History of BLIPS
BLIPS Version 4.0
LIMA Version 6.0
Column Manager 6.0
ADS-Limathon Limited are delighted to announce a
collaborative agreement with Ionasys
Incorporated. In a reciprocal agreement Ionasys will act as sales agents for
ADS-Limathon in the USA, while ADS-Limathon will act as sales agents for Ionasys
in the EEC. Ionasys will also provide offshore software development options to
enable Limathon to bring products to market more quickly and cost effectively.
The first product announced from this collaboration is i-BLIPS.
In a further agreement, ADS-Limathon have been
working with Ionasys Incorporated to
develop a web enabled version of BLIPS, to be known as
i-BLIPS. Based on
the BLIPS 4.0 calculation algorithm, the product retains many of the familiar
features of BLIPS, but instead of being MS Access based, it is written in Java,
and runs TOMCAT and a MYSQL database, located on a hosted server. This will be
initially aimed at Clinical Studies but it may also prove valuable to
collaborating clinics such as BILAG and SLICC. It provides the Study Organisers
all the major benefits associated with internet applications, including a
central database and a simple front end deployment in Internet Explorer. No
installation on the users PC is required. After the user has been registered in
the database, it is a simple task of entering the web address, and logging on
with a user name and password.
The development is progressing well and a 'Proof
of Concept' product is already available for demonstration. The next steps
involve testing the calculation algorithms in order to validate the software
before it can be deployed to a secure server for use in a live study.
History of BLIPS
British Lupus Integrated Prospective System, or BLIPS as it is known, is the
result of 10 years of collaboration between British Isles Lupus Assessment Group
(BILAG) and ADS.
Since 1984, the BILAG group has been monitoring thousands of
patients with the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Many
authoritative clinical papers have emanated from the group and they have
documented a complex index for assessing and controlling the disease. For ADS,
the project started out in 1996 as a simple data migration of a legacy BILAG
database into MS Access 2.0. Such is the power of Access, it ended up four years
later as a highly sought after tool for Lupus researchers worldwide.
BLIPS Version One was released
exclusively to the Bilag group in 1998 as a direct replacement for their old DOS
BILAG database. It included a completely new GUI interface for the Bilag index
– monitoring of eight clinical systems – mucocutaneous, immunological,
vascular, haematological, cardiovascular, biochemical neurological,
musculoskeletal, and added new functionality recording of medication drugs and
BLIPS Version Two in 1999 added two further
internationally recognised indices – SLICC and SF-36. Graphing of results was
introduced to the functionality, and the product became a network client-server
Blips Version 3.0 was released worldwide in 2000
allowing non-BILAG clinics to obtain the tool. Version 3.0 included two more indices, SLAM-R and Selena Sledai. It was recoded in Access 97
and a 100-page user guide and helptext were added. BLIPS 3.0 is now in use in
major universities and hospitals throughout the UK, USA and Canada and as far a
field as China, Korea, Australia and the Philippines. During
2003-2005 several clinical studies were conducted using BLIPS 3.0
BLIPS Version 4.0 was released first released in a
bespoke Clinical Study version in November 2005.
It has since been used introduced in more studies in
2006. Changes included improved security and
audit trail for FDA CFR21 compliance. Demographic data screens were replaced
with Patient IDs. Sign off reports were introduced, along with the ability to
automatically email them to the Study Control centre. A system admin function
was introduced to allow Study Organisers to define which functionality would be
available to clinics during trials. Further development has enabled BLIPS
4.0 to be released in June 2006 as a standard product release, rather than
restricting it to Clinical Studies.
is now in use in over 30 countries around the world, and since release around
200 users have registered their copies.
The industrial diversity of the LIMA customer base
continues to motivate us here at ADS-Limathon.
LIMA Version 4.0 and its Network Administrator Version
was the result of collaborative work with food and confectionary giant,
Nestle, in Switzerland.
LIMA Version 5.0 , the Service Base version, was a
developed in collaboration with DP Services a petrochemical instrument
maintenance company in Scotland. This version was specifically designed for use
by Instrument Maintenance companies and includes a customer database and is
And now LIMA 6 has been developed in collaboration with
the National Thermal Power Corporation in India.
The new version has increased FDA 21CFR compliance
with electronic signature validation and stricter logon, and
complete audit trail. Enhancements specified by NTPC included improved
calibration settings allowing automatic generation of calibration points between
the upper and lower limits, based on either % of upper value, or % of Range. The
concept of Master Calibration Instruments is also catered for, along with
improved sign off reports. Other improvements designed by ourselves were focused
on enhancing the Admin sections introduced in version 4 and extending the use of
tab screens to the instrument record card.
ADS-Limathon Managing Director, Gordon Hamilton,
commented : "LIMA had grown from a simple and easy to use instrument log
database into a very complex and flexible instrument management solution. The
challenge was to increase the complexity yet again, retain the flexibility to
support divers industries, but streamline the user interface to improve ease of
use and user navigation. Early comments from customers suggest we have achieved
this. LIMA has been around now for 10 years so its a fantastic accolade to
hear its still a top solution. The introduction of features required by the
power industry is already paying dividends as the International Atomic Energy
Agency based in Vienna has committed to purchase LIMA for over 20 atomic power
stations in Africa. Equally satisfying is the knowledge that while LIMA was
originally designed for the Laboratory industry ten years ago, it has been
reshaped to support food, petrochem and electricity industries, but it has
retained its support in its native sector. Last week a new customer at A.P.
Pharma, (USA) told to us last week that after reviewing all the products on the
market, LIMA was by far the best solution for her Pharmaceutical Laboratory."
International Atomic Energy Agency is the latest in a
long list of valued internationally famous customers using LIMA, which includes
the US Navy (at Pearl Harbour), Esso, Exxon, Heineken, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble,
Nestle, General Electric (to name a few !).
For the technophiles LIMA Version 6
is available with Access XP Runtime as a stand alone PC version. Network
versions will require Access XP. Access 2000 and 2003 versions are also
available upon request. The upgrade route from LIMA 2000 or LIMA 4 involves data
migration which ADS-Limathon can provide upon request.
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