his own company. He was one of the eight co-chairs of the first Bioanalytical Methods Conference in 1990 and the only European co-author of the subsequent published paper. Bob has over 30 years’ experience with laboratory informatics, automation and computer validation; he was the editor of the first book on laboratory information management systems (LIMS) in 1987. He has written many papers on the topic of laboratory informatics and taught at many scientific conferences. He was presented with the 1997 LIMS Award from the LIMS Institute for his contribution to advances in the subject as well as his teaching on the topic.

Laboratory informatics for the bioanalytical laboratory


Laboratory informatics is the topic of implementing and integrating software applications to automate the business processes in a laboratory, in the case of this chapter and book a bioanalytical laboratory. These applications need to interface with automated sample preparation systems, analytical instruments and external applications so that the business processes are automated and work electronically. The overall aim is to create an electronic bioanalytical laboratory where paper printing is drastically reduced.

Core and support business processes for bioanalysis

The foundation for the successful implementation of any laboratory informatics application is to map, understand and improve the business processes in the laboratory for electronic working. This is essentially eliminating paper as much as possible and relying on electronic records and signatures as the raw data of the laboratory.

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