Mukesh Moorjani, CEO
In an era where every other industry is adopting digital technologies to streamline and enhance its critical operations, the pharmaceutical sector, in particular, is still dependent on the time-consuming, error-prone, paper-based legacy processes of the past. This reliance on the traditional systems brings several challenges, including scientific reproducibility, accuracy and data integrity issues, and inefficiency, among several others. Large amounts of data generated in modern laboratories, along with high throughput requirements, are necessitating the use of informatics solutions such as LIMS to improve laboratory automation. Today, the pharma market is awash with numerous informatics solution providers that offer a vast number of off-the-shelf and in-house informatics solutions to improve the overall efficiency of research. But one that is making a significant difference with its offerings is Platinum Informatics, a life sciences informatics company.
With the vision to bring the digital laboratory of the future to today’s research laboratories, Platinum Informatics supports the R&D and experimental methodologies of the life sciences sector. The firm provides cloud-based laboratory informatics tools that combine laboratory information management with big data analytics to enable process optimisation, remote working, improved regulatory compliance, and enhanced data quality. Mukesh Moorjani, CEO of Platinum Informatics, says, “Through our solutions, we are necessitating automation to enhance data capture and analysis, reduce human error, and drive improvements in laboratory efficiency and productivity.”
Platinum Informatics is a spin-out from the renowned University of Dundee, Scotland, which has a fine reputation in proteomics and drug discovery. Professor Angus Lamond, a biochemistry professor at the University of Dundee and a world-leading biochemist, co-founded Platinum Informatics in 2018 after realising the lack of effective LIMS that adequately addressed the challenges faced by researchers in his laboratory.
Working in close collaboration with leading scientists, he developed an integrated, enterprise ecosystem of software applications, Platinum Desimal that tackles the specific challenges associated with large-scale, multi-omics research such as reproducibility, automation, and the processing of large, complex datasets. By providing improved data insights, these tools make it easier for scientists and researchers to manage multiple projects, track samples, effortlessly meet regulatory audit requirements, and create reproducible results.
Through our solutions, we are necessitating automation to enhance data capture and analysis, reduce human error, and drive improvements in laboratory efficiency and productivity
“What’s unique about our offerings is they were designed by scientists for scientists,” informs Moorjani. In contrast to other informatics solutions, which predominantly focus on capturing data for regulatory or QA purposes, Platinum Informatics’ software tools support scientists with the efficacy of running large scale experiments and gaining better insights from that discovery while also delivering the basic QA and regulatory audit requirements. Besides, core values such as the firm’s customer-centricity, the team’s ability to recognise market needs and accordingly offer solutions, and their expertise in IT as well as science also serve as additional differentiating factors. Moreover, Platinum Informatics has a unique design philosophy; it develops integrated solutions and not just stand-alone applications. The company involves these design philosophies in the pre-configured early prototype versions and drives efficiency in every step of the discovery pipeline.
Over the last two years, the firm has helped several pharma companies address research challenges and optimise experimental outcomes. For the road ahead, Platinum Informatics has a two-fold growth plan. On the one hand, the company plans to continue focusing on the world of multi-omics and precision medicine and, at the same time, expand its expertise into other life sciences areas, starting with chemistry. Alongside, Platinum Informatics is looking to expand geographically and add value to its global customers with big R&D centres across the U.S., Western Europe, Germany, France, and Switzerland.