Originally published in Drug Discovery World, 14 April 2021

Claire Hill, Head of Strategic Marketing at IDBS explores ways in which the pharmaceutical sector can reap the benefits of an increasingly digital world.

The Covid-19 pandemic pushed the process of drug development into the spotlight. The challenge for biopharmaceutical companies—to create, test, and manufacture a vaccine in months rather than years—appears to have been successful. This has highlighted both the potential benefits of getting it right and the high cost of mistakes.

Much of the opportunity lies in addressing the massive, but still-fragmented data framework that underlies almost every step of R&D.

This is because as therapeutic possibilities grow and become realities, so do the complexity and volume of data—and while it should flow continuously between departments, the reality is that data is extremely siloed and only a small amount flows from one stage to the next. To take future-facing steps, R&D organisations will need to embrace new, end-to-end technologies for data management that span the entire development lifecycle.

IDBS have partnered with Scitara to integrate their exciting Digital Lab Exchange (DLX) platform with IDBS Polar. An important element of digital transformation is universal access to laboratory data—the Scitara DLX platform combines the benefits of cloud-based architecture with laboratory-specific functionality that is vendor-agnostic, regulatory-compliant, and secure. It allows for true multi-destination data flow and event-driven data exchange between multiple connections, including legacy devices, instruments, and applications.

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Scitara is a global provider of laboratory-specific, cloud-based software solutions for the life sciences and other science-based industries. Our solutions are powering the digital transformation of scientific laboratories by enabling them with modern lab data connectivity infrastructure and tools to accelerate science.​ Scitara DLX allows plug-and-play connectivity between any device, instrument, application, informatics system, web service or lab resource, using our connector technology, automation of workflows, task notifications, and bi-directional data exchange through our powerful and easy-to-use orchestration engine, compliant transformation of data in-flight using our transformation tools and libraries, and capture, monitoring, and analysis of all data transactions using our monitoring capabilities​.