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SLims lab scene.
Take your lab into the future Software company Genohm has developed a comprehensive digital data management system for laboratories. Matching each lab’s individual workflow, Genohm’s system allows scientists to focus on the things that really matter: their research. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE I PHOTOS: GENOHM
In 2002, Genohm began as a spin-off of the University of Ghent, Belgium. Initially, the founders launched a small bio-informatics shop and consulted labs on how to improve their workflows and procedures. The goal was to reduce error rates and improve efficiency and accountability. There seemed to be a dire need for software that could streamline the organisation and management of any data and machine. Much like a digital team member helping with all kinds of experiments. Genohm 98 | Issue 51 | June 2017
spokesperson Roger Küng explains: “As the team behind Genohm had a combination of tech and biology background, they started to build a new system that would be able to handle all those tasks. From the start, they wanted to build a system that was secure, easy to maintain and give a lot of power to the lab so they can set it up based on their needs. Instead of the lab adapting to the system, it will adapt to the lab’s procedures.” Even today, many labs still use Excel as their main software to store data and
copy and pasting errors are just the tip of the iceberg. “Excel does not inherently understand the structure of the data and cannot build relationships of the different procedures at the lab. There is also the continuous advancement in technology of more and more sophisticated machines that are used in labs,” says Küng. “The configuration and proper input into these machines becomes more complex. Without a proper system to handle these new types of equipment, the procedures become very difficult and error prone.” With its extensive consulting expertise, Genohm finally released SLims, its main laboratory software automation suite, in 2010. It is designed to integrate a Laboratory Information Management System
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