Lab Experiment Automation
Conducting laboratory experiments require the processing of complex data sourced from a variety of siloed legacy applications that don’t easily talk to each other. Managing tasks within each experiment run, scheduling samples and instruments, and creating a well-orchestrated workflow and collaboration capability among scientists and lab technicians can be an error-prone process when performed manually. Here’s how Princeton Blue automated and modernized the laboratory experiment experience for a global pharmaceutical client.
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About the ClientThe client is a global Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company and offers one of the broadest portfolios in the industry for scientists, best-in-class products for pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, and a fully integrated service organization to support CDMO and contract testing across traditional and novel modalities. The client’s focus areas include infectious diseases and cardio-metabolic disorders.
Business ChallengeThe traditional approach to running experiments in a laboratory, before this solution was built, had the following pain points:
- Rigid Workflows: Traditional systems had hardcoded workflows, limiting the laboratory’s flexibility in designing an experiment.
- Siloed Systems: Laboratory Operations require processing of complex data sourced from a variety of siloed legacy applications that did not easily talk to each other, thus lacking a unified view of the data and overall process transparency.
- Dated User Experience: Traditional systems offered an outdated user experience which lead to fatigue and frustration.
- Lack of Collaboration: The lack of structured collaboration amongst scientists and lab technicians, forced them to use email and chat which was inefficient and resulted in delays.
- Lack of Transparency: Laboratory operational dashboards lacked transparency into the most current experiment run status.
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Princeton Blue leveraged the Appian Low-code platform to create an end-to-end, fully integrated, mobile-ready enterprise workflow solution that helped integrate any existing Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) and other legacy laboratory systems.
Dynamic and configurable workflows allow experiments to be designed in the most flexible fashion, leveraging the Dynamic Case Management capabilities of the Appian platform.
The solution supported experiment executions by providing robust sample and instrument management, configurable business rules, deep audit trail, reporting, analytics, and a dashboard for real-time performance visibility.
The solution helped our client incorporate real-time collaboration to ensures quick dissemination of information and rapid issue resolution.
BenefitsAfter adopting the automated Lab Experiment Automation solution, the client reported the following benefits in the laboratory experiment process:
- Reduced the new label approval cycle to under 6 months.
- Headquarters could initiate label update submissions in real time, with country participants retroactively completing steps within a highly visible and tracked system to synchronize with real-world deadlines.
- Inbuilt form validation in the system helped to reduce form-fill errors, improving accuracy, and reducing delays.