Now, more than ever, there is a growing need for integration and optimization in the laboratory. From the smallest to the widest perspective, from instrument to system, integration is valuable across the entire laboratory workflow at all scales. The value of rethinking traditional ways of working has been clearly highlighted this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this global and rapidly evolving public health crisis, tens of thousands of scientists are redeploying, laboratories are shifting their focus, and the broader scientific community is seeing unprecedented levels of collaboration and coordination. Novo Nordisk is currently using Thermo Scientific™ Watson LIMS™ software to manage a research project collecting samples from volunteers to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Expecting 60,000 samples within the next 12-months, Watson LIMS software is providing the opportunity for Novo Nordisk to automate their laboratory workflow processes, including sample accessioning and analysis processes. It is an example of how in today's fast-paced global landscape, the ability for a laboratory to find centralized, scalable ways of increasing productivity and efficiency is paramount.
Lee Tessler is the Director of Product Management for Digital Science at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In his current role, he is helping bring forward digital innovations that accelerate science and improve laboratory productivity. Lee has been in technology development for 15 years and leads product management for SampleManager LIMS, Platform for Science, Watson LIMS, and Nautilus LIMS. He holds a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a PhD in Computational Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Klara Tølbøl Lauritsen (DVM, PhD) did her PhD at the University of Copenhagen in the field of Veterinary Immunology. After this she spent four years as Researcher within Veterinary Immunology with focus on Vaccinology, and then nine years as a Diagnostician as well as assay responsible Serologist in a serological laboratory - both positions were at The Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark. Since April 2018 she has been employed as Senior Scientist within Immunogenicity Assessment at Non-Clinical and Clinical Assay Sciences, Novo Nordisk A/S, Måløv, Denmark.
Berit Engberg is educated as a Biomedical Laboratory Scientist from Clinical Biochemistry Department at Copenhagen Municipal Hospital. She has been working at Novo Nordisk A/S since 1987, starting in the Bioanalytical Laboratory, and has more than 20 years of experience with Watson LIMS. In 2015 she returned from an eight year stay in Clinical Pharmacology to the Non-clinical and Clinical Assay Sciences Department where she is working as Process Optimisation Specialist and Project Manager within digitalisation and other IT projects.