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A cloud based software platform to enhance reproducibility collaboration and translation of stem cell research

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41GM125489-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41GM125489
Amount: $224,909.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 400
Solicitation Number: PA16-303
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-14
Small Business Information
6601 GRAND TETON PLZ, STE B1, Madison, WI, 53719-1078
DUNS: 074919880
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (608) 332-5226
Business Contact
Phone: (608) 345-8297
Research Institution
MADISON, WI, 53704-2599
 Nonprofit college or university
Project Summary Stem cell research has shown great potential to help treat or even cure a wide array of health conditions including cardiovascular and neurological disease cancer and diabetes This field is now beginning to move rapidly from the re search stage to clinical translation and commercial applications However it has been widely recognized that stem cell scientists have difficulty replicating protocols between laboratories creating a significant barrier to progress in the field While digital information systems such as electronic lab notebooks ELNs and laboratory information management sys tems LIMS have proven to be highly effective for assisting in reproducing complex protocols in other fields and contrib uting to the overall efficiency of research work considerable barriers prohibit adopting these tools within the stem cell field due to the complexity and unusual structure of the data generated As a result virtually all stem cell researchers con tinue to plan and document their work using paper based methods such as lab notebooks making it extremely difficult to accurately and efficiently share protocols for replication studies In this STTR Phase I proposal Cellara Madison WI proposes to address this issue through the development of a novel software platform called CultureTrax During the proposed research project we will develop specific new features for the platform designed to create a standardized electronic format for transferring stem cell protocols between laborato ries and facilitate the efficient and accurate reproduction of those protocols We will perform a controlled pilot research study to demonstrate the effectiveness of the platform with its new features for protocol transfer Finally we will carry out a survey of potential users of the platform to assess its perceived importance the customer interest level potential barriers to adoption and new features that might be developed in future research The long term objective of this work is to create a global standard information system for stem cell scientists that will permit them to easily share stem cell protocols with collaborators or as a part of the publication process improving the ability of other labs to replicate their work and enhancing efficiency and progress throughout the field By releasing criti cal scientific information from paper lab notebooks into formats that are readily available for collaborative use and data mining we anticipate significant contributions to realizing the promise of stem cell technology to improve human health Project Narrative Stem cell research shows great potential to help treat or even cure many health conditions that plague society How ever much of its data remains locked in paper based lab notebooks complicating collaboration between labs and slowing overall progress In this project we propose to address this problem by developing a new software platform specifically designed to address the complex needs of stem cell scientists allowing for easier sharing and collaboration to accelerate progress in the field

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