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CASE STUDY

Agenus: Building a Global Informatics Infrastructure

A multi-disciplinary approach to therapeutic development in oncology

Agenus is a global biopharmaceutical company with multiple immunotherapy and vaccine pipeline programs. Leveraging expertise in oncology, immunology, functional genomics, computational biology, and structural biology, the company employs scientific staff across four discovery, screening, and characterization facilities around the world.

Company

Number of employees: 251 – 500

Industry: Biotechnology

Location: Lexington, MA, USA

CHALLENGES

Difficulty finding data across multiple systems
Without unified systems, it was difficult for scientists to effectively find and share information.

Collaborating across international sites without a shared data infrastructure
Globally-distributed R&D team impeded team collaboration.

Tracking project progress across teams
Complexity of R&D workflows exacerbated difficulties tracking samples and experiments.

RESULTS

Centralizing experimental data
Benchling replaced Agenus’s multiple informatics systems with a single, end-to-end platform where they track all of their experiments, results, and samples.

Tracking across international sites
Benchling made all institutional knowledge accessible to scientists across the globe, dramatically streamlining data transfer and sample tracking.

Mining success patterns
Agenus mines data across past experiments to determine which factors led to success and optimize future experimental design.

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