Research and Development Informatics Projects
As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, the life sciences research and development (R&D) industry is a complex landscape. This industry is characterized by large growth and rapid innovation, as demonstrated by the 295% increase in pipeline drugs since 2001(1). While the rate of innovation leads to new discoveries and breakthroughs, it must be matched with equal innovation in the scientific informatics field so that scientists have the tools and throughput to sustain their innovation and continue their research.
Unique skills of Scientific Informatic Business Systems Analyst (SI-BSA) Role
With Science evolving rapidly, the advent of new modalities such as ADCs, and mABs, and new scientific technologies such as NGS, RNAi are making data more and more complex. New laboratory techniques and instruments provide opportunities for automation and efficiency. All of this contributes to more and more Informatics solutions and projects. This presents SI-BSAs involved in these projects with a unique set of challenges and opportunities – which means they must possess special skills to be successful. As such, SI-BSAs are often part of a project from conceptualization to strategy implementation. Below, we have identified several major categories of skills that are specifically important as an SI-BSA.