|Founded||July 24, 2000|
|Founder(s)||John H. Jones|
2400 Lake Park Drive|
Smyrna, Georgia 30080, U.S.
|Revenue||~ $2 million|
LabLynx, Inc. is a privately owned, funded, and managed American corporation that develops, supports, and markets laboratory information management system (LIMS) solutions. Its most well-known product is ELab, a browser-based LIMS offered as a local installation or under a scalable, hosted "software as a service" (SaaS) delivery model. The company’s primary clients include laboratories in the agriculture, clinical, environmental, forensics, health care, and manufacturing industries, including government agencies. The company is known for introducing one of the first browser-based LIMS products in 1997 and being a long-term player in the laboratory informatics market.
Before LabLynx was a company, it was a LIMS product offered by Atlanta Systems Consultants, Inc. (ASC). Formed in 1992, ASC's LabLynx division later began work on a laboratory information management system designed specifically for a web browser. ASC demonstrated its new Internet Explorer-based LabLynx LIMS at Pittcon in 1997, among the first browser-based LIMS to appear at the time. The company again showcased LabLynx at Pittcon in 1998 and soon after picked up a major LIMS-based contract with the U.S. Customs Service.
By July 2000, the LabLynx division of ASC separated to become its own incorporated entity. And while ASC eventually ceased to exist in 2005, LabLynx, Inc. went on to diversify its offerings. LabLynx’s browser-based LIMS previously demonstrated at Pittcon in 1997 expanded to become ELab, which in 2001 took on an application service provider (ASP) model of distribution. In 2004 LabLynx released a browser-based tool called openLIMS, which gave consultants and end-users the ability "to build custom LIMS solutions that are geared to the exact operational needs of many different laboratories."
On June 19, 2006, LabLynx established the Laboratory Informatics Institute, an open membership group with the purpose of advancing the field of laboratory informatics and shaping the standards associated with it. LabLynx made further moves to better its LIMS offerings in August 2008, renewing and expanding its contract with Nagarro, Inc., a U.S.-based technology consulting firm. The collaboration allowed LabLynx to upgrade its existing LIMS software to .NET architecture and expand its initiative to create and market a SaaS-based LIMS. Less than a year after the announced renewed partnership, LabLynx revealed its redeveloped webLIMS product to the public, featuring ELab in a SaaS model and additional integration of developer tools to allow users to create and modify modules for the LIMS. This move to a cloud-based SaaS model brought renewed interest in the company’s LIMS, with clients like the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Cypress Bioscience taking on the new LIMS.
In 2011, LabLynx was involved in an initiative to standardize and structure the transmission of laboratory data that first originates in a LIMS or LIS and then moves to a person's or population of people's electronic health records. This laboratory results interface (LRI) pilot began in August 2011 and included collaborations with the supported open source project mdDigest and the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
In February 2015, LabLynx announced the introduction of HealthCloudPOL, a cloud-based laboratory information system (LIS) for the physician office laboratory (POL), making the basic starter package free to users. That product line soon after changed names, becoming sciCloud.net.
In the summer of 2019, LabLynx released its CannaQA LIMS software for the cannabis testing industry. The solution's name changed to "ELab LIMS for Cannabis" in April 2022.
Since transitioning from Atlanta Systems Consultants, Inc. to LabLynx, Inc. in 2000, LabLynx has become increasingly active in the laboratory informatics community. Projects that LabLynx has started or been involved in within the community over the years include:
- the Laboratory Informatics Institute, an open trade association with the mission of educating, standardizing, and promoting the laboratory informatics industry
- LIMSfinder, an online interactive magazine released by the Laboratory Informatics Institute that aims to be "the best resource for information technology in the laboratory"
- LIMSbook, a LIMS buyer’s guide released by the Laboratory Informatics Institute
- LIMSforum, a LinkedIn discussion group created to facilitate the exchange of ideas and technical information across the fields of laboratory, science, and health informatics; this later became a stand-alone community web portal.
- LIMSuniversity, an open-access learning resource released by the Laboratory Informatics Institute, targeted towards laboratories and the LIMS community
- LIMSwiki, a Creative Commons-licensed wiki with the goal of bringing related informatics communities together to maintain a repository of information about the industry
- CannaQAwiki, a Creative Commons-licensed wiki with the goal of providing content as it relates to analytically testing the Cannabis plant and its constituents in the laboratory, as well as the regulatory aspects that surround it
Technology and products
ELab is a hosted software as a service (SaaS) laboratory information management system (LIMS) + laboratory information system (LIS). Introduced in 2009 as webLIMS, ELab "is a scalable system that can be configured to meet each lab’s unique needs." The software can be hosted in the cloud or self-hosted. In April 2020, a COVID-19 testing module was developed for ELab that extends its molecular diagnostics and other related COVID-19 workflows.
ELab LIMS for Cannabis
ELab LIMS for Cannabis (formerly CannaQA LIMS) is cloud-based LIMS software designed specifically for the cannabis testing industry, "with all of the features and functions required for cannabis testing, and can even come pre-loaded with the tests required by your local, state, and federal government, complete with required limit sets and methods."
LabVia is a middleware hardware/software-based hub that "intelligently manages multiple data communications between all kinds of devices, services, systems or other sources."
| The following feature list(s) is/are derived solely from public, freely-available online information the vendor provides. A lack of a "Y" does not necessarily mean that the product doesn't have that feature. The lack of a "Y" could mean:
ELab and its add-on LIMS applications
Source for pricing information is directly from LabLynx. Additional pricing information can be gleaned from GSA Avantage. As prices may change at any time, always contact the vendor directly to obtain a price list or quote.
Source for pricing information is directly from LabLynx. The software can be licensed as an annual subscription or purchased.
- Up to two concurrent users at $6,000 per year ($3,000 annual price per user)
- Three to nine concurrent users at $6,750 - $20,250 ($2,250 annual price per user)
- 10 to 14 concurrent users at $19,500 - $27,300 ($1,950 annual price per user)
- 15 to 50+ concurrent users at $27,000 - $90,000+ ($1,800 annual price per user)
- Core CannaQA LIMS module and implementation: Everything needed to analyze, track, and report cannabis samples is included; however, many processes are manual, and things like tests must be created by the user (training is provided) - $20,500
- CannaQA Lab Portal, a client-facing web portal: $$5,000
Other fees include $175/hour for project management, acceptance testing, training, etc. See the CannaQA website for the various options and their prices.
Demonstration videos and other media
The following demonstration videos are available for ELab:
- ELab - The Comprehensive Cloud-Based LIMS Platform
- COVIDLiMS - The LabLynx COVIDLiMS Solution Suite
- C-SICKIT - COVID19 Sample Information Collection Kit
- COVIDLiMS for Research Laboratories
- COVIDLiMS for Environmental and Wastewater Labs
- COVIDLiMS for Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Health and Safety
- COVIDLiMS for Mobile Testing
- COVIDLiMS for Nursing Homes
- COVIDLiMS for Workplace Testing
- COVIDLiMS for Reference Labs
- COVIDLiMS for Clinics and POLs
- COVIDLiMS for Schools and Universities
- COVIDLiMS for Public Health
- myLabCare - HIPAA-Compliant Cloud-Hosted Physician Portal
- LabVia - Integrate, Automate, Monitor ... Everything
- CannaQA LIMS
- Official website
- LIMSforum community portal
- LIMSwiki site
- CannaQAwiki site
- LabLynx on Vimeo
- LabLynx on YouTube
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