New Projects Starting in Q4 2016

We are delighted to announce a number of new projects & early business cases that have started up during Q4 2016. If you have any questions on the projects please contact Carmen, John or Nick.

Unified Data Model (UDM)

jarekIn an increasingly collaborative R&D environment, exchanging information between partnering organisations is paramount. This process is still overly complex due to the differing systems & data formats that each organisation may have and the inability to directly consume these specific formats.

This project is looking at the feasibility of starting with sharing Reaction data using an established format and in future building out these Unifying data Models to support enhanced collaborative data exchange.

Jarek Tomczak is leading the UDM business case and his company was also finalist in our President’s Challenge 2015 and Jarek has worked both for Pharma and Informatics companies.

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Sequence Analysis in Regulated Domain

Sequence Services – including Sequence Analysis – are providing exciting opportunities for the biopharmaceutical industry including research into microbiome-based therapies, into gene repair therapies and into the evolution of cancer cells. However, as the use of these techniques spreads, as it penetrates the regulated domains of the biopharmaceutical industry – so do the challenges increase. For example, clinical research increasingly uses sequence analysis to identify patient cohorts for clinical trials, and the biopharmaceutical industry uses information from sequence analysis in support of submissions to regulatory agencies e.g. the FDA for authorisation of INDs (Investigational New Drugs) and for marketing authorisation with NDAs/BLAs (New Drug Applications / Biologics Licensing Applications).

This project is looking at how to best support those performing Sequence Analysis under these regulated environments and how best to develop these approaches in a pre-competitive way.

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User-Centered Design (UCD) in Scientific Software

paolaScientists want software that is very easy and intuitive to use. Companies involved in R&D activities heavily rely on the interaction of scientists and software developers during the development process, but to a lesser degree on professionals who focus on the ease-of-use of their software products. As a result, current scientific software could benefit from the practice of User-centered design (UCD), a relatively new field in software development that puts the end users and their needs into the focus of all software development efforts.

Paula de Matos is running this project and has UX/UCD experience from EBI/EMBL and a software development background.

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