Securing Drug Discovery with Blockchain

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Securing Drug Discovery with Blockchain

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Friday, September 20, 2019

Blockchain has the ability to provide an optimal alternative in a regulatory-driven sector such as life sciences, enabling safer information exchange between the organizations and its customers.

FREMONT, CA:  Due to the increasing volumes of data in the life science sector – ranging from customizable machines to genomic data – life sciences organizations need to look for innovative methods to safely store and collect this ever-increasing information supply. This is where blockchain comes into the picture. Blockchain provides an ideal system for packing information on protected blocks to restrict access to information as needed. However, it is essential that people and organizations work together to promote distinct use cases for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, preventing duplication of adoption attempts and standardizing procedures before blockchain can be applied more effectively.

Typically, blockchain technology has been connected with cryptocurrencies, but the technology has also begun to penetrate into the drug development industry. Pharmaceutical companies are spending billions of USD as well as developing and marketing prescription medications through an exhausting method. There is a strong motive in the medical industry to combat counterfeiting with the worldwide drug ecosystem valued at billions per year. People's lives are also at risk, due to fake drugs, and adverse responses and impacts can contribute to multiple fatalities.

The Safety Heaven Constructed by Blockchain

Much of the information collected by pharmaceutical companies is pre-competitive and does not add any immediate importance to the organization that holds it once used within the venture that created it. Even though the information may earlier have been dismissed as insignificant to one particular study venture, it may have been highly useful to another study project elsewhere. The capacity to 'share' this information with other life research organizations while maintaining information privileges may profit all substance exploration and growth companies. Blockchain technology has the ability to make such 'privacy-retaining' information-sharing an important enabler.

Blockchain could provide an optimal alternative in a regulatory-driven sector such as life sciences to enable broader, safer, and potentially, even more, government information exchange – for instance, allowing tax authorities to more carefully validate the validity of the information and to ensure that it complies with laws. The safety integrated into a blockchain also offers a more regulated and possibly personal means of data storage and exchange. Because it can be highly delicate and private data–information about medical documents and clinical studies–it requires to be well secured to guarantee patients ' confidentiality. Moreover, until life science organizations achieve the phase where they can use blockchain technology to assist and communicate any information, the different sector stakeholders, regulators, scientists, scholarly groups and technology companies need to work together to construct a purpose-fit blockchain and overcome obstacles to its introduction.

Protecting Intellectual Property (IP)

The development of intellectual property (IP) is a critical component of R&D, generally (but not solely) through the manufacturing of patents such as utility-linked ' structure of matter. 'Most organizations currently handle IP pre-clinically using digital lab notebooks (ELNs). These electronic recording (ER) technologies are already legitimately accepted for IP capture, as they can provide evidence of who established the ER, when it was developed or timestamped, and what is covered in the creation date.

Identity, timestamping, content evidence (through hashing) and immutability are four of blockchain technology's basic use-cases. Furthermore, in the region of patent laws, IP and ELNs, it seems probable that in the not too remote future, extremely safe, transaction-enabled ELNs will be with the companies who are investing on blockchain technology. Blockchain technology could also allow a more fine-grained patenting strategy that could benefit the growing trend towards subsequent applications for preclinical medication development with smaller compounds – sometimes with only one compound of true concern.

Managing Genomic Information

Genomic knowledge serves a significant role as an aspect of the clinic's commentary on objective detection and validation in the early phases of drug discovery R&D. Since the emergence of Genomics, there has been an ever-increasing quantity of genomic information produced by healthcare organizations, physicians and scientists on clients; and ' good ' people by the selection, often motivated by a willingness to learn more about their racial roots and genetic predisposition to the disease.

While this genomic 'extensive data' burst is crucial to the scientific community, including those Pharma R&D researchers, there is a danger of genomic information from people. The client's most basic information –may be hacked, robbed, or abused otherwise if excellent safety and privacy checks are not in location.

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