Thermo Electron has introduced Darwin LIMS, a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) laboratory information management system for pharmaceutical manufacturing R&D and QA/QC. Darwin has been developed to lower the cost, risk and time associated with implementations as well as the total cost of ownership (TCO) of modern LIMS solutions.
Darwin fulfills many customer requirements ‘out-of-the-box’ by providing deeper, more targeted pharmaceutical functionality compared to traditional LIMS. Users will find dissolution, content uniformity, stability management, product management, batch management and system interfacing as dedicated capabilities within Darwin – supported by Thermo’s helpdesk and covered in depth in the user manual. The inclusion of such functionality as standard in the base system significantly reduces on-site customisation, resulting in reduced costs, risks and time associated with implementation, training, validation, maintenance and upgrades.
In addition, Darwin is not limited to a restrictive sample-centric workflow. Darwin’s product- and batch-oriented workflows allow R&D and production data to be logically organised, summarised and reported, allowing users to work more effectively and providing managers with a broad view of the entire manufacturing process.
Darwin has been created using the Microsoft .NET framework. This enables users to extend the system using industry standard tools, not a proprietary language that the vendor must teach key users of the system how to program.