Smart Labs

R&D externalisation: getting the IT right

Part 1 of 2: Building the technology to share R&D data without risk R&D intensive companies are increasingly interested in externalising their research: working with laboratories outside their company walls through commercial and academic collaborations and alliances. This has several advantages, including accessing a wider range of expertise, sharing research risk, making the business more […]

3 things you need to be aware of when deploying ELNs outside the pharma sector

On face value, deploying an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) system within your R&D environment would seem to be something of a no-brainer. You can make sure all processes and ideas are properly documented and signed. You can also share results with colleagues across the globe in real time and, best of all, search your organization’s entire […]

Make your new Smart Lab really deliver: The Bigger Picture

If you have been following my Smart Lab blogs, you’ll have seen a range of topics discussed, the common theme being the risk of shiny new IT systems not fitting in with the people and processes in the lab.  In this last blog drawn from Tessella’s white paper Five Factors of Smart Laboratory Success, I’m […]

Make your new Smart Lab really deliver: Externalization

In my last blog, I mentioned that our customers are cutting R&D costs by outsourcing more and more routine lab work to contract research organizations (CROs).  This is nothing new – it‘s been going on for years, but the trend seems to be accelerating.  If all your measurements and analyses are currently in-house, you are […]

Make your new Smart Lab really deliver: Variety or routine

You might not expect it, but there is routine as well as variety to be found in research labs.  Research is all about novelty, and looking for the next new thing, but there is also standard practice: the routine analysis that tests the stability of a new product formulation, or confirms the structure of a […]

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