EPFL presentation #PLA2020

Institutional ELN and LIMS deployment in Academic research


The systematic recording and management of experimental data in academic life science research remains an open problem. EPFL engaged in a program of ELN and LIMS deployment 6 years ago, encountering a host of fundamental questions at the institutional level and in each single laboratory. In this presentation we describe the resources used, the challenges, key success factors, and the results obtained at each phase of our project.

Our proposed presentation describes how we successfully deployed an ELN and LIMS platform to support EPFL research groups in scientific data management.


Nicolas Argento EFLP at paperless lab academy

Name: Nicolas Argento 

Title: ELN/LIMS services manager

For the last 5 years, Nicolas has been transforming an ELN/LIMS project into a core service serving the research laboratories and technology platforms in an academic life sciences research institute. Focused on the added value for scientists and laboratory staff, he coordinated 55 LIMS implementations in a wide variety of laboratories. His team of 4 engineers ensure tailor made deployments, the maintenance and evolution of an in-house infrastructure. IT engineer by training, his previous experience was in IT project management in the banking industries. He decided to embrace an innovative training to specialised in IT for healthcare. Acting as a lead link between laboratories and IT departments, his expertise covers biology R&D, healthcare and telemedicine information systems as well as IT project and services management.

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, is the most cosmopolitan of all European technical universities. It welcomes students, professors and researchers of more than 120 nationalities. With both a Swiss and international vocation, EPFL focuses on three missions: education, research and innovation. EPFL collaborates with an important network of partners, including other universities and colleges, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and the economy, politicians and the general public, in order to have a real impact on society. The School of Life Sciences fosters education, research and innovation at the interface of engineering and biology to advance the understanding of the living world and solve biomedical problems. Our 52 research laboratories are grouped into four institutes, with strong inter-institute connections providing an interdisciplinary environment stimulating innovative research.