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Developer(s) PiMS development team
Initial release November 2, 2006 (2006-11-02)[1]

4.4  (February 1, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-02-01))

Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) Proprietary academic license (Word doc)
Website PiMS-LIMS.org

PiMS was a free laboratory information management system (LIMS) solution that "enables researchers to enter data, track samples and report results during the production of recombinant proteins for structural and functional applications."[2] The free version was meant for academic use, though a commercial version of the software was also available.

Product history

PiMS funding came from the BBSRC SPoRT consortia of the Scottish Structural Proteomics Facility (SSPF) and the Membrane Protein Structure Initiative (MPSI), starting in January 2005.[3][4] A working version 1.0 of the software was released was released on November 2, 2006.[1] Version 2.0 of the software arrived exactly a year later, with 3.0 releasing on July 8, 2008 and version 4.0 on January 1, 2010.[5]

On December 3, 2012, the PiMS Project Steering Board announced a commercial version of the software, PiMS Pro, would become available through partner Emerald Bio.[6]

The PiMS development team ended support for the software on March 30, 2015, and development is assumed to be dead.[7]


Features included:

  • sample management and tracking
  • experiment and project management
  • query tools
  • workflow management
  • web-based
  • results recording and analysis
  • reporting
  • inventory management
  • document management

Hardware/software requirements

The installation requirements weren't clear.

To download and install a free version for academic use, see the download page for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using PiMS

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "PiMS Defect Tracker - Issue Navigator". Computational Centre for Integrated Structural Biology. 12 January 2007. http://pims.structuralbiology.eu/docs/changes/V1_0_0.html. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. "PiMS Community Model". Computational Centre for Integrated Structural Biology. http://pims.structuralbiology.eu/docs/aboutPiMS.html. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. "What is PiMS?". Computational Centre for Integrated Structural Biology. http://pims.structuralbiology.eu/docs/about.html. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  4. Esnouf, Robert (23 September 2008). "Data Management and Protein Production – from Lab Notebooks to LIMS" (PPT). Oxford Protein Production Facility. http://www.ebi.ac.uk/pdbe/docs/embo08/talks/EMBOpims.ppt. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  5. "/frontpage/changes". Computational Centre for Integrated Structural Biology. http://pims.structuralbiology.eu/docs/changes/. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  6. "PiMS Pro(TM) available for commercial use". The University of Oxford. 03 December 2012. http://www.structuralbiology.eu/support/whats-on/news/pims-protm-available-commercial-use. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  7. "Download PiMS". Computational Centre for Integrated Structural Biology. Archived from the original on 05 May 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150505171630/http://pims.structuralbiology.eu/docs/downloadPiMS.html. Retrieved 05 May 2015.