a-tune software Inc. announces technology partnership with Van Andel Institute

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- a-tune software Inc., a leading global software solution provider to the medical research community, announces a technology partnership with Van Andel Institute (VAI). The Institute has chosen the company's tick@lab software application as the primary tool to provide administrative oversight for research studies conducted at VAI. 

"a-tune software's suite of products provides the Institute with the ability to enhance productivity and reduce compliance risk throughout the organization," said Dr. Bryon Campbell, Chief Information Officer for VAI.

Ms. Bryn Eagleson, Director, Vivarium and Transgenics at VAI explained, "We will utilize this software suite to increase efficiencies for our Animal Care and Use Committee processes, animal procurement, veterinary care, transgenic breeding and overall operations management."

The partnership between the Institute and a-tune comes at a time when research institutions like VAI are facing increasing demands from regulatory bodies and policy makers. The recent adoption of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Eighth Edition) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created additional requirements for documentation and self-regulation. a-tune software will help ease the administrative burden for Van Andel Institute by providing researchers with electronic signatures, audit trailing and increased efficiency while collecting data required by regulatory agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture. The ability to utilize the iPad and tablet technology provides VAI with the flexibility to choose the hardware that meets their requirements versus the requirements of the software.

"We are very excited about being selected by Van Andel Institute as their technology partner," said J. Patrick Guider, Jr. General Manager, North American Operations. "It is a privilege having been selected by VAI and be part of an organization where their researchers have made significant contributions to medical research."  For example, VAI researchers have recently mapped the complex molecular structure of a folate receptor, a drug target for a number of cancers and other diseases, a first-of-its-kind discovery that may lead to the development of more precise, consistent and effective treatments."    

About a-tune software, Inc.

a-tune software provides tools for comparative medicine, human safety and biological safety. a-tune is focused on further building upon its global network of clients, adding world leading research organizations within the academic, government and private research markets.

a-tune provides programs which administer IACUC, IRB, IBC, Vivarium Management, Capacity Planning, Training, Animal Records and Transgenic Breeding.

a-tune's latest technology accomplishments include enhancements to tick@lab that provide support to the IPAD and mobile devices.   www.a-tune.com

About the Van Andel Institute

Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996, Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent research and educational organization based in Grand Rapids, Mich., dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the frontiers of medical science, and to achieving excellence in education by probing fundamental issues of education and the learning process.  Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI's research arm, is dedicated to studying the genetic, cellular and molecular origins of cancer, Parkinson's and other diseases and working to translate those findings into effective therapies. This is accomplished through the work of more than 200 researchers in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Find out more about Van Andel Institute or donate by visiting www.vai.org

a-tune software, Harvard Square, One Mifflin Place, Cambridge MA. 02138 / (617) 401.7930.
a-tune contact:  J. Patrick Guider, Jr. General Manager, pguider@a-tune.com / (512)589.5431

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