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LabKey Biologics: A Year in Review

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the year and thank you for joining us on the LabKey Biologics journey. It has been an amazing year and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s coming in 2018!

Launching LabKey Biologics

One of the key parts of developing this application has been the engagement from our LabKey Biologics Product Advisory Council. Since its inception, we’ve been meeting monthly with eight different biotech, pharma, and academic institutions to get feedback. They’ve let us know what we’re doing right (and wrong) and have been invaluable in guiding the product development.

After working with the Product Advisory Council and our initial collaborator, Just Biotherapeutics, for 18 months, we officially launched LabKey Biologics in March. This first version focused on:

Just Biotherapeutics has been rolling out LabKey Biologics and has registered hundreds of biological entities, used workflow management to request thousands of assays, and uploaded analytical data for tens of thousands of samples. Several other members of our advisory board have also become clients and are in the process of implementing LabKey Biologics at their organizations.

Following the release of LabKey Biologics, we had the chance to talk with hundreds of individuals about the new product at PEGS Boston and Bio-IT (we’ll be at both shows again in 2018). Gathering feedback from folks in different roles throughout the industry, active users, and advisory board members has helped us improve the product and plan for future enhancements.

Since we launched in March, we’ve worked on many different improvements to the product. Some of the larger efforts include:

  • Additional Methods to Upload Assay Data
  • Defining the Lineage of a Sample, from Bioreactor Run to Purified Antibody
  • Media Registration – More Options and Ease of Use
  • Updates to the User Interface

What’s Next

As we look to 2018, we are excited to continue expanding the functionality of LabKey Biologics. We’ve got big plans for the next 12 months, including:

  • Defining Experiments
  • Building Analyses and Reports
  • Mapping and Characterizing Post-Translational Modifications
  • Improvements to Bulk Import of Entity Registry, Assay, and Media Data
  • Integrating Custom Assay Definitions with LabKey Biologics

Product Feedback

We’re always interested in feedback! We’d love to connect with each of you in the new year, and have a conversation (or several) to hear about your needs and thoughts on the product’s direction. If you’d like to learn more about LabKey Biologics, we’re hosting a free Intro to Biologics webinar on January 9.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – and best wishes to you in the New Year!

LabKey Biologics Team

Ryan Luce, Product Manager

Kevin Krouse, Lead Software Engineer