Columbus Childrens Research Institute Selects Rescentris for Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Software

April 27, 2007

Rescentris, the leading provider of electronic lab notebook (ELN) software for the life sciences industry, today announced that Columbus Childrens Research Institute (CCRI) has selected its award-winning Collaborative Electronic Research FrameworkTM (CERF) solution for their electronic lab notebook. 

Electronic lab notebook software is a burgeoning new technology, and selecting the right ELN for the institution was a critical decision for Columbus Children Research Institute.    A team, comprised of executive management, researchers, lab staff and IT support, at CCRI sought to identify an industry leader of an ELN solution that could provide its principal investigators and laboratory scientists with versatility, ease of use, and the flexibility to work with a variety of different types of scientific data and workflows. Collaboration and the ability to share knowledge are critical objectives of research projects according to Mary France, Director of Research Information Services.   Being prepared to facilitate collaboration and innovation in a growing, fast-paced environment is a strategic imperative.

Not only were we looking at an integrated technology solution that is new to research institutions worldwide, we were seeking a company that could partner with us and provide a solution uniquely suited to our environment, said France.  We have over 111 principal investigators and more than 700 employees, most of whom need access and the ability to collaborate on projects.  After a thorough review of the industry and a pilot project with the software vendor we finally chose Rescentris and CERF because of their robust technology and because they understand the importance of collaboration not only within CCRI, but throughout the external research community.

In the world of life sciences, ELNs now play an invaluable role, said Dr. Adel Mikhail, CEO of Rescentris.  With an enterprise deployment of CERF ELN, CCRI continues their innovative history.  We believe they are the first institution of their kind to embrace using an ELN.  This underscores their commitment to making the research process faster and more efficient.

Mary France will be on hand at the 2007 Bio-IT World Expo Exhibit Hall at the World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts, to talk about CCRIs experience with the selection of Rescentris and CERF.  Her presentation, Collaboration as the Driving Force for Selecting an ELN," begins at 9:30 am on May 2nd, at the Exhibit Hall Theatre.

About Columbus Childrens Research Institute
Columbus Childrens Hospital is a 115-year-old pediatric healthcare network which houses the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Columbus Childrens Research Institute (CCRI) at Columbus Children's Hospital ranks among the top 10 in National Institutes of Health research awards to freestanding childrens hospitals in the United States.  More information is available by calling (614) 722-KIDS or through

About Rescentris
Rescentris provides ELN and scientific content management software solutions that enable R&D organizations to create, organize, share and exploit their knowledge assets.  Its product, Collaborative Electronic Research Framework (CERF), provides a unified desktop for knowledge workers and delivers R&D performance improvements for multiple stakeholders throughout diverse life sciences organizations.  See for more information.

Christy Newland
Rescentris Public Relations
(502) 418-6757

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Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at