Scirex

Next Generation
Research Execution Support &
Research Data Management

What is Scirex?

Scirex is built to help scientists carry out their research.

Scirex is all about helping scientists and laboratory staff in your daily work:

Research Execution Support

Assisting laboratory work by supporting the communication, planning, and overview of activities. Also ensure that necessary information are easily available in a timely manner, and assist with instrument setup and data processing.

Research Data Management

Once the laboratory work has been completed, help scientist realize the full value of research results by ensuring data quality, sharing and traceability.

System Philosophy

The ideas guiding the design of Scirex are discussed in two recent blog entries about the platform and about assay data management.

Example Use Cases

If you are also struggling with file based management of research data,
manual data processing or database systems,
then Scirex is worth a look.

Some of the areas where you are likely to realize great benefits are:

Assay Data Management

The variation in chemical and biological assay execution and data processing poses great challenges when trying to provide IT support. The modularity of Scirex let scientists use the parts of the system that are useful, and agile customization support allows the system to keep up with changing requirements.

High Throughput Variant Generation

Flexible plate-and-sample management features and result management facilitates automated molecular biology processes to generate large libraries of protein variants.

Next Generation Sequencing

Scirex provides the data "plumbing" to that enables tracking of NGS samples and raw data files, and that facilitates integration of best-of-breed analysis tools in a unified workflow.

Automated Cell Biology

Tracking the plates, samples and results involved in automated, high-throughput cell biology while maintaining the flexibility to match the processes in the lab is a major challenge that requires a system as flexible as Scirex.

Why Scirex?

The design of Scirex is guided by six main principles, to ensure creation of a system that fits the specific needs of scientific research:

Agility

Small, fast deliveries enables informatics systems to match research process requirements and reduces project risk by facilitating immediate feedback from users.

Composability

Scirex functionality is implemented as building blocks that can be combined in different ways to match specific workflow requirements.

Convenience

Convenient systems save end user time, promote system adoption and reduce cognitive stress, freeing scientist to focus on research rather than on operating obscure IT systems.

Customizability

Customizing IT systems to specific workflows improves convenience, and increases efficiency and quality gains through automation of data processing, integration and validation.

Discoverability

System adoption is improved if users can discover functionality while using the system rather than rely on distant and long forgotten training.

Flexibility

Research workflows often change from one experiment to the next, e.g. to rerun failed steps or further investigate interesting results. The informatics systems must be able to accomodate the variation without reprogramming.

Functionality

Research Execution Support and Data Management relies on a diverse set of functionality that together forms a comprehensive and useful system.

Plate-and-Sample Management

Scirex includes functionality to management all the "stuff" in your laboratory, plates and samples being the predominant items, but other items such as animals, cages, instruments, storage systems etc. can also be managed.

Workflow Management

Workflow management covers research activities, such as experiments, projects, campaigns, laboratory steps etc. It also includes things like events and notifications.

Result Management

Scirex has a very flexible result management model. Results can be associated with samples, plates, animals, or any other entity or even to groups of entities (e.g. several animals living together in one cage). You can store results in a simple key/value pair model or use custom data models, of which several are provided with the system.

Data Availability

Data in the system are available through the Scirex website, but also easily available for integration with other systems through an API or for extraction into Excel, SpotFire, Tableus or for processing in tools like R or SAS.