By Matt Hahn
February 6, 2014
Today Accelrys announces the launch of ScienceCloud. I have not been this excited about a product launch in years — fifteen years to be exact! Back then, life science research was struggling with large volumes of disparate scientific data and no way to automate its access, processing and analysis. Our response was the industry changing software, Pipeline Pilot. Fifteen years later, we are introducing what I believe will be another game changer: ScienceCloud.
Today the life science industry is in the midst of significant change, leading to even greater challenges. Biopharma is radically reinventing itself by embracing globalization, looking for innovation from outside partners, and focusing on operational excellence (read: cost pressure). Externalized collaborative research is transforming drug discovery. Organizations are expanding relationships beyond traditional boundaries and creating flexible networks of researchers, some in-house, others with industry and academic partners and contract research organizations (CROs).
These networks are increasing in size and complexity, combining numerous partners with diverse project objectives. Externalized drug discovery introduces substantial data and project management challenges. How do you secure the IP of different parties and enable networked partners to share project data in real time? How do you ensure that each team member can only access what he/she is authorized to see? How do you quickly spin up and down dynamic collaborations in today’s fast-changing project landscape? How do you keep team members informed of the progress each partner is making?
ScienceCloud was created to address these challenges. It is an innovative, cloud-based information management and collaboration workspace designed to support globally networked drug R&D. A cloud-based solution provides business agility that’s simply not possible with on-premises and IT-supported infrastructure. You can stand up a project partnership with minimal IT support quickly and easily. You can expose, via the web, those applications needed by particular partners to participate in specific scientific workflows. Finally, the cloud promises to reduce the overall cost of software usage, just as it has in other major industries.
ScienceCloud provides an integrated suite of project-centered applications which are available to all team members wherever they are, at any time. ScienceCloud leverages social communication to connect teams empowering researchers to capture and search user and application feeds, post from internal/external systems and share crowd knowledge.
With the flexible, multi-disciplinary Notebook, you can capture, access and share experimental information. Pipeline Pilot is also in ScienceCloud, making it possible for you to create and manage scientific protocols and implement standard business rules for partners. You can integrate on-premise systems with ScienceCloud’s web APIs so that data is exchanged easily between on-premise and the cloud, facilitating staged migration to the cloud. ScienceCloud is mobile enabled, and lets you easily define and share mobile tasks across your team. ScienceCloud Exchange is a web portal, similar to an App Store, where you can publish and share Pipeline Pilot protocols useful to the research community. And, these are just some of the first ScienceCloud capabilities – more are in store.
I think this all adds up to an exciting next 15 years! Join us again.