Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are under intense pressure to reduce costs and increase productivity. The research and development for new drugs generates vast amounts of complex data. This data is difficult to access since it exists in numerous departmental proprietary IT solutions. According to a recent report - Pharmaceutical R&D Strategies, Innovation & Productivity Rationale, #B795-52, October 2006 - from research analyst Frost & Sullivan, "informatics helps to store, retrieve, sort, organize, analyse loads of chemical, biological and mathematical data and arrive at critical and accurate decisions sooner... It is estimated that the integration of bioinformatics can actually shrink the timeline by a couple of years. This saving of two to three years will dramatically cut down the cost."
Definiens Data Management is designed to intelligently manage all image analysis related data on an enterprise level. A central repository automatically stores ruleware and any types of image analysis results and statistics. Powerful and flexible search capabilities quickly locate information, workspaces, projects, results and ruleware while user-defined queries can be saved to enable common retrieval tasks to be reused and automated. Users can also add metadata to better describe objects and perform related searches. Analysis results can be connected to other contextual information using common informatics tools.
In addition to its advanced Data Management capabilities, the Definiens Enterprise Image Intelligence Suite 7 includes the following enhancements:
- Faster image analysis results through improved viewing and visualization tools: with "multi-magnification views" users can easily identify areas of interest, zoom in and out and view different magnifications; new "heatmaps" display results clearly, even over a range of tissue samples.
- Easy creation of new image analysis applications: the new powerful and easy-to-use graphical environment is tailored to needs of scientists, pathologists and users without programming experience, enabling them to configure their own applications.
- Simplified management with a new web-based administrator: centralized management of Definiens eCognition Server, Definiens' high performance Grid computing environment, reduces administration costs and enables different groups to share the same computing infrastructure.
- Full integration capabilities across the enterprise leverage existing investments: Definiens Enterprise Image Intelligence Suite 7 collaborates seamlessly with standard databases and third party information management solutions. The open platform and a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) integrate any business process, data source and data target and enable the reuse of existing analysis algorithms.