Allotrope Foundation Reaches First Major Milestone in Development of Laboratory Information Framework and Announces Launch of Partner Network

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 3, 2014 at 7:01 a.m.



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TO HEALTH, MEDICAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Allotrope Foundation Reaches First Major Milestone in Development of

Laboratory Information Framework and Announces Launch of Partner

Network

CHICAGO, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Allotrope

Foundation, a consortium of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, has

reached the first major milestone in the development of its innovative

laboratory information Framework and announced the launch of a partner

network to encourage further collaboration.

In just six months, the Foundation has gone from concept to

implementation of its first Proof of Concept (PoC) application using

the open Framework that will manage analytical data throughout its

complete lifecycle using a common set of standard tools.

Allotrope has also established a Partner Network, designed to enable

and encourage collaboration with the instrument and software vendor

community in developing the Framework.

"The deployment of the first Proof of Concept is a significant

milestone on our development roadmap," said Wolfgang Colsman, CTO of

Osthus GmbH and lead architect of the Allotrope Framework. "In about

six months of development, we were able to go from an idea to a

working implementation."

Allotrope Foundation aims to make the intelligent analytical

laboratory a reality - an automated laboratory where data, methods and

hardware components are seamlessly shared between disparate platforms

and where one-click reports can be produced using data generated on

any analytical instrument. The Proof of Concept now deployed addresses

experiment initiation and data acquisition using instruments from

multiple vendors (standard instrument input-output). This PoC also

demonstrates the seamless exchange of analytical data between software

applications from different vendors. This state-of-the-art data

exchange demonstrates several new capabilities, including the simple

exchange of data between an Allotrope member and a business partner,

for example, a CRO.

"I am really excited to be part of this historic event and of our

contribution to bringing the longstanding vision of the intelligent

analytical lab one step closer to a reality," said Janet Cheetham,

Executive Director, Analytical Research and Development at Amgen and

Board Member of Allotrope. "Seeing the Framework perform as expected

in one of our own laboratories validates the core fundamentals of

Allotrope's approach to solving many of the current pain points we are

experiencing today with analytical data management in Pharma Biotech

and in many other industries that have analytical labs."

"From the onset of Allotrope Foundation, we've been focused on

building a sustainable Framework that will enhance how we produce and

consume analytical data," said James Roberts, Senior Scientific

Investigator, Analytical Development at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and

co-lead of the Allotrope Foundation Core Technical Team. "Using the

Framework to embed open standards in our labs, running real

experiments in 2014, is the first step to enhancing efficiency,

facilitating data exchange and enabling automation."

The successful deployment of a Proof of Concept also triggers the

launch of Allotrope's Partner Network, which is designed to give all

software and hardware vendors an opportunity to provide direct

feedback to Allotrope Foundation regarding the Framework.

"We took great care to design a Partner Network that enables all

interested vendors to provide feedback on the Framework," said Gordon

Hansen, VP Analytical Development, US and Chairman of Allotrope

Foundation Board of Directors. "There has been strong interest from

the vendor community in working with us, and we are thrilled to open

the doors to such a collaboration."

As part of the Partner Network, Allotrope provides access to

pre-release software, documentation, interfaces and test data.

The Allotrope Partner Network Portal can be found at

http://partners.allotrope.org. Visit us at Pittcon 2014 Exhibitor

Booth #3762.

SOURCE Allotrope Foundation

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