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NEWS
Personalised treatment for
Schering-Plough
chooses enterprise-
Alzheimer’s disease investigated
wide ELN
Global healthcare company
UK research institutes will The National Institute for of the Biomedical Research Schering-Plough has licensed
use InforSense’s translational Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Mental Health. the Symyx Lab Notebook to
research tools in Alzheimer’s Biomedical Research Centre ‘The translational tools that equip its scientists with a
disease studies to advance the for Mental Health at the South InforSense provides will enable single, enterprise-wide ELN
development of early diagnostic London and Maudsley (SLaM) us to have an integrated data across the company’s global
tools and develop personalised National Health Service set under a common system R&D operations.
medicine treatments within (NHS) Foundation Trust and that informaticians, researchers ‘By providing a common,
mental health research. Institute of Psychiatry, King’s and clinicians can all use to shared notebook across the
For the fi rst time, College London will use the access and analyse data. This enterprise, Symyx Notebook
informaticians, researchers tools. will result in improved data facilitates enhanced
and clinicians will be able ‘Our research centres on sharing and removal of access compliance, greatly improved
to directly access their understanding the molecular bottlenecks, speeding up the collaboration between
entire patient and ‘omics’ and cellular events that speed and accuracy of novel researchers, and support for
data through a common take place in the brain in biomarker identifi cation.’ integration and harmonisation
data analysis platform. The Alzheimer’s disease and in Translational research is of procedures across R&D
InforSense solution will particular we are working the practice of linking clinical facilities,’ said Trevor Heritage,
eliminate errors associated on blood-based biomarkers and research data to identify president of Symyx Software.
with manual data processes and to aid early diagnosis,’ said early diagnostics, also known ‘We look forward to
bottlenecks relating to data Simon Lovestone, professor of as biomarkers, improve disease supporting Schering-Plough’s
access and analysis by non- Old Age Psychiatry at King’s understanding and ultimately efforts to speed the discovery
specialist end users. College London and director enhance patient care. and development of innovative
pharmaceutical products that
deliver better outcomes for
Discrete element modelling aids
patients.’
Schering-Plough will also
research at Austrian facility
collaborate with Symyx to develop
within the Symyx Notebook
The Research Center DEM Solutions will provide predict pharmaceutical powder a commercial metrology
Pharmaceutical Engineering the RCPE team with EDEM fl ow properties; evaluate powder module built on the Symyx Lab
(RCPE) facility in Austria particle simulation technology, testing equipment; optimise Operational Informatics platform.
is using discrete element and will also contribute tablet compaction, coating, The metrology module will enable
modelling software to help extensive practical experience and handling; design and researchers to track and manage
with product design and reduce in the industrial application test powdered drug delivery equipment usage and calibration
product development cycles. of DEM to pharmaceutical devices; and to develop directly within their notebook
The RCPE is jointly owned manufacturing. EDEM, DEM virtual prototypes of process workfl ows.
by the Graz University of Solutions’ particle simulation equipment, such as mills,
Technology, the University of software, enables a detailed mixers, and tablet presses.
Graz, and Joanneum Research analysis and visualisation of ‘We welcome our new IN BRIEF
and was established to bridge the fl ow of particles, from partner, DEM Solutions, to
the gap between academic powders to tablets, through the RCPE team,’ stated Dr
l The Department of
Pharmacology at Universidade
pharmaceutical research process segments and handling Johannes Khinast, scientifi c
de Santiago de Compostela
and the pharmaceutical equipment and can promote director of the RCPE
has chosen Ludesi for its 2D
industry. The RCPE conducts both innovation in product and professor of chemical gel image analysis.
cutting-edge application- design as well as reduce the engineering at the Graz
l Starlims Technologies has
oriented research and need for physical prototypes University of Technology. been selected by a government
development projects in and long product development ‘The integration of advanced
law enforcement agency in
collaboration with industrial, cycles. modelling tools, such as EDEM,
the Pacifi c Rim for a $3.3m
award covering licenses for
engineering, and scientifi c EDEM software has many is of vital importance to the
the company’s web-based
partners, helping them to applications within the RCPE mission. The capability
Starlims software as well as
develop new products and pharmaceutical industry and to simulate complex systems implementation services and
production processes. has previously been used to will yield valuable information.’
fi rst-year maintenance.
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