Often perceived as the plumbers and pipefitters of the life sciences IT world, LIMS vendors sometimes find it difficult to make their products stand out in the toolshed of similar offerings, but newcomer BioPoint is betting that it can overcome that hurdle.

Although the Danvers, Mass.-based startup, which celebrated its official launch on Dec. 15, offers a LIMS as part of its flagship DiscoverTrac information management system, “we’re a wholly different animal than LIMS,” said COO Christopher Hill. “We’re not LIMS-plus — we’re in a whole different category.”

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