Developing scientific business applications using open source search and visualisation technologies

Nick Brown and Ed Holbrook


In addition to increased scientific informatics demands from high-throughput and more complex scientific applications, solutions are being developed in pharmaceutical companies that focus on business needs. In AstraZeneca, our New Opportunities unit focuses on disease indications of unmet patient need, outside of existing therapy areas. Over the past few years, systems have been developed using commercial and open source technologies, where many of these systems leverage a foundation layer – a publication index, based on SOLR. Systems such as automatic Key opinion leaders (KOL) identification, drug repositioning ...

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