knowledge with them and leave
behind a hole in the knowledge base;
even the least experienced researchers can leverage their expertise.
By electronically capturing and
accessing data from early design and
optimization experiments through
companies can examine and optimize
their own process and product quality.
Well-managed laboratory data tends
to be high quality and accessible data
that fosters a culture of data-driven
analytics and smart decision-making.
An ELN acts as a central repository
for much of the data generated and
shared within a lab setting. From planning and executing tasks, to recording
the data, and compiling reports, an
ELN enables collaboration and preserves knowledge.
Transform Tech Transfer
By replacing paper-based and/or
fragmented electronic systems along
the product development lifecycle, an
electronic environment helps streamline
both data access and technology trans-
fer. By standardizing data capture and
data formats, an ELN provides the basis
for a consistent thread of data connect-
ing different domains. Utilizing a single
common data structure and format fol-
lowing the ISA-88 and ISA-95 standards
further enables efficient tech transfer.
By integrating business rules and
quality standards within their digital
strategies, companies can ensure that
information complies with necessary
standards and regulations as it moves
across the development continuum.
When data is aggregated and compiled to move from one domain to another, protocols can be implemented
to automatically compile only specific
information as required by SOPs; all
other information is preserved for
future reference if necessary.
A single digital solution centered
around an ELN enables flexible data
mining in early R&D as well as the
compilation of more structured outputs and documents required for later
reporting and regulatory submissions.
With an ELN as part of a larger dig-
ital strategy, companies can adopt an
informatics approach that effectively
connects innovation and commercial-
ization stages with high-fidelity data
that retains contextual information as
projects move from R&D to manufac-
turing. A modern, scientifically-aware
framework provided by an ELN
captures and harmonizes data at its
inception, preserving the information
and knowledge for use throughout
the end-to-end product lifecycle.
By bridging gaps between research,
development, quality, and manufacturing in an intelligent manner, an ELN
enables successful technology transfer
across new product development and
production operations, enhancing
productivity, improving collaboration,
and driving faster and better decisions
that ultimately accelerate products to
About the Author
Steve Hayward is a Ph.D. in Chemical
Engineering, with a background
in laboratory informatics, chemical
modeling, and environmental analysis.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, he
currently leads product marketing efforts
for informatics solutions at Dassault
Systèmes BIOVIA in San Diego.
Technology transfer will occur between research, the different areas of development, quality
assurance and quality control, manufacturing, and commercialization. This includes the transfer
of parameters, data, methods, and documentation. (Credit: Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA)