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Life Science Application Integration Platform

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021603D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Life Science Application Integration Platform (LSAIP) described in this article is a new approach to solve life science informatics application integration challenges. The methods included in this system are using an integration container, a set of channels, and a set of development tools that enable heterogeneous LS applications to exchange data in form of LS objects.

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Life Science Application Integration Platform

Disclosed is a Life Science Application Integration Platform (LSAIP) to integrate the Life Sciences informatics applications and to simplify the integration development.

The informatics applications from different providers in the Life Sciences (LS) industry often do not work together. The different applications use different methods, formats, and data models to represent the same life sciences objects, such as chemical entities, DNA sequences, and high-throughput-screening data.

This situation created the difficulties in the integration of the Life Sciences informatics processes and applications. In order to streamlining the different applications, Life Sciences professionals often have to manually transfer the data from one LS application to another. This process is very inefficient and error-prone. There is an urgent need for application integration for the life sciences community. Especially, as the amount of the Life Sciences informatics data increases in exponential scale, and the Life Sciences processes are more complex, the integration of the applications and streamlining the processes are more essential to the enhancement of the productivity of the Life Sciences industry.

The current solutions to address the situation of the disparate applications are either only point-to-point integration (one application connects to another head-to-tail), or only providing a group of generic middleware and tools that could be used in the integration development but are not specific for Life Sciences industry.

The drawback of the first approach, the point-to-point integration, is that it is single dimensioned and not flexible. It requires the competitors of software vendors to work together to integrate their products, which is a conflict of interests, and therefore, very difficult to do and less likely to happen in the scale that satisfies the life science community. As the result, the life science companies have to do significant in-house programming for such integration, which shifts a lot of focus and resources away from LS specialized issues.

The drawback of the second approach (providing a group of generic middleware) is that it requires a lot of IT resources and expertise in the LS companies, which is a significant investment beyond life sciences R&D. Each company has to establish its own integration infrastructure, gain deep knowledge of middleware products, as well as the scientific applications they want to integrate. This approach makes the LS informatics integration development expensive and complicated.

Life Science Application Integration Platform (LSAIP) described in this article is a new approach to solve life science informatics application integration problems. At the high level, the LSAIP consists of an integration container, a set of channels, and a set of development tools that enable heterogeneous LS applications to exchange data in form of LS objects.

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