Seattle-based biotech, Just Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Just), was founded with a distinct mission: to design and apply innovative technologies to dramatically expand global access to biotherapeutics. From its inception in 2014, Just has been focused on building an integrated research environment that would overcome or completely eliminate the data silos and workflow bottlenecks found in a traditional research environment to accelerate biotherapeutic R&D.
To deliver on their mission, Just needed a data management solution that would help simplify and streamline their research operations while still ensuring the security of their data. The system would serve as a “single source of truth” for the data generated at all stages of the R&D process, allowing teams to register entities, derive samples, and track sample lineage in a single system.
Because this one system would support teams with varying goals and workflows, the solution needed to be incredibly flexible and customizable. Just’s commitment to innovation and pursuit of an ever more efficient research environment also meant that this software solution would need to be able to rapidly adapt to support changing workflows as Just refined their research processes for maximum efficiency.
During its evaluation of systems available on the market, Just discovered that none of the existing solutions for this type of biologics data and workflow management provided all of the functionality necessary to support their work. Systems that came close to meeting Just’s needs either lacked flexibility for evolving requirements or were cost-prohibitive.
Accordingly, Just sought a software partner to help develop a suitable solution and soon discovered LabKey, a fellow Seattle-based company. LabKey’s SDMS software provided a trusted, biology-centric foundation for developing a biologics solution with core features that would deliver the functionality required by Just with some modifications. LabKey Server’s flexible architecture and transparent code would support the need for extension and ongoing customization of the solution, and LabKey’s professional development team coupled with Just’s expertise would transform this foundation into a powerful tool for end-to-end biologics research and development.