What Can the Cloud Do for R&D?

To educate life sciences organizations on how to securely and compliantly share information, Intralinks has partnered with Business Review Webinars.


13 May 2014

What can the Cloud do for R&D

Does your organization face challenges sharing information securely? With the evolution of new technologies, coupled with the decreasing costs of outsourcing research, life sciences organizations in particular have started shedding their core competencies and depending heavily on strategic outsourcing to restructure their development initiatives and go-to-market strategies.

At Intralinks, we enable our users to securely store, share and collaborate on information with multiple partners, anytime, anywhere. Intralinks VIA™‎ which helps organizations take lifetime control of their documents was designed to support demanding requirements from IT and central compliance functions, while still giving employees their freedom to reach new levels of productivity in the business.  In our experiences, we’ve seen innovative life sciences companies migrate from the traditional fully integrated pharmaceutical company model (FIPCO) in search of more streamlined R&D paradigms, like the fully integrated pharmaceutical network (FIPNet). In moving away from the traditional model, organizations have replaced their core competencies with their partners. While FIPNet is more efficient and cost-effective, it still has its challenges – like maintaining information security, timelines and auditable trails across organizations.

With the increased reliance on collaboration with external providers and partners, beyond the firewall sharing has become unavoidable. In R&D, being able to share information quickly between multiple business partners is important - it’s even more important that the information shared be secure and compliant. Considering the sensitivity of R&D and the regulatory nature of the life sciences industry, it’s essential that organizations take the utmost precaution when collaborating.

I hear many of the same questions from life sciences organizations about working across the enterprise. From 'How can we accelerate productivity? to 'How can we protect IP and maintain compliance in the cloud?' to even 'What are the security and governance requirements of cloud-based solutions?'. while organizations are asking the right questions, it's important that they are also considering the right factors when evaluating a cloud-based collaboration solution.

Fortunately, we live in an age where secure collaboration is possible – even for those organizations in highly regulated industries.  Due to benefits like security, streamlined auditing and accelerated execution of projects and processes, it’s no surprise that life sciences companies are turning to the cloud and SaaS to ensure higher levels of compliance and streamlined communication with their collaborative partners.

To educate life sciences organizations on how to securely and compliantly share information and collaborate through the cloud, Intralinks has partnered with Business Review Webinars for a webcast on June 5th, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST / 3:00 PM BST on the common challenges faced when attempting to streamline communication with external partners and the benefits and risks of moving to the cloud. I hope you will join me for the “Facilitating R&D Collaborations through the Cloud” webcast on June 5th at 10:00 AM EST / 3:00 PM BST. To register, please click here.



Sri Chilukuri

Sri Chilukuri

Sri Chilukuri currently serves as Vice President of Product Marketing for Intralinks, the leading beyond the firewall collaboration solutions provider for business professionals. Sri is an experienced marketing executive with a proven track record of creating business growth via entrepreneurial leadership and building high performance teams.