Biomedical Research Blog


This Pistoia Alliance article is for everyone interested in UX design practices. The article was authored by UXLS Champions, Gergely Szabo (Healx), Ian Harrow (Pistoia Alliance), Joseph Rossetto (EMBL-EBI), Julie Morrison (RockStep Solutions), Mike Wilson (PerkinElmer), Nelson Taruc (Lextech) and Paula de Matos (Pistoia Alliance)

Experts in User Experience (UX) can contribute to the dynamic interplay between machines and scientists at critical touch points, through the systematic deployment of design principles and UX methodologies. This important relationship has the potential to facilitate when and how data is harnessed productively throughout its life cycle to deliver digital transformation and higher productivity for the enterprise.

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How Climb 2.0 is leading in vivo digital transformations

The way we work is changing rapidly. The pandemic is causing us all to rethink how our teams work together. New tools for a new age are required to support remote work while, at the same time, improving our ability to collaborate regardless of where we are located. Climb 2.0 increases remote work flexibility, improves efficiency, and drives quality.  This engaging slide and video tour developed by Chuck Donnelly and Julie Morrison takes you into the in vivo lab with short video snippets to show you how your digital transformation can improve lab efficiencies, improve quality, and speed time to discovery.

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Top 5 Reasons to Start a Digital Transformation


The term, Digital Transformation, describes a process in which an organization transforms from pencil and paper or basic digital tools like spreadsheets and stand-alone databases to become digitalized. A digitalized organization integrates appropriate data, logistics, and operations systems to create a seamless business management system built on digital information technologies and artificial intelligence. If done correctly, an organization that undergoes a digital transformation achieves double-digit operational efficiency improvements, reduces errors, and positions itself for scale. It is important to keep in mind that the transformation endpoint is not a fixed target; new technologies are continually integrated into the ecosystem. Thus, adopted architectures and technologies must be future-proof so that changing technologies can be introduced with minimal disruptions.

Digital transformations can create extreme winners

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Digitalizing Sample Collection for Dynamic In Vivo Studies


In vivo studies are complex, expensive, and must be conducted to exacting specifications. Oftentimes, procedures have dependencies and time constraints that require multiple technicians working hand in hand to get the work done.  Many labs manage these timelines, tasks, and data collection with paper or spreadsheets.  RockStep Solutions, working with Novartis, UCSF IND, and others, have developed a transformative database solution that digitalizes in vivo operations and data capture. RockStep’s President, Julie Morrison and‘s Category Director for In Vivo Services, Meaghan Loy, presented this webinar that focuses on the challenges of managing in vivo workflows.

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RockStep Solutions Partners with Novartis to Develop Transformative In Vivo Software












RockStep Solutions and the Novartis in vivo study teams worked together for over year to design and develop software that is transforming how discovery workflows are conducted. The goal of the effort was to build the best in vivo software possible using “future proof” technologies and engineering practices.  The project was lead by RockStep’s co-founder and President, Julie Morrison and members of the Novartis Head of Emerging Technologies working closely with the in vivo study team scientists, managers, and technicians. Julie Morrison, is also one of the Pistoia Alliance UXLS champions.  The full article was published in Drug Discovery World.

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