Lab workflow management for R&D
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Lab workflow management for R&D

Discover how our workflow capabilities help you integrate your lab, save time, and accelerate scientific discovery.

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A unified scientific R&D platform can make your lab workflow management more efficient. With Dotmatics, you can leverage a comprehensive platform that includes best-in-breed scientific applications, such as GraphPad Prism, SnapGene, Geneious, OMIQ, and Protein Metrics, and syncs your data across teams and specific workflows.

What is laboratory workflow?

A laboratory workflow is the sequence of tasks or steps to meet all the requirements for the completion of a process or work.

A typical lab workflow might start with data collection from an instrument. Then the data is transferred to an informatics application, cleaned, and harmonized into a findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) format that enables the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools to generate deeper and faster insights.

When you automate scientific workflows, your team can spend less time on manual tasks and focus on higher-value work. 

Lab workflow automation helps you overcome R&D challenges 

Smart laboratory workflows empower scientists to move faster in face of the industry's top challenges.

The rise of big data

R&D workflows have become more complex with big data playing a key role in driving scientific discovery. Scientists have to handle the increased volume and the variety of data pouring in from different instruments, sensors, systems, research teams, and partners. 

Data wrangling is a burden for scientists. Data scientists spend more than one-third of their time cleaning and preparing data, according to Anaconda's State of Data Science report. Workflows can automate the extraction, cleaning, integration, and preparation of datasets into standardized formats, helping to reduce manual work, break down silos, and increase collaboration.

Learn how workflow automation helps to unlock the value of your scientific data.

Pressure for a shorter R&D cycle 

Lab digital transformation enables life sciences organizations to bring new therapies to market at an unprecedented rate. This "need for speed" across the industry is behind the push for increased R&D productivity, per Deloitte's 2022 Global Life Sciences Outlook.

With smart workflow management, you can connect lab activities and create rules to automatically trigger actions across your R&D lifecycle. For example, you can use scientific workflows to schedule experiments, manage assays, and prepare data. You save time and improve data integrity by eliminating error-prone manual steps. 

Discover how to avoid critical lab errors that hinder R&D efficiency.

Wider adoption of AI

There's an increased interest in deploying AI technology to streamline drug discovery and development. AI algorithms help to identify and validate drug targets, de novo drug design, virtual screening, and drug repurposing. In fact, industry leaders surveyed in GlobalData's State of the Biopharmaceutical Industry 2022 rank AI as the top emerging technology trend in biopharma.

A successful AI deployment, however, requires data integration, scalability, and fluidity. AI-ready data needs to be clean, integrated, trustworthy, and standardized — and lab workflows are critical to meet these requirements. 

Automated workflows help to ensure the integrity of laboratory information and data standardization for use with AI tools.

Discover how to prepare for AI in drug discovery with Dotmatics.

Top benefits of workflow automation in labs 

With laboratory workflow management, research and development teams can automate processes and increase efficiency. 

Here's what laboratory workflow software can do for your R&D team:

  • Approach lab processes in a standard way with structured templates for process control and repeatability.

  • Increase productivity and reduce human errors with automated processes.

  • Monitor each step in the workflow and track progress.

  • Maintain the flow by automatically assigning the next step when a task is complete. 

  • Send notifications to alert users of upcoming and completed tasks.

  • Help to allocate lab staff and resources more efficiently to maximize laboratory throughput.

  • Generate reports to support and promote accountability and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Scientific workflow management system for your R&D needs 

Looking for workflow management software?

Whether it's biologics discovery, chemical innovation, or data management, Dotmatics has a scientific workflow for your R&D needs. Get to know our top pre-configured workflows.

Antibody discovery 

Enable antibody research companies to capture large volumes of data, analyze experimental and candidate sequence data together, and design optimized antibody therapy candidates. Learn more

CAR-T cell therapy

Empower scientists to search, analyze, and make data-driven decisions as they design the next CAR-T cell therapy candidates. Learn more

RNA therapeutics research

Enable crossfunctional chemistry and biology teams to search and gather data needed to develop RNA-based therapies. Learn more  

Small molecule drug discovery

Simplify discovery and development, from target and lead identification through lead optimization and hit selection. Learn more

Chemistry design 

Empower medical and synthetic chemists to search and analyze their projects more quickly and efficiently. Learn more

Formulation development 

Make it easier for scientists to connect formulation experiments to characterization test results and gain deeper insights. Learn more

Lab data automation for life sciences

Leverage automation to ingest, integrate, and curate data, freeing scientists from manual, error-prone data wrangling. Learn more

Lab data automation for chemicals and materials 

Ensure quick access to data from instruments, laboratory information management systems (LIMS), and electronic lab notebooks (ELNs). Learn more

Lab data informatics for drug discovery

Automate the process of ingesting and processing data from instruments for faster decision-making in the drug discovery lifecycle. Learn more

Collaborative network research 

Enable your research collaboration network to exchange scientific data and make shared data-driven decisions in real time. Learn more

R&D workflow capabilities for impactful discovery

Dotmatics Scientific R&D Platform is an open, interoperable, and flexible group of technologies that centralize and aggregate your scientific data to give you one single source of truth. 

Leverage our lab workflow capabilities:

ELN lab workflow

Electronic lab notebook

Capture, store, search, and share experiments.  

Entity registration - lab workflow

Entity registration

Record and track biological and chemical entities and their lineages.

sample management - lab workflow

Sample management

Record, search, and track the progression of sample processing across the R&D cycle.

Assay data management - lab workflow

Assay data management

Automate data capture and tools to manage different types of assay experiments.

scientific research - lab workflow

Scientific research

Search and report on data and insights from all systems, databases, and third-party sources in one place.

vizualization - lab workflow

Analysis and visualization

Perform statistical, bioinformatics, and cheminformatics analyses, then graph and present the findings.

document management - lab workflow

Document management

Manage documents in an organized and secure way.

chemistry scketching

Chemistry sketching 

Draw chemical structures and reactions and calculate cheminformatics properties.

requesting lab workflow


Manage requests and assignments of laboratory tasks to foster collaboration between internal teams and external contract research organizations (CROs).

library design lab workflow

Library design

Build and execute library designs.

Simplify your laboratory workflows with Dotmatics

Tell us your laboratory challenges and we'll show you how to leverage Dotmatics to address your unique R&D workflow needs. 

Frequently asked questions 

What is a workflow process?

A workflow is a series of steps to complete a task. It's an end-to-end process from initiation to completion. 

A workflow process can be: 

  • Sequential: the steps occur one after the other.

  • Parallel: the steps can occur simultaneously.

What is the purpose of a workflow in scientific labs?

The purpose of a workflow in labs is to standardize processes for better control, efficiency, repeatability, and compliance. Laboratories can orchestrate workflows to automate repeatable, manual tasks in order to minimize the risks of human errors, increase productivity, and reduce costs.  

What is laboratory workflow software? 

Laboratory workflow software is a tool that helps labs create or manage their workflows. 

For example:

  • By integrating with other systems, instruments, and databases to automate tasks and optimize the R&D lifecycle. 

  • By offering pre-configured settings to guide R&D teams through a series of tasks step by step.

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