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Antibody Testing: The Next Phase?

Antibody Testing: The Next Phase?

Antibody testing will become more important as vaccines start to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. New serology tests with high specificity for SARS-CoV-2 not only confirm past infections or immunizations but also quantitatively measure antibody concentrations. These capabilities enable widespread antibody surveillance, plasma […]

February 16, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
New York Labs: Are You Ready for Legalization?

New York Labs: Are You Ready for Legalization?

Within a few months, financial and political priorities may finally align behind New York’s legalization of adult-use recreational and nutraceutical cannabis. New legislation will create significant opportunities for laboratories with experience in food and drug testing. But regulatory concerns, demand for high throughput and other factors mean labs […]

February 15, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
SARS-CoV-2 Variants: The New Challenge for Laboratories

SARS-CoV-2 Variants: The New Challenge for Laboratories

Three new variants in the constantly-evolving SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have become a cause for concern among health officials worldwide. Although probably not more lethal than existing strains, higher transmissibility rates have stressed public health systems in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. Three of the authorized SARS-CoV-2 […]

February 8, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
These States May Need Canna Testing Labs in 2021

These States May Need Canna Testing Labs in 2021

Last year’s elections saw voters in five states approve broader legalization of marijuana and cannabis products. That momentum will continue in 2021 as those states implement the new laws and several more states head down the path to legalization. Testing labs have the resources needed to support their states’ growing cannabis industries, but are they […]

February 8, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
How PCR and Antigen Testing Can Work Together for Lab COVID Testing

How PCR and Antigen Testing Can Work Together for Lab COVID Testing

Widespread COVID-19 screening programs are the only way many businesses, schools and other organizations can keep running. Using PCR tests, however, often creates unmanageable turnaround times as clients must send samples to labs, then wait for them to be received, prepped, batched, tested and their results reported. Rapid antigen tests, while […]

February 2, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
Canna Testing Labs: Outlaw Labs Must Ride Into The Sunset

Canna Testing Labs: Outlaw Labs Must Ride Into The Sunset

The cannabis industry works hard to convince regulators, politicians and the public that their business is a responsible and legitimate part of the economy. But outlaw testing labs are producing sloppy, inconsistent results and even fake reports – unfairly affecting the reputations of the vast majority of honest and professional labs. These bad tests lead to […]

February 1, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
Remote Tech for COVID-Safe Cannabis Lab Testing

Remote Tech for COVID-Safe Cannabis Lab Testing

Cannabis testing labs will be following pandemic-related safety procedures for most of 2021. But productivity suffered under the patchwork measures labs took to enable remote working and protect employees who remain in the labs. Laboratory information systems restore productivity while making remote working easier and onsite employees safer […]

January 18, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
What Vaccines Mean for COVID-19 Testing Lab

What Vaccines Mean for COVID-19 Testing Lab

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out in the United States and around the world, but now is not the time for complacency. One, two or even dozens of vaccines won’t immediately turn the tide of this pandemic. Inoculating enough of the population to make a difference will take time. And several issues will extend the pandemic beyond 2021. As a result […]

January 11, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
How Wastewater Labs Can Help Defeat the Pandemic

How Wastewater Labs Can Help Defeat the Pandemic

Health officials are turning to wastewater systems to track the spread of COVID-19 and identify vulnerable communities. Clinical labs that perform coronavirus testing do not understand the methodologies for wastewater analysis. As the National Wastewater Surveillance System comes online, wastewater testing labs can take on a critical role in bringing […]

January 5, 2021 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
Diversification: The Key to Surviving as a Cannabis Testing Lab

Diversification: The Key to Surviving as a Cannabis Testing Lab

We live in uncertain times. Life is uncertain politically, financially and health-wise. For the goldrush-like emerging cannabis industry, it is very much a time of mixed signals. How does a QC testing laboratory ensure its survival in the face of federal-level law that conflicts with state law, changing government administrations, standards that […]

December 30, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
How Labs Can Get Involved in COVID Screening Programs

How Labs Can Get Involved in COVID Screening Programs

Organizations, Businesses, Schools and Colleges everywhere need testing programs. Data-driven decision making has put laboratories squarely in the center of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Unfortunately, even CLIA-certified clinical diagnostic labs can’t contribute unless they have the resources to conduct COVID-19 molecular diagnostics testing […]

December 14, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
The COVID Testing Catch-22

The COVID Testing Catch-22

The key to managing the pandemic, and why we‘ll never do it perfectly. Everybody agrees the only way to manage the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is to know how bad it is by conducting tests, and lots of them, right? Well of course. How else? But there’s a problem. And there doesn’t seem to be a good solution. There are three types of diagnostic […]

December 7, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
Starting a COVID Testing Lab: Is Now a Good Time?

Starting a COVID Testing Lab: Is Now a Good Time?

The answer to that question is easy, YES! Never mind the ongoing daily battles to limit the initial outbreak since March, it is becoming clear, as we transition into Winter of 2020 and the prospect of year two of the pandemic, that what was once acute has now become chronic. And SARS-CoV-2 may be with us for quite some time, if not […]

November 30, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
Setting Up and Managing COVID and Other Public Health Risk Testing in the Workplace

Setting Up and Managing COVID and Other Public Health Risk Testing in the Workplace

There is nothing people want more right now than a return to normal. By this time most of us have had enough of this surreal “new normal” where masked people tread carefully amongst each other, avoiding nearness, spraying down surfaces, using hand sanitizer, avoiding theaters, indoor restaurants, bars, and concerts, working from […]

November 16, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
The Rapid-Deploy, Complete Program for COVID PoCT: Making History Now

The Rapid-Deploy, Complete Program for COVID PoCT: Making History Now

Two well-known universities in Louisiana have quickly and effectively ramped up complete testing management programs to protect their students and staff, as well as meet other testing challenges with spectacular results. Both universities have teamed up with LabLynx, Inc. to roll out the COVIDLiMS Solution Suite and were live and […]

October 1, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
Point of Care Testing (PoCT) in the Coronavirus Pandemic – And Beyond

Point of Care Testing (PoCT) in the Coronavirus Pandemic – And Beyond

With the arrival of more lateral flow tests with FDA EUA (Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization) approval that can be performed outside of a lab becoming more available, any business, educational institution or other organization can look into implementing their own coronavirus testing program. And they are […]

September 29, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
COVID Testing for Schools and Universities

COVID Testing for Schools and Universities

Helping Educators Protect Students and Staff Now and for the Future – With COVID-19 on the rise in many universities and schools around the country, many of these institutions are searching for ways to keep their students, faculty, and staff safe this school year. With the spread of the virus increasing amongst young people, the pressure for quick and accurate testing and reporting is also on the rise […]

September 14, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
Coronavirus Treatments That Work

Coronavirus Treatments That Work

And the Studies Prove It – The current official stance is that there is no real treatment for COVID-19. If you get it, you are told to just go home and tough it out…until/unless you start finding it hard to breathe, or develop other severe symptoms requiring hospitalization. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases (something like 80%) symptoms are mild, moderate or non-existent. And, moreover, the mortality rate […]

August 3, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
The LabLynx Help Desk is Changing

The LabLynx Help Desk is Changing

Starting Sunday, August 2, 2020, your myLabLynx.com help desk and ticket management site will be updated to a new look and feel, with improved functionality. But don’t worry, all existing projects and tickets will be carried over and you’ll still have the same access. You’ll still log in as normal to mylablynx.com. But you’ll also have the option to log in using an existing social media login (like Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)..

July 27, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, News & Events
LabLynx Announces C-SIC Kit Release

LabLynx Announces C-SIC Kit Release

ATLANTA, June 23, 2020 – LabLynx, Inc. today announced an important new component in its overall COVIDLiMS informatics solution for laboratories, designed to offer faster, more accurate coronavirus testing as well as ongoing risk management for businesses and organizations. The C-SIC (COVID-Sample Information Collection) kit accurately captures specimen and patient information and ensures it is included on the sample label, preventing […]

How Labs and Businesses Can Work Together to Reopen Safely

How Labs and Businesses Can Work Together to Reopen Safely

As the nations of the world begin transitioning from flattening the curve to cautiously beginning to resume doing business, the focus is turning to how best to prevent a “second wave” – and in fact to operate over the long term in the face of potential similar pandemics. Experts tell us this may only be the beginning, and that the likelihood is that new zoonotic viruses will arise with increasing frequency as we continue to disrupt natural habitats […]

PCR and Diagnostics: COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Serious Issues

PCR and Diagnostics: COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Serious Issues

How automation is not optional! – There has been recent discussion of the lack of accuracy of COVID-19 tests – both virus (rRT-PCR), which has been widely regarded as “the gold standard”, and antibody assays. The issue with PCR is not with the methods themselves, but the degree of human error that creeps in due to the complexity of the workflow – including pre-analytical sample handling, which can account for up to 68% […]

COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory

COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory

Comprehensive guide to all aspects of testing and information management related to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2.

June 2, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, News & Events
COVID-19 Testing: The Latest

COVID-19 Testing: The Latest

How are we doing in meeting the challenge? – We’re now almost five months in since the notorious SARS-CoV-2 first reared its ugly head in December in Wuhan, with the first diagnosed case in the US following soon after in January. In the US, the pandemic caught laboratories seriously unprepared to meet the demands for testing, despite having a few months to watch its spread elsewhere before numbers became pressing here. […]

May 29, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter
A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Four: The Conclusion

A Day (or Three) In the Life of a COVID-19 Testing Event – Day Four: The Conclusion

DAY FOUR: The Conclusion – Originally intended as a 3-part blog (test results would be returned in 2–3 days they said), the documenting of my experience of getting tested for COVID-19 would more accurately be re-titled “A Day (or Ten)…”. The good news is I finally got the phone call with my result this morning. The better news is that it was negative. The interesting part is just what was happening to my sample as I tried not to die waiting for some word. […]

May 28, 2020 0 comments Blog Articles, Newsletter