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What is a LIMS?

Produce reliable results more quickly

With a LIMS, your lab can automate workflows, integrate instruments, and manage samples and associated information

Introduction to Lab Information Management Systems

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is software that allows you to effectively manage samples and associated data. By using a LIMS, your lab can automate workflows, integrate instruments, and manage samples and associated information. Additionally, you can produce reliable results more quickly and can track data from sequencing runs over time and across experiments to improve efficiency.

Modern genomics generates an unprecedented amount of data. Faced with increasing data volumes and sample throughput along with frequent changes in technology, labs must modernize their approach to managing, tracking, and centralizing genomics data.

Key Benefits of a LIMS

Although the primary purpose of a LIMS is to track and manage samples, it can do so much more. It can:

  • Enable workflow automation which can in turn reduce human error
  • Centralize access and storage of quality control data
  • Support compliance efforts
  • Track reagents and lots
  • Perform instrument run monitoring
  • Initiate downstream data analysis
  • Integrate with instruments or other in-lab systems to improve lab efficiency
What is a LIMS?

Learn five key things a LIMS can do in addition to tracking samples.

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Choosing a LIMS for Sequencing

We offer guidance to next-generation sequencing (NGS) labs on selecting a LIMS. These include the key features to look for, and considerations around the types of instruments you’ll need to integrate. Managing and sequencing samples are particularly beneficial in a high-throughput environment due to the efficiency and accuracy a LIMS provides.

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LIMS Solution for Genomics Labs

BaseSpace Clarity LIMS is designed for genomics labs and optimized for NGS studies. As a key component in the BaseSpace Informatics Suite, it helps laboratories track samples, and optimize procedures and workflows. Our LIMS solution integrates with Illumina instruments and other mission-critical laboratory tools.

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LIMS Application Notes

Rediscover the Value of LIMS

In this application note, you’ll learn about the traditional barriers to LIMS (laboratory information management system) adoption and a vision of a modern LIMS that helps labs conduct better, faster, higher-quality research and clinical lab work.

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How to Select the Right LIMS for Your Lab

If you’re trying to decide on the right LIMS for your NGS-based lab, how do you determine the best solution? This app note outlines the top criteria to consider when deciding on LIMS and applications. Topics include integration, support, customization, and more.

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Customer Stories: Implementing a LIMS

Small Research Lab Increases Efficiency with LIMS

Beck’s Hybrids, a family-owned seed company, uses BaseSpace Clarity LIMS to benefit farmers through enhanced sample tracking.

Large Genome Center Places LIMS at the Center of Their Large Sequencing Operations

New York Genome Center efficiently implemented BaseSpace Clarity LIMS to support their complex sequencing operations.

Implementing LIMS Helps with Sample Volume

The Science for Life Lab implements Clarity LIMS to cope with increasing sample volume in multiple labs.

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Additional Resources

Need LIMS Guidance?

Our highly experienced and dedicated global network can help you find a LIMS and other automation solutions that meet your needs.

Introduction to NGS

Find out how the technology works and explore a broad range of applications.

LIMS for Consumer Genetics

Find out how Imagene Labs uses Illumina BeadChips and BaseSpace Clarity LIMS to streamline its genetic testing operations.