A research-based pharmaceutical company is a data accumulating wonder. More than in any other industry, success is predicated on the collection, processing and exploitation of that data. This is not always recognised and often not planned for by large pharmaceutical companies. Now, however, with the advent of data storage and mining techniques making major advances in other industries, the pharmaceutical industry must adjust to fully exploit this potential competitive advantage in discovery, development and marketing of their products. We discuss some of the impacts to companies and some of the adjustments they will have to make to maintain their position in the information age.
The use of high content screening within HTS is growing and with many past hurdles now overcome, the need for effective tools for data analysis is becoming paramount.