Getting Started

Implementing a new informatics system isn’t always easy. Rebecca Pool talks to laboratory and project managers to find the best way forward.

Post Foods is North America‰’s third largest cereal manufacturer, and as such, faces strict Food & Drug Administration regulation regarding the product formulation. Each product, whether devised within a single-laboratory or manufactured across several national plants, must be represented accurately, which of course demands a very flexible system.

As Jennifer Lake, research scientist and analytical lab manager at Post Foods, points out, analytical verification has always taken place throughout the research and development process, but data had been stored in an outdated Access database that no longer provided a reliable tracking system.

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