Genomics has revolutionised the life sciences industry by combining human ingenuity with right-place/right-time serendipity. Advances in computer processing and storage have provided the bandwidth and throughput to enable the visionary science imagined by those pioneering the Human Genome Project. The revolution continues today. No other industry has seen processing speeds rise and costs drop as dramatically as genomics (Figure 1). And with next-generation sequencing (NGS) providing the ability to sequence entire genomes in less than a day for pennies per base pair, organisations are now wondering how they will handle the data these techniques generate
Since the first appearance of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) in the late 1960s, this technology has become commonplace in many, if not most, research and commercial laboratories. This considerable development in LIMS is in response to the increasing demands placed upon themanagement of data. Furthermore, partnering and product line extensions are becoming more prevalent, as LIMS vendors strive to maintain their presence.