Product News: Thermo Fisher Scientific and Symyx Technologies Offer Secure and Seamless Access to Experimental Data

27 Oct 2009

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announces the release of a joint product development effort resulting from its partnership with Symyx Technologies. The solution will provide scientists in the bioanalytical community with a completely automated laboratory workflow by integrating Thermo Scientific Watson LIMS (laboratory information management system) with Symyx Notebook.

The integration of the industry-standard Thermo Scientific Watson LIMS with Symyx’s electronic lab notebook (ELN) will give scientists secure and seamless access to experimental data across the laboratory. The automated transfer of information between Watson LIMS and the Symyx Notebook provides a streamlined, compliant workflow for bioanalytical studies.

“The integration of Symyx Notebook with Watson LIMS demonstrates Symyx’s ongoing commitment to powering the electronic laboratory environment with better data correlation, more secure information exchanges and improved end-to-end report generation,” said Trevor Heritage, president of Symyx’s software business unit. “Additional capabilities to explore and report Watson LIMS data with Symyx Isentris will enhance the value of scientific information and optimize the way scientists communicate and collaborate in the lab.”

The integration of Thermo Scientific Watson LIMS with Symyx Notebook enables bioanalytical scientists to drive their existing workflow in Watson LIMS, with the added benefit of performing sample preparation, managing instrument calibration and maintenance and completing the experimental record in Symyx Notebook, all under GLP compliance. The LIMS and ELN integration provides the solution needed to help the bioanalytical laboratory migrate from paper-based systems and manual data transcription processes to fully electronic, automated laboratory workflows, enabling research scientists to eliminate costly and time-consuming manual data manipulation methods, dramatically reduce laboratory errors and improve workflow and data compliance with regulatory requirements. The integrated solution also ensures that all experimental details on projects or studies are authenticated by Watson and documented electronically, allowing scientists to share reports and results with colleagues across the lab or in another location.

Thermo Scientific Watson LIMS is a highly specialized, protocol-driven LIMS for drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic (DMPK) studies, and it is used by 18 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies and leading contract research organizations worldwide. Symyx Notebook is a single, multi-disciplinary electronic laboratory notebook for the enterprise that accelerates R&D productivity, improves collaboration, lowers costs and streamlines regulatory compliance.

“Today, pharmaceutical companies are looking for efficiencies in workflow, and by guiding the laboratory users through their study protocols and bioanalytical assays in the LIMS and ELN we have enabled scientists to maximize not only their workflow but also their knowledge while saving time and eliminating manual transcription errors. The integration of Watson LIMS with Symyx Notebook provides electronic access to all of the data generated – whether it’s structured data stored in the LIMS or unstructured data stored in the ELN,” said Dave Champagne, vice president and general manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific.