Photo by Omar Flores on Unsplash Scaling a biotech research platform requires combining a collection of different software systems and components into a single coherent whole, aka a Chimera Data Platform. To keep this system maintainable as it grows, it needs enough consistency to ensure that a small group of developers can quickly understand eachContinue reading “Distributed Metaphors”
Photo by Nam Anh on Unsplash Scaling a biotech research platform requires an organization to define and optimize the flow of data, which can be broken down into three questions: What tasks do we need data for (and what data do we need for these tasks)? 2. How will we collect/acquire/generate this data? 3. HowContinue reading “The Blind Philosopher’s Database”
Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash Scaling a biotech research platform requires a data platform that enables a wide range of project and functional teams to efficiently and effectively coordinate and share data. Over the last few months, I’ve been writing about different aspects of this, circling around a mental model for making decisions aboutContinue reading “Scaling Biotech: A Framework”
Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay Scaling a biotech research program requires coordinating the flow of data between teams, functions and scientific fields, from the people that generate it to the ones that use it. You may think of data as objective and universal. But in fact, its interpretation depends on the context in whichContinue reading “Making Data Travel”
Photo by Oliver Roos on Unsplash Scaling a Biotech research program means managing and optimizing sequences of closely interrelated experiments, i.e. the Experiment Factory. A lot has been written about the value of creating short, inexpensive experiments to explore an idea. But is there ever value in making an experiment slower and more expensive? (MyContinue reading “The Experiment Cost Inflection Point”
Image by Lou Blazquez from Pixabay For a biotech organization to scale its research program, it must balance the flexibility needed to explore a variety of biological hypotheses against the consistency needed to make a collection of observations into more than the sum of its parts. The balance between these opposing forces will shift overContinue reading “The Experiment Factory”
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