Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, has announced that Lundbeck, the global pharmaceutical company specialising in brain diseases, has selected Elsevier’s Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry (RMC) to support the ambitions of its Research organisation and accelerate data sharing and mining.
The current implementation will provide Lundbeck scientists with integrated access to vital chemical and biological information from the Reaxys and RMC databases, as well as internal Lundbeck data from a single, seamless interface. Both organisations have committed for multiple years and envision projects involving procurement and inventory solution integration, predictive modelling and analytical solutions helping researchers to accelerate their work.
“Our goal is to develop therapies for complex brain diseases,” said Ludovic Tranholm Otterbein, Director Research Informatics and Operations at Lundbeck. “To achieve this, we need to further refine our analytical capabilities around drug discovery and get even more value from our existing data by reusing information we’ve generated over the years. The challenge has been to break down our internal data siloes and increase data interoperability so that this could become a reality.”
Life science companies today are struggling with the question of how to manage the vast amounts of data they are generating. The fragmented nature of life sciences R&D – which often involves having dozens of labs with hundreds of scientists scattered across different geographies – can make it very difficult for firms to know what experiments have already been conducted. As a result, researchers frequently end up unnecessarily duplicating experiments already done by their colleagues. Even when experimental data is captured by ELNs or LIMS, this information is not often available to other research teams, leading to wasted time and resources.
“All pharma companies know that data is the lifeblood of research, the challenge they have is ensuring that they can navigate that data to meaningfully apply it,” said Cameron Ross, Managing Director, Life Science Solutions at Elsevier. “They need intuitive tools which enable them to understand the essence of large datasets, so that they can apply the new knowledge to find better cures. We’ve drawn on our decades of experience with data management and taxonomies to develop solutions to make the lives of researchers as easy as possible and help them spend less time searching and more time innovating.
“Our project with Lundbeck also involves working together to integrate Reaxys solutions into its existing research ecosystem. This means not just providing out-of-the-box technical support, but the right customisations and hands-on experience as well so that researchers can get optimal value out of the data,” said Ross.