Secure data management for collaboration and externalization

Life sciences is transforming and the drug discovery paradigm is changing. Many discovery programs are now conducted by external research partners. This rapid change in Pharma’s business model presents enormous data challenges in sharing and security. Secure and flexible data management systems enable collaboration, sharing and innovation across all aspects of the partner network.

Most research labs today process massive quantities of incoming data from collaborative research and, most often, from CRO partners. The geographically separated CRO facilities make hard copy data entry almost useless. If an electronic notebook application is already deployed, it can be difficult, time-consuming and error-prone to review and manually enter external data that is supplied from an alternative lab notebook application.

A primary use case for the ArxLab Notebook is to securely gather data from CROs and seamlessly approve and upload that data into electronic notebooks existing at Pharma. Arxspan provides standard integration to enable this type of workflow. Research managers can view, search and approve CRO experimental data prior to incorporating it into their existing notebook. Optionally, if desired for security, data delivered by ArxLab can be deleted once the data transfer is complete. This approach offers valuable benefits, including:

Benefits For Pharma


CRO users have no visibility into Pharma’s IT infrastructure. This security arises by use of the ArxLab® system as the CRO notebook system and not by configuration or permission changes in existing corporate notebook systems that would jeopardize internal security.


Monitor CRO research and collect output electronically, including electronic signatures and witnessing, if desired.


CRO data are electronically pushed to the internal electronic notebook platform, eliminating the time and process of manually entering relevant data.


ArxLab Notebook is 21 CFR Part 11 compliant and offers optional SAFE-BioPharma support.

ArxLab ® Products

Notebook - ELN

Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN)

The ArxLab ® Notebook product is a cloud-based Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) and Workflow solution built to serve as an authoritative repository for Chemistry and Biology data, optimized for the collaborative research models ubiquitous in today’s commercial and academic research environments. It is highly effective at allowing organizations to collaborate and securely share research information with outside industrial partners, academic collaborators, and CROs. The system can deploy in one business day, includes experiment signing/witnessing capability and audit trails, is 21 CFR Part 11 compliant, and offers robust functionality to support chemistry and biology workflows.

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ArxLab® Inventory is a cloud-based inventory application providing a tool set to natively define and manage inventory items such as proprietary compounds, commercial reagents, samples, consumables, equipment, and other inventory items. Common operations include tracking of receiving, container history, usage levels by user, container location, material check-in/check-out, plate management, and audit trail. User-defined location hierarchy provides for exact locations of stored materials within a building, laboratory, bench-top, freezer, etc. Users can configure container type and storage locations and search by any field, or by chemical structure.

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ArxLab® Assay is a cloud-based software tool set that can define, collect, manage, and store assay endpoint data – ideal for assay development functions as well as LTS and HTS screening programs. It provides study coordinators an integrated view of study activity and centrally manages data across multiple research groups and facilities. Users can specify required and optional parameters, data types, allowed ranges, and more. ArxLab Assay can perform automated calculation of raw data values, generate curves and heat maps, and allow for point knockouts for curves.

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Registration for Chemistry and Biology

The ArxLab® ChemReg and BioReg modules are a cloud-based solution built to serve as an authoritative repository for unique chemical and biological entities. The system handles cases of uniqueness (identity) criteria, mixtures, and cross-referencing, all within a single system that offers unified search across all entities, including chemically intelligent searching when a structure is present. PerkinElmer ChemDraw® is integrated for chemical drawing, and ChemAxon chemical intelligence functionality enables chemical search, property calculations, and full support for salts, mixtures, formulations, tautomers, and all types of isomers.

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Related White Papers and Information

Cloud-Based Electronic Notebooks – The New Generation

Download our white paper to learn how Sunovion Pharmaceuticals adopted ArxLab Notebook to transition from paper notebooks internally, as well as to effectively manage incoming CRO data.
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Cloud-Based Electronic Notebooks – Migrating From Old to New

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Innovative Compound Registration Workflow Using a Web-Based, Cloud-Hosted Electronic Lab Notebook

Download our white paper to learn how Sunovion Pharmaceuticals implemented an innovative registration process by using the ArxLab Notebook system, allowing CROs to register compounds directly into their registration system.
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