How to Facilitate better research collaborations

Scientific research is a team sport. You’d be hard pressed to find a scientist who doesn’t actively collaborate with at least one other external researcher or lab. There are clear benefits. Within and across specialties, researchers that work together leverage knowledge sharing, expertise and facilities generating better and more interesting publications. It’s happening across sectors as well. Pharma and academia are welcoming collaborations which speed up discoveries and provide fresh ideas for industry, while generating the essential financial backing academics need to finance research.

Science, as a pursuit, has bought into the idea of collaboration as a whole. The trend of open access has contributed to this by surfacing a wealth of data previously inaccessible. Access to negative results and data previously frozen within the walls of an institution are now available for others to build on. While all of this has seen rapid development since the new millennium, the tangible way research is carried out has lagged behind, relying on decades old technologies to communicate, continuing the same centuries old practice of capturing all results in a lab notebook via pen and pad.

So this data is available or willing to be shared, but how can I get it? There are obvious challenges associated with collaborating on complex research sometimes thousands of miles away using yesterday’s tools. In other industries, technology has revolutionized how people collaborate and set the new standard. Why? Because it works. Sharing data, communicating, database management, searching, finding, archiving and more is simply easier using computers - and the internet. The problem Labguru is trying to solve is, how can we use technology to facilitate better research collaboration?

The Cloud

We’re on the cloud for a reason - it allows collaborators across the world to gain access to raw data, observations, conclusions, results, and more with the click of a button, while giving you access to your results whenever, wherever you are. And don’t worry, we have top, bank, level security protocols, access control, and full audit trails. We also are FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliant which is government speak for really high electronic record keeping standards.

Brainstorm and Discover

Results come alive with the ability to collaboratively annotate an assay gel, or mark an NMR spectra. Through an omnipresent comment section, results turn into ideas with in context discussions. Grad students, post-docs, PIs and CROs can share ideas and give feedback in an unparalleled experimental environment.

Plan, deviate, plan more

Using milestones, projects progress with a clear plan decided in advance defining clear goals and objectives for any collaboration. Experiments can be monitored along the way ensuring consistent progress and unprecedented access to experimental results for all. And since science relies on the ability to change course, we don’t lock you in. Edit, archive, and change your plan however you want and keep track of those changes.

Labguru – enabling team science

Grab the collaboration document from the link below, with instructions on:

  • Sharing projects using read-only share link
  • Inviting colleagues, when and why
  • Creating sequestered workspaces for collaborations
  • Reagent and specimen sharing via repositories