Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
Long-time strategic partners MUSA and the Institute for Laboratory Automation (ILA) today announced the release of the first track within their series of web-based online courses designed to equip IT professionals with an overview of the biopharmaceutical industry and the set of skills necessary to support laboratories. The first course, entitled R&D Technology for IT Professionals, is available immediately through the Institute for Laboratory Automation’s Lab Automation University℠.
Douglas Lantigua, Principal of MUSA – a premier service provider specializing in delivering compliance-bound support and full-cycle technology solutions, and has developed a Laboratory Services Program – explained, “Most of the concepts that a seasoned IT Professional has learned with regards to general IT subject matter are transferable and often provide for a solid foundation in the Life Sciences vertical. However, there are also unique challenges to overcome which require a different set of skills. Generally, there is a schism between the scientists in the labs and corporate IT support. Since the vast array of scientific applications and instruments within the industry are unfamiliar to most, laboratories can be a bit intimidating. The scientists are often on their own for support. When scientists aren’t focused on their research, the business suffers. From our years of experience, we’ve taken much of our successful model for laboratory service delivery and incorporated it into the co-developed R&D Technology for IT Professionals course with ILA. The course is designed to empower IT Professionals to provide the support that the scientists need and to bridge the gap between IT and the sciences.”
“Scientists and IT engineers are well educated, articulate and experts within their respective fields but, upon interacting with each other, each may feel as if the other is speaking in a different language. While IT professionals live in the world of SANs, Servers, Switches, Firewalls and Applications, scientists are concerned with instruments such as Microplate Readers, HPLCs, Liquid Chromatography systems, Automated Workstations and Mass Spectrometers,” continued George Wilgram, Product Manager at MUSA. “Inevitably, those scientific instruments will export their data to a PC, or in a client-server environment, a server. IT must be familiar with those systems in order to effectively enable research, product development and manufacturing. In doing so, IT will most certainly encounter systems that fall under the umbrella of compliance, so a firm grasp of FDA regulations will prevent potentially embarrassing the sponsor or employer with an FDA warning letter. From vocabulary and background to setting up instruments, backing up data and regulatory compliance, this course will give IT the tools needed to hit the ground running and gain future clients within the industry.”
Joe Liscouski, Executive Director at the Institute for Laboratory Automation added, “With the help of MUSA, the Institute for Laboratory Automation is pleased to expand the course offerings at the Lab Automation University to include the R&D Technology for IT Professionals course. Other courses include Lab Automation is Inevitable: Are you Ready?, Economics of Lab Automation, Choosing Informatics Systems and Project and Technology Management in Lab Automation. Students can expect to learn and gain the necessary background that they need in order to work in Research and Development and testing laboratories within the Drug Discovery, Quality Control/Assurance and Manufacturing divisions of Life Sciences companies. This course will provide a brief introduction, an explanation of the Life Sciences industry (including an overview of the types of companies included in the industry, the drug discovery lifecycle and legal and regulatory considerations), the nature of laboratory work and an introduction to laboratory instrumentation. The final section brings together all of the background information and presents a model for supporting laboratory staffs and systems. Students are left with a complete view on how to effectively foster professional relationships in the industry to support systems within a regulatory environment with a specific focus on understanding data formats, backup strategies, maintenance, troubleshooting and deploying new systems.”
The R&D Technology for IT Professionals course is immediately available to the general public through the Institute for Laboratory Automation’s online Lab Automation University. The course is approximately six hours in length and is available in both MPEG4 and FLV formats. Registration is $795 and includes a one-year membership to the Institute of Laboratory Automation (providing students with ongoing support), access to the course for three weeks, PDFs for all of the slides and a written narration of the video.
About the Institute for Laboratory Automation (ILA):
The purpose of the Institute for Laboratory Automation is to help their clients improve the performance and productivity in their lab. Laboratories, both research and testing, are under pressure to be more productive with limited resources. ILA believes that automation - properly implemented - is an effective answer to that need. The key is how to use automation technologies effectively, meeting both performance and cost criteria. The Institute for Laboratory Automation (ILA) is a non-profit corporation focused on supporting the laboratory automation community. Our purpose is to help scientists, other laboratory professionals and IT support groups.
For more information about the Institute for Laboratory Automation, or for general inquires, contact:
Joe Liscouski, Executive Director
Institute for Laboratory Automation
MUSA is a rapidly growing consulting firm that excels in innovative solutions and support for firms in the Life Sciences industry. Their compliance, validation and technology engineers have years of experience working with firms ranging from enterprise-sized, multi-national companies to start-ups in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and health care industries. MUSA’s focus on the Life Sciences industry differentiates them from other service providers because they understand the strategic and technical challenges inherent in regulatory compliance. MUSA’s service offerings include Validated Cloud, Laboratory Services Program, Validation as a Service (VaaS™), Regulated IT, Project Management and more.
For more information about MUSA, contact:
Douglas Lantigua, Principal