Rapid Delivery Of Business Intelligence
Applications Through R&D Search Experience
Search Solutions 2013
Tuesday October 8th
Nick Brown, Susan Donohoe, Rob Hernandez, Youssef
Belghali, Nasko Radev, Steve Woodward & Akshay Tankhiwale
Health Connect Us All
AstraZeneca is a biopharmaceutical company with Research and Development at
its core. Our business is providing innovative, effective medicines that make a real
difference to patients. We focus on six important areas of healthcare.
In R&D, we invest over $4 billion every year and with over 15,000 professionals
in 8 countries, on 3 continents, accessing and leveraging information is key.
Leads to Information Silos
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4. Insight & Analytics
Connectors to any unstructured and structured sources
Accurate semantic mark-up with text-mining capabilities
Intelligent, intuitive search that hides the advanced features
Generate insight & analytics across information types
Rapidly deliver mobile business intelligence applications
3 months ago, we licensed Sinequa for our R&D search platform.
Built To Be Put Together Easily In Different Ways
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Connected By Passion
To build our applications rapidly, we supplement our team with external experts,
including running competitions on open innovation platform like TopCoder.
External Data Sources
Clinical Trial Registries
In R&D, we have over 200 million documents in publications, patents and
conference abstracts. Having a historical perspective can help when designing
business intelligence applications like breaking science or target selection
Internal Data Sources
Security & Access Control
The richest, most valuable content is our internal data sources. Our systems
adheres to our security controls – you only find what you have access to…
We automatically search other synonyms like
Vandetanib and internal identifiers such as ZD6474
Top hits are now key relevant scientific documents
R&D vocabs are dispayed, from brand, disease,
scientists & mechanisms such as EGFR and VEGFR
R&D Search can handle a number of languages
Focused on vocabularies that are important to scientists :Drugs
Developed new approaches within Sinequa to allow easy vocabulary curation. -Tagging scores allow us to identify documents with no tags or too many tags
Hiearchical synonym trees help to rapidly identify problem terms like ‘when’
Individual documents display number of synonym occurrences.
Teams can search across this rich internal content and find not just relevant
documents but also other drugs, mechanisms and even people to help.
Developed to look like an external scientific journal,
R&D Journal provides a mechanism within
AstraZeneca where our scientists can publish articles
and experimental reports that can be shared and
pushed out to other members of the department
Other users can add ratings and comments, as well as
sign up for alerts and search across this content
Mobile Access To Apps
Currently piloting Amazon web-services with Ping Federate (authentication) and Data
Power (access), to enabled mobile applications to query against our search index:
life cycle management
external KOL identification
Find & Connect within AZ & MedImmune
Experts allows R&D to find and connect to the
key experts on any scientific topic.
Increase cross R&D collaboration
Recommend new contacts
Curate & advertise yourself
Social network analysis & visual
More R&D Indexing
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More Business Applications
Deliver applications that use analytics across the entire document index such as
drug repositioning and external KOL identification, made mobile.
More Search Widgets
Further collaborate with Sinequa to implement other features around
visualisation, feedback & commenting and new search relevancy algorithms
Acknowledgements & Questions
Delivering this in the past 12 weeks wouldn’t have been possible without an
enormous amount of support from many people, not all listed here today.
Sinequa: Christian Sestier, Tim Bell, Xavier Pornain, Ariane Cavet, Frédéric
Lardé, Olivier Gaunet & Alex Bilger
Pebble Code: John Mildinhall, Tak Tran, Mark Durrant & Toby Hunt
AstraZeneca: Youssef Belghali, Tim McCoy, David Rafferty, Nick Barlow, Tania
Hide, Lisa Taylor, Hari Radhakrishnan, Adel Kassim & Pete Dudek.
Finally many thanks to Sebastian Lefebvre, Jason Swift & Paul Fitzpatrick for
sponsoring and helping us to get this project launched.