Sharing of data across disciplines is essential.
Multi-disciplinary project teams risk losing efficiency when disciplines have difficulty talking to each other and keeping each other informed of the latest results.
CDD Vault improves the efficiency and productivity of such teams by providing discipline-specific capabilities within a unified front-end to facilitate the appropriate sharing of data across domains.
The CDD Vault provides a true cross-domain platform for storage, analysis, and sharing of drug discovery data.
Because chemists and biologists use the same system, greater collaboration is possible, and data harmonization and reformatting steps are no longer necessary.
On the chemical side, it handles chemical compound registration, complex chemical structures, and property data acquisition and reporting, structure searching, structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis, and more.
On the biological side, it handles assay registration and data management, biological data refinement and analysis, and other functions as required by an evolving biological paradigm.
It also handles sample spectra, numerous graphical representations of chemical and biological data, and other images.
For the project manager, it handles multitier access to data and follow-up.
This collaborative environment helps the various disciplines to think of themselves as members of a productive discovery team, rather than an isolated entity.
And remember, an efficient collaboration not only saves time and money — it can mean the difference between project success and failure, and between being first-to-file for a patent and being scooped!
Homegrown project database solutions usually lack usability.
General-purpose data handling software, such as Excel spreadsheets or relational databases (Access, MySql, Oracle), require significant programming to meet the project team needs, which is a skill that many scientists don’t have.
Therefore, the database ends up either not being used at all, or being used sparingly — causing the data within it to be outdated.
Procedures may exist to periodically upload data into the database — however, if the database is not easy for the scientists to use, they will view uploading their data as a time-consuming chore and may not be diligent about doing so.
CDD Vault overcomes these difficulties by meeting most project scientists’ needs quickly without the need for IT specialists or additional hardware.
While many legacy laboratory systems require IT specialists to change data fields or formats, CDD Vault has forms that are easily changed by a scientist-administrator.
And, the CDD Vault API (Applications Programmer Interface) allows other, project-specific functions, to be easily added by a knowledgeable scientist, by in-house IT staff, or by CDD’s consultants.
When working with a diverse team, having a place where data can be easily uploaded and accessed is very important.
Drug discovery is an increasingly collaborative endeavor. The more easily multi-site and multi-discipline teams can work together, the faster and more productive the drug discovery process will be. Having a formal drug discovery platform makes increased and easy collaboration possible because formal platforms make sharing data very easy, you can remove the problems created by ad-hoc data handling systems, and collaborators feel confident in the security of the data.
This blog is authored by members of the CDD Vault community. CDD Vault is a hosted drug discovery informatics platform that securely manages both private and external biological and chemical data. It provides core functionality including chemical registration, structure activity relationship, chemical inventory, and electronic lab notebook capabilities.