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Bioanalytical lab flexes Thermos LIMS

Clinical development organisation PRA International has selected Thermo Scientific's Watson LIMS to help manage its Bioanalytical Laboratory, part of its Early Development Services located in Assen in The Netherlands.

PRA International has standardised its laboratory information management systems with Watson LIMS to manage some 150,000 samples per year.  The laboratory analyses samples for studies undertaken for leading pharmaceutical organisations worldwide.   Nearly 100 scientists and staff in the Early Development Services laboratory will use the LIMS to help service their clients and manage data from equipment including sixteen LC MS/MS systems.

The LIMS will be used to automate the production of reports for pharmaceutical customers of PRA International.  The Bioanalytical Laboratory has undertaken more than 2,400 studies, and works in a seamless interface with its customers.

Peter Ketelaar, vice president of PRA International Bioanalytical Laboratory, said: ’75 per cent of LIMS in use in our pharmaceutical sponsors’ own working laboratories are Thermo Scientific Watson.  The data transfer between sponsor and PRA International is seamless within Watson LIMS, since both sides can view the study and data in the same format. As a result, now that we have standardised on Watson LIMS our sponsors view the LIMS as an additional reason to work with PRA International.”

Watson is a specialised, protocol-driven LIMS for drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic (DMPK) studies.

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