Alliance offers flagship configurable enterprise laboratory informatics.
By Kevin Davies
April 1, 2008 | In an alliance of two leading informatics providers, LabVantage Solutions and InforSense plan to integrate the InforSense workflow platform with LabVantage's flagship Sapphire Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). LabVantage will resell InforSense along with its LIMS product.
The two companies believe that this integrated "configurable-off-the-shelf" informatics solution will provide a more holistic informatics infrastructure, allowing researchers to manage data across a broad range of applications, from research through development to manufacturing.
Jonathan Sheldon, CSO of London-based InforSense, commented: "Our enterprise-scale workflow and business intelligence platform will provide LabVantage customers with new and innovative research and analysis capabilities, and set a new standard for how laboratories integrate and use data."
"By embedding InforSense's integration and analytics workflow capabilities with Sapphire's operational workflow and data management capabilities, we offer customers a robust, yet flexible enterprise backbone for laboratory informatics," commented Ronald Kasner, LabVantage VP corporate development.
Back and Forth
"Sapphire nodes will be developed and available for InforSense, enabling InforSense workflows to communicate bi-directionally with Sapphire workflows and data from each of the systems can be passed back and forth," says LabVantage director of product marketing, Keith O'Leary.
A basic workflow example, according to O'Leary, uses a node that InforSense has created to allow for data retrieval and/or addition in Sapphire, using the Sapphire API. "This node works like any other node within InforSense, allowing it to be integrated into any analytical workflows that are created," O'Leary says.
Once data have been retrieved in Sapphire, they can be further manipulated using various InforSense nodes, with other data gathered from sources such as Excel spreadsheets or an Oracle database. "Once the analysis is complete, data can be written back to Sapphire," says O'Leary. "This can then drive additional testing or experiments in Sapphire by the laboratory."
O'Leary adds: "If a scientist wants to run microarray data analysis using data from Sapphire as well as other clinical data, (s)he executes the InforSense workflow and using integrated analysis tools built into InforSense such as "R" statistical package or Affymetrix Power Tools, visualizes and analyzes the data. The end results from the analysis, such as a list of genes, are published back into Sapphire and used for further experimentation. ?
This article appeared in Bio-IT World Magazine.
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