January 25, 2023
Antibody discovery software refers to a category of applications that are designed to assist scientists in the management of data, samples, analyses and workflows during the antibody discovery process. Antibody discovery software can be used to manage and streamline specific discovery processes such as screening and characterization to gain efficiencies and accelerate scientific research. The software is often integrated with other lab software to cover the full spectrum of data management, collaboration, and reporting requirements that biotechs require. Below we take a closer look at three broad and widely used categories of antibody discovery software.
Electronic lab notebooks, or ELNs, are digital versions of traditional lab notebooks and are used to document, organize, and share the vast amount of experiments that are conducted during the antibody discovery process. ELNs vary widely in features and complexity. Some are simple applications not unlike a wordprocessing software while others provide a multitude of data management functionality.
One of the key advantages of using a purpose-built ELN (as opposed to a note-taking or word processing application) is the ability of the ELN to provide version control and structured review/sign-off processes and capture these details in an auditable record. This is crucial for both internal data governance and regulatory submissions.
An ELN can help with:
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Sample management software is used by scientists to track, manage and organize the large numbers of samples and related data that are created in the search for novel antibodies. The software is used for managing the full lifecycle of samples- from their initial registration and storage to their use in experiments and capture of results. In addition to tracking and managing samples, sample management software can also help with managing lab inventory to ensure scientists have the supplies they need to conduct experiments.
Sample management software can help with:
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A LIMS, or Laboratory Information Management System, is a commonly used antibody and biologics discovery software that helps researchers manage, organize, and analyze the vast amount of data that is generated during the antibody discovery process. In general, a LIMS helps scientists track the progress of experiments, capture the results, and store data in a central database. Often the LIMS will also include visualization/analysis tools. This allows researchers to easily access and analyze the data, which can help them identify potential antibodies and make more informed decisions about which ones to pursue further.
LIMS software can help with:
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