Electronic Lab Notebook


A major pharmaceutical company had an existing Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)  that needed to be enhanced to support more advanced operational requirements and meet regulatory document  storage, retention and privacy requirements.


Palo Colorado Software was engaged to reverse engineer, enhance and document this system. It was also internationalized and then localized for deployment in the US, Japan and Germany. We also supplied full user and technical documentation.


The resulting solution includes features such as:

  • Experiment meta-data generation and capture 
  • Document templates
  • Complete experiment authoring
  • Private notebooks
  • Structured document search
  • Document security controls
  • Multi-language support

The software was written in Visual Basic for Applications and deployed as a Microsoft Word add-on. It has extensive interfaces to an underlying Documentum content management system (CMS.) 


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