[Whitepaper] The essential guide to managing laboratory samples

This Essential Guide to Managing Laboratory Samples is a three-part piece exploring common problems experienced in the management of samples and how, for any scale of operation, significant efficiency and accuracy benefits can be gained using dedicated sample management software.
  • Part 1 focuses on managing storage, tracking sample locations, and barcoding
  • Part 2 looks at the importance and benefits of accurate sample information, expiry date management, labelling, searching your inventory, and the management of multiwell plates and tissue microarrays
  • Part 3 reviews housekeeping tasks for your inventory, considerations for adopting a new sample management system, and concludes with a discussion of bringing in automation to enhance your sample management and processing
The authors have drawn on Titian Software’s extensive experience of implementing sample management systems for organisations of all sizes. The principles of good sample management hold for any life sciences laboratory, from a small academic laboratory with a single fridge and freezer to large multiuser enterprise environments with multiple stores to manage.


Marcus Oxer
Marcus worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 23 years, originally as a scientist working in molecular biology, later transitioning to bioinformatics and then R&D IT. He joined Titian Software in 2012 where he specialises in addressing the challenges of biological sample management.

Tim Stroud
Tim worked for Pfizer for 19 years as a scientist in many different groups spanning veterinary medicine, in-vitro pharmacology, reagent provision, structural biology, and compound screening. He went on to work for MedImmune as a laboratory automation specialist. He joined Titian Software in 2014 as a business application consultant.

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