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Molecular Diagnostics & the Solo Librarian by Patrick Clapp June 14 th, 2010.

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1 Molecular Diagnostics & the Solo Librarian by Patrick Clapp June 14 th, 2010

2 Molecular Diagnostics: IVD companies sell lab instrumentation and consumables (including tests) to clinical (medical) and research labs. IVD-market segments include clinical chemistry, immunoassay, microbiology, hematology, coagulation, cytogenetics, cytology, histology, molecular diagnostics and blood banking. A diagnostic test is a procedure which gives a rapid, convenient and/or inexpensive indication of whether a patient has a certain disease An assay is a procedure in molecular biology for testing or measuring the activity of a drug or biochemical in an organism or organic sample. IVD Market Cap: $43B; Molecular Diagnostics subset: $4B

3 An Example of a Solo in a Molecular Diagnostic Company: Defense – 15% Library Services – 10% Miscellany – 10% Competitive Research – 5% Knowledge Management – 60% Critical Keys to Success: Agility, Versatility, & Indispensability Alignment: Senior VP of R&D (North Am.) Manager of Technical Pubs. & Knowledge Mgt The Solo Budget: ~$35,000 / yr (Literature, Standards, Conferences, Books, Subscriptions, & Tools) Clients: ~300 Scientists, Engineers, Managers, Marketers, & Operations people in Maryland and California QIAGEN, Gaithersburg Inc. Specifics:

4 Library Services: –Citation Tracking –Document Delivery –Copyright Clearance –Managing Lab Notebooks –Managing Standards Library Services Resources: Resources: –PubMed –Infotrieve –Copyright Clearance Center –Techstreet Only 15% - But Highly Visible and Valued by Non-Management

5 Other tools in the (small budget) MDx Solo Toolkit: Resources: –Citation Database Pubmed –In House Reference Database Reference Manager –Content Management System LiveLink (now Open Text) –Critical Software Adobe Professional Excel Word Snag It Notepad absolutely serious –Modern Amenities Sharepoint Wiki Google Alerts / Gmail KM & CI Tools Need to be Fast, Functional, and Close to Free Documentum

6 Playing Defense: Become Needed Defend Your Territory Find a Champion Find Another Champion Make Your Manager Look Good Fill Your Plate with Visible Wins Educate Your Clients Listen, Listen, Listen Respond to Client Needs with Overwhelming Value

7 Regardless of how you identify yourself: Librarian Information Professional Researcher Knowledge Specialist You possess a set of unique skills and abilities that have the power to stun and amaze your clients. The life of the Solo is filled with examples of handling odd requests, filling gaps, and tackling things when no one knows who to ask. Miscellany: I dont know how to do it, but you should ask Patrick. He might.


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