Treating Pharma Data as an Asset: moving from an application centric to an information-centric organization – presented by Dr. Martin Romacker, Roche


Pharma is aware of there’s a want for clear, reusable, FAIR knowledge to gasoline efficient machine learning-driven R&D – however driving efficient data and information administration is an extended course of, needing a step change the place people be taught their roles in knowledge stewardship and scale back them to observe in a means that doesn’t constrain or impede their

analysis actions.

In our latest webinar, Pharma Data as an Asset: Moving from an application-centric to an information-centric organization, Dr. Martin Romacker, Senior Principal Scientist in Scientific Solution Delivery and Architecture at Roche, talked about how pharma considers knowledge as an asset, however traditionally does not deal with it as such – utilizing the oft-cited ‘data is the new oil’ to metaphorically illustrate how a lot worth is misplaced from poorly managed knowledge (equal to the financial wastage misplaced in pure fuel flares throughout oil manufacturing).

In order to embed good knowledge administration practices, pharma wants to begin taking account of the unplanned or hidden prices – e.g. ETL (extract, remodel, load) processes, knowledge cleaning, semantic knowledge integration, and so on. They additionally want to be clearer that any created or acquired knowledge that don’t adjust to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Principles throughout the manufacturing course of instantly lose worth, adversely affecting innovation and output proper throughout the drug

discovery and improvement course of.

During the session, Dr. Romacker
demonstrated the place Roche is implementing FAIR Data in core areas, together with:

* Implementing a complete knowledge worth chain: totally integrating semantic knowledge administration to guarantee all incoming knowledge and metadata are FAIR to allow retrospective or secondary knowledge use far into the longer term
—Underpinned by change administration round knowledge citizenship & sharing, together with a FAIR Data Playbook.

* The Roche Data Commons
(RDC) and the layers required to guarantee not solely FAIR knowledge, however high quality knowledge, emphasizing that for efficient output you want each, as well as to the proven fact that the infrastructure and providers want to be FAIR too – not simply the


All of that is notably essential in mild of certainly one of Dr. Romacker’s key factors, which is that whereas applied sciences and purposes will come and go repeatedly, the info are at all times going to be there, so it’s a lot better to make them reusable as quickly as doable of their lifecycle.

Central to this complete course of is the researcher. A FAIR knowledge implementation should not impede or burden the researcher, however quite they need to really feel empowered to personal FAIRification of their knowledge, whereas being served by an inner infrastructure and applied sciences that

allow them to do that simply.

Driving this variation requires not solely inner change administration, and a willingness on all sides to interact on this matter, however goes past inner change all through the whole scientific group. Pharma, companions and academia want to all work collectively on an open public/non-public infrastructure supporting reusable FAIR Data.

Overall, the funding and energy now will repay downstream, with a more cost effective R&D course of the place FAIR Data is central, and the scientific group can react quicker, with larger perception, to ship what sufferers want.

Watch the webinar and download the slides here

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