Press release | 28th October 2014

Boehringer Ingelheim Introduces IDBS’ E-WorkBook Suite

Global top 20 pharma company streamlines
R&D IT with cross-domain platform

London, UK, and Boston, US, October 28, 2014 – Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the top 20 global pharma companies, has introduced IDBS’ E-WorkBook Suite to eliminate data silos in the lab. The cross-domain platform has initially been deployed in North America with the next roll-out planned for Germany. Users are benefiting from streamlined research and development (R&D) with increases in data quality and productivity.

With E-WorkBook, Boehringer Ingelheim scientists can easily and simply capture and record data electronically. Information is both searchable and retrievable for better data sharing and efficiency. Multiple systems are being consolidated for a centralized and highly configurable data flow.

“We are building on our drug discovery excellence combined with a strong focus on external innovation for novel mechanisms and new therapeutic modalities” said Thomas Reith, Head of IT Research & Development and Medicine at Boehringer Ingelheim. “We were looking for an electronic lab notebook that could meet these needs and enables us to derive value from our data across all of our domains including research, development and animal health. IDBS has exceeded our expectations during the pilot program and we can now retire multiple in-house solutions to support our future growth on a global basis.”

“Data quality and cost reduction are both big challenges for the life sciences industry,” said Scott Weiss, Director of Product Strategy at IDBS. “The ability to connect diverse data sources including paper, lab tools and in-house solutions on a comprehensive platform is an attractive proposition to tackle these issues. As firms like Boehringer Ingelheim look to harmonize their data landscape, the flexibility of E-WorkBook’s cross-domain functionalities come into their own.”

Over the next few years, the system is planned to be rolled out to up to 2,400 users globally. The company will also look to integrate E-WorkBook with existing lab infrastructure as well as external LIMS, SAP and data management systems.

About IDBS

IDBS is a leading global provider of advanced software for research and development (R&D) organizations to securely capture, manage, share and exploit structured and unstructured data. Our technology and domain expertise enable users to link data to data, data to people and people to people to drive innovation, achieve faster time to market and improve margins. Our diverse customer list includes R&D driven international companies in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agricultural sciences, chemicals, consumer goods, energy, engineering, food and beverage, and healthcare.

Founded in 1989, IDBS is headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices across Europe, Asia and the United States. IDBS remains a privately held company employing over 300 staff across the world and serving over 50,000 researchers in 25 countries – including over 75% of the top twenty pharmaceutical companies.

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