The Periodic Table of Compliance

There is a wide range of issues related to compliance in lab management. Management has to keep up with and comply with all of them.

To better manage complex compliance issues, you need a lab management system that helps you maintain proper control of processes, data and people. At Freezerworks, we refer to this important component of LIMS development as the periodic table of compliance. While no LIMS can claim to make your entire system “complaint,” Freezerworks brings assurance to one area of the compliance table shown above.
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Biobanking, Zoology, and The Pill

Using Freezerworks to manage a wildlife contraception center and biorepository

By Rick Michels
Marketing Director, Freezerworks

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Dr. Dalen Agnew pulling archived reproductive tissue from the archive
For exotic and endangered wildlife, whether it be the giant panda, white rhino, mountain gorilla, or even the humble koala, fertility is our ally and great hope for species preservation. When such animals successfully mate in captivity and bear surviving offspring, we naturally celebrate. Such stories are so heartwarming and popular that we don’t often consider the other side of the equation: what does a zoo do to prevent a population explosion? Public service announcements remind us of the importance of having our pets neutered, so much so that it often seems this is the only form of animal birth control. But is it? Do tigers and lions utilize artificial contraception like humans do?

The answer is yes. Wildlife contraception is a lesser known but important part of wildlife management: whether that management takes place in a zoo, a natural park, or even in those rapidly shrinking open spaces. And just as humans remain concerned about health and safety issues as they relate to contraception, researchers who work in animal contraception are similarly concerned with the safety and efficacy of chemical based birth control. Continue reading “Biobanking, Zoology, and The Pill”

Freezerworks CEO receives 2016 ISBER Distinguished Leadership and Service Award

cheryl_featuredFreezerworks Founder and System Architect honored for service to International Biobanking

Dataworks Development, Inc. (Freezerworks) is proud to announce that Cheryl Michels, founder, President and System Architect, will be awarded the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories’ (ISBER) Distinguished Leadership and Service Award for 2016. The honor will be presented at the group’s Annual Meeting, held this year in Berlin on April 4-8.

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Genocea’s use of Freezerworks as LIMS equals quality data and big savings

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Samantha Kecman,
Senior Analytical Associate

How configuring Freezerworks to operate as a LIMS significantly reduced both IT and personnel costs for a small biotech

Genocea Biosciences, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a biotechnology company that discovers and develops T cell-directed vaccines and immunotherapies utilizing ATLAS™, a transformational technology platform for T cell antigen discovery. Like many small biotech companies, Genocea faces the challenge of conducting clinical trials utilizing groundbreaking and often expensive technologies with limited resources. To efficiently develop new drugs and therapies, a small biotech firm must be flexible to survive and prosper, and thrive by thinking creatively. Such creativity, when expanded to areas such as workflow and data management, can serve small biotechs well, and provide opportunities to stretch limited resources.

Nicolle Siddall, a Research Associate at Genocea, recently spoke at a Freezerworks Users’ Conference. She shared how the company is saving thousands of dollars in IT costs by capitalizing on the configurable nature of the sample management software program to allow it to serve as a LIMS. Besides tracking sample and aliquot locations, Freezerworks is now storing and managing the assay data for Genocea’s growing list of clinical trials. With Freezerworks, Genocea staff are securely storing information and reporting quality data to statisticians in a timely manner, meeting the company’s deadlines and objectives.
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How HemaCare improved business productivity with Freezerworks

Built on a 37-year history in apheresis collection, HemaCare Bioresearch Products and Services is a trusted research partner and leader in human primary cell and tissue collection, processing and cell therapy. Located in Van Nuys, California, HemaCare provides high-quality biological material derived from normal and mobilized peripheral blood, bone marrow and cord blood needed to ensure quality research outcomes that meet the unique needs of the scientific community.

Above: Left and middle: Fresh Leukaphersis collection and isolated cell processing. Right: Cryopreserved cells in liquid nitrogen (LN2) storage
Above: Left and middle: Fresh Leukaphersis collection and isolated cell processing. Right: Cryopreserved cells in liquid nitrogen (LN2) storage

As biomedical companies like HemaCare adapt to meet the growing needs of their customers, it is necessary to be flexible. For such companies operating in a heavily regulated environment, powerful yet configurable software can help meet these challenges and take advantage of new business opportunities. Today, Freezerworks’ sample management software plays an important role in managing the movement of blood products in a global market from production, storage, sale and shipment. And, because of Freezerworks’ configurable nature, HemaCare officials are now looking at ways to expand its use in a timely and seamless manner to meet those new opportunities.
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Use the IQ/OQ Validation Package for a More Rapid Implementation

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Looking at a lengthy timeline for validating Freezerworks in your regulated environment?

Let Freezerworks help cut that timeline significantly through our IQ/OQ Validation Package.

The IQ/OQ validation package is a set of test script templates to be used with Freezerworks for installation and operational qualification validation. These scripts are constructed with a basic laboratory configuration that covers a wide range of metadata and security level testing across each functional feature of Freezerworks.
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What Sets Freezerworks Apart?

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When we developed the first version of Freezerworks in 1992, we did it with true configurability in mind. This means your workflow is supported by Freezerworks rather than your workflow needing to adapt to the software.  The configurable nature of Freezerworks further ensures it will continue to support your workflow as your needs and processes change and grow. A competitor may provide similar functionality in many areas. However, Freezerworks excels in how that functionality is integrated into your existing operations.

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