Modern Lab Blog

Colabra's blog on best practices in scientific research.

What must agtech and agronomy labs keep in mind when setting up?

What must agtech and agronomy labs keep in mind when setting up?

We examine the core factors when setting up an agtech or agronomy lab, including commonly used equipment and relevant standards and proficiency programs.

What must longevity labs keep in mind when setting up?

What must longevity labs keep in mind when setting up?

Longevity labs are research facilities dedicated to studying aging and developing therapies to extend the human lifespan and improve the quality of life as people age. Examples of research topics studied in longevity labs include cellular reprogramming, tissue regeneration, brain rewiring, biological age reversal, prime genome editing, and NAD boosters. Setting up a lab focused on these areas requires careful consideration regarding equipment needs and compliance. Below, we highlight the key factors to consider, including commonly used tools and standards and regulations that may apply to longevity research.

What must microbiome labs keep in mind when setting up?

What must microbiome labs keep in mind when setting up?

Microbiome research is often conducted in highly-regulated industries, such as foods, supplements, and pharmaceuticals, and various standards and regulations will apply. This article explores key factors for setting up a microbiome lab, including commonly used equipment and software and compliance considerations.

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.

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.

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

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

We explain the key requirements for setting up a materials science lab, including commonly used equipment and software and regulatory requirements.

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.

Cloud vs. On-prem: Risks and Benefits

Cloud vs. On-prem: Risks and Benefits

This piece compares cloud computing against on-premise systems and reveals the key benefits and drawbacks of shifting to the cloud.

Cloud labs: The future of scientific R&D

Cloud labs: The future of scientific R&D

We take a closer look at how cloud labs work. We discuss key players in the field and how to determine when to work with one of these organizations.

Laboratory inventory management for the 21st century

Laboratory inventory management for the 21st century

We look at the importance of proper inventory management, and how to optimize laboratory operations through efficient inventory management systems.

Implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) in your Laboratory

Implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) in your Laboratory

A QMS is a framework that is used to ensure that all activities performed by a laboratory meet or exceed customer and regulatory requirements.

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.

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.

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.

Proven systems for effective modern lab management

Proven systems for effective modern lab management

In this article, we'll discuss specific approaches to successful lab management and provide tips and pointers for implementing these systems.

Good Laboratory Practices and how to be compliant

Good Laboratory Practices and how to be compliant

GLP regulations ensure that labs have specific organizational structures, follow established procedures, and data is recorded to ensure traceability.

Agile science: Lab project management for greater research velocity

Agile science: Lab project management for greater research velocity

Principles from agile project management enable scientific teams continuously improve their research workflows.

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 ELN remains essential in patent matters even after the implementation of the America Invents Act.

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 in place before an emergency can make all the difference between a minor inconvenience and a life-threatening situation.

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 labs are subject to 21 CFR Part 11, even if they don't directly operate in an FDA-regulated industry. Here's how to keep your research compliant.

15 best R&D podcasts for scientists

15 best R&D podcasts for scientists

The world of R&D is ever-changing, and your job as a scientist will evolve over time. Keep up with the latest trends by listening to industry podcasts.