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May 4, 2022

ISBER 2022 is here!

ISBER’s Annual 2022 Meeting began this morning in Atlanta, Georgia. IMS has been a proud sponsor of this conference for years and is excited to see what this year’s speakers are bringing to the biobanking community. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Come see us at booth 402/404!

May 4, 2022

BSI at Bio-IT!

The BSI team is proud to be exhibiting at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo this week in Boston, Massachusetts. We are available throughout the conference to discuss how BSI and its associated systems can best help your organization. Whether you are looking for an inventory tracking system or a data sharing platform, the BSI Systems have a flexible solution waiting. Come see us at booth 110!

March 15, 2022

BSI will attend ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits!

The ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits is taking place from May 17-20 in Atlanta, GA! More information about the event can be found on the ISBER website. For those that cannot attend in person, a virtual event will be held June 14-15.

ISBER is a global biobanking organization that creates opportunities for networking, education, and innovation. ISBER provides a community for harmonizing approaches to emerging challenges in repositories, as well as fostering ideas to create new solutions.

Stop by booth 402/404 to learn more about the BSI family of products and we look forward to seeing you there!

March 10, 2022

BSI will attend Bio IT World Conference & Expo

The Bio IT World Conference & Expo is taking place from May 3-5 in Boston, MA! More information about the event can be found on the Bio IT website.

The Bio-IT World Conference & Expo showcases the technologies and analytic approaches that solve problems, accelerate science, and drive the future of precision medicine. The event unites a community of leading life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, informatics, and technology experts in the fields of biomedical research, drug discovery & development, and healthcare from around the world.

Stop by booth 110 to learn more about the BSI family of products or just to say hello. We can’t wait to see you there!

August 2021

Feature Focus: Saving Requisitions in BSI Engage

In the BSI Client (the desktop application for accessing your database) users have been able to save requisitions they are working on and come back to them later. That feature is also available to BSI Engage users. BSI Engage is an optional module that allows users to access their database through a web browser. If a BSI Engage user creating a requisition wants to search for additional specimens to add to their cart or change the specimens in their cart before submitting a requisition, they now have that ability. They can now save a requisition to finish it at a later time.

screenshot of BSI Engage save requisition option
BSI Engage Save Requisition

Engage users with permissions to Submit Requisitions can choose to save a requisition. After selecting the Save Requisition button to the right of the Submit button, the Req Repository Status changes to Pending and the requisition remains open. Because specimens in the cart are not evaluated or attached to the requisition until the requisition is submitted, requisitions saved on Engage will show 0 as the number of included vials . Since requisitions with no vials can only be submitted or saved if they have instructions, it is necessary to add some data to the Instructions field before saving. Saved requisitions, synonymous with pending requisitions, will have no data for Date Submitted as they have not yet been submitted to the repository.

screenshot of BSI Engage edit requisition option
BSI Engage Edit Requisition

To view a pending requisition on Engage, click the Requisition ID. Requisition Properties, Tasks, Specimens, Discrepancies, and Attachments are available for viewing to those with appropriate permissions. Additionally, clicking Report will display a full printable requisition report. To edit the requisition, select the Edit button on the top right of the Requisition viewer page.

Requisitions saved in the client with vials will have those vials visible in both the client and Engage (to those who have permissions to view them) but will not be submitted with the requisition if it is submitted through Engage. Only those vials included from the submitting user’s Engage Cart will be included with the requisition upon submission through Engage.

Saving requisitions adds workflow convenience to requisitioning specimens through BSI Engage. For a demonstration of BSI Engage, contact any BSI Support team member or email

June 2021

Feature Focus: BSI Launcher

Downloading and installing the BSI Launcher is your gateway to securely tracking your biospecimens through their entire life cycle. Many BSI users only use its main feature, which is to launch the desktop BSI client application. Once they open the BSI client and start documenting their work with specimens, they see no need for the Launcher until they login to BSI again. What other functionality may they be missing?

screenshot of BSI Launcher tabs
BSI Launcher tabs

The BSI Launcher has four distinct tabs: Get Started, BSI News, BSI Support, and About.

The Get Started tab allows the user to select which database instance to access and has a Settings icon for advanced configuration (for databases that use Single Sign On or proxy servers for their BSI access). To launch the BSI client application, confirm the instance you want to access is visible in the dropdown and click Launch BSI Client. A window will open where you can add your login credentials (username, password, and database).

screenshot of BSI Launcher support tab
BSI Launcher support tab

The BSI News tab contains a welcome message and BSI support contact information. BSI version upgrade news is accessed from the Launcher’s BSI Support tab.

The BSI Support tab provides multiple resources to get help with BSI or to learn more about it. The tab includes a phone number where you can call BSI support M-F 8am-5pm Eastern, a link to email BSI Support, and the User Guide link.

The User Guide link will take you to the BSI User Support site. From there you can access the User Guide by typing any search words into either of the search boxes and clicking the magnifying glass or by selecting one of the tabs, such as BSI Basics, Specimen Management, Administration & Set-up or Support. You can also access the user support site for your database by selecting the Communities tab where your database users can share files and insights. In the News section of the BSI User Support site version release information is available. Click on “version release” for a list of enhancements added to BSI in each release. For upcoming release information, click on “UAT/Beta testing” to see a list of enhancements coming in the next monthly BSI release.

screenshot of BSI Launcher support tab
BSI Launcher about tab

The About tab provides information about the launcher version and includes a Reset Launcher button. If at any time selecting the Launch BSI Client button (on the Get Started tab) fails to produce a login window or if entering the correct credentials and selecting the Login button failed to log the user into the database, this reset button will refresh the BSI Launcher and offer the user an opportunity to login with the refreshed launcher.

Much like the BSI client, the BSI Launcher packs a vast amount of functionality. Familiarity with the available functionality can save you time by providing valuable tools and information at the click of a mouse.

April 2021

BSI will attend ISBER 2021 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Exhibits

The ISBER 2021 Annual Meeting and Exhibits is virtual this year and BSI Systems will be attending. The conference will be taking place from May 10-14. More information about the event can be found on the ISBER website.

We will be available for one-on-one meetings and product demos and we are running a raffle for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories) is a global biobanking organization that creates opportunities for networking, education, and innovation. ISBER provides a community for harmonizing approaches to emerging challenges in repositories, as well as fostering ideas to create new solutions.

The theme of this year's meeting is Connect and Collaborate through Biobanking: Powering Innovation and Discovery.

Stop by our booth to learn more about the BSI family of products, enter our raffle, or just to say hello. We can’t wait to see you there!

Archived Articles

Our website’s new look!

March 2021

The redesigned BSI Systems website has officially launched! Our website now includes a new and improved look and feel, updated content, and the ability to share news with you.

BSI Version 21.2.1 Release to Production

February 2021

New versions of BSI are now available on Production and UAT! BSI Version 21.2.1 has been released to Production.