Launch2013 in Review – Chris Pappas

Launch2013 in Review

Launch 2013, Core Informatics’ first annual user group meeting, featured an array of customers who demonstrated how they are leveraging the Core platform to increase speed and productivity while reducing operational expense. In one of the most engaging presentations, Chris Pappas from Neurocrine Biosciences described their initiative to make their chemists mobile, moving them from multiple computers to tablets. Neurocrine develops pharmaceuticals targeting neural and endocrine diseases and disorders. Its researchers specialize in small molecule compound discovery and development and efficiently bring basic research concepts into drug candidacy.

The test program created by Pappas was designed to modernize the lab process. Previously multiple computers were assigned to one scientist, one for the office and one for the lab, resulting in increased cost for hardware, support and maintenance, as well as less flexibility to operation efficiently in the lab. As he set out to go mobile, he established minimum requirements for a potential tablet solution, including the ability to run Java, to replace basic computer functions, to last 3-4 hours, to integrate with the current computer environment, to survive the harsh environmental conditions in the lab, and to quickly boot, start, and sleep.

After selecting his hardware, Pappas began to roll out his mobile initiative, replacing PCs with tablets. The chemists found the elimination of the need for a lab and office PC allowed for a seamless workflow. The tablets increased productivity by facilitating working from home, enhancing communication in the lab by allowing discussion of data anywhere, and allowing for the ability to do mobile inventory of chemical reagents. They found it greatly increased their ability to work efficiently, and with the addition of a simple Bluetooth barcode scanner, created a seamless working environment.

The response to the project was quite positive at Neurocrine. The company has now added additional chemists and biologists to the tablet program.

The response to the project was also quite positive at Core Informatics. We were thrilled to see our client optimizing the lab work environment, however, we realized there was even more we could do to enhance the mobile experience for our customers.

Responsive Design in Core 5.0

With a growing number of companies taking advantage of the mobility and versatility of tablets and phones to increase throughput and productivity, it is important to provide a product which can be easily optimized for any mobile device. This kind of responsive design is at the heart of Core 5.0.

The upcoming release of Core 5.0 is designed to improve scientific collaboration and efficiency within the lab. While Core Informatics products are already 100% web based, enabling mobile initiatives at many clients such as Neurocrine, the Core 5.0 user interface (UI) introduces a clean, modern, responsive design that is optimized for any device without any pinching or zooming. As many organizations embrace mobility and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, we continue to make mobility a priority to help enhance scientific collaboration, to increase operational efficiency, and to increase laboratory throughput.