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Omics Workbench IDBS has launched Omics Workbench, a new web-based product that supports Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and other omics techniques in research and clinical labs. The framework enables the analysis of all types of omics data and supports labs of all sizes and confi gurations, particularly those with minimal bioinformatics support. Omics Workbench addresses the deluge of data that scientists and clinical researchers are facing and is able to remove the bottlenecks in analytics that slow the advance of these technologies. This will have a signifi cant impact on the ability to better understand disease and deliver more precision therapies.

It provides labs with a rapidly

deployable, easily supported and easy-to-evolve solution. It offers pre-built analytics, visualisation, and workfl ows for all types of omics data including gene expression and copy number variation from both NGS and microarrays. Analytics for NGS include secondary and tertiary analysis to support end-to-end analysis. There is also a focus on delivering scientist- oriented displays to highlight genetic variants between cohort groups, and supporting annotation.

Minitab 16.2

Minitab has released version 16.2 of its statistical software package, adding new tools. The update is free for Minitab 16 users. The Minitab 16.2 update adds four control charts to those already available in the software: Laney P’ and U’ charts, and G and T charts. Laney P’ and U’ control charts are similar to the traditional P and U charts used to monitor processes in many industries. But where traditional control charts can indicate that a stable process is out of control, Laney charts ensure that only important deviations in the process are detected.


Thermo Fisher Scientifi c has released the Thermo Scientifi c Water and Environmental LIMS, which is preconfi gured to enable customers to comply with water and environmental regulatory guidelines and requirements. Water and environmental testing laboratories face unique challenges with delivering accurate, consistent and traceable results. In the current economic environment, it’s more important than ever to standardise workfl ows and processes that

FieldStere v3.0

Cresset has released v3.0 of its bioisostere replacement tool FieldStere, which uses fi eld-point technology, together with a database of molecular fragments, to help guide drug discovery projects and generate new intellectual property. Version 3.0 includes updates to the science and user interface, and constitutes the most signifi cant

scientifi c update to FieldStere since its introduction. FieldStere V3.0 now enables

researchers using fragment based drug discovery protocols to grow initial leads computationally, giving signifi cant boosts to productivity and diversity. Importantly, FieldStere works both on projects operating with protein crystallography support and

on those without these resources. It is an area currently under supplied with computational techniques. Unlike traditional pharmacophore approaches, FieldStere uses molecular interaction with proteins as a core descriptor, rather than a 2D structure, enabling diverse active molecules to be described as similar.

facilitate regulatory compliance, ensure public safety and monitor quality throughout the entire sampling, testing and reporting process. The Safe Drinking Water Act, and the subsequent release of the EPA’s Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment, puts pressure on municipal, state and privately- owned water facilities to remain in compliance with mandatory limits for an increasing array of contaminants. Thermo Scientifi c Water and Environmental LIMS offers tools

and functionality to enable lab managers to deliver the defensible data necessary to meet the compliance requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. It helps laboratory professionals make faster, more informed decisions at all levels of the organisation, delivering information needed to manage laboratory processes and respond to the most current regulatory and business demands. www.thermoscientifi waterandwastewater

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