Sunday, January 14, 2018

New Students onboarding is time-consuming. Is your lab following a best practice?


In these first days of 2018, I would like to share my obesravationfacts LabSuit brought to my notion. Lab manager doing is responsible for many things in lab, starting with professional aspects and doing a bunch of administration tasks. Having talked with hundreds of lab managers, I'm very good aware how challenging it is. On top of these routine tasks once in a while new students arrive which require tutoring and help, which I call onboarding. Every piece of a lab routine requires explanation. Wouldn't it be awesome if there one part that that would work seamlessly easy, without all needless overhead and useless interrations?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Helen will share the insights that we learned from 600 labs


At the Biotechnology conference, Helen will share the results of a statistical study that we performed at LabSuit. Having analyzed more than 600 labs we discovered amazing facts regarding different aspects of lab inventory and orders management.
What we discovered is that the ability to employ order-request-management and inventory-management systems fuzed together, e.i. at the same place, significantly reduces the number of double orders. We touched this topic before in one of the previous posts.

You're invited to Helen lecture this Sunday, on December 17, 2017 at Israel Biotechnology conference. 
The detailed conference agenda and speakers list can be found here.
Come and learn what we found out and how it can be applied to your research group for better lab processes.
Helen holds Ph.D. from Technion and she's LabSuit founder and CEO. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fighting Sisyphean lab tasks with timely reminders. Order requests that aren't marked as received longer than usual would receive timely reminders!


Have you ever wondered what happens to your lab when ordered chemical arrives, but neither marked as received nor checked-in?

Your lab gets into the deadly loop and inventory becomes out-of-date. With every new item that skips the check-in process, whole system integrity is compromised, which at some point will haunt lab members back.


The solution

We have great news for our whole lab community!!!
Starting from today, LabSuit helps you to follow up on every order request!
For example, let's say you submit a request for imidazole. At some point it's status is advanced to "Ordered", but never changed to "Received".  It's likely that the piece of a lab supply was received a long time ago, but no-one marked it as received. Or maybe the item is still stuck at supplier's site. When you have a lot of tasks to take care of, it becomes extremely challenging to follow up on these cases. Also,  sometimes it may seem like a Sisyphean task.



How it works

From now, every item which is expected to be received, but takes longer than usual will trigger a reminder email. Every item type has it own typical delivery time. LabSuit takes advantage of that, and that's how items that are usually delivered in 4 days would trigger reminder email in a week, items that are usually delivered in 10 days, would trigger reminder email in 2 weeks and so on.
That's just another way of how LabSuit makes your lab work smart and not hard. 



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Good news for Israeli chemists! You can choose Alfa Aesar products either from Tzamal D-Chem or Holland Moran


Following Alfa Aesar acquisition by Fisher Scientific, Israeli chemists got an advantage. 

For many years, the exclusive Alfa Aesar representative in Israel was Tzamal D-Chem. However, when Alfa Aesar was acquired by Fisher Scientific, Alfa catalog become available from Holland Moran too, which represents Fisher Scientfic in Israel.

Since LabSuit partners with both Tzamal D-Chem and Holland Moran, our users take advantage of camparing prices from both vendors.

Try Alfa Aesar items from Tzamal in LabSuit
Try Alfa aesra items from Holland Moran in LabSuit
Try both!

Enjoy the pluralism! And leave your comments below! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Lab members at Roee Amit lab at Technion found a clever way to bridge the gap between the lab bench and the computer desk.


Some time ago I wrote a blog post about how LabSuit is used on a mobile device, and how its mobile camera can facilitate your lab requests management.
Some time ago on a casual visit to one of Technion labs, our team member found something interesting.

Researcher work is split between the lab bench and computer desk

Research is conducted in many different environments. Usually, we see researchers wearing white lab suit and protective goggles. After the experiment is conducted, the analysis phase steps in, which requires a computer desk to work at. Activities, such as scientific conferences, also can be very fruitful and important. Nevertheless, most of the work is split between the bench and a computer desk. Unfortunately, the switch from the bench to the computer and vice versa isn't that quick because of protective gloves the researcher wears and distance in-between.

Much of the work is done on the bench 
The examples list is endless:  Whether you are distilling titanium chloride (what a joy:)) in the hood or just enjoying your daily endless column, you cannot really go far much from the hood. Distillation of DMF can take hours when you have to be stuck to your lovely hood. I used to work on corrole synthesis, these materials are colorful but the column purification takes all day when you have to be stuck to your hood chair and cannot remove your eyes from the colorful column. Yellow, orange, red, brown, green and finally the long anticipate purple color! This rainbow can drive crazy even the calmest blinded colored chemist in the world! 

The work that done on the desk is mostly concerned with analyzing the data collected from the wet part of the research.

Bridging the gap between the lab bench and the computer
Lab members at Roee Amit lab at Technion found a clever way to connect these worlds: they physically attached tablet computer to the wall, next to one of the hoods. The software that runs on the tablet is essential for the lab operations. Lab members can instantly find the exact chemical location inside the lab using "Inventory" module. They can notify the lab manager about new order request without having to leave the bench.  This is possible due to "Request Management" module.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thanks to The Hive Gvahim Business Accelerator



"The Hive Gvahim team with industry top-experts (a.k.a mentors) literally poured enormous volumes of value into each participating startup"

In era of global Internet access, all human knowledge stands for your service in a matter of a click. The web is full with blogposts and step-by-steps guides that will arguably take one's business to the next level. However, there is one aspect that business accelerator is different. I'm talking about the human touch.


The Hive Gvahim Business accelerator

Business accelerator is a venture that aims to advance one's business. Participating business is put under magnifying class and all of its components are analyzed with mentors' help, who are experts in their field. First, the idea is checked in regards to pain it is supposed to solve for its customers. Accelerator members meet a dozen of mentors which bring their experience on the table. Secondly, the idea is validated in go-to-market regards, when another dozen of mentors step in and every participating team brain-storms their go-to-market strategy with industry veterans. The next step brings in another group of mentors, and so on.
At the end of day, there is no a single venture aspect that wasn't covered and discussed with professional. 



What is so special in The Hive Gvahim accelerator?

LabSuit had a great honor to participate in The Hive Gvahim business accelerator!
It lasted 6 months in which The Hive Gvahim team along with other program mentors literally poured enormous volume of values into each participating startup. The progress made during the program is huge and impossible to overrate! I would like to specially thank Tal Kelem and Izabella Filipov who provided us with all kinds of support: administrative, business and sometimes - emotional support as well. Tal, Izabella, thank you!
Our fellow teams, you're awesome! Radiomize, NoTraffic, FitScanner, WiseWed, NailDatWinisApp.

Photos by Debbie Zimelman

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lab Fairy gives his magical touch to Fernando Patolsky lab at Tel Aviv university



Every lab has its creative chaos. Often it seems as an integral part of a research environment, but when you're tight on time and have scientific papers to submit it will come to haunt you back. 
Lab Fairy comes to solve this and turn your experience into more joyful!

Why chemicals go astray?

While every reagent in the lab should be in its place, the chemical will go astray exactly when you need it the most. The problem isn't unique to a specific lab, but typical to most of the labs. 
We tried to track back the sequence of events and understand what was the point of no return for that chemical. The most common case is that the previous chemical user, didn't put it back. And why? Because its wasn't clear where the chemical should be placed and stored. Wow!!


Prevent chemicals from getting lost in the lab

The solution is pretty simple.
Labeling each bottle with its location makes it really easy to return the chemical to its proper location.
It's pure satisfaction to see one's lab before the lab fairy's touch and after it!



Lab Fairy deployment

Lab Fairy visited Fernando Patolsky lab at Tel Aviv university, whom we pass the best wishes! (Who is the Lab Fairy?As usual, Lab Fairy did an outstanding job. Every container and chemical in the lab was labeled with solvent-resistant sticker. The sticker helps to overcome the inherent lab problem. After using the chemical the researcher asks the sacral question: "Where this bottle should be returned?". Owing to Lab Fairy, the answer is rather simple, since it's written on the sticker.

Big thumbs up to our Lab Fairy, Vadim!