Case Study

Implementing Next-Generation Laboratory Informatics

Source: Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA

Implementing Next-Generation Laboratory Informatics

Forty-two years ago, Arthur C. Clarke envisioned the HAL 9000, a sentient computer capable of directing a space mission to Jupiter. At the Symyx Symposium in Barcelona(2010), Stephan Taylor, director of project and process optimization systems in process R&D at Bristol-Myers Squibb, envisioned another version of HAL: the Highly Automated Lab, managed by a sentient electronic lab notebook (ELN). Like the HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Taylor’s HAL can advise scientists about potential problems in their “mission objectives”—in this case, launching a new experiment in an ELN based on a previously input plan.