Dataworks Development, Inc. (DWD) was founded in 1987 to provide quality PC-based database software. Among DWD's first clients were small research laboratories within the Health Sciences Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Because many laboratory researchers' data management needs were not being adequately met by either large, in-house mainframe systems or handwritten paper-based systems, DWD found a niche in providing quality microcomputer database solutions for these researchers.
In 1987 DWD played a vital role in bringing lifesaving AIDS drugs to the market by providing effective clinical trials data management through the Retrovirus Laboratory Management Program. This laboratory information management system included a freezer inventory management module.
The popularity of the freezer inventory module led DWD to create a separate program that would cover a broad spectrum of needs and provide a wide range of use in any lab. As a result, DWD launched Freezerworks 2.0 in 1992. In 1995 DWD created the Clinical Laboratory Inventory Program (CLIP) to aid in the short-term storage, retrieval, and disposal of clinical samples. Today, clinical labs nationwide use CLIP to save hours of time searching for samples.
In January 2000 DWD launched Freezerworks Basic, which combined Freezerworks and CLIP into one powerful sample inventory database. In addition, to better serve the scientific community and its strong Macintosh influence, Freezerworks 5.0 was developed for both the Windows and Macintosh platforms.
In 2002, Dataworks released Freezerworks Unlimited, its most powerful Freezerworks version to date. Freezerworks Unlimited offers greater data and freezer security features with an open-ended and completely user-definable information management system.
The Freezerworks Testing Module was added to Freezerworks Unlimited in 2007, giving the program LIMS capabilities with configurable test ordering as well as results and reporting features.
In 2010 Dataworks is released version 5 of the popular Freezerworks Unlimited program, which offers a native SQL back end for greater power in data management.
Today, DWD's staff of developers, customer support representatives, and marketing and administrative personnel is serving the needs of a diverse research and clinical community worldwide.
A small sampling of institutions using Freezerworks includes: National Institutes of Health, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, National Cancer Institute, Mayo Clinic, Pfizer Inc., Roche, Columbia University Medical Center, American Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Clinic, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, NASA, GlaxoSmithKline (UK), Medigene (Germany), Red Cross Children's Hospital (South Africa).
The guiding principle of DWD is that laboratory or repository personnel are the experts in how a laboratory should function. DWD's role is to create software that allows the facility to function at its peak, while continuing to ensure data integrity.