On 18 March 2013, Accelrys announced the launch of the Accelrys laboratory information and management system (LIMS), part of the Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite.
This is the first time that a lab informatics vendor has developed a process-centric LIMS with automated compliance features. We expect later versions of the LIMS to be more effective than the initial offering, and over time Accelrys' efforts could benefit enterprises working within complex and regulated manufacturing environments. Traditional LIMS vendors’ sample-centric tools have proved to be inflexible and difficult to validate. Manufacturers require better process-centric approaches and automated compliance tools for laboratory operations.
Merging with Symyx in 2010 helped Accelrys become a leading provider of scientific informatics software for R&D. The LIMS also draws on capabilities that Accelrys gained through its 2012 acquisitions, including:
Accelrys' acquisitions and Accelrys LIMS enable customers in GxP and associated regulated manufacturing environments to obtain more tools through a single vendor and to develop insights between lab, quality and manufacturing groups. We expect Accelrys will spend at least 12 months integrating its acquisitions, disseminating LES know-how and creating solutions that fully leverage its capabilities. If Accelrys successfully manages this transition, manufacturers should be able to use the Accelrys LIMS modules for 75% of common LIMS processes, including:
A workflow-editing tool and built-in compliance check feature also offer the ability to generate qualification reports. Nevertheless, the LIMS offering likely doesn’t cover all of an enterprise's needs and will require customization. Also, Gartner clients report that the decline in the level of execution by informatics vendors across the entire industry has affected total cost of ownership and ROI.
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