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Compound Management Systems that Address Your Lab’s Issues

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Compound management isn’t what is used to be. Until the 1970s, most research laboratories deployed fairly primitive storage, tracking, and dispensing strategies. Labels were handwritten and tracking was carried out using physical logbooks, with little-to-no logistics to speak of. The advent of computing offered an alternative to this imperfect status quo and the eventual development of internet-based interconnectivity laid the groundwork for a paradigm shift in how chemical laboratories were managed for drug discovery workflows.

What is a Compound Management System?

The science of sample management has matured dramatically with the broad adoption of streamlined compound management systems – often classified as laboratory information management systems (LIMS). Successful therapeutic drug development demands that compounds are stored and dispensed effectively, and a robust compound management system can help you achieve that. This applies whether you are operating with on the relatively small scale or with a large pharmaceutical chemical library.

Critical safeguarding measures for efficient sample management include compound registration using 2D barcoded tubes and high-quality 2D barcode scanners, which enable all samples to be accurately and intuitively logged in a central database. However, many labs still depend on traditional means of sample management and tracking, whereby individual lab technicians read handwritten labels, or linear barcodes, and input data into spreadsheets. This approach is clearly rife with inaccuracies, and in the modern age of high-throughput labs and collaborative research, it is woefully insufficient.

Common Issues with Compound Management

Although sample quality is clearly central to the success of therapeutic innovations, compound management is frequently the most overlooked aspect of drug discovery workflows. This is at least partly attributed to the tedious nature of data entry and information management, which means manual compound management is fraught with errors. However, in the modern landscape of personalised medicine, inaccurate sample documentation can be extremely costly. Loss of data due to illegible labels can halt research progress, leading to reduced throughput, increased costs, and potentially the disposal of precious material. Additionally, sample databases may be incomplete or – in worse case scenarios – non-existent, meaning projects cannot be actively revised or repurposed as full compound traceability has been lost.

How Ziath Sample Management Systems Can Help

Ziath specialises in compound management solutions which help lab managers implement an effective system of chemical library information management with full traceability. Our systems come in over 50 unique builds designed to suit the distinct needs of individual clients. With a choice of 2D rack scanners, SBS rack readers, single-tube readers, and more, we are uniquely positioned to assist lab managers using any major Datamatrix tubes. Interested in learning more? Contact a member of the Ziath team to learn how we can help you establish a robust compound management system using leading-edge products.

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