Then in 2005, IDBS branched out to make electronic laboratory notebooks from a different perspective than other vendors’ products. The company’s experience in data management led to the E-WorkBook Suite. This platform expanded the functionality of existing laboratory notebooks. It captures and analyzes data, handles tasks and workflows, and gives insights into the scientific process.
E-WorkBook consolidates data from disparate disciplines and sources, including laboratory instruments, LIMS systems, statistical analysis, graphical and text-based sources, and human observations under one secure environment.
E-WorkBook was rapidly taken up and used across extremely diverse workflows in pharmaceutical and industrial R&D settings, including researchers working in consumer products, material sciences, engineering, and manufacturing. “All of these markets have the same problem—producing large amounts of data without the ability to integrate and process it efficiently,” Molloy says.
IDBS added ScienceLink in 2011, an open platform that delivers scientific content from a range of third parties. Using a free plug-in to E-WorkBook, scientists can select internal and licensed information sources and integrate the knowledge with their data. Although ScienceLink is free for users of E-WorkBook, they may need to obtain licenses in order to access some source materials.
More and more organizations are externalizing data for global research groups to share. Shire uses the E-WorkBook Suite to eliminate on-site data storage, improve collaboration, and reduce bottlenecks among its CROs.
A sophisticated security model within E-WorkBook protects data in a cloud-based computer environment. E-WorkBook is also accepted as a standard in GLP and GMP laboratories because it offers a high level of regulatory quality, Molloy explains.
Process development and quality control workflows are also supported by IDBS’ Bioprocess Execution System. Lonza uses the Bioprocess Execution System to manage mammalian cell culture process development. The data-management system integrates and optimizes bioprocess workflows and targets process optimizations.