The Rising Tide of Smarter Collaboration, in Life Sciences and Beyond

Lori McKellar

Lori McKellar

Director, Market Development, Life Sciences

Collaboration and Efficiency through Smarter Information Management

The waves outside my hotel room window are unpredictable. Yet surfers float, awaiting the next big ride.

surfer in waves - swell

Similarly, nobody can tell where the next inspiration for major new drug innovations mightstart. We do know that getting approval to market drug innovations is paramount for Life Sciences survival. And we know content management can create the right “swell” to buoy any business swimming in documentation.

By swell, I mean cost efficiencies and smarter ways of working, which in turn, can help speed time to market.  Everyone benefits when effective and safe drugs get to patients as quickly as possible to drive better health outcomes.

Repositioning Products & Process

One place to develop efficiencies is in your existing product set. Search for ways to extend an innovation, or perhaps reuse it for different indications. Adding time-release chemistry could extend the life of an existing drug as well as identifying an unexpected new indication for it. Process and workflows are also worth a fresh look.

Simplify “External” Collaboration

The process of creating, reviewing and approving regulatory submission documentation isn’t new.  But as we’ve seen in many industries looking to lower costs, collaboration is now required far beyond internal and contracted resources. Information is authored, reviewed, approved, and acted upon by various parties across multiple organizations.

Using past tools, a single organization’s boundaries drove collaboration through emails, file shares, and other unsecured tools, creating discontinuous and poorly controlled collaboration. Now, sponsor organizations have solutions like EMC Documentum Research and Development for an efficient and streamlined process for ensuring submission-ready documentation. Finally, document owners aren’t paddling furiously to keep up.

Let the Experts Be Experts

Information FloodThe trend toward compelling user interfaces in content management can keep your experts doing what they love best (hint: not navigating complex systems).  Intuitive, role-specific workspaces with tailored feature sets help workers easily perform their tasks, without having to read the manual. Late nights of ensuring document readiness, or managing clinical trial paperwork, become far less tedious.

Stay Ahead of Compliance

Life Sciences R&D Solution Suite

The best practices above aid in compliance and inspection readiness as well. Should documentation be requested by regulatory authorities, the time to provide it can be minimized.

New feature sets offer granular controls that restrict access to only the documentation required for the specified time it’s needed. Those with a “need to know” can utilize a pre-defined view that simplifies user training and ensures quick response to inspection requests. These content management advances help keep the bite of the audit sharks away.

With all of these suggestions in mind, the next new innovation may not be as elusive as that perfect wave after all. Use these four strategies to create your own groundswell of collaboration and efficiency across Life Sciences organizations — and beyond.  For more information on the latest innovations in the EMC Documentum for Life Sciences Solution Suite, visit the EMC Community Network and the EMC Pulse blog.

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