Advanced Analytics in The Lab: How AI-Powered Analytics Transforms LIMS Data into Valuable, Action-Ready Insights
Jun 01 2022
Author: LabVantage Solutions, Inc on behalf of LabVantage Solutions Inc
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The Digital Lab is Here
When modern LIMS software overtook traditional paper-based record-keeping in the lab, operations in every industry improved. Automated data collection drove efficiencies at the bench. Cloud solutions accelerated knowledge-sharing between partners. Built-in security and permission features enhanced data integrity. There’s hardly a lab in operation right now that hasn’t gained from this leap towards digital transformation.
That was then. Today, forward-thinking lab managers are taking the next big leap, this time from data collection to data science.
In other words, historic LIMS data is no longer locked away; it’s put to work for the benefit of the whole enterprise, helping to drive deeper statistical analysis, advanced insights, and dynamic business intelligence.
Using this advanced technology to transform LIMS data into action is already a feature of modern, fast-moving labs across all industries, and as you’ll see in the analytics opportunities described in this paper, it’s going to have an enormous impact. Is your lab ready?
Advanced Analytics: The What, The How, The Why Now
Modern instrumentation, new models of public/private partnership, and evolving industry standards have made mass data collection both easy and indispensable. These advances have also created a scenario in which researchers and analysts must consider a huge (and growing) number of variables before making any decision.
Enter advanced analytics
Understanding Advanced Analytics
Advanced - the Vehicle
Analytics - the Destination
The data that fuels AI and machine learning in the lab comes from the LIMS (sample and environmental data, data from connected instruments, etc.) and from the enterprise (ERP and MEP systems, etc.).
The advanced analytics solution is designed to turn that data into business and statistical intelligence, providing operators with individualised and on-demand charts, graphs, reports, and dashboards to help them identify and optimise next steps.
This drives the science of just-in-time decision-making in the lab, using both historic and real-time data to predict outcomes, prevent failures, and liberate the secrets and solutions locked inside all of that valuable LIMS data.
Advanced analytics in the lab is the key to:
A broader scope of research and/or testing. Use advanced analytics to mine historic LIMS data and collaborate with other relevant data sources, leading to meaningful, relevant insights.
Improved speed to market. A lab-specific analytics solution removes traditional barriers to LIMS data, accelerating research and enabling streamlined testing.
A more profitable lab. By teaching the advanced analytics solution to recognise untapped opportunities and flag risks, labs can optimise and accelerate their workflow.
Advanced Analytics Opportunity: The Research Lab
A Perfume Manufacturer’s R&D Lab
Their challenge: Developing a single new scent means manually testing a dozen or more fragrance combinations, burning through valuable time and material resources with no guarantee of a successful outcome.
Advanced analytics multiplies their options while shortening their innovation lifecycle
Using criteria established at the bench, researchers teach their advanced analytics solution to identify potential candidates from years of sample data preserved in their LIMS.
An automated innovation lifecycle: With their advanced analytics solution igniting their progress from the start, researchers arrive at the winning scent in record time. Repeated across every research project, this translates to a notable increase in the lab’s efficiency and, correspondingly, its profitability.
Smooth two-way integration
With an analytics solution designed for the lab, users can toggle between higher-level visualisations and discrete LIMS data with ease. For example, if a user spots an anomaly in the analytics dashboard, she can dive into the data for a self-service query, then easily click back to the dashboard. It all happens smoothly, within a familiar interface.
Analytics that knows the lab
The right lab-based analytics solution will feature hundreds or thousands of statistical and machine learning algorithms built for lab-specific use cases, giving operators the tools they need to find meaningful insights without IT support.
Advanced Analytics Opportunity: The Manufacturing Quality Lab
Their challenge: While a batch of wine ferments, it ties up valuable cask capacity. This is a gamble for the vintner, who must wait an average of two years for each batch to complete its processing lifecycle before knowing, for sure, if that batch was worth the real estate it occupied.
Advanced analytics turns a gamble into a sure bet
The solution’s AI engine learns from those variables and predicts which current batches will meet the quality threshold.
Advanced Analytics Opportunity: The Contract Testing Lab
A Contract Services Lab Specialising in Pharmaceutical Testing
Advanced analytics helps them to reduce downtime and predict surges in demand.
The result: Improved operational readiness: Rather than remove an instrument from performance based on a static maintenance schedule, lab operators can focus their maintenance strategy only on areas that actually need attention. Not only does this help them to optimise the lab schedule, it also reduces unexpected downtime by alerting lab officials to potential performance issues before they arise.
In order to move as fast as today’s market demands, lab managers need a 360-degree view. They need to see into the past to mine insights from historic data. They need to use those insights to look into the future, identifying potential risks and locking in on new opportunities. They also need a clear view of the reality inside their lab and across the enterprise, each integrated with the other in an accurate and nuanced picture of whole business health.
That’s what it means to have a 360-degree view. Past and future, lab-specific and enterprise-wide. To gain that view, labs need to put their LIMS data to work, powering an advanced analytics solution that’s capable of delivering statistical and business analysis on demand. It’s the next wave of transformation for the digital lab, and LabVantage is ready to help you ride that wave all the way to the top of your market.
LabVantage Analytics, our full-featured, self-service advanced analytics solution, is designed to integrate seamlessly with your LabVantage LIMS. It comes with more than 520 visualisation widgets and over 1,000 AI algorithms, giving lab users the flexibility they need to explore, analyse, and visualise their data in personalised and meaningful ways.
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