Enabling Discovery Research Through Partnerships and the Importance of Data Management

How Beryllium Addresses Data Overload Using the Platform for Science

When Beryllium wanted to streamline its data organization system, it came to Core Informatics. Beryllium was searching for a company to partner with, that had both a strong data management model and a true understanding of genes, proteins, and their structures.

At Launch2015, Arturo Morales, Ph.D. and V.P. of Technology and Corporate Development at Beryllium, talked about his need to organize large amounts of data using systems that had become unwieldy over time. As a result, information management was all-consuming, shifting his work as the project manager from science to paperwork.

An Integrated System for Drug Development Collaboration

“It’s like a bunch of Legos,” Morales said. “The Legos are there, and I can just put them in the order I want.”

Morales wanted an integrated system which would avoid the need to send collaborators to third-party sites, which some partners had resisted in the past. One of the features he liked about Core’s Platform for Science was the ability to use Core Collaboration, a product which restricted access to shared project information to only Beryllium and the collaborator involved in the project.

Morales integrated his collaborators’ as well as his own company’s data using the Platform for Science, as well as Core’s ELNLIMS, and SDMS. This dynamic system established flexibility — including data management for internal users, collaborators, and even some outsourced workers.

The Platform for Science as a Construction Kit for Data Management

Morales stated that for him, the Platform for Science worked like a construction kit. This laboratory information management system allowed him to configure data and access it based on his company’s precise needs.

“It’s like a bunch of Legos,” Morales said. “The Legos are there, and I can just put them in the order I want.”

Filtering Data Views to Increase Security & Limit Data Overload in Drug Discovery

Filtering data depending on the specific user was something Morales especially liked about the new LIMS system. He built dashboards for users, something not possible before, so everyone used the same login screen yet saw only their own environment. Any unrelated data remained hidden. Even an outsider could have limited access to whatever the project manager wanted them to see and nothing more.

Now end-users work with only the data pertinent to their tasks, limiting data overload across the board. After setting up levels of access for all users, the project manager and the team members were freed from the distraction of unfiltered information. This gave Beryllium an edge in productivity, which was one of their main goals in adopting the new informatics system.

Platform for Science also provided Beryllium with a uniform format consistent throughout the site. This was important due to the sheer volume of project notebooks generated by team members. Morales stated that Beryllium could be running 50 different projects at a time, so being able to show someone a specific notebook from a specific project, and not all the data associated with that project, became a major advantage.

Next Steps

As the LIMS becomes fully established, Morales expects even more improvements, some of them coming in unexpected ways.

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