Why Biotech Firms Should limit Their Staff's Admin Rights

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/29/13 3:42 PM

In the early and often hectic days of getting your Biotech startup off the ground it is easy to overlook the computer use and security policies you should implement before your company really gets going. Allowing admin rights to computers, servers or file systems is often due to the mistaken belief that this will promote flexibility and adaptability as researchers try to gather and analyze as much experimental data as they can in a short period of time. But there are important reasons that you should limit your staff's access to admin rights. Here are four:

1. Data Loss

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Topics: IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security

Why Big Data is Changing How Biotech Startups Plan IT

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/23/13 5:04 PM

If there was any doubt about how important big data is to today's biotech industry, simply consider the recent donation made by Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Asia, to Oxford University. He gave $31 million to the school to help fund a research center dedicated to exploring the challenges and opportunities of big data. The Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery will employ over 600 scientists to help develop innovative ways for the biotech industry to get the most out of the massive amounts of information that their experiments are producing.

Big data has changed the IT demands of every biotech company, regardless of size. In order to be successful in today's research climate, you need to have the IT infrastructure to manage the important data your company is producing. Here are two important sources of data that many biotech companies will need to store and manage in coming years

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Big Data

The Top 3 Data Security Concerns of Startup Biotechs

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/21/13 5:10 PM

It is easy to think that your startup is too small or too new to face threats to your data security. But the simple fact is that in the current competitive climate of the biotech industry, when many companies of all sizes are rushing to develop innovations, the security of your data is more important than ever.

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Topics: IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data

How Biotech Startups are Getting the Most Out of Their Seed Funding

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/16/13 5:10 PM

Biotech startups have a lot to take care of after securing their initial round of funding. Laboratory space has to be found, equipment has to be purchased, and qualified researchers and admin staff have to be recruited. This process is flush with opportunity and excitement, but important considerations can easily be overlooked. Every biotech startup needs some kind of IT setup, but successful biotech companies invest in an IT infrastructure that can accommodate the unique challenges of biotech data storage, data types, and the management of this data. The most valuable thing you are producing with your angel investor's money is your experimental data, which means that you will need to have IT tools in place that can maximize the value and protect all of this information.

IT needs to be an important consideration for any biotech company that is trying to secure a second round of funding. In order to make the most of the money that your investors have initially given you, be sure that your IT services provider can implement a system with the following elements:

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, ITO, Big Data

Big Data Drives the IT Needs of Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/14/13 5:42 PM

One of the greatest challenges facing many biotech startups, particularly in their earliest phases, is planning for the potential massive quantities of data that are generated by modern lab technologies. Many startups are simply not prepared to manage data storage requirements that can quickly rise to over 10 terabytes. But preserving, securing, and managing this biotech big data is crucial to the success of your business.

In order to better prepare your IT infrastructure for the demands of today's cutting-edge technologies, consider taking the time to plan your storage needs over the first few years and to build a system that can scale with that potential growth.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Big Data

4 Reasons Biotech Startups Can't Afford to Skimp on IT

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/9/13 6:47 PM

As a biotech company, the data that you produce could be your greatest asset. This constitutes the bulk of your intellectual property, and any advancements in your funding and potential partnerships will ultimately flow from experimental data. That is why for biotech startups, IT is such an important consideration. If your company is not equipped to store, protect, and access the data that you generate, you will end up wasting time and money. Information technology must be a top priority for any biotech startup that hopes to succeed.

Here are four reasons that biotech startups must think carefully about their IT investment:

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, ITO

The Biotech Startup’s IT Hardware Checklist

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 12/18/12 8:00 AM

If you’re just getting your IT infrastructure in place or you’re going through a round of early investment, you’re facing decisions that will have a significant impact on the long term health of your company.  In the biotech startup environment, downtime is particularly costly since data is your value proposition.  You need all aspects of your IT—email, wireless networks, servers, storage, and the wired network—to work 24/7 so your scientists and researchers can get their jobs done whether at the office or working remotely.

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Topics: Biotechnology Startup

9 Big IT Mistakes Biotech Startups Make

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 12/13/12 8:30 AM

For biotechnology startups the added need for IT scalability, security and support is critical to success. The biotech industry stands out because the data itself makes up a huge part of the product’s value. But the business environment and demands of the biotech startup specifically make business continuity and 99% uptime critical to meeting research needs, financial deals and BOD preparation deadlines.

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Topics: Small Business IT Support, Biotechnology Startup

What You Need to Plan for in Your Biotech IT: Security, Speed, Scalability

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 12/12/12 8:15 AM

A mistake biotech startups often make is trying to run expensive equipment on a cheap IT infrastructure. I’ve had biotech companies brag about building their IT infrastructure for a lot less than what may have been proposed by an IT outsourcing company.  They don’t understand why they should buy a more expensive corporate level wireless access point when they can get a $70 one from Staples.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, ITO

What to Look for in an IT Partner for Your Biotech Start-up

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 12/6/12 7:42 AM

The moment when your startup gets its seed funding is one of the most critical in the life of your business.  In any industry, but particularly in biotech, one of the most important decisions you make at this moment is how to manage your IT needs.  Even if you have employees with IT expertise, you’ll benefit from a consultation with an IT outsourcing provider (ITO), a company which employs experts in a range of different platforms and technologies and has experience in designing and managing IT systems.  You’ll be calling on your ITO more than you might expect in the first couple of years, here’s what to look for to find a trustworthy partner.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, ITO