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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.)









Written by hbasset

March 10, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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