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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Modul-Bio provides a biological data management software specifically designed for biobanks and cohort projects. Main functionalities include patient management, samples collection, processing, distribution and disposal.
Overview of Innovation:
MBioLIMS BioBanking®

Modul-Bio solutions allow users to manage the complete lifecycle of biological material and related data. MBioLIMS BioBanking® is dedicated to the management of samples and associated data and is modular and evolutive allowing the expansion and fit of the system to match laboratory requirements..
The whole system is intuitive for end-users, flexible for customization, easily scalable even in a multi-site environment, accepts plug-ins for applications or equipment such as laboratory instruments, robotics or storage, and ensures long term data security.

Access to the application is via a local Browser with no installation required on individual computers. The setup of the system facilitates confidentiality with secured data transmission on HTTPS, and is VPN compatible. MBioLIMS BioBanking® can be installed locally, or as a cloud solution to fit client needs.

It is possible to specify the level of access of each user by creating new profiles with specific roles. It is also possible to show/hide nominative data. Each site can have an internal administrator, trained by Modul-Bio’s team to manage and evolve the solution as required.

A complete Audit Trail is embedded within MBioLIMS BioBanking® which records all actions taken including user registration, who performed the action (create, modify, delete), date and time, fields and values that have been modified. This covers sample movement, transformation to end points such as destruction to provide traceability and information that can be used in reports, audits and business improvement.

Sample storage and movement is fully monitored and storage containers can be designed and edited by system administrators. This allows the client to replicate the laboratory space within the system, monitor and report sample movement and custody. Storage can be assigned to certain studies, or restricted to particular sample types to prevent incorrect use of space. If samples are transferred to other facilities, or external contacts the shipment and manifests of these activities can also be created and controlled within the application. The interface provides a visual representation of the storage system that allows users to navigate all freezers, nitrogen tanks as well as their content all the way to the details of the sample container (tube/plate/2D rack, etc.)

Many other modules are available, and more are developed each year to match biobank requirements.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Achiever Medical LIMS helps research institutions to improve lab efficiency, facilitates return on investment into sample collections & demonstrates compliance to legislation. Inbuilt security protects patient identifiable data with controlled access
Overview of Innovation:
With increasingly stringent regulations and greater emphasis on profitability placed on laboratories, Achiever Medical LIMS was designed in conjunction with leading scientists & clinicians to provide an easy-to-use sample management system incorporating sample tracking, clinical data management, workload & communication management. The system addresses the gap left by traditional LIMS systems by providing enhanced donor and research profile data.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS is a process driven & web browser-based laboratory & clinical data management system that is flexible/scalable to evolve as needs develop. Using Open Standards to streamline the sharing of information across existing applications Achiever Medical LIMS allows data to be imported from, e.g. Patient Information & Storage Environment Management Systems, Lab equipment, Emails & Calendars for an holistic overview of samples, equipment, environment & workload.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS enables the mapping of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure staff adhere to agreed standards, ensuring regulatory compliance & promoting quality, efficiency & consistency. Achiever Medical LIMS can assist in compliance with the Human Tissue Act, Good Laboratory Practice & CFR 21 Part 11.
 
Sample tracking functionality delivers complete traceability with automatic generation of unique reference numbers for each sample. Core sample details e.g. location/sample type are tracked as values change for a complete audit history. Sample profile information is captured including sample & tissue type, tissue collection details and associated patient & project information. Barcode labels can be generated for single/multiple samples & customised information can be contained within each label. These labels can be scanned to facilitate rapid sample retrieval.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS integrates data and processes across multiple faculties/diverse into a single solution. This enables authorised users to gain an holistic oversight, having full access to complete donor/patient records. Robust security filters and flexible tools within the LIMS allow the creation of custom levels of user security access to samples, donors or project information. This flexibility is especially useful for biobank or bio-repository management or when conducting multiple studies/clinical trials/projects with multiple collaborators. These tools support collaborative working and simplify a task that can otherwise be legislatively difficult and time-consuming.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Achiever’s LIMS ability to quickly and efficiently organise samples for tracking, storage and retrieval, enables the full economic and scientific value of existing samples to be effectively realised and more efficient processing of sample requests and tests.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS enables sample aliquots to be easily generated from the parent record for complete traceability with a sample ‘family history’ view available, from both the parent & child records, allowing rapid navigation between samples within the same family.
 
Tools to enable the detailed tracking & monitoring of a sample via comprehensive sample location & check in/out auditing are provided. These include recording each time the sample is removed from its location, who checked it out and for what purpose. Samples that have been ‘checked out’ are easily identifiable and can be quickly ‘checked in’ when required along with their full audit trail information.
 
Samples used and associated stock depletion during testing or analyses are automatically flagged with Achiever Medical LIMS.
 
Composite samples such as Tissue Microarrays can be easily created within Achiever Medical LIMS, with each individual sample’s position within the composite sample recorded, any requests for removal can be easily and effectively managed.
 
External sample requests received by biobanks & bio-repositories can be managed through Achiever Medical LIMS using its built in management protocols. This facility provides staff with complete chain of custody details for each sample ((the person who requested the sample, reason for request, who approved the request & expected return date (if required) are captured)). Rejected requests are appropriately managed with reasons for rejection being recorded. Where only part of the sample is required, aliquots can be generated for the required amount along with accompanying complete family history record. Dashboards highlight samples due for return, allowing staff to monitor/chase up samples where required.
 
Achiever’s complete sample auditing & sample tracking functionality records changes by staff to core sample information. Audit trail information includes details of specific information fields changed, values pre & post change, date, time and name of the user who made the change etc. Chain of Custody details, including who checked in the sample, to whom it is checked out (where relevant), storage location, details of processing and projects included in are also captured.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands population has access to the most extensive range of specialist tests from a range of stakeholders, showcasing the potential of laboratory contributions to raise the profile of the research, clinical and diagnostic expertise of the region’s NHS laboratory staff.
 
For laboratories, biobanks and bio-repositories sample tracking & donor management capabilities are of huge importance in donor profiling, consent management, traceability, chain of custody & regulatory compliance.
 
The integration of a potentially region-wide system to manage tissue tracking across multiple teams, hospitals and sites can avoid duplication of data entry and maximise data quality while working within the IT and legislative constraints imposed by disparate working environments of the users.
 
Having sought approval for sample collection, samples need to be treated in line with SOPs and available for use in research both internally and with permitted collaborators.  Utilisation of samples is important to maximise the potential benefit from the donor and to make best use of the resources available to clinicians and researchers.  Cost recovery models allow for income generation to promote the sustainability of the biobank.
 
Improving the value of data quality enables laboratory staff and researchers to search for tissue samples from specific cohorts of donors, filtering by level of consent given by donors, allowing them to search for tissues that have not opted out of specific elements of research. This level of capability will allow biobanks and bio-repositories to service very specialist research requests, increasing value.
 
The quality of the donor, consent, storage and tissue viability data greatly increases the value of the tissues to laboratory staff and researchers. Once cleansed, Achiever Medical LIMS’s storage management capabilities help to increase levels of utilisation, reducing overhead costs per sample.
 
The ‘Achiever Medical Researcher Portal’ allows authorised collaborators to view restricted data for relevant samples.  This external view portal promotes the management of sample requests all within a single system, giving an easy means of sharing samples and the relevant data.  Automatic alerts ensure applications are managed efficiently.
 
In addition, reports and analysis providing real-time data, can be run at the touch of a button instead of valuable laboratory personnel spending days (sometimes weeks) painstakingly collating information from various spreadsheets.
Current and planned activity: 
We are a West Midlands based company wishing to work with our regional health providers.  
 
Our current users include Leeds (LTHT), Nottingham (NUH) and Cambridge (CUH) Trusts all of whom use the system to manage their research samples, donor data and to support HTA Audits.
 
Both NUH and CUH use Achiever Medical as part of their involvement with GEL.
 
Achiever Medical is being used to pioneer the data standards being promoted by UKCRC.
 
We would like to work with WMAHSN who are leading the collaboration of The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), a partnership of 18 NHS Acute Trusts across the region, working collaboratively to help to deliver the UK 100,000 Genomes Project.   
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any requirements for sample management and donor management, projects and disease specific systems for either single organisations or multi-institutional requirements.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All IP is owned by Interactive Software Limited.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Proven in practice with NHS Pathology Laboratories, Pathology Manager delivers complete document management  support for all pathology process and works in partnership with any existing LIMS, PAS or Order Comms systems.
Overview of Innovation:
Complete Document Management for Pathology Departments to enable access too, and the sharing of information.
A proven scanning, barcode recognition and metadata tagging system for all paper forms used across a Pathology Department with instant retrieval & viewing from a web browser and via integration with any existing Pathology LIMS plus additional options for incorporating all other paper and digitally generated documents.
Developed in collaboration with NHS Pathology Laboratories, Pathology Manager delivers complete document management support for the whole pathology process. It enables the scanning of pathology request forms & paper documents and ingestion of digital files all into one system with intelligent barcode recognition and easy application of metadata plus instant search, retrieval & viewing directly over the organisation's network and from within an existing LIMS or PAS. It is 'plug & play' and very (very) affordable.

Uniquely with Pathology Manager, all documents - scanned paper, digitally generated (e.g. Word), emails, data reports, etc - are seen together via a Single Unified View (simultaneous viewing whatever their file type). And with instant searching, filtering and reporting plus automated alerting, auditing and monitoring, full document management across all pathology activities is ensured.

Pathology Manager works in partnership with existing LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems) like Clinisys MasterLab or Winpath, StarLIMS and Telepath (and any PAS) in support of all the pathology processes.

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Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
Helping Pathology save costs
  • There is no limit to the number or volume of scans generated (i.e. there is no extra 'cost per image' as with most other scanning software)
  • There is no limit on the number of users
  • There is no limit to the volume of documents made available for search & retrieval
  • Instantly reduces paper storage space and improves process efficiency
  • Pathology Manager is significantly more affordable than any alternative whilst providing 'best of breed' features & functionality
Essentially, with Pathology Manager both the Cost of Purchase and the Cost of Ownership are significantly better than any alternative 

"Pathology Manager has allowed us to improve the efficiency, accuracy and speed of some of the key services provided by the Pathology Department.  It has provided a highly cost effective, high performance solution to a long standing information management challenge".   
Worcestershire NHS Pathology


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Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
  • Folding Space would like to extend the use of our software across the whole of the West Midlands as this would allow us to grow and develop not only our service here in the region but also to excelerate our software development and its facilities, products and our company.
Current and planned activity: 
  • Currently selling Pathology Manager into the NHS with adoption of the product within two trust within the West Midlands region
    • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
    • Worcester Health and Care NHS Trust
    • North Midlands NHS
       
  • Folding Space is working in conjunction with multiple trusts to pilot and develop a new product that will be market ready in April 2016. This project has been funded by Innovate UK
Planned / required activity
  • Increased procurement / adoption of Pathology Manager within the West Midlands region
     
  • Folding Space currently have another medical product in development that will be ready for commercialisation in April, further support and interest in the product will be sought at that time
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Folding Space owns all its IPR
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:

Yes

Measures:

Revenues

Adoption target:

UK wide, commercial and public sector

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
ISL has recently developed a Clinical Trial platform that could be used for collaboration by multiple institutions including NHS/Academia/Pharma/Industry.  Shared protocols, intelligent workflows and secure data management underpin the solution.
Overview of Innovation:
Ensuring your data is accurate, your samples are viable and your results are verifiable are essential when managing clinical trials and carrying out research.

Achiever Medical provides your laboratory with the functionality to manage data quality and integrity, an audit trail to help you assess the quality of your samples and a workflow tool to help map your processes into the solution, including managing the approvals process.

  • Clinical trial functionality to allow easy adoption and customisation for launching and building up clinical trial datasets
  • Manage cohorts, studies, samples, visits and results within a single system that can be shared amongst all collaborating parties
  • One system across multiple institutes, pharma, industry and academia
  • Management reporting cross centre
  • Create and deliver trials quickly with customised data requirements
  • Enforce trial protocols to promote quality and single approach
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
  • Rapid rollout of system to support data capture of clinical trials
  • Modify processes and protocols per clinical trial with minimal recourse to IT
  • Share data regionally/nationally across trials
  • Role based permissions to protect data
  • Single system to administer
  • Adapt processes and protocols for trials quickly
Assess Sample Viability
Ensuring you are carrying out research on viable samples is essential when validating any results.  Achiever provides a comprehensive audit trail against each sample including complete details of storage location history (with a temperature audit),  sample check out history (when, by whom, how long and for what purpose) and sample processing history (with sample collection date/time, processed date/time).  A complete sample family history is also available for managing aliquots with related samples (including parent) accessible with a single click.
 
Maintaining Confidentiality
Confidentiality is not only critical when handling patient information but is also a legal requirement.  Achiever offers flexible, secure data protection options to restrict access to identifiable and sensitive information to authorised users only.  Data encryption routines encrypt data at source whilst data security filters only allow authorised users access to selected information within the system.
 
Managing Studies and Workloads
Define studies within the Achiever system and link team members along with their relevant roles.  Generate activities to create and manage workloads with a graphical calendar available to view team schedules.  Monitor and track equipment and consumables used. Capture analyses and results along with any associated documentation and images.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
  • Make clinical trials available quickly to patients within the WM region
  • Ease of reporting to present efficacy of trial within the region
  • Show proactivity of centres and success in recruiting potential volunteers for trial
Current and planned activity: 
The functionality is being rolled out within a Health Trust in the East of England.  The company now wishes to find a national / regional opportunity that would benefit from a single system to promote trials.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Released.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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