The concept of Science Intelligence (SI) is adapted from Business Intelligence (or Competitive Intelligence).
There is a trend in the life science industry to look at scientific information in some of the same ways as enterprises have historically looked at business intelligence “
• « Scientific Intelligence » or « Science Intelligence » (SI) (or Science Watch)
• The concept of SI refers to skills, technologies, applications and practices used to help a Researcher acquire a better understanding of its scientific context. This is the action of gathering, analyzing, and applying information.
• SI may also refer to the collected information itself, the Knowledge which is gathered.
• For the Life Science industry (Pharmas, Biotech companies, etc.), scope of the SI includes:
– Latest Science advances (novelty, update, etc.)
– Drugs & Biologicals discovery (candidates, new indication, etc.))
– Technological innovation (disruptive) & Business Opportunities (deals, CROs, etc.)
– Pre-Registration constraints (Authorities guidelines, procedures)
– Clinical data and Post-marketing follow-up (safety data, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, etc)
– Market trends (Competitive/Business Intelligence)
• Main information sources to build this knowledge are:
– Literature (peer-reviewed journals)
– Congress Proceedings and Experts opinion
– Patents and Standards
– Guidelines, Methods and Protocols
– Clinical trials results
– Scientific and Press news
– Forums, blogs, social networks, etc.
• Techniques used to stay up-to-date are:
– Awareness alerts (Keywords, Tables of contents, etc.) by emails or RSS feeds
– Authoritative & Filtering services reading (experts reports, literature reviews and digests, etc.)
– Web sites monitoring (key-opinion portals, Experts’ blogs, etc.)