Upcoming PyRAT Events

We will be attending the following events to demonstrate our PyRAT products. Feel free to come by our booth to learn more.

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Upcoming Scientific Computing Events

We will be attending the following events to present our work regarding scientific computing.

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Recent News




We're Hiring!

  • Senior Bio-Image Analyst
  • Linux System Administrator
  • Bioinformatics Data Analyst
  • IT Systems Engineer / Project Manager
More information can be found here


New PyRAT product releases in February

March 19, 2021

In February, we started rolling out the latest releases of our PyRAT products. As usual, the new versions incorporate features and improvements suggested by our clients, and those changes were developed in accordance to our ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Management System (QMS).

While the number of additions and improvements greatly exceeds this list, here is a brief summary of what we managed to accomplish since our last release in September:

PyRAT 4.4.1:
  1. Schedule recurrent work and order requests
  2. Document the application of multiple procedures at once
  3. Schedule upcoming refresher courses for trainings
PyRAT Aquatic 1.4.1:
  1. New summary tab containing important information for each tank
  2. Set colors to tanks based on ID
  3. Schedule recurrent work requests
And for all PyRAT products including PyRAT Transgenic:
  1. Server status dashboard feature for facility leaders and others with administrator rights
  2. Extended filter capabilities
  3. More configuration capabilities

As always, if you are a current customer, feel free to contact your customer representative and ask for an update. For anyone who would like a demo installation to try out any of our PyRAT products, please click here to contact us.

ISO 9001:2015 Certification Renewal Successful

December 3, 2020

As part of our commitment to quality, we use an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS), which provides controlled processes for how we do our work. We are very happy to announce that our QMS has undergone a thorough audit and has consequently been re-certified for another 3 years!

A big thanks goes out to those in Scionics who worked hard to make this happen, particularly during this ongoing pandemic.

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New PyRAT product releases in September!

September 30, 2020

As per our usual rigorous release cycle, we have another round of products available. Many thanks to our clients for their feedback. Keep it coming!

Here is a very brief summary of the new features available:

PyRAT 4.4:
  1. Weight data import from csv files
  2. Refactored procedure management
  3. API Refactoring
  4. Extended filtering functionalities
  5. More columns for searching and sorting, improved user friendliness
PyRAT Aquatic 1.4:
  1. Graphical line/strain pedigree
  2. Repeat crossings
  3. Optimised interface based on feedback
And for all PyRAT products we have also implemented the following:
  1. Extended projects functionality
  2. Two factor authentication
  3. Scheduled report function
  4. Data archival feature

As always, if you are a current customer, feel free to contact your customer representative and ask for an update. For anyone who would like a demo installation to try out any of our PyRAT products, please click here to contact us.

We’ve been busy - Many PyRAT product releases in May!

June 10, 2020

While it’s true we have avoided the office since mid-March, we have all been diligently working from home. The result has been the release in May of new versions of PyRAT, PyRAT Aquatic, and PyRAT Transgenic edition. For these releases, we moved the entire code base forward from Python 2 to Python 3, which was quite a challenge. It required a significant code rewrite but resulted in a modernized product codebase.

Thanks to careful planning and testing by our team and in accordance with the SOPs in our ISO 9001 certified Quality Management System, we can proudly say that we have not experienced any major problems since the changeover. In fact,   many of our clients, some of them large research institutions with hundreds of users, have been using the system for weeks now. On top of this success, we met our goal of finishing this release in Spring.

Besides the Python code migration, we have added a number of new features to our PyRAT products. A very brief summary of some of those can be found below:

PyRAT 4.3:
  1. Cohort management
  2. Improvements to the work request, budgeting, and training records systems
  3. Weight functionality for pups
  4. Cage map improvements, includes the ability to swap cages, highlight cages with sick animals or in open work requests
PyRAT Aquatic 1.3:
  1. Full license management system
  2. Tank map improvements, includes the ability to swap tanks, highlight tanks in open work requests
PyRAT Transgenic edition:
  1. Extended transfer report

As always, if you are a current customer, feel free to contact your customer representative and ask for an update. For anyone who would like a demo installation to try out any of our PyRAT products, please click here to contact us.

Covid-19 Update

June 10, 2020

As the world knows, everyday life has changed since the advent of the Covid-19 virus, and that has also been true for those of us at Scionics. We thought it a good idea to give an update on what we have been doing since this epidemic started affecting all of our lives.

Scionics made the decision, as of mid-March, to send all employees into home office. As we had flexible communication and management systems in place, technologically this was an easy transition.  More difficult was adjusting our work habits and practices. Without a shared hallway to walk through or a coffee machine to gather around for impromptu meetings, people have had to be more pro-active and organized about information exchange. Psychologically it is also clear that we miss brainstorming ideas with each other or talking about current events over lunch. We definitely miss each other’s company. Like many, we’ve found that chat systems, videoconferencing, and telephone calls are, in some cases, a poor substitute for seeing your colleagues.

We’ve had the good fortune that no one has been ill and, in fact, working from home has been highly effective. We have made some very large strides in the last few months with our latest PyRAT products release. It’s a big one, and everything went as planned.

In addition, we are hiring! Please see our jobs page for more information.

We would like to thank those who’ve worked on the front lines in regards to this illness - all of the doctors, nurses, and various other health practitioners. Your dedication has kept this virus under control and we are in your debt. For our part, Scionics hopes that our efforts to support biomedical science with IT solutions aids in the understanding of biological systems and the discovery of cures and therapies for this and other diseases.

PyRAT v4.2 Released!

August 9, 2019

We're very pleased to announce the v4.2 release of PyRAT! This version not only includes many refinements, but also new features, such as:

  1. New training and competence records
  2. New workflow and new form for ordering animals
  3. Newly refactored authorisation management, now with a more user friendly, configurable interface and extended functionality
  4. New language: Swedish!

The new version is now available. Please feel free to contact us for an update or, if you don't know PyRAT yet, for access to a demo installation.

PyRAT v4.1 Released!

April 3, 2019

Good news, PyRAT version 4.1 is finally here! This version includes a large number of small tweaks as per our user feedback, but the largest new features include:

  1. A new graphical rack display for location management
  2. A new severity assessment system for genetically modified lines

Please feel free to contact us for more information.

PyRAT Aquatic v1.1 Released!

February 18, 2019

We are pleased to announce the release of v1.1 of PyRAT Aquatic, our software for the management of fish colonies. The initial release provided us with valuable feedback (thank you!), which we incorporated into our plan for this version. With this release, we not only refine many of the previous features, but we also add some new ones, including:

  1. A new work request system for communication between scientists and caretakers
  2. A graphical rack display for viewing the positions of tanks
  3. Barcode and label functionality for the identification of tanks
  4. And many small tweaks per user requests
Click here to learn more



PyRAT Aquatic v1.0 Released!

January 4, 2018

We are proud to announce the release of PyRAT Aquatic, our new software product designed for managing fish and other tank-based colonies. PyRAT Aquatic has many of the same features as PyRAT for terrestrial animals, but redesigned for fish facility workflows and biology.

This product was made using the same ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Management System as PyRAT.

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Scionics receives ISO 9001:2015 certification

December 19, 2017

After years of evolving and improving our product development and related processes, we decided to go the distance and prepare for ISO certification. With the guidance of an ISO 9001 expert, we improved our quality management system to the point that we thought it could pass an official ISO certification evaluation.

Well, now it is official! We are ISO 9001:2015 certified!

This certification is one more example of our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

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PyRAT v4.0 Released!

December 4, 2017

We have been working hard on this release all year, and it is a big update. Many thanks to everyone at Scionics who made this release possible.

Any clients who do not yet have this release should contact us for an update.

A very limited selection of the new features are listed below:

  1. New Layout
    • Modern and more powerful new user interface
  2. Filter preset saving
    • Name, save, and reuse your favorite filters
  3. New pedigree reports
    • Configurable graphical pedigrees for individual animals or lines/strains
  4. Extended list coloring
    • Animals and cages can be colored individually and independently of other color rules
  5. Extension of special services
    • - Categorization (e.g. drugs, consumables, work)
    • - Create order for billing purposes to skip ordering process when necessary
    • - Budgeting based on authorization
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