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University of Antwerp selects ELN following pilot

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The University of Antwerp has selected CambridgeSoft's E-Notebook for university wide deployment. This decision follows the successful completion of a one-year pilot where researchers from many different disciplines including medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, genomics, biochemistry, and pharmacology have used E-Notebook as their primary laboratory notebook replacing their paper recording keeping.

The E-Notebook is an enterprise application that provides researchers an electronic laboratory management system to capture all of the data from their laboratory experiments including data within MS Office documents, chemical and biological structures, images as well as analytical instrument output. Within E-Notebook, data is securely stored and archived within an Oracle database infrastructure that is 21CFR part 11 compliant and intellectual property (IP) protection. In addition, the search capabilities of E-Notebook facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration across an organisation. Scientists within the University of Antwerp have developed a range of lab/department specific configurations that specifically address the needs of each laboratory.  

'E-Notebook has made it possible to manage our research data more efficiently and increase available research time as well as facilitate data exchange with supervisors and co-workers resulting in an overall improved quality of data,' said Dr Jurgen Joossens, project manager drug discovery, medicinal chemistry at University of Antwerp. 'Moreover due to the digital data exchange between E-Notebook and analytical equipment the amount of paper usage has been significantly reduced.'

Dr Pascale Redig, intellectual property manager, added: 'The E-Notebook system enables the University to set out an efficient IP policy. By storing the data in an efficient and well organised way through the ELN system, defining and dating of possible inventions becomes more straightforward. E-Notebook helps us to define inventors and to further substantiate patent claims. Furthermore it documents our knowhow and IP present before a certain date. Having many research collaborations with external partners, it is important for the university to be able to allocate the right research results to the right project. Last, but not least, having a professional ELN system on campus makes us more attractive to industrial partners who can be assured that the project data is not only generated but also stored according to the state of the art.'