Pharmaceutical drug development requires management of large numbers of samples which in turn generate large datasets of process and analytical data. Managing drug development data using paper-based systems has proven inadequate and most development organizations have progressed to electronic solutions. The current challenge is to integrate the various electronic files and systems, and therefore avoid transcriptions and manual interactions, which can introduce errors and quality concerns.
On the surface, it would seem simple for different electronic tools to communicate. The reality is often – transcriptions and copy/paste. In some cases, information is siloed in the various groups which comprise a development organization. A typical development team can include the following functional divisions each responsible for a slice of the information pie:
Formulation or manufacture batch records are an important source of project information and implementation of an electronic batch record (EBR) solution is key gaining access to this information:
A sample management solution will assure reliable association of information and sample.
Generating quality analytical data is supported electronically by LIMS (Lab Information Management) and ELN (Electronic Lab Notebook) solutions.
The overall quality of data and efficiency of the review and approval process can be dramatically enhanced by introduction of a LIMS solution. LIMS can reduce the effort required for documentation reviews by 30%.
Drug development stability is often more complex due to orientation and packaging considerations. LIMS is a key solution to manage the complexity.
Pharmaceutical drug development is conducted across multiple work groups. To manage the intrinsic complexity of development and to be most efficient & compliant, each work group should implement an electronic solution – Electronic Batch Records (EBR), Sample Management, Lab Information Management (LIMS), and Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN). These electronic systems, together comprise the data warehouse for a drug development project and ideally, the information stored in these electronic systems is combined in a visualization tool such as Spotfire or JMP to ascertain the state and viability of a drug project.
Implementing up to 4 different solutions across the organization is difficult and ‘patching’ the solutions together to communicate and share data would require a great deal of effort to coordinate. Additionally, regular maintenance and upgrades across multiple ‘patched’ solutions will introduce additional risk and effort.
The ideal solution is a single vendor solution capable of providing benefit to each work group in the drug development team and seamlessly combining project information. Additionally, the vendor solution should support the flexibility required for early formulation & method development and the structure required for GMP manufacture & analytical testing.
SciCord is a hybrid ELN/LIMS, featuring a spreadsheet paradigm, that combines the compliance and structured aspects of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) with the flexibility of an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN). The ELN and LIMS functions integrate seamlessly and enable your company to quickly reap the benefits of enhanced data and time efficiencies as you continue to meet compliance standards and follow GLP.
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