Keys to Success: Writing an Effective S.O.P.

Mar 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Science, Clinical Trials, Laboratory

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So, it’s your first time running an experiment? Doesn’t matter if it's something as straightforward as PCR or as complex as ChIP, you'll need to figure out what you’re doing and the best way to do it. A well-run lab usually has a large dictionary of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for a variety of techniques. But what if your lab doesn’t have a protocol for the technique you require? Here, we’ll review some best practices for developing your own set of SOPs in the lab and how they’ll help you and others in your lab get consistent results.


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Why Legalization Matters for Cannabis Research in Canada

Nov 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex Goldberg, Ph.D posted in Science, Clinical Trials, Cannabis

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Canada has recently passed new legislation legalizing cannabis throughout the country. Lineups at government-regulated stores were seen all over the country, with people eagerly awaiting legally sold marijuana for the first time ever in Canada. The demand is high, with many shops around Canada quickly selling out of many popular products on day 1. As the market is set to explode, the Canadian government has begun to invest heavily towards cannabis research, with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding around $20 million worth of projects within the last 5 years and ready to dole out another $3 million in the next few months.


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The Importance of Labeling in Clinical Trials

Oct 25, 2018 9:59:45 AM / by George Vaniotis, Ph.D posted in Labels, Clinical Trials

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The continued globalization of clinical trials has created a new set of strategic, administrative, and linguistic challenges. This is in addition to the progressively more complex regulatory environment that the pharmaceutical industry must contend with, both locally and abroad. The use of labeling plays an important part in addressing these challenges but is often overlooked. Here, we will review some of the more prominent difficulties encountered during the clinical trial process and how the proper labeling solution can help.

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