LabKey Biologics is designed to help teams efficiently manage bioprocessing workflows for large molecule research and development.

This topic details changes and enhancements in each release as a guide to help users track changes. Application specific changes are listed, along with a link to the general release notes for each LabKey Server version.

Release 21.12, December 2021 (Coming soon)

Release 21.11, November 2021

  • Manage process parameters in lab workflows. Available in development mode. (docs)
  • Archive an assay design so that new data is disallowed, but historic data can be viewed. (docs)
  • Manage sample statuses like available, consumed, and locked. (docs)
  • Incorporate lineage lookups into sample naming patterns. (docs)
  • Apply a container specific prefix to all bioregistry entity and sample naming patterns. (docs)
  • Prevent users from creating their own IDs/Names in order to maintain consistency using defined naming patterns. (docs)

Release 21.10, October 2021

  • Customize the definitions of data classes (both bioregistry and media types) within the application. (docs)
  • Sample detail pages include information about aliquots and jobs. (docs)
  • Customize the naming pattern used when creating aliquots. (docs)
  • Comments on workflow job tasks can be formatted in markdown and multithreaded. (docs)
  • Redesigned job tasks page (docs)

Release 21.9, September 2021

  • Edit lineage of selected samples in bulk (docs)
  • Customize the names of entities in the bioregistry (docs)
  • Redesigned job overview page (docs)
  • Lineage graphs changed to show up to 5 generations instead of 3 (docs)

Release 21.8, August 2021

  • Aliquot views available at the parent sample level. See aggregate volume and count of aliquots and sub-aliquots. (docs)
  • Find samples using barcodes or sample IDs (docs)
  • Import aliases for sample parents are shown in the Sample Type and included in downloaded templates. (docs)
  • Improved options for managing workflow and templates (docs)

Release 21.7, July 2021

  • Electronic Lab Notebooks are available as an integrated part of the Biologics application. (docs)
    • Data-connected ELN connects your analysis directly to the supporting work
    • Collaboratively author, review, and discuss notebook entries and data
    • Add context and clarity to your work, accelerating the review and publication process.
  • Removal of the previous "Experiment" mechanism. Use workflow jobs instead.
  • A new Job Builder interface makes creating workflow jobs easier. (docs)

Release 21.6, June 2021

  • Create and manage Aliquots of samples (docs)
  • Parent details are included on the Overview tab for samples (docs)

Release 21.5, May 2021

  • Nucleotide and Protein Sequence values can be hidden from users who have access to read other data in the system. (docs)
  • Sample Types and Data Classes can include:
    • Marking of fields at different levels of PHI. (docs)
    • Fields to reference files and attachments. Learn more in the Sample Manager documentation here. (docs)

Release 21.4, April 2021

  • Generate barcodes for Samples with "UniqueID" field type (docs)
  • Options to create samples from more places in the application (docs)
  • Create pooled samples and/or derive new samples from one or more parents (docs)
  • Integrated workflow with job templates and personalized queues of tasks (docs)
  • Specialty Assays can now be defined and integrated, in addition to Standard Assays (docs)
  • Creation of Raw Materials in the application uses a consistent interface with other sample type creation (docs)
  • When inferring fields to define data structures, the "reserved" fields will not be shown, but are always created (docs)
  • When importing data, any unrecognized fields will be ignored; in some cases a banner will be shown (docs)

Release 21.3, March 2021

  • User experience improvements include:
    • A new home page, which highlights samples and recently added assay data. (docs)
    • A new navigation menu, conveniently available throughout the application. (docs)
  • Sample Types and Assay Designs can now be created and managed with a Biologics-based user interface. (docs | docs)
  • In-app Notifications are provided when background imports are completed. (docs)
  • Release Notes 21.3 (March 2021)

Release 20.11, November 2020

  • Sample Management - Improved user experience for defining and importing samples, and generating sample IDs, including importing samples by drag-and-drop and directly entering sample information in the user interface. (docs)
  • Assay Data Management - Improved user experience for defining, importing and managing assay data directly in the Biologics application. (docs)
  • Sequence Validation - Improved validation of whitespaces and stop codons in nucleotide and protein sequences. (docs)
  • Release Notes 20.11 (November 2020)

Release 20.7, July 2020

  • Sample Import - Expanded sample import options within the Biologics application. (docs)
  • Assay Data Import and Re-import - Improved interface for importing and re-importing assay data. (docs)
  • Release Notes 20.7

Release 20.3, March 2020

  • Sample Comparison Reports - Create assay summary reports for selected samples. (docs)
  • Improved Data Grid Paging - Improvements allow you to select the number of rows to show on a given page and to jump to the first or last page directly. (docs)
  • Release Notes 20.3

Release 19.3, November 2019

  • Lineage Improvements - The Lineage tab provides graphical and grid views on lineage relationships, as well as sample details. (docs)
  • Reports tab - The Reports tab displays custom grids and charts added by administrators. (docs)
  • Release Notes 19.3

Release 19.2, July 2019

  • Expanded Characters in Sequences. DNA/RNA sequences can use expanded characters beyond A, C, G, T, and U. (docs)
  • Reporting Enhancements User-created reports, charts, and custom grids are collected and displayed on the Reports tab. (docs)
  • Assay QC States - Configure and use custom states for quality control workflows in assays. Available in both LabKey Server and Biologics. (admin docs) and (Biologics user docs)
  • Release Notes: 19.2

Release 19.1, March 2019

  • Custom Charts and Grids - Display charts and custom grids within Biologics. (docs)
  • File Attachments - Attach files to experiments. (docs)
  • Bulk Upload Ingredients and Raw Materials - Import ingredients and materials in bulk using Excel, TSV, and other tabular file formats. (docs)
  • Support for 'Unknown' Ingredients - Include "unknowns" in bulk registration of mixtures and batches. (docs)
  • Improved Batch Creation - Add an ingredient off recipe during the creation of a batch. (docs)
  • Assay Data for Samples - When a sample has multiple associated assays, the results are displayed on different tabs on the sample's details page. (docs)
  • Release Notes 19.1

Release 18.3, November 2018

  • Biologics Trial Servers Available - Create a web-based server instance to explore LabKey Biologics. (docs)
  • Experiment Framework - Manage experiments, associated samples and assay data. Add and remove samples from an existing experiment. View the assay data linked to samples in an experiment. (docs)
  • Lineage Grid - View sample lineage in a grid format. (docs)
  • Import Constructs from GenBank Files - Import Constructs using the GenBank file format (.gb, .genbank). (docs)
  • Custom Views - Administrators can define and expose multiple views on Biologics grid data, allowing end users to select from the list of views. (docs)
  • Tutorials - Use these tutorials as a guided tour of LabKey Biologics:
  • Release Notes 18.3

Release 18.2, July 2018

  • Experiments - Build and define experiments with samples. (docs)
  • Details for Related Entities - The user interface for related entities has been improved with expandable details panels. (docs)
  • Editable Grid Improvements - Insert sample details or upload assay data in a grid. (docs)
  • Bulk Import for Media - Quickly specify ingredients for recipes or batches. (docs)
  • Release Notes 18.2

Release 18.1, March 2018

  • Improved Navigation - Redesigned navigation bars have replaced the "breadcrumb" links. Multiple tabs have been added to select details pages in the registry. (docs)
  • Bulk Import Entities - Bulk import nucleotide sequences, protein sequences, molecules, mixtures, and mixture batches using an Excel file, or other tabular file format. (docs)
  • Editable Grid for Assay Data - Enter assay data directly into the data grid without the need for a file-based import. (docs)
  • GenBank File Format - Import and export data using the GenBank file format. (docs)
  • Multiple Sample Assay Data Upload (docs)
  • Improved Media Registration - Include an expiration date for batches of media. Mark raw materials and media batches as "consumed" to track the current supply. (docs)
  • Release Notes 18.1

Release 17.3, November 2017

Release 17.2, July 2017

  • Vendor Supplied Mixtures - Add vendor supplied materials and mixtures to the registry, even when exact ingredients and/or amounts are unknown.
  • Editable Registry Fields - Some fields in the registry can be directly edited by the user, such as description and flag fields.
  • Media Batches - Users can create media batches using recipes and ingredients already entered into the repository.
  • Improved Sample Creation - A new sample generation wizard makes it easier to enter new samples in the repository, and to link them with existing DataClasses and parent samples.
  • Release Notes 17.2

March 2017

  • LabKey Biologics is Launched!


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