Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, has selected IDBS, a worldwide provider of research data management and analytics solutions to R&D organisations, to support its virtual model for pharmaceutical research.
Shire is expected to implement IDBS E-WorkBook Suite in a collaborative environment with its CROs to streamline and facilitate its new drug research in 2010 and the future.
E-WorkBook is a scalable, searchable and secure environment for the capture, management and sharing of R&D data. E-WorkBook’s capabilities are further enhanced by hosting in a cloud-based environment, providing extensible computing power and flexible data storage.
IDBS said that by leveraging hosted services in combination with E-WorkBook, Shire will have a minimum IT footprint both in-house and at each CRO, eliminating the need for on-site data storage, providing secure access to remote data, facilitating collaboration and reducing bottlenecks in knowledge transfer between organisations.
Reportedly, for the implementation, IDBS’ solution is expected to be provided in collaboration with Quantix, using its hosted infrastructure to provide Shire with complete flexibility in the choice, size and diversity of their drug research collaborations.
Stephen Damment, senior vice president of biosciences at Shire, said: Shire is pleased to contribute to the application of the IDBS platform to the virtual drug research model. This new technology will support our remote vendor partnership relationships, and enhance the transfer, review and searching of data across our exploratory projects.
The IDBS team understands the requirements of the life sciences research space, and has experience working with multiple partners and technologies to help implement scientific data management solutions.
Neil Kipling, founder and CEO of IDBS, said: Shire is at the forefront of virtualised exploratory drug research, implementing new ways of working with their CRO partners, and we are delighted that they have chosen to work with our innovative technology. IDBS continues to provide solutions that meet our customers’ specific needs, and is pleased to have delivered a hosted, virtual environment to support their collaborations.