Case Study: Coriell Life Sciences (CLS)

Coriell Life Sciences (CLS) creates innovative genetics solution using IBM Cloud

CLS used the IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud offering to help physicians model potential medication regimens per each patient’s genetic profile.

  • CLS can create new customer interfaces within weeks, rather than months.

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Executive Summary

Coriell Life Sciences creates innovative genetics solution using IBM Cloud.

A spin-off from the Coriell Institute, a 60-year-old nonprofit specializing in biobanking, personalized medicine and genetics research, CLS was founded to take information gathered through genetic analysis and make it available for physicians and other medical professionals to use.

CLS sought a flexible business process management (BPM) system to be able to take the genetic information obtained through genomic sequencing and analyze it to more accurately determine drug efficacy and other potential issues.

We knew we had to bring to market an informatics pipeline that allowed us to take genetic information in and come up with a readable diagnostic report for a physician at the other end, says Megill. But there are complicating factors given all of the different partners that we have to work with, so we knew we couldn’t just sit down and write a lot of code to handle one situation.

Scott Megill

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Coriell Life Sciences (CLS)

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Introduction

Deliver genetic sequencing information

Genetic sequencing information, which was previously very expensive to develop, had become relatively inexpensive to gather. CLS needed to be able to take genetic sequencing information, put it into an easy-to-digest format and make it available in multiple layouts.

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Challenge

Searching for a process management solution

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Coriell Life Sciences (CLS) needed to find an innovative way to take genetic sequencing information and provide it to the medical community in a usable format. CLS was looking for a strong business rules engine that would provide the flexibility the company needed to work with numerous partners and suppliers, who might have very different needs.

There’s an almost direct correlation between genetics and whether or not your body can metabolize certain drugs or whether they’ll cause adverse reactions. We also needed to handle it under one unified reporting and accounting system and still be able to produce our product in a consistent way

Scott Megill

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Coriell Life Sciences (CLS)

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Solution

Choosing a cloud-based BPM offering

The company used the IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud offering, which invokes IBM® Watson™ technology as a service to help physicians model potential medication regimens per each patient’s genetic profile.

CLS is also working with IBM Watson technology to provide physicians with a near-real-time modeling tool that will allow them to test multiple scenarios for medications.

Choosing the BPM solution as a managed hosted solution from IBM meant that, as a small organization, we could implement this really robust enterprise-class BPM solution without having to go through a major implementation installation effort

Scott Megill

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Coriell Life Sciences (CLS)

Solution components

  • IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud
  • IBM Watson™

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Results

Tapping in to IBM Watson technology’s power

  • CLS can create new customer interfaces within weeks, rather than months, and quickly create customized reports and bills for each one.
  • Using the BPM solution, CLS can take in new data, produce the required report and manage the billing process.
  • CLS uses Watson technology to identify relevant research and publications.

As we take in data from one lab supplier, we can invoke a rule that allows us to take that data and harmonize it inside of our systems differently than we would from another supplier.

Scott Megill

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Coriell Life Sciences (CLS)

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