Microsoft Life Sciences Award recognizes ACTSI innovation

Microsoft Corp. recently selected the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) for a 2010 Life Sciences Innovation Award. The award recognized the ACTSI’s Biomedical Informatics Program for implementing the Thermo Scientific Nautilus Laboratory Information System (LIMS) across ACTSI laboratories.

The ACTSI is a partnership of Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology, along with other community partners and collaborators. It is one of 46 medical research institutes working to enhance translational research in the United States and is supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award program, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources.

ACTSI implemented Thermo Scientific LIMS in the ACTSI as part of a multi-institutional biospecimen management system to enhance workflow, foster collaboration and effectively manage samples. As a result, Emory and its ACTSI partners are able to achieve  standardization of informatics infrastructure that is easily replicated across the research institutes. This gives Emory, ACTSI and the Atlanta community an informatics platform that facilitates advances in translational science.

The Innovations Awards honor new solutions or the successful application of available software and devices to revolutionize medicine, bring therapeutic breakthroughs to market faster, fight serious ailments, improve health and enhance people’s quality of life.

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