If you walked into a typical life science lab, you might be surprised to see how much paper is still laying around. Many researchers still keep records of their experiments and studies in paper notebooks. In fact, along with doctor’s offices, biotech labs might be one of the last bastions of professional life that finally surrenders to digitization. But Harry's guest this week, Erwin Seinen, is helping to accelerate the shift. He’s the founder and CEO of a company called eLabNext, whose core product is a Web-based software platform called eLabJournal that includes tools for inventory and sample tracking, managing experimental protocols and procedures, and recording experimental results. Seinen explained to Harry how an electronic lab notebook can fit together with other lab tools, in an era where there’s just too much data to track everything on paper—and how companies can manage the transition to digital tools without sacrificing any of the spontaneity, curiosity, or creativity that good science is all about.
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