Science Exchange Appoints Jim Emerich as Chief Financial Officer

September 29, 2017 | Posted by Team in Company, Press Release, Science Exchange News |

Veteran finance executive Emerich joins Science Exchange to help lead the company through next phase of growth

PALO ALTO, CA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Science Exchange, the world’s leading and most secure platform for outsourced research and development (R&D), announced today it has appointed Jim Emerich as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Science Exchange CFO Jim Emerich

In this role, Emerich will provide hands-on, metrics-driven financial leadership to help accelerate growth for the company. He will oversee and lead the budgeting and planning process, monitor and communicate progress of key business and financial objectives, and articulate the key drivers of cost and revenue.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim to our management team. His track record of successfully navigating businesses through periods of financial growth speaks for itself,” said Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange. “Science Exchange is in a period of rapid expansion, and Jim will play a key role as we take this business to the next level, helping us accelerate our profitability and guide our financial planning.”

Emerich brings more than 25 years of finance and operations experience to Science Exchange, with a history of boosting performance through fiscal analysis and strategy. Most recently, Emerich was the CFO of BrightEdge Technologies Inc. Previously, he served as CFO at Avangate Inc., Appiro Inc., and Mulesoft Inc. In addition, he has held executive finance roles at SalesForce.com, NotifyMe Networks, NBC Internet, Inc., LDM Technologies, Inc., and General Electric Plastics.

“I have been impressed with Science Exchange’s growth trajectory, the breadth of its service provider network, its client roster of the world’s top bio and pharma companies, and the strength of its current financial operations,” said Emerich.  “The company has proven indispensable to both researchers and R&D organizations, helping to drive both efficiency and access to innovation. I look forward to working with the team to help guide Science Exchange through this next phase of growth and development.”

 

New on Science Exchange: ActiveMotif, Optopatch, & CV Tox for World Heart Day

September 20, 2017 | Posted by Team in Drug Discovery, New Innovations, Research |

by Chandreyee Das, Ph.D., Senior Content Manager, Science Exchange | www.scienceexchange.com

We observe World Heart Day at Science Exchange by highlighting a novel technology for assessing cardiac safety, from the Efimov Lab at George Washington University. Other newcomers on our platform that we present to you are ActiveMotif, Oncodesign, QurAlis, and Worldwide Clinical Trials.

ActiveMotif: Time to RIME (Rapid IP-MS of endogenous proteins)

It’s the 20th anniversary of the discovery of chromatin — and researchers can treat their favorite chromatin samples to ActiveMotif’s RIME service (Rapid immunoprecipitation mass spectrometry of endogenous

RIME Method ActiveMotif

RIME service from ActiveMotif includes nuclear isolation, sonication, IP, purification, tryptic digestion, MS, and data analysis

proteins). It is an ideal method for identifying transcriptional cofactors and other associated proteins within multi-protein complexes, and is often performed in parallel with ChIP-seq.

A leading provider of kits and services for studying gene regulation (both genetic and epigenetic), ActiveMotif is no stranger to chromatin. RIME is just one of a comprehensive menu of gene regulation services that ActiveMotif offers through Science Exchange — visit the storefront to browse their capabilities.

 

QurAlis: Harvard team uses Dead Sea microbes in novel assays

Founded in May 2017 by Clifford Woolf, Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, Kevin Eggan, Professor of Regenerative Biology at Harvard, Kasper Roet, Harvard Research Fellow, and Q-State Biosciences, QurAlis focuses the power of Q-State’s powerful, 100% optical electrophysiology platform on novel, stem cell-derived, disease-in-dish models of ALS.

It’s a Dead Sea microorganism that is the basis of the enabling Q-State technology. QuasAr proteins, derived from this microbe, respond to action potentials and synaptic signals by emitting near-infrared fluorescence. These Optopatch assays thus deliver higher throughput and information content than traditional patch clamp assays, and they also provide better resolution and lower phototoxicity than other optical screening tools.

We’re very excited to have QurAlis join Q-State Biosciences on our network, giving neurobiology researchers easy access to the expertise of the QurAlis team.

 

Worldwide Clinical Trials: Early phase services now available on Science Exchange

In the high-stakes service category of clinical trials, Worldwide stands out. In fact, Worldwide’s Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Michael F. Murphy, M.D., Ph.D., was recently named one of the PharmaVOICE 100 Most Inspiring People of 2017 — for the impact of Dr. Murphy’s dedication to innovation.

Continuously working to improve trial design and patient outcomes, Worldwide now offers early phase services on the Science Exchange network. Click on the Worldwide storefront to access this major global CRO without needing a separate contract.

 

Efimov Lab: Predictive preclinical models of cardiovascular toxicology

An apt addition to the Science Exchange platform, in time for World Heart Day (September 29!), is the Efimov Laboratory at George Washington University.

Known around the world as a leader in cardiovascular science and biomedical engineering, Dr. Igor Efimov and his team developed a method for optically mapping organotypic cultures of donor human heart slices, enabling users to test the cardiac safety and efficacy of therapeutic candidates.

The culture method preserves heart tissue architecture and extracellular matrix — aspects of heart health that cannot be revealed by iPSC-derived cardiac cells or other traditional assays for cardiovascular toxicology. Visit the lab’s storefront for a list of their recent exciting publications — this is clearly a team to watch.

 

Oncodesign: Preclinical assessment of anti-cancer therapies

True thought leaders in the field of preclinical drug discovery and development, Oncodesign made the news last year when it partnered with Bristol-Myers Squibb to develop novel macrocyclic candidates and test them using their proprietary xenograft models and imaging technology.

Now, Oncodesign’s services are easily accessible to Science Exchange requesters. We get extremely excited thinking that a requester on our platform with a promising therapeutic candidate may now use Oncodesign’s Predict®, Chi-mice®, Pharmimage® and other platforms to characterize their candidate, speeding it along the path to potential cancer patients. Start a conversation with this leading CRO by submitting your Scope of Work here.

 

 

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The Robotic Cloud Laboratory for the Life Sciences: Transcriptic

September 20, 2017 | Posted by Team in Drug Discovery, Lab Profiles, New Innovations, Research |

Transcriptic LogoBy Natalie Foote, Director of Service Provider Operations, Science Exchange | www.scienceexchange.com

 

In this Provider Innovation Profile, we’re proud to feature Transcriptic, whose automated cellular and molecular biology platform enables scalable life science research with flexibility and precision.

Automation is a rapidly advancing area of biotechnology, and Science Exchange hopes to give our researchers access to unique robotics platforms while helping them save on equipment costs and manage laboratory space limitations.

Transcriptic’s robotic cloud lab paradigm means biologists can be running experiments on the other side of the planet from their lab, leveraging a bank of robotic workcells for massive experimentation.

Transcriptic frees researchers to focus on the creative aspects of their science by providing faster, more reliable and repeatable processes with vastly lower capital costs than previously possible.

Differentiators: Transparency, flexibility, multiplex-ity

Transcriptic Robotic Workcell

Multiple integrated automated devices per workcell

  • Transparency: No other service provider on the planet can tell you exactly how they run an experiment on the user’s behalf. Transcriptic provides deep transparency into how users’ experiments were run by executing experiments exactly as specified and also providing retrospective diagnostic data on individual instrument performance during the experiment.
  • Flexible robotics: Being a robotic cloud lab, the Transcriptic system can dynamically provision robotic resources to process samples for users. For example, the system might start the week at a scale of one plate and end the week on hundreds of plates. Users only pay for the resources they use, reaping the reproducibility and throughput benefits of robotics without any of the overhead.
  • Easy multiplexing: The Transcriptic web application makes it easy as checking a box to detect an additional analyte in your sample. When it’s that easy, you can perform multiplexed quantiation of more analytes, starting to generate a more accurate picture of the phenotypic state of your sample.

Featured Service: Mesocale Discovery (MSD) Assay

The MSD assay, validated in many bioanalytical methods per U.S. FDA and EMA guidances, is offered as a service by Transcriptic. The Mesoscale Discovery Sector S 600 instrument is fully integrated with the Transcriptic robotic cloud lab.

The MSD S 600 instrument performs multiplexed detection of up to 10 analytes per well, ensuring the highest data-to-sample quantity efficiency, in immunoassays. Multiple assay panels are available from the V-Plex line, all conducted with complete automated precision by robots in the cloud. Custom panel assays are also available through the MSD U-Plex system.

Why requesters choose Transcriptic

Transcriptic, in collaboration with multiple biopharma companies and non-academic laboratories, has delivered many peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Transcriptic presented one interesting study at SynBioBeta 2016. In collaboration with EpiBiome, Transcriptic’s automated platform provided a robust, reproducible and high-throughput method for on-demand microbiome characterization. This workflow captured sample prep through NGS and sequencing analysis in 7-10 days, allowing for fast, iterative cycles of microbiome screening.

Visit the Transcriptic storefront today to request some quotes!

 

Science Exchange Survey Reveals Pain Points of Outsourcing R&D

September 18, 2017 | Posted by Team in Company, Outsourcing Best Practices, Press Release |

Contract review, service provider qualification, and security of intellectual property among major concerns for biotech and pharma leaders surveyed at 2017 industry conferences

PALO ALTO, Calif.– More than 100 biotechnology and drug development leaders who responded to surveys conducted during industry conferences earlier this year reported a wide range of barriers to the outsourcing of research and development (R&D) services, including the contracts review process, intellectual property (IP) security concerns, and service provider qualification. The surveys were conducted by Science Exchange, the world’s leading and most secure platform for outsourced research and development (R&D), during the 2017 Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention and 2017 Drug Industry Association (DIA) Global Annual Meeting.

More than 75 percent of Science Exchange survey respondents ranked the following concerns as barriers (a significant barrier or somewhat of a barrier) to the outsourcing of R&D services:

  • Having contracts reviewed and signed
  • Security of IP;
  • Identifying service providers with required expertise;
  • Qualifying service providers; and
  • Negotiating pricing.

Time management related to R&D outsourcing was also reported as having a significant impact on these R&D leaders, with over 40 percent of those responding to the survey indicating they spent more than 20 hours to onboard each new outsourcing partner, from the request for proposal process, through contracting and start of the project. Finally, further demonstrating the impact of the time spent on administrative tasks related to outsourcing, more than 75 percent of survey respondents reported that the “hassle” of bringing on a new partner has previously led them to choose an existing vendor rather than seek out a more qualified option.

“The results of this survey echo the same concerns we heard from the leading biotech and pharma companies who now rely on Science Exchange to help them efficiently manage their outsourced R&D services,” said Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange. “In review of enterprise clients’ experiences, we find that our Science Exchange clients save thousands of work hours each year on procurement, business operations, contracting and legal resources, and administrative tasks related to outsourcing — time that can instead be spent in discovery. It’s gratifying to see that we’re able to fulfill our goal to support the scientific discovery process by removing barriers to innovation for our clients.”

See how your organization could streamline outsourced R&D through Science Exchange — request a demo of our platforms for enterprise clients.

Science Exchange Releases Latest Version of its Enterprise Dynamic Report Tool

September 11, 2017 | Posted by Team in Company, New Feature, Outsourcing Best Practices, Press Release, Science Exchange News |

Latest release gives enterprise clients access to real-time data to improve reporting and decision-making for outsourced R&D investments

Dynamic Report Tool

PALO ALTO CA, Sept. 11, 2017 – Demonstrating the company’s commitment to support its clients’ growth plans by optimizing data aggregation and business intelligence, Science Exchange, the world’s leading and most secure platform for outsourced research and development (R&D), recently released the latest version of its enterprise dynamic report tool. The tool enables Science Exchange’s enterprise clients, including some of the world’s top pharma and biotech companies, to perform real-time tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs) related to their outsourced R&D investments.

“The Science Exchange enterprise dynamic report gives me the ability to tease out diverse suppliers and export spend data. Our procurement management team has been thrilled with the report,” said Gregory Smith, Associate Director, Indirect R&D Procurement, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd.

This latest enterprise dynamic report update allows enterprise clients like Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd., to:

  • Track spend, budget performance, and outsourcing efficiency in real time;
  • Gain visibility into service provider performance metrics; and
  • Better assess efficiency of outsourced R&D programs.

“With this dynamic reporting tool, our enterprise clients are able to gain a whole new understanding of category-specific purchasing behaviors within their organizations. R&D and procurement leaders can receive and proactively analyze – in real time – data and business intelligence that can help them quickly assess the performance and impact of their outsourced R&D programs, ” said Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange. “Science Exchange helps our clients make data-driven business decisions, while at the same time giving researchers quick and secure access to more than 2,500 scientific service providers – allowing researchers to focus on innovation and discovery.”

Learn more about enterprise partnerships with Science Exchange, and request a demo of our private marketplaces for outsourced R&D:
www.scienceexchange.com/enterprise

 

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