Innovation

Debugging the Lab

Since the very first line of code was written, there have been software bugs (one apocryphal story traces the origin of the term to 1946 when an actual moth was found trapped in the relays of a Harvard mainframe – and like all good code, was dutifully documented by being taped into a notebook). As a result, the development of debugging tools has closely mirrored the rise of modern software. From symbol tables and breakpoints to the sophisticated predictive code profilers of the 21st century, better debugging tools have enabled us to create sophisticated and smoothly functional software.

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Your lab is talking. Are you listening?

If you’ve ever spent time around children, you know that when all is quiet that something’s not right. You expect a baseline level of comforting noise – chattering, thumping, and a general buzz of activity and engagement – sometimes punctuated by the occasional happy shriek or sad wail. The same is true in the research lab.

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Lessons from the Front Lines | Context Matters

I had the honor of opening the MM&M Transforming Healthcare Conference in New York on 5 May, 2016, kicking off an agenda that explored all phases of the industry, from understanding the patient to the various clinical trials stages and considerations. Props to the MM&M team for assembling a diverse and engaging series of speakers and viewpoints, and thanks for including me.

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Disrupting the Lab Not the Scientist

Disruptive innovation has made its way through most industries as a driving force for advancement and change.
But, the scientific research sector, whether public or private, has remained largely untouched by the benefits of disruptive innovation. The result? Two of life science’s biggest hurdles – astoundingly high lack of experimental reproducibility, and the fact that it continues to take 10+ years and over $2 billion to develop a life saving drug in the year 2016 – are still ongoing challenges.

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The Case of the Missing Data: Metadata

Research scientists are swimming in data. Every day. Every experiment. The data and the integrity of the data are paramount.They provide documentation of scientific processes and hold keys to success, failure and reproducibility. But there is always missing data in most experimental research – information that you should have collected that gives context to the experimental data itself.

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