For some in the industry, compound management simply is not what it used to be. Most research laboratories had primitive tracking, storage and dispensing strategies up until the 1970s, with handwritten labels and physical logbooks used for tracking. This logistics-free solution was in place until the advent of computing, which offered an alternative to this imperfect status quo.
Computing, and specifically the development of internet-based interconnectivity, laid the groundwork for a paradigm shift in the use and management of chemical laboratories for drug discovery workflows.
What is a compound management system?
Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) are streamlined compound management systems that have been broadly adopted in the field of sample management, helping it mature dramatically.
In order for therapeutic drug development to be successful, compounds need to be stored and dispensed effectively – which can be achieved with a robust compound management system. This is true regardless of whether users operate on a relatively small scale or in conjunction with a large library of pharmaceutical chemicals.
Efficient sample management incorporates critical safeguarding measures, like compound registration using 2D barcoded tubes and high-quality 2D barcode scanners. These features enable all samples to be intuitively and accurately recorded in a central database.
Nonetheless, many labs still depend on traditional means of sample management and tracking; wherein individual lab technicians read linear barcodes or handwritten labels and log data into spreadsheets. Of course, such an approach is fraught with inaccuracies and can be considered insufficient in the modern age of high-throughput labs and collaborative research.
Compound management: Common issues
Despite the fact that sample quality is so essential to the success of therapeutic innovations, compound management can often be overlooked as part of drug discovery workflows. This is partially attributed to how tedious data entry and information management can be, with the result that manual compound management can become fraught with errors.
However, it must be acknowledged that in the modern landscape of personalized medicine, enormous costs can arise as a result of inaccurate sample documentation. Research progress can be halted by loss of data due to illegible labels – a disastrous error leading to increased costs, reduced throughput and even the potential disposal of precious material.
A further consequence is that sample databases may be left incomplete or, worse, non-existent, preventing projects from being actively repurposed or revised as full compound traceability has been lost.
Ziath sample management systems: Transforming compound management solutions
Ziath’s specialty compound management solutions are perfect for assisting lab managers in the implementation of an effective system of chemical library information management with full traceability.
With over 50 unique system builds designed to suit the distinct needs of individual clients, Ziath offers a choice of SBS rack readers, 2D rack scanners, single-tube readers and more. Ziath is uniquely positioned to allow lab managers to streamline their processes with any major Datamatrix tubes.
To learn more about the systems available, please contact a member of the Ziath team and find out how to establish a robust compound management system with Zaith’s range of cutting-edge products.
About Ziath Ltd
Ziath specializes in instrumentation control and information management in both the academic and the pharmaceutical/biotech industry sectors with a focus on the application of laboratory automation. In particular, we focus on managing large sample libraries (compound management, biobanking and sample management) using 2D datamatrix tubes.
Founded in 2005 by scientists and engineers; Ziath is over a decade old and is proud to server customers across the world. Ziath develops innovative new products designed to simplify processes in life science organizations. In addition Ziath offers consulting and contracting work to clients.
Ziath has a range of products split into four main categories of 2D barcode scanners, devices for handling tubes, 2D barcoded tubes and sample management software.
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