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STARLIMS ELN solution helped ImClone reduce cycle times

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April 26, 2021

Abbott Informatics ELN solution helped ImClone reduce cycle times and capture method data

In 2010, ImClone, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly implemented a fully automated LIMS process from Abbott's Informatics business to replace the paper based process used in their quality testing labs. The automated LIMS system enabled ImClone to accommodate a 25% increase in testing volume while holding headcount steady. The manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs is a complex process requiring multiple validation checks to ensure patients get a safe and efficacious product. ImClone has implemented rigorous testing processes to ensure manufactured lots meet stringent quality control standards. The quality control process takes samples off manufacturing lines and tests them against defined test processes to ensure all quality standards are met.


Scientists in the laboratory were capturing results and ancillary data associated with the test method in log books or other forms. The results were then transcribed manually into the STARLIMS LIMS application. The manual component introduces delays and the potential for errors due to human transcription. In addition, the process required manually tracking a lot of data.

    • Reduced turnaround time for the SDS assay by 50% on average
    • Reduced turnaround time for the Endotoxin assay by 29% on average
    • Reduced cycle times and errors during review & testing
    • Provided powerful flexibility through an Excel-like interface

Abbott Informatics ELN solution helped ImClone reduce cycle times and capture method data

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"We were impressed by the flexibility of the STARLIMS ELN, which allowed us to configure the system to fit our processes, rather than being forced into a set path. In addition, our people loved the fact that the STARLIMS ELN looks like an Excel spreadsheet, and we could set it up to mirror the way the paper forms looked."

Eric Natchman
Supervisor, ImClone Systems

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