March 7, 2002
Shawn Green, Ph.D.
Maximize Your Use of the Web
What is the history of your organization’s involvement in life sciences?
Green: LabBook was founded in March 2000, by a group of dedicated scientists and software developers interested in making a significant contribution to how researchers could leverage XML Web-enabled services in the life sciences. We have created leading-edge technology and standards by leveraging XML and Internet-enabling software to empower researchers at their desktops. These unique solutions are based on the recognized need for Web-enabled means for data access, sharing, integration, and project management.
What is your vision for the development of the life sciences market?
Green: LabBook founders recognized that the greatest challenge for all life sciences is integrating critical, disparate research data sources and managing the data with true life sciences productivity software.Our XML technology is uniquely suited to manage the diversity of data types and formats used in life sciences research. LabBook is able to deliver solutions not possible with other current alternatives. Our goal is to create the Microsoft Office equivalent in affordable productivity software for the life sciences.
Our XML strategy is part of a comprehensive solution: We believe that it is the best method for making data portable and integrated, and that there is no other product currently on the horizon that will supplant it.
What organizational assets have you developed to serve this community?
Green: Current assets include an integrated knowledge management platform for life sciences research, the emerging genomic XML standard for bioinformatics (BSML), and integrated XML Web services with key strategic content partners and online public databases. No other software vendor has developed solutions that encompass all the facets of workflow in life sciences research. For biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, one of the highest costs is data management. If LabBook can save the typical scientist 10 to 20 percent in research time, we can provide a tremendous improvement in efficiency.
What products and services does your company provide to the life sciences market?
Green: We assist the researcher’s workflow by focusing on a unified and integrated work environment through products such as these:
• eLabBook™ is a research information and project management tool that integrates local data and documents with Web-based research through a “discovery desktop” that provides contextual access to scientific tools, content, and services;
• Shared Web Folders™ is a secure, Internet-accessible, temporary storage place for documents that need to be shared with others during development;
• LabBook Publisher™ is a software package exclusively licensed by LabBook and based on the Liquent kPublisher™. By integrating this product’s capabilities with Shared Web Folders, LabBook can support desktop publishing operations that use diverse document sources or formats to create a PDF-formatted document.
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