Secure Scientific Collaboration: The Future of Cooperative Research Has Arrived

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Data management and security are two concerns that arise from scientific collaboration. How can a cloud-based solution minimize these worries?
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As research projects grow in scope and size, scientific collaboration between organizations and groups becomes increasingly necessary. Whether it’s opening a center that brings together experts from different fields to create nanotech-based cancer care applications1 or forming partnerships to develop transplant-ready organs2, collaborative relationships are clearly the present and future of scientific research. And it’s all thanks to modern technology which fosters communication between groups, no matter their location or time zone.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t some challenges, though. One of the advantages of collaborative partnerships is that you can split up project responsibilities and assign them to different groups. As a result, it’s possible to obtain more results in less time. This seems great, right? The downside, however, is that you can generate more data than can be easily managed and shared via traditional methods.

Concerns and Hurdles Presented by Current Methods Utilized by Scientific Collaboration

How do you communicate with someone who lives in another geographical location? Chances are it’s by email. Companies and research organizations are no different. They share information via digital means, such as email—and that includes data.

This seems convenient and efficient at first glance. You attach data to an email and click send. Moments later, it hits your recipient’s inbox. Nothing’s faster than that.

Unfortunately, there can be complications caused by this method. What happens to the data after that email is received? Does it just sit in the inbox? What if the recipient is on vacation? Chances are it will need to be shared further with other collaborators in some shape or form. This is where bottlenecks to scientific innovation can occur.3

Even worse, how secure is that data while it’s stored in email? What if there’s a server crash and all of the recipient’s email lost? Speaking from experience, there will likely be a lot of unhappy people, even if data backups are available.

Cloud-Based Scientific Collaboration Offers an Efficient, Secure Solution

For companies specializing in therapeutic biologics or small molecule drugs, maintaining efficient workflows and development cycles is of the utmost importance. Bottlenecks and hurdles presented by unexpected data loss and inefficient information sharing need to be minimized since they can mean the difference between bringing a successful product to market or losing out to a rival competitor who puts their version out faster.

In today’s interconnected world, scientific collaboration probably spans the globe and multiple time zones. Even a single company might have branches in different locations. While email is one way to share information under those conditions, there are significantly better, more reliable tools currently available. Today, secure scientific collaboration exists in the cloud.

By using a cloud-based system, many of the concerns raised by email-based sharing are gone. Cloud-based systems ensure that data is shared by collaborators. Rather than sitting in someone’s inbox, the information can be accessed by collaborators in real time. The bottleneck to innovation and discovery no longer exists. Automated backups eliminate worries about data loss and corrupted files.

Research data is also more secure in a cloud-based system. After all, emails can be hacked or they simply might not have the level of security needed to protect your company’s intellectual property. As with other digital tools, security controls exist that ensure only people with the proper credentials can access your project data.

Therapeutic biologics research and development requires more processes for discovery, which increases product cycle time. As a result, it’s common for companies to form collaborative partnerships with other organizations and teams. In order to optimize the research and development workflow, potential bottlenecks must be identified and circumvented as much as possible.

Cloud-based platforms specifically designed for scientific collaboration are the way of the future for efficient and secure research and development. In the competitive field of biotherapeutics, streamlined discovery, development and manufacturing give companies the edge they need to succeed. Access our webinar today to learn more about how secure scientific collaboration is possible and will serve as the conduit for future biotherapeutic discoveries. And contact us to learn more about the valuable features of the BIOVIA Biologics Solution.

  1. “Cornell dots research collaboration leads to $10M cancer center,” September 24, 2015, http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2015/09/cornell-dots-research-collaboration-leads-10m-cancer-center
  2. “Synthetic Genomics Inc. Expands Collaborative Research and Development Agreement with Lung Biotechnology PBC, a Subsidiary of United Therapeutics Corporation, to Develop Organs for Transplantation,” September 22, 2015, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/synthetic-genomics-inc-expands-collaborative-research-and-development-agreement-with-lung-biotechnology-pbc-a-subsidiary-of-united-therapeutics-corporation-to-develop-organs-for-transplantation-2015-09-22
  3. “Big data: $5M to widen ‘bottleneck to discovery’,” September 24, 2015, http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/23151-big-data-5m-to-widen-bottleneck-to-discovery

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