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Thermo Fisher Scientific Announces LIMS Installation at Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Posted: Friday 11th April 2008

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, says that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the lead federal department responsible for Canada's fisheries resource, oceans and inland waters, will install its purpose-built Thermo Scientific Nautilus™ LIMS (laboratory information management systems). After a five-year phased roll-out, more than 150 users operating out of 12 different laboratories located in seven facilities across Canada will take advantage of the Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS. The volume of data managed by the LIMS will vary from program to program, but will initially reach more than 100,000 discrete samples yearly, and this is expected to increase at a rate of approximately 25,000 samples per year.

DFO will use the Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS to facilitate its ongoing commitment to the research, development and understanding of Canada's three oceans, freshwaters and coastlines. Specifically, DFO will provide diagnostic services, test method development, regulatory research and expert scientific advice in collaboration with the Canadian Food inspection Agency. DFO will implement the LIMS for use in Science Sector laboratories across Canada, focusing initially on the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP).

“What an outstanding opportunity for Thermo Fisher Scientific to partner and work hand in hand with the Canadian government, in particular Fisheries and Oceans Canada, on their unique operations worldwide”, says Greg Huelbig, strategic sales executive for Thermo Fisher Scientific. “The installation of Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS will greatly add to DFO’s efficiencies and help them do their many tasks with more confidence and reliability.”

DFO plays a leading role in managing and safeguarding oceans and inland waters and their resources for Canadians. Science provides an essential basis for the sound management of fisheries and oceans resources. Research activities fall under a wide range of topics, including: marine environment and habitat, oceanography, productivity, stock assessment, hydrography and aquaculture. For more information about DFO and its scientific research activities, visit their website at

For more information about Thermo Scientific informatics solutions, please call on +1 866-463-6522, e-mail or visit

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