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Equal access to data can streamline the entire R&D phase
Posted on November 20th, 2017 by Christina Valimaki in Chemical R&D
Developing a new chemical product requires careful cross-functional collaboration between R&D and manufacturing teams. It also requires an iterative evaluation of manufacturing processes to optimize production. Unfortunately, these iterative approaches create significant waste during the testing process. As a result, process chemists and engineers have begun to turn to experimental data and synthetic research precedents in information solutions as a way of shortening research cycles and increasing the return on R&D investment.
The new white paper “How Information Accessibility Streamlines Iterative Design in Chemical R&D” explores how crucial it is for teams collaborating on different stages of a developing product to have access to the same information. Without identical access, different teams can repeat mistakes or work to address problems that another team has already solved. The result is wasted work hours, unnecessary costs and delays that allow competitors to reach market first.
The paper explores some areas where information sharing doesn’t always occur — collaboration, evaluation of a process and evaluation of various compounds — and how the outcomes are affected. For example, in the evaluation of a synthetic process, manufacturing engineers need to work with process chemists in order to redesign chemical synthesis processes. Without equal access to relevant facts about the synthesis and properties of any compound — or about the synthesis routes themselves — the number of times those chemists must evaluate and optimize the same or an offshoot synthetic process increases.
Even a slightly larger number of iterations can mean vast amounts of wasted hours and materials, not to mention a longer time-to-market. To minimize the number of reevaluations required, there must be equal access to the same intuitive interface for querying literature and discovering synthetic sequences and alternative approaches.
The processes of synthesis, evaluation and improvement are tightly interwoven. So the lack of access to crucial data by any one of those teams can create significant slowdowns for the others. Yet when each team can easily share relevant literature, compound properties and reaction data with other teams, this streamlined collaboration can significantly improve the speed and efficiency of the entire R&D workflow. The overall result is a faster, more streamlined iterative design process throughout the R&D phase, and an increased return on every research investment.
Read the white paper to find out more about how today’s chemical companies reduce iteration and launch new products faster when they share more information.
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