Implementing electronic laboratory notebooks to improve the efficiency of pre-clinical drug discovery

13 December 2011  •  Author(s): Sheraz Gul, Vice President and Head of Biology, European ScreeningPort GmbH

The pre-clinical phase of drug discovery spans a period in the region of five years and requires contributions from multi-disciplinary teams often working at different sites. These teams can generate significant amounts of data which are processed using standard as well as specialist software. The recording of a substantial amount of project related experimental work has historically been performed using paper-based laboratory notebooks completed manually with all files usually being stored locally.

This scenario poses a variety of issues such as delayed access to important information to the project team members which could ultimately reduce its efficiency and thus increase the time taken to complete the project. These paper-based notebooks are now being replaced by an electronic laboratory notebook (eLNB) within research laboratories in industry and academia. Such software allows the documentation of experimental data and its sharing within the multi-disciplinary research team and would be expected to improve data integrity, reduce the time to complete the project and improve communication. This article discusses some of the advantages that would be expected to be achieved upon implementing an eLNB in pre-clinical drug discovery.

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