Like many pharmaceutical companies, Chugai used paper notebooks to manage and record experimental workflows.
The use of paper notebooks created a number of practical obstacles including illegible notes, transcription errors, onerous manual searches through past experiment records and time-consuming data printing and manual pasting into notebooks.
Based in Japan (read the case study in Japanese here), Chugai was aware of the risks natural disasters posed to its paper-based records, so required a solution that reduced the reliance on paper.
As an environmentally conscious company, Chugai was also looking for a way to reduce general paper use and the number of record storage areas that were required to store paper documents.
Chugai liaised with Roche, its Switzerland-based strategic alliance partner, to discuss the benefits of introducing an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN).
Chugai also liaised with its Chemistry Department Manager, who already used an ELN, to learn about the operational efficiencies that could be achieved by introducing such a system. Chugai decided to introduce IDBS E‑WorkBook, the flexible system used by Roche, enabling the companies to share their system implementation experiences.