NGS LIMS and sample tracking solutions for genomics labs

Instrument integration and NGS-specific features aid implementation and adoption

LIMS for NGS

A LIMS (laboratory information management system) designed specifically for genomics and optimized for next-generation sequencing (NGS) can help rapidly and accurately manage and interpret sequencing data. High throughput and complex genomic studies—whether done using NGS or other sequencing technologies—call for a LIMS that integrates with other laboratory systems and scales to increased sample volumes.

NGS labs often find that managing and interpreting the sequencing data are where the bottlenecks and challenges lie, rather than cost or lack of technology. Labs nearly everywhere can adopt high-throughput NGS due to lower costs and better access to the technology. Managing and sequencing samples in this type of environment benefits from a LIMS for efficiency and accuracy.

Here are some of the features you should look for when implementing a LIMS for NGS or other complex genomics studies:

  • Comprehensive sample tracking—to validate and track samples throughout the workflow using sample indexes and reagent barcodes
  • Workflow automation—for routine tasks and reduce the potential for error
  • Preconfigured workflows and out-of-the-box integrations—to expedite implementation of NGS workflows
  • Tools that enable configuration and customization—to modify workflows to reflect changing needs
  • Compliance support—for a regulated environment with features such as audit trails and electronic signatures
Key NGS LIMS Features to Look For

Many labs are surprised to learn that investing in a sequencing instrument is only a fraction of what it takes to conduct next-generation sequencing. Other laboratory tools, such as qPCR instruments, robotic liquid handling systems, and nucleic acid quality control and quantitation systems are routine fixtures. Conducting complex genomic, large-scale, or NGS studies becomes more straightforward when you have a LIMS that integrates with these tools, can automate certain laboratory functions, and can initiate other processes or downstream analyses.

Integrating Instruments for NGS and Genomic Workflows

BaseSpace Clarity LIMS is specifically designed for genomics labs of all sizes and is optimized for NGS studies. BaseSpace Clarity LIMS helps labs track samples throughout the sequencing workflow, streamline laboratory operations, and get started quickly with out-of-the-box integrations with Illumina and other common laboratory instruments.

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Integrate with Ease

BaseSpace Clarity LIMS offers simple or semi-automatic integrations with NGS, qPCR, microarray, fluorometer / spectrophotometer, and other laboratory instruments.

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Choosing a Sequencing LIMS

Choosing a LIMS for NGS

The New York Genome Center chose BaseSpace Clarity LIMS because it is designed specifically for genomics and NGS and has numerous out-of-the box workflows. It was also a selling point that the LIMS is straightforward to configure. Read about how smooth their implementation was.

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