Integrating Digital Transformation in the Lab

BIOVIA Briefing Note

Axendia was recently briefed by Stephen Hayward, Director of Marketing at BIOVIA, of Dassault Systèmes, on BIOVIA’s ONE Lab platform.  ONE Lab is a digital solution that includes the features and capabilities of an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Laboratory Execution System (LES) in a unified environment with a single data model. This digital “environment” has been developed to enable greater collaboration and efficiency through the generation of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable) data, which in turn, streamlines some of the most time-consuming workflows across drug discovery and GxP settings, saving time, improving efficiencies and helping their customers bring quality medicines to market faster. 

Streamline, Simplify & Standardize

According to Hayward, ONE Lab can structure and standardize data from various instruments and consolidate it into a unified repository. He emphasizes its practicality in executing procedures with compliance and ensuring traceability of data and signatures, as are required in a GxP environment. The ONE Lab system integrates materials and equipment management, offering comprehensive tracking of usage, metrology and maintenance, and it manages recipes and methods, promoting standardized procedures and their execution. Hayward reinforced that this functionality helps the lab arrive at a definitive source of truth for its data, a significant advancement from working with disparate systems and taxonomies.  

Source: Biovia

A familiar example of the complexity typically seen in a pharma company’s digital ecosystem is shown below. The challenges that result from a fragmented digital ecosystem are familiar to most, with siloed data being a huge culprit in the inefficiencies that result. 

Source: Biovia

BIOVIA ONE Lab can bring order to this complexity both across business functions and across the stages of the product development lifecycle. “Elements of ONE Lab can be deployed individually, together, or added over time as part of a company’s digital transformation journey,” stated Hayward. “The real value multiplier of ONE Lab is when a company deploys part of it in one area, and then expands with other capabilities over time.” This approach allows a company to build upon its digital investments, “driving horizontal and vertical integration through the connected digital lab for true end-to-end digital integration,” expanded Hayward.  

Source: Biovia

ONE Lab can also facilitate automated, structured data capture in a GxP environment with standardized taxonomy and ontologies. This functionality ensures FAIR data capture across diverse domains, facilitating improved data analytics and visualization. Additionally, the adoption of a Virtual Twins approach based on these data, coupled with AI, enhances the system’s capabilities, while open data access enables integration with other solutions, including those from BIOVIA and other providers. Leveraging RDF (Relational Data Format) and knowledge graph architecture further enhances scalability and facilitates efficient knowledge queries within the system. 

Building Upon the Existing Digital Ecosystem

There is rarely a lab with a single vendor digital solution. The industry is asking for compatibility with technologies across vendors so that they do not have to start from scratch or rip and replace. According to Hayward, BIOVIA’s ONE Lab provides that connectivity and along with that integration, the searchability and knowledge management that are a true industry need. These elements coincide with the aspiration for digital sustainability, and they are “especially helpful when you go from process development to scale-up and manufacturing,” described Hayward.

Building upon that, increased access to additional applications within these digital tools has also become the expectation. ONE Lab provides an app-like user experience, cloud-native offerings and a responsive interface, and like BIOVIA’s other solutions, ONE Lab can be found on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the company’s real-time collaborative environment. “You can search across everything that is accessible to you in your role – all the data, the experiments, the conversations that have happened and all the posts other people have made in the communities. We say that it’s the right platform for the next generation of science because it brings together the data and the ability to be open and flexible to other solutions – anytime, anywhere, on any device,” says Hayward.  

Source: Biovia

In Conclusion

Laboratory Digital Transformation calls for an integrated solution approach.  BIOVIA’s effort to unify their offerings into a single platform is addressing industry demands that have become increasingly prevalent: ease of integration with existing digital ecosystems and horizontal integration across the product lifecycle. The ability to gather information in a structured and standardized manner breaks down data silos making the data readily accessible and searchable.  This makes collaboration and knowledge transfer much easier and more efficient. The BIOVIA solutions can be implemented in stages, supporting the phased approach that companies are taking in their digital transformation journeys, which should help minimize the barrier to adoption and pave the way towards greater digital sustainability.   

We will continue to provide updates on BIOVIA and ONE Lab as they become available. 

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