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Dotmatics, a provider of scientific informatics solutions and services, has announced the release of Cascade, its new web-based test request and tracking application.

Cascade is a configurable solution that maps laboratory workflows and business practises. It provides a clear view of schedules and resource allocation as it tracks samples through their workflow across laboratories thus enabling the rapid identification and elimination of costly process bottlenecks.

Cascade simplifies the process for requisitioning studies such as analytical and mechanical tests, chemical synthesis, biological assays, formulations and new recipes. It facilitates collaboration between the requestor and the analysts enabling the automatic exchange of test results. Business rules such as security policies, approval chains and email notifications can be flexibly implemented according to the individual requirements of each research team.

Cascade can be configured to work with third party solutions to ensure true global sample tracking, resulting in increased laboratory efficiency and operational cost-saving. Some benefits of Cascade include:

  • Supports collaborative research by enabling users to easily request tests from, and exchange results with, internal labs and external collaborators

  • Reduces errors caused by the manual exchange of information and handling of report

  • Easily configurable interface enables research organisations to dynamically map their sample processes to rapidly identify and resolve bottlenecks

  • Accessible web-interface of the lab schedule helps to optimise analysts’ time and machine usage

  • Prioritise and annotate task requests to fine-tune analyses to be performed