BMDS is Animal Identification


Since 1986, BMDS has provided the vision, and has created and developed the technology to expand our capabilities. Today, our products and accessories automate data and simplify animal lab research procedures for researchers in major pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, universities and research facilities around the world. In the final analysis, there is no better testimony than the praise of satisfied customers.

Some fundamental requirements of animal laboratory research never change. Among the most basic prerequisites: You must be able to identify every animal. Without exception. Period.

At the 1987 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, BMDS introduced the first Electronic Lab Animal Monitoring System (ELAMS), instantly revolutionizing laboratory science, and making less humane methods of animal identification—such as toe clipping, ear notching, and tattooing—obsolete.

Then as now, lab animals were a crucial component in the high stakes world of scientific research. Far surpassing older methods, the remarkable ELAMS system begins with our microchip transponders. Biocompatible BMDS glass-encapsulated transponders are tiny, about the size of a grain of rice, and yet they contain all the unique identification data researchers need for positively identifying laboratory animals and conducting scientific studies. Simple to implant, these battery free transponders anchor securely to tissue, and transmit on-board alphanumeric data when scanned, making data collection quick, reliable, and automatic.

Years after its introduction, our ‘read only’ IMI-1000 Implantable Micro Identification™ transponder transmits a 10-digit alphanumeric code and remains the microchip of choice for many researchers. Our recently introduced ‘read-write’ Implantable Programmable Temperature Transponder™ IPTT-300 allows you to program up to 32 alphanumeric characters in any coding sequence, and overwrite the data later if you choose. Access the on-board data—plus the subject’s subcutaneous temperature—with every scan.

Now, 26 years after our dramatic SOT announcement, the number of animals required for study has grown exponentially. While research technology has advanced, the methods of animal identification employed by some researchers remain archaic, resulting in inaccurate data or data open to interpretation.

Today, our new digital ELAMS series 8000 products are once again transforming the lab. These advanced digital DAS (Data Acquisition System) reader-scanner-programmers are available in models designed for varying counter-top, cart-mounted, or handheld applications. Ergonomic form factors, easy-reading display panels, and extensive connectivity options (facilitating work with peripheral devices) characterize the entire line.

In a research community with high technological standards and demands, ELAMS provides positive animal identification and simplifies daily lab procedures. Users often report that the benefit of absolute, positive identification alone justifies the cost of the system. Yet ELAMS digital offers far more. Other benefits, including data protection and collection efficiency are major contributors to overall research costs reductions.

The story began with a need within the scientific community for a totally reliable, humane method of identifying laboratory animals, and has resulted in the most efficient, elegant solution yet devised; ELAMS is animal identification, redefined . . . digitally.