Paperless Lab Academy – 2016 Review

Pragmatic Strategies for Managing Lab-Based Information

We hope you were able to join us this week at Paperless Lab Academy in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.

This year’s Paperless Lab Academy focused on pragmatic strategies to effectively document, use, and analyze laboratory data in order to speed innovation in R&D and QA/QC laboratories across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer goods and chemical industries.

The Core Informatics team on-site noted a number of specific themes that emerged including:

  • Data quality and data integrity – similarities and differences
  • Externalised has changed to “extend and share”
  • Data standards in terms of which format — SiLA or Allotrope
  • Data as a corporate asset – change in creator mentality, i.e. it is not the user’s data
  • Operational efficiency is “nice” but insight from data is the big win
  • Where is cloud in terms of adoption? Is there a “trough of disillusionment”?

We will explore these themes in more depth in future blog posts. For now, read on to find out our key takeaways from the talks we attended:

Data-Intensive Science

Data-intensive science is becoming far more mainstream in daily laboratory operations. The adoption of new technologies is expected to have a significant impact on how operating budgets will be defined over the next decade. Data integrity is currently one of the highest cited areas in regulatory observations. Yet, data integrity is not a new requirement.

R&D and Manufacturing Informatics Systems

We particularly enjoyed Michael Shanler’s talk on what “going digital” really means to Gartner clients, and the impacts it will have on existing R&D and manufacturing informatics systems and processes.

Legacy Systems: Should You Replace or Integrate?

Core Informatics was proud to have one of our Technical Solutions Managers, Alec Westley, deliver a presentation entitled “Legacy Systems: Should You Replace or Integrate?” which focused on key issues including:

  • What does the R&D Enterprise need from informatics to foster efficient innovation and collaboration?
  • What is best practice in integrating disparate data (LIMS, federated systems, data warehouses, ERP, ELN) while providing security measures that enable remote access across a range of devices for employees, and restricted access for CRDMOs?
  • Is there a single Platform solution that can address critical business functions from chemical registration through to ELN, Inventory and sample management, biologics, HTS and in-vivo?

We had a chance to meet with many of you, and welcomed the opportunity to discuss how our Platform for Science is driving change. If you weren’t able to connect with us during the show, you can request a meeting or you can request more information on Core’s informatics platform, the Platform for Science.