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Laboratory Informatics Guide 2020


The main benefits of cloud-based platforms for laboratory informatics


Wes Childs, senior director for engineering at IDBS, highlights how the cloud can help organisations accelerate drug discovery


For any R&D life sciences firm, establishing a reputation for accelerating drug discovery in a cost-effective manner is vital. Many organisations are already using data


gathering tools – such as electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) and laboratory information management systems (LIMS) – to accelerate their processes. But simply investing in the latest and greatest informatics technologies, without a wider business strategy, isn’t enough. Global organisations oſten work from


siloed, disparate laboratories, using siloed, disparate technologies. An advanced informatics infrastructure that integrates all the systems involved in the gathering and recording of data is the most effective method of streamlining processes and accelerating drug discovery. To enable this, organisations are increasingly moving systems to the cloud. Below, I explain some of the benefits


of a cloud-based platform for laboratory informatics.


Navigating the data deluge without compromising on quality Data is the most valuable asset for R&D organisations. And every second of every day, more data is being produced in laboratories. Te challenge for businesses is finding the best way to manage all this data efficiently, while also finding a way to unlock its true value. With the right provider, the cloud can


An advanced informatics


infrastructure that integrates all systems involved in gathering and recording data is the most effective method


of streamlining processes and accelerating drug discovery


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provide a system that automatically records all data associated with an experiment through direct data capture (DDC), removing the need to transfer data between different platforms and duplicate data manually. DDC is particularly useful for good practice (GxP) environments, where it can eliminate paper and enable remote monitoring, allowing for immediate completeness checks. Along with streamlining data management, this reduces the chance of costly human errors, enhances reliability of the data and enforces compliance, all while reducing cost and resources required


Capitalising on collaboration External collaborations are on the rise in R&D. Contract research organisations (CROs), joint ventures, academic partnerships, consortiums


and other protagonists work together on a daily basis, causing all kinds of logistical problems – as various parties try to co-ordinate activities and transfer data and reports. Tere’s also likely to be someone in each


organisation tasked with processing these documents and ensuring they are distributed to each relevant corporate repository. It’s a time-consuming process which introduces the opportunity for data loss and corruption through human error. Although data quality should always be the


priority, there’s an oſten-overlooked aspect that organisations must always be mindful of when collaborating: how to adequately manage their external partners. Imagine collaborating on an important project with an external team in another country. How do you know if a study has been started? Have samples been received? Is the report ready for review? When working with external collaborators,


businesses need clear oversight on who is doing what, and when. By using a cloud platform, organisations can take advantage of built-in mechanisms for document and data review, social commenting and task alerts, meaning they can always be confident they have the full picture – even when collaboration partners are working from the other side of the world.


Facilitating good practice environments GxP soſtware solutions are an important tool in drug research and drug development – and the cloud is changing GxP possibilities for R&D organisations, taking the pain out of validation and offering a range of potential benefits. With a GxP environment in the cloud,


businesses can significantly reduce the time and cost to get up and running with a traditional on-premise regulated system – putting themselves in a more comfortable position for decision making and risk management. Cloud environments can be both fully


validated and 21 CFR Part 11 compliant, allowing organisations to take advantage of fully-managed documentation trails. With a cloud-based GxP solution, organisations can streamline important certification processes


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