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About Bika

Bika LIMS was born in 2002, and Bika Lab Systems Pty Ltd incorporated in 2005. In Cape Town, South Africa

Founders Lemoene Smit and Inus Scheepers envisaged an agile independent operation, using modern robust Open Source tools and the Internet to ensure quality, ease of use, and contain cost

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‘Bika’, pronounced bi:ka, is an isiZulu word that means ‘to report’, to tell it as it is

Helped along by generous clients and the energy of subsequent shareholders Anneline Sweetnam and Campbell McKellar-Basset, Bika LIMS advanced to a feature rich and stable version 3 in 2017, with branches for health care, environmental management, cannabis and interlaboratory proficiency testing
The project pulled international participation, and other contributors were disadvantaged by both the Bika project and company using the same name. Bika 4 designs, focusing on performance and maintainability, hence came to be as Senaite LIMS early 2019, with most new code now generated in the Northern Hemisphere

Bika Lab Systems continues to contribute to the Senaite core but maintains the Bika brand from Cape Town, as a skin of add-on customisations and configurations per lab discipline, to a global client base

Bika practises pure Open Source, encouraging holistic solutions to systems development and providing opportunities to collaborate with inspirational people in the spirit of liberty and Ubuntu

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