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Guy’s and St Thomas’ bioresource uses Matrix Gemini LIMS

Autoscribe Informatics has announced that the biorepository at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital has deployed a Matrix Gemini laboratory information management system (LIMS).

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is a UK National Health Service (NHS) foundation Trust, the biorepository stores a variety of patient samples including whole blood, plasma and sera. With some 30,000 samples from 5,200 volunteers and patients, a Matrix Gemini LIMS has been implemented to manage all aspects of sample handling and allow the most efficient use of freezer storage space. The new system includes capabilities for sample tracking, location recording and chain of custody reporting with full audit trails of all activities.

 ‘We have extensive experience of implementing biobanking solutions,’ commented John Boother, president of Autoscribe Informatics. ‘This means that we were able to demonstrate real-world biobank workflows to Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff and were able to work closely with them to use the Matrix configuration tools to build the workflows and screens that they specifically needed.

‘The beauty of this approach is not only that the system is future-proofed against changing requirements, but also any changes that they themselves make to the screens will be fully supported by Autoscribe while the maintenance agreement is in place,’ stated Boother.

Autoscribe Informatics has published a new case study highlighting the use of Matrix Gemini for this application. The Guy’s and St Thomas’ BioResource facility provides expertise on all aspects of the collection of human samples. It is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) BioResource which operates across eight centres in the UK and aims to establish cohorts of healthy volunteers and patients who have provided clinical information and biological samples and who can be invited to participate in experimental medicine studies. 

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