Modern Lab Blog

Colabra's blog on best practices in scientific research.

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What must biopharma labs keep in mind when setting up?

What must biopharma labs keep in mind when setting up?

This article reveals a few key considerations for those setting up a biopharma lab, including important equipment and compliance obligations. Setting up a biopharma lab typically requires large capital expenditures, so it’s vital that decision-makers carefully consider purchases necessary for key lab functions. The biopharma industry is also one of the most heavily regulated, so it’s also crucial to bear in mind compliance requirements.

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Effective Communication between Scientists and Non-scientists

Effective Communication between Scientists and Non-scientists

Effective communication skills are pivotal to success in science. From maximizing productivity at work through efficient teamwork and collaboration to preventing the spread of misinformation during global pandemics like Covid19, the importance of strong communication skills cannot be emphasized enough. However, scientists often struggle to communicate their work clearly for various reasons. This article will describe best practices and frameworks for communicating effectively for professional scientists and non-scientists in commercial scientific enterprises.

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What must materials science labs keep in mind when setting up?

What must materials science labs keep in mind when setting up?

Setting up a materials science lab can be an overwhelming task. There are multiple capital investments involved, and you need to optimize your budget allocation. Aside from purchasing the right equipment for your specific applications, you also need to meet all applicable compliance requirements. Proper planning can help ensure you make the right decisions and save time and money over the long term. We explain the key requirements for getting started, including commonly used equipment and software and regulatory requirements.

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The difference in scientific research in academia vs industry

The difference in scientific research in academia vs industry

This piece discusses why researchers might want to transition from academia to industry and how scientific research in industry differs from scientific research in academia.

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Cloud vs. On-prem: Risks and Benefits

Cloud vs. On-prem: Risks and Benefits

Laboratories that don't switch to the cloud could be left behind, but it's important to know what you're getting into. This piece compares cloud computing against on-premise systems and reveals the key benefits and drawbacks of shifting to the cloud.

Interviews

Inventory management insights from an early Quartzy employee –– Quartzy Senior Product Manager, Chris Tappe

Inventory management insights from an early Quartzy employee –– Quartzy Senior Product Manager, Chris Tappe

Sharing customer insights from an early employee at a leading inventory management company — from different use cases for lab inventory management systems, to practical methods for staying on top of lab inventory.

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Cloud labs: The future of scientific R&D

Cloud labs: The future of scientific R&D

Here, we take a closer look at how cloud labs work and the benefits they offer. We also discuss some key players in the field and when to work with one of these organizations.

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Laboratory inventory management for the 21st century

Laboratory inventory management for the 21st century

In this piece, we look at the importance of proper inventory management. We also examine how to optimize laboratory operations through efficient inventory management systems.

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Implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) in your Laboratory

Implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) in your Laboratory

A Quality Management System (QMS) is a framework that is used to ensure that all activities performed by a laboratory meet or exceed customer and regulatory requirements and conform to the organization's policies and procedures

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Things to consider when working with CROs

Things to consider when working with CROs

CROs have played an important role in the scientific industry over the past few decades and have grown to be more than a simple outsourcing resource.

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Laboratory Hazardous Waste Management: Classifying and Handling Hazardous Wastes – the Right Way

Laboratory Hazardous Waste Management: Classifying and Handling Hazardous Wastes – the Right Way

Laboratory Hazardous Waste Management focuses on handling specific wastes generated from laboratory experiments and research.

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Establishing protocols and standard operating procedures

Establishing protocols and standard operating procedures

Here, we take a closer look at SOPs, protocols, and the tools you’ll need to write them. Furthermore, we’ll discuss why they’re important and how to write them.

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Proven systems for effective modern lab management

Proven systems for effective modern lab management

In this article, we'll reveal some of the most effective strategies to help you run an efficient lab without all the stress. We’ll discuss specific approaches to successful lab management and provide tips and pointers for implementing these systems.

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Good Laboratory Practices and how to be compliant

Good Laboratory Practices and how to be compliant

GLP regulations are a cornerstone of quality testing and development. They ensure that laboratories have a specific organizational structures, that they follow established scientific procedures, and that data are recorded in a way that protects integrity and ensures traceability.

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Colabra for Startups launches today to support entrepreneurs pushing the limits of science

Colabra for Startups launches today to support entrepreneurs pushing the limits of science

We’re excited to announce the launch of Colabra for Startups — a program designed to support world-changing entrepreneurs.

Interviews

Managing investor expectations after raising $33M for molecular spirits — Endless West Co-Founder Alec Lee

Managing investor expectations after raising $33M for molecular spirits — Endless West Co-Founder Alec Lee

Exploring the unique challenges of a food-tech startup reinventing hard liquor — from managing investor expectations to common mistakes in hiring.

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Agile science: Lab project management for greater research velocity

Agile science: Lab project management for greater research velocity

Principles from agile project management let scientific teams continuously improve their research workflows by encouraging laboratory members to quickly adapt to new initiatives, work on tasks in parallel, and continuously communicate with each other.

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Keep your R&D data secure with Colabra’s SOC 2 Type 2 compliant LIMS/ELN

Keep your R&D data secure with Colabra’s SOC 2 Type 2 compliant LIMS/ELN

SOC 2 is the standard for security compliance for software companies. Its guidelines and policies are designed to help businesses like Colabra protect customer data stored in the cloud.

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Food science project management — Plantly Product Development Director Supriya Thote

Food science project management — Plantly Product Development Director Supriya Thote

Best practices for scientific project management, from methods for effective roadmapping, to getting the most value from product sprints.

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Role of ELNs in patent matters after the America Invents Act

Role of ELNs in patent matters after the America Invents Act

How to protect your scientific IP and why the use of an electronic lab notebook (ELN) remains essential in patent matters even after the implementation of the America Invents Act.

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Food product commercialization and scale-up — Beyond Meat Senior Director Phil Gerbaulet-Vanasse

Food product commercialization and scale-up — Beyond Meat Senior Director Phil Gerbaulet-Vanasse

The role of commercialization and scale-up in food innovation, and management models to enable product success.

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What Is a chemical hygiene plan, and how does it work?

What Is a chemical hygiene plan, and how does it work?

Having a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) in place before an emergency can make all the difference between a minor inconvenience and a life-threatening situation.

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FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance: How to protect your scientific IP

FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance: How to protect your scientific IP

Most scientific labs are subject to 21 CFR Part 11 requirements, even if they don't directly operate in an FDA-regulated industry. Here's how you can use a digital lab information management system or electronic lab notebook while keeping your research compliant with all legal rules.

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Growing a microbiome startup from 0 to $62M Series B — Native Microbials Co-Founder Mallory Embree

Growing a microbiome startup from 0 to $62M Series B — Native Microbials Co-Founder Mallory Embree

The journey of starting and building an animal microbiome company — from management and hiring practices, to how the company has evolved over time. 

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15 best R&D podcasts for scientists

15 best R&D podcasts for scientists

The world of research & development is ever-changing, and your job as a scientist is likely to evolve over time. A great way to keep up with the latest trends is to listen to industry podcasts.

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Colabra raises $1.5 million for its online and mobile scientific collaboration software

Colabra raises $1.5 million for its online and mobile scientific collaboration software

This funding round enables Colabra to accelerate the development of its software to bring the scientific method to the 21st century.