Platform for Science FAQs
The Platform for Science (PFS) is unique in the lab informatics market, and supports a new approach to delivering modular capabilities to meet laboratory requirements over time. To help you learn more about PFS, we’ve assembled this page of Platform for Science FAQs, please contact us if you have additional questions.
What is the Platform for Science?
The Platform for Science is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution enabling lab informatics. PFS provides the scientific community with a flexible, cost effective and secure way to collect, store, analyze and share information. The Platform for Science can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises.
Platform for Science allows scientists to perform the most simple or complex tasks, from tracking sample inventory to automating data collection for HT-ADME and physicochemical profiling. Platform for Science lets scientific organizations purchase or develop the applications they need to create a robust and integrated environment. This flexibility supports each customer in meeting their unique requirements, without having to pay for unnecessary services or functionality.
What is a platform?
Think of a platform as the underlying framework which makes your system run. It is designed with the ability to grow with you over time, ensuring your organization will not overwhelm the basic architecture of your system’s underlying database.
What are deployment options for the Platform for Science?
The Platform for Science can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises. Deploying PFS in the cloud can alleviate the complications of developing and/or setting up custom on-premises systems for scientific organizations, benefits include:
- Scalability: Leverage an elastic cloud computing infrastructure running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and featuring a powerful and configurable database architecture. Innovate faster with a platform which can quickly scale to fit to your needs.
- Reduce Complexity: Cloud infrastructure requires less IT support than on-premises deployments, and upgrades are simplified. Free your IT staff for other projects.
The Platform for Science also benefits from the robust capabilities of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has become the standard for scalable cloud infrastructure and services. The AWS stack provides scalability and capacity via their Simple Storage System (S3) and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructures. The AWS foundation ensures that Platform for Science applications and their data have the appropriate level of performance, redundancy and capacity required to support organizations looking to tackle big data challenges.
What is the Platform for Science Marketplace?
The Platform for Science Marketplace (PFS Marketplace) is a rapidly expanding library of pre-built applications that enable immediate integration of multiple data sources including instruments, collaborators and third party solutions. Browse the PFS Marketplace to find apps designed to support your laboratory workflows, leveraging industry best practices to speed deployments.
Applications include configurable solution sets for scientists in Drug Discovery (small molecule and biologics), Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Biobanking laboratories. The breadth and depth of available solutions continues to expand rapidly, with new applications being added for customers in Bioprocessing, Agricultural Biotechnology (AgBio), Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and more.