Sema4, Thermo Fisher's Core Informatics Deepen Their Ties
Just months after major changes at each company, Sema4 is deepening its ties with Core Informatics.
Sema4, spun out of New York’s Mount Sinai Health System in June, recently agreed to implement several modules of Core Informatics’ Platform for Science, including a laboratory information management system, at its two major lab facilities.
Sophia Ktori highlights the role of the laboratory software in the use of medical diagnostics
Laboratory-based testing to diagnose a patient’s disease or understand the cause of specific symptoms has traditionally centred on two spheres of laboratory testing. Clinical diagnostics is broadly concerned with the analysis of body fluids such as blood, while anatomic pathology is focused on the analysis of tissues…
Paperless Lab Academy 2017: Transforming Scientific Information Into Actionable Insight
The fifth edition of the Paperless Lab Academy held last April 4th and 5th has consolidated its reputation as one of the best lab automation European congresses. The event took place in Barcelona and brought about 250 people from the industry coming from Europe, the United States and India.
Lab Informatics at PITTCON 2017: Beyond Yesterday’s LIMS
When it comes to laboratory informatics, there’s no place like PITTCON. North America’s preeminent analytical chemistry trade show, held earlier this month in Chicago, may have more-than-halved in attendance compared to its heyday in years-past. But it’s still the place that all the major (and many minor) vendors show off their wares. Customers learn how to choose, implement, and validate a system, and users get lessons from experts and tips from each other about how providers are solving the issues plaguing them — even if they didn’t realize they were plagued.
Nearly 13,000 people have now returned home and settled in after a riveting week of the latest in laboratory technologies and innovations. Held in Chicago this year, the annual Pittcon Conference & Expo did not disappoint.
As I mentioned last month, the enormity of Pittcon, as well as the respect it has garnered as the industry’s largest event over the past 67 years, allows it to set the stage for the rest of the year. The trends discussed below will reverberate through the analytical lab community into 2018, and perhaps well beyond.
For functionality and security for externalised research, software providers have turned to the cloud, writes Sophia Ktori
Agreements for externalised and collaborative research can take a variety of structures, explains Kevin Cronin, chief commercial officer at Core Informatics: ‘Contract research organisations (CROs), small biotechs, and other niche organisations often offer defined services that pharma customers do not have available in-house.
Robert Roe investigates the importance of upgrading legacy laboratory informatics systems and the benefits this provides to scientists
Organisations choose to adopt informatics solutions in order to accelerate their capability for research, but once these tools can no longer provide sufficient value they must be replaced. However, choosing which solution requires an understanding of the role of the laboratory and how it might change in the future.
Core Informatics Launches Validated Cloud Platform to Provide Alternative for Regulated Labs
Core Informatics recently launched a validated version of its cloud-based Platform for Science infrastructure that targets regulated laboratories in the biopharmaceutical industry and clinical genomics.
Turning data into scientific insight is not a straightforward matter, writes Sophia Ktori
The lack of data standards is a long-standing challenge across many scientific disciplines and industries, and as organisations attempt to turn their data into scientific insight, the proliferation of both current and legacy file formats poses a formidable challenge, comments Trish Meek, senior manager for product marketing at Thermo Fisher Scientific: ‘Without standardisation, system integration has to be effected at the project level, or by vendors on a case-by-case level.’
Developments in bioinformatics are putting pressure on those tasked with data analysis and interpretation, writes Sophia Ktori
Next generation sequencing (NGS), high content screening, metabolomics, and other emerging biological disciplines are allowing scientists to drill down into the mechanisms of disease and drug activity at the level of individual biomolecules, genes and interacting pathways. Along with that capability comes the generation of huge and disparate datasets that need to be integrated, analysed and interpreted in context.
The use of information technology in the laboratory is changing the lab’s role within organizations
Those who attended IQPC’s 14th Annual Laboratory Informatics Conference (September 2015, Brussels) had an opportunity to see two sides of the integration of laboratory data/information with corporate systems: the use of information technology within the lab and the use of lab data/information along with data and information collected from other sources merged into “big data” data sets.
In her second article on cloud computing, Sophia Ktori looks at how both vendors and customers of informatics systems are having to change their IT culture.
One of the most notable changes in the culture of pharmaceutical research and development is the move towards collaboration and outsourcing as the business model. This has been driven, at least in part, by a shift from the development of traditional small-molecule drugs, to large molecule biologics, biomarkers and personalised medicine.
The R&D sector is increasingly turning to collaborative, partnered and outsourced projects to boost innovation, reduce costs and help expedite development, writes Sophia Ktori.
The model outlined above has the added benefit of spreading risk and allowing industry to tap into niche expertise and specialisation. But partnering or outsourcing inevitably involves the two-way traffic of information, and that raises major concerns about data security, confidentiality and the ability to track and monitor exactly who may get to see your IP and other commercially sensitive data.
For decades, pharmaceutical and life science firms have dedicated immense resources to building and implementing IT solutions to suppport workflows and data management needs– only to have the technology become obsolete. The resulting IT landscapes are rigid, complex, and expensive to maintain.
Core Informatics snags $17.5M to fuel lab software land grab
Core Informatics has closed a $17.5 million Series B round to bankroll its campaign to capture an ever-growing slice of the LIMS and ELN markets. The cash will fund an across-the-board hiring spree and swell Core Informatics’ current 65-strong headcount by 50% over the next 5 months.
Core Informatics Snags $17.5M in Oak HC/FT-led Series B Round
With high-throughput instruments enabling scientific labs to generate ever-increasing volumes of biological data, Core Informatics LLC has raised $17.5 million in Series B financing to grow a software business that helps researchers manage and analyze this information more effectively.
Branford biotech software firm gets $17.5M capital investment
A Branford-based business that makes software that allows biotechnology firms, genetics researchers and other types of companies to quickly access their data via a cloud-based computing network has received $17.5 million from a venture capital investor from Greenwich.
Collaboration in the Cloud: Research Virtualization is Accelerating Market Evolution
Informatics architectures are evolving to meet the needs of organizations involved with externalization and research virtualization. Now new products, including Platform for Science, from Core Informatics are emerging to help facilitate secure collaborations.
Bio-IT World announced the 2015 winners of the Best of Show Awards Program last Wednesday to a packed audience at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo. The awards program recognizes the best of the innovative product solutions for the life sciences industry on display at the Bio-IT World conference in Boston.
The dominant theme at the Paperless Lab Academy in Barcelona on 14 and 15 April was the way in which the pharmaceutical industry was outsourcing so many of its operations and the implications of this major change for informatics, as reported in Out with the old and out with the internal…
Work in the R&D laboratory starts with an idea and an experiment, not a sample. Sophia Ktori investigates how informatics packages are tailored to make life easier for scientists in the discovery laboratory.
Prying paper notebooks out of some researchers’ hands and replacing them with a laptop or terminal can be a traumatic exercise, and nowhere is this more true than in the drug discovery laboratory. Reasons for not embracing the software tools that have been developed specifically to make scientists lives easier and maximise value from data are predictable…
Robert Roe investigates cloud and SaaS deployment models and the inherent flexibility and scalability they provide to users.
Although security concerns exist, some vendors believe that concerns have been overplayed, and that the cloud is an inevitability that must be embraced in order to reduce costs and increase the functionality of existing informatics products.
According to Anthony Uzzo, president of Core Informatics, “Within due time everyone will be in the cloud; some will adopt the cloud at a faster pace than others…”
Implementing a new informatics system isn’t always easy. Rebecca Pool talks to laboratory and project managers to find the best way forward.
Post Foods is North America’s third largest cereal manufacturer, and as such, faces strict Food & Drug Administration regulation regarding the product formulation. Each product, whether devised within a single-laboratory or manufactured across several national plants, must be represented accurately, which of course demands a very flexible system.
As Jennifer Lake, research scientist and analytical lab manager at Post Foods, points out, analytical verification has always taken place throughout the research and development process, but data had been stored in an outdated Access database that no longer provided a reliable tracking system.
Some scientists keep experimental records on sticky notes. Some groups maintain ordering information in the head of a single technician. But for researchers looking for more stable, searchable, and sharable records, digital options such as electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) and laboratory information management systems (LIMS) are readily available. Scientists can start with a simple online notebook or choose a complete lab management package to track the entire lifecycle of their projects.
If expandability and ease of use are priorities, a cloud-based system, for example from Core Informatics, might be the answer.
Branford-based Core Informatics using loans, grant to increase staffing, client base
Wider acceptance of cloud-based computing has benefitted Branford-based Core Informatics, which is expanding its client and employee bases at an impressive rate.At the same time, the state and private investors are pouring large sums of capital into the technology company.
Branford’s Core Informatics Inc., which makes data management software for scientists, said it has raised $5 million in equity financing. The company said it will use the funding for software engineering, product development, customer support, and sales and marketing.
A dark Cloud for traditional lab informatics vendors?
The future of lab informatics is constantly changing and labs need systems which are flexible enough to deal with our current economic and technological advances. Core Informatics’ Platform for Science is highlighted as a computing trend of the future in this Scientific Computing World Article.
LIMS Accelerates scientific and lab process and collaboration
Core Informatics has introduced a master data management software system to accelerate scientific and laboratory processes and collaboration across multiple industries. The Core LIMS is a flexible database and also includes an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN), scientific data management system (SDMS), workflow, dashboards and data analysis, designed to allow customers to design applications and integrations that meet their specific needs with minimal long-term cost of ownership.