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Collaborative Solutions In Drug Discovery Offer Acceleration Benefits

April 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

As we have discussed in this blog space, acceleration of drug discovery and research has become an overriding corporate operating objective for pharma/biotech firms.  Drugs have become more specialized and complex, requiring new processes of discovery including, Open Innovation (see post of March 2nd) and collaboration to ‘fast forward’ the research and development process.  After reviewing a number of the new collaborative solutions emerging in both the private and public sector here are some key dimensions of successful services: 

Social Media – most services offer threaded messaging, some provide wiki integration, e-rooms, groups, blogs and personal pages, social tagging

Communities – many services provide ways to identify a community of interest, join, access, and participate on an ongoing basis around a research goal, or target and include a diverse set of scientists to gain multiple perspectives on a research problem

Public and Private Data – many services provide open access to a universe of drug discovery data in government, academic and private corporate databases, some content is unpublished 

Intelligent Search - a few services offer sophisticated search features, that speed searching across complex chemical structures and molecules, with profiling, search templates and user profiles          

Alerts – searching for key targets is a 24/7 task, a few services offer alerting, and ongoing monitoring of databases so that researchers are made immediately aware of just-online data of interest to them          

Informatics – collaborative systems must work in a lab-discovery environment integrated with informatics services, LIMS systems, instrument databases and tools           

Capture – a few services offer tacit-to-explicit knowledge capture functionality to jump-start the experimental design process, and reduce redundancy and disconnects in the discovery 

Three innovative companies of interest in this collaborative discovery market space are: Artus Labs, in San Jose, California, Collaborative Drug Discovery, Burlingame, California and NextBio, Cupertino, California.  The firms offer demonstrations of their software, product, service, support, and database information, it is well worth you time to visit their websites.

Tags: Biotech - Pharma · Innovation

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  • 1 Jessicavoto // May 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for good post

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