Core Informatics: Adaptable Lab Informatics Solutions Let Scientists Focus on Science

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Core Informatics: Adaptable Lab Informatics Solutions Let Scientists Focus on Science

CIO VendorAnthony Uzzo, President & Co-Founder
For decades, pharmaceutical and life science firms have dedicated immense resources to building and implementing IT solutions to support workflows and data management needs—only to have the technology become obsolete. The resulting IT landscapes are rigid, complex, and expensive to maintain.

As laboratory data management has become more challenging, the pace of scientific innovation has intensified. Emerging fields such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for precision medicine, and new data types such as protein structures and genetic sequences, are constantly evolving. Research partnerships and global collaborations dealing with these new technologies require secure and synchronous communication platforms. These systems need robust Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to allow integrations and data exchanges, letting scientists determine how best to collect, store, share, and analyze their data.

With an eye on these trends, Core Informatics works closely with customers to build laboratory data management solutions which provide a secure home for data partnerships, allowing shareable, discoverable, and auditable information to be accessed by different groups and tools. The company was founded with the goal of empowering customers to deal with change by providing a flexible data management infrastructure. “Since our inception, we have grown our customer base to over 100 different clients by demonstrating the power of a single flexible platform and its capability to support a wide variety of clients’ needs,” says Anthony Uzzo, President, and Co-Founder of Core Informatics.

The company built its collaborative and targeted Research and Development (R&D) platform, the Platform for Science, to meet these needs. A suite of products rests on top of the Platform for Science: the Core LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) for structured data, Core ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebook) for unstructured data, Core SDMS (Scientific Data Management System) for instrument integration and automated data capture, and Core Collaboration for secure data exchange and storage across teams.

Since our inception, we have grown our customer base…by demonstrating the power of a single flexible platform and its capability to support a wide variety of clients’ needs

Additionally, if customers wish to add new capabilities to their instances of the Core platform, they can browse the Platform for Science Marketplace of applications.

All Core Informatics lab data management solutions are highly configurable, and are rapidly deployable in the cloud or on-premises to meet customer requirements. “Leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS), we deploy our platform and products (LIMS, ELN, SDMS, Collaboration) in the cloud,” explains Uzzo. In fact, AWS Partner Network (APN) selected Core Informatics as a scientific data management provider in the APN Life Sciences Competency for providing flexible and scalable solutions on AWS to Life Science organizations.

Core SDMS is a critical part of the platform that enables organizations to capture raw instrument data generated in the laboratory. “As our system features a library of file parsers, capturing the information from the source may invoke data analysis and reporting routines,” says Uzzo. The Core SDMS monitors folders on the customer’s network file system that are configured for Automated Data Capture.

“We can also facilitate deeper integration through APIs to capture data directly from the instrument,” says Uzzo. For example, one biopharma company wanted to automate and manage its NGS workflows for greater control and efficiency in its precision medicine initiatives. The solution monitored and evaluated the throughput, effectiveness, and quality of sequencing workflows and outcomes.

In the days to come, the company plans to introduce the latest version of a product which provides updates to services like Core’s RESTful API, which will be compliant with the Open Data Protocol (OData) standards.
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