Pharma & Biotech in the Cloud

AWS allows you to have an agile, cost-effective, and compliant infrastructure to accelerate scientific discovery, enable operational efficiency, and simplify your global collaboration.

Since agility and compliance are so critical, AWS customers can: deploy validated applications in development and manufacturing; rapidly innovate and coordinate with remote facilities and partners; use data analytics to make decisions about geographic expansion; and more efficiently leverage digital marketing resources to promote their product brands.

With AWS, biotech and pharma companies can focus more on scientific discovery, clinical advancement, and sales, instead of IT administration.

See how Moderna Therapeutics leverages AWS to accelerate drug development

Benefits

Reduce time to insight

Your competitive advantage is dependent on your ability to remain agile and support the new ideas that are driving innovation. AWS offers the perfect place to experiment. With no up front requirements for large capital expense, you can resource projects instantly or augment your existing data centers for computationally demanding workloads.


Simplify global collaborations

AWS makes it easy to coordinate with your global suppliers, partners, and staff based at other facilities. AWS can facilitate collaborations by providing the primary organization with isolated access for researchers from different organizations, and control of IP and assets through fine-grain access control.

 

Support compliance & enhance security

Improve your security and compliance position while running regulated workloads with tools and services to help you comply with HIPAA, HITRUST, and/or GxP standards.

Improve operational efficiency

AWS has the tools you need to operate efficiently and get the most of our your IT. Easily exploit reusable architecture patterns, automate rules-based infrastructure, and leverage continuous integration and deployment. Take advantage of the dynamic scalability of the cloud to maximize cost-reductions.


Building a real-world evidence platform on AWS

Pharmaceutical companies are discovering, optimizing, and demonstrating the value of Real World Evidence (RWE) with innovative technology solutions in the cloud. Explore how AWS services meet the specific platform needs for RWE with an extensive network via the AWS Partner Network to meet current and future platform requirements.

Pharma & biotech use cases

  • Pre-Clinical data storage
  • Computing and Bioinformatics
  • Manufacturing
  • Contractor Management
  • Compliance
  • Operational Analytics
  • Digital Marketing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Pre-Clinical data storage
  • Pre-clinical data storage

    Data outputs from research and development, clinical trials, and genomic analysis can be large, complex, and not in a format that is easily digestible and actionable. Using the AWS Cloud you have access to secure, durable, and highly-scalable cloud storage. There is no minimum fee or set-up costs and you only have to pay for the storage that you actually use.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how Baylor College of Medicine was able to create a central and secure location for storing hundreds of terabytes of genomic data. See how they were able to provide collaborating researchers with a common environement for sharing their analysis tools, and complete its own studies 5x faster than with their local infrastructure.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how Celgene R&D utilizes Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier to store hundreds of terabytes of data, and enables teamwork by providing isolated access for researchers from different organizations.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how InhibOx is able to utilize virtually unlimited computing resources to power the world's largest virtual library of modeled drug candidates, while providing a high level of data security.

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  • Computing and Bioinformatics
  • Research computing and bioinformatics

    AWS can also help you derive data insights faster and more cost-effectively by offering a complete analytics pipeline that can ingest any type of data, whether it is structured or unstructured. Because AWS services are elastic, you can scale up computing services like Amazon EC2 during peak demand periods, and scale back down again when demand has decreased. Utilize high performance computation (HPC) clusters in minutes and scale capacity quickly to avoid research bottlenecks caused by resource limitations.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how New York University collaborates with researchers around the globe and utilize high-performance computational resources on AWS Cloud to accelerate its medical informatics research.

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    Webinar

    In this customer webinar, learn how Astra Zeneca was able to process 20,000 exomes of genomic data in just 20 days using AWS high-performance computing resources and drove down the total cost of their research analysis.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how Novartis was able to perform computational chemistry screening of 10 million compounds in just 9 hours using 87,000 compute cores on AWS. See how they created a system that was fast, cost-effective, and secure for their research needs.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how Bristol-Myers Squibb was able to perform intensive clinical trial simulations on AWS with a 98% time savings, which helps them to shorten study time and reduce patient impact.

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  • Manufacturing
  • Life science manufacturing & data lakes

    Manufacturing is one of the most challenging environments for Life Science organizations to operate in as they must quickly, efficiently, and consistently execute complex and expensive processes while complying with evolving regulations. AWS offers flexibility, scalable capacity, IoT and analytics services to help modernize manufacturing and supply chain management. Manufacturers can adopt AWS secure in the knowledge that it can be used in a manner compliant with the good practices (GxPs) that define their operations.

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    Whitepaper

    In this whitepaper, learn how life science manufacturing companies have built modern GxP compliant data platforms in the cloud, which allow them to achieve better trackability and traceability as well as glean insights from enhanced data analytics.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how Moderna Therapeutics' production facility is enabled by SAP S/4HANA in a GxP IT environment on the AWS Cloud, and how services connect manufacturing instruments, robotics, and other integral systems.

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    Whitepaper

    In this whitepaper, learn why companies run regulated workloads using SAP HANA on the AWS Cloud to support GxP compliance, improve security, and achieve greater business agility.

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    Webinar

    In this webinar, learn how the pharmaceutical company Amgen migrated regulated SAP applications onto the AWS Cloud in multiple global geographies.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how software company Bigfinite uses the AWS Cloud and machine learning to store and analyze the disparate sources of data generated by pharma manufacturers to help optimize manufacturing processes.

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  • Contractor Management
  • Contractor and supplier management

    AWS makes it easy for you to provide your contractors with virtualized desktop environments to gain access to certain software and systems while maintaining control of your intellectual property. If you are working with a contract research organization (CRO) or contract manufacturing organization (CMO), you can also provide centralized shared resources in the AWS Cloud to provide secure access to contract documentation, clinical data and patient information to support your regulatory compliance (HIPAA, GxP). Building GxP systems using AWS allows you to improve the control you have over your IT environment, gives you enhanced testing and traceability, and helps you to respond to audits.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn why Johnson & Johnson decided to move to the cloud and redefine its global IT strategy, which includes using Amazon Workspaces for cloud-based desktops for its consultants and employees.

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    Whitepaper

    In this whitepaper, learn how cloud platforms can bring consistency, control, and compliance to manufacturer and supplier collaboration management.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how TraceLink Life Sciences Cloud, built on AWS, is used to support the GxP-compliance requirements of hundreds of pharmaceutical companies and their partners

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how Sparta Systems is helping both enterprise and midsize life science organizations to integrate with supplier ecosystems and exchange quality data that addresses compliance needs.

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  • Compliance
  • Automated compliance environment

    AWS allows for rules-based, automated compliance. At the corporate level you can create rules regarding how your AWS infrastructure can be provisioned and configured throughout your organization. When you are creating infrastructure for a particular project you can create reusable templates that allow you to have a consistent environment for development, testing, production, and validation activities. Once deployed, AWS has tools to continually test, monitor, and log events that occur. You can use these tools to rapidly detect deviations from corporate policy and sound alarms when they occur.

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    Educational eBook

    In this eBook, learn about advantages of using AWS to create and maintain cloud-based solutions for running regulated workloads that meet compliance requirements.

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    Whitepaper

    In this whitepaper, learn about using AWS for GxP regulated workloads. See how to build computerized systems that store or process electronic records in the context of common GxP compliance and data integrity considerations.

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    Webinar

    In this webinar, learn how pharmaceutical company, Merck, architects for continuous compliance for their regulated life sciences applications.

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    Blog

    In this blog, get an introduction to GxP compliance on AWS, including security and quality certifications AWS has obtained, and how we can give customers a tested path to build and move GxP systems onto the AWS platform.

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  • Operational Analytics
  • Operational analytics

    Implementing cost-effective analytics is crucial throughout the biotech & pharma data value chain. With the AWS Cloud, you can ingest and digest different data sources, whether it is structured or unstructured. AWS services can be used to analyze data from clinical trials, scan adverse event databases to improve product quality and safety, scan sales data, or consumes streams of manufacturing data from connected manufacturing devices.

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    Whitepaper

    In this whitepaper, learn how pharmaceutical companies are integrating multiple sources of real-world evidence in the AWS Cloud and effectively analyzing this information to provide insights on therapeutic outcomes.

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    Blog

    In this blog, learn how integrating multiple sources of data into a cloud-based data lake and interrogating that data with business intelligence tools can provide valuable insights for life science organizations. 

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    Whitepaper

    In this whitepaper, learn why pharmaceutical companies are creating cloud-based data lakes to colocalize all the data from discovery through commercialization to create a secure yet accessible data repository for researchers and business leaders.  

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    Webinar

    In this webinar, hear from pharmaceutical company Amgen how they set up a cloud-based data lake to centralize existing data repositories, and then added means for users from across the business to automatically spin up environments to uncover insights.  

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  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital marketing

    With the AWS Cloud, you can increase brand awareness of your approved drugs or therapies by creating digital engagement platforms for your customers. You can build dedicated brand websites, mobile applications and sales tools to help promote product sales and increase customer engagement. When you build your digital marketing tools with AWS you can build solutions that can scale with demand, integrate with email, and provide dynamic and static streaming content across the globe.

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    Whitepaper

    In this whitepaper, learn how pharmaceutical companies can differentiate their product using dynamic and scalable cloud-based digital marketing platforms on AWS. See how biopharma is using real-time information and feedback loops to tailor messaging and ultimately improve health outcomes.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how pharmaceutical company Allergan takes advantage of the AWS global footprint to quickly launch new brand websites and support online marketing campaigns.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how pharmaceutical company Allergan developed a Digital Health Solution, with APN partner Smartronix, for their TrueTear medical device and connected mobile application. See how they were able to quickly build and scale with HIPAA-eligible services on AWS Cloud.

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  • Clinical Trials
  • Clinical trials

    With the AWS Cloud tools and services you can modernize the design and execution of pharmaceutical clinical trials to help make them faster, cheaper, and less burdensome for patients. Incorporate clinical trial simulations using high-performance computing to optimize trial design, facilitate the incorporation of mobile technologies into trials with scalable and secure data management, or incorporate machine learning technology to better predict the availability of patients eligible to participate in trials.


    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how uMotif utilized HIPAA-elligible services from AWS for handling mobile device data to improve patient engagement in clinical trials.

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    Blog

    In this blog, learn how AWS Partner, Medidata Solutions, approaches GxP compliance on AWS Cloud to help them power clinical trials for their more than 600 life science customers.

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    Customer case study

    In this case study, learn how Bristol-Myers Squibb was able to perform intensive clinical trial simulations on AWS with a 98% time savings, which helps them to shorten study time and reduce patient impact.

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Select case studies and resources

View all Pharma & Biotech case studies and related resources

Webinar with J&J

In this webinar, learn why Johnson & Johnson turned to the AWS Cloud to run over 120 applications for its big data architecture. See how they utilizes Amazon Workspaces to deploy cloud-based desktops for employees around the globe.

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NYU case study

In this case study, learn how New York University collaborates with researchers around the globe and utilizes high-performance computational resources on AWS Cloud to accelerate its medical informatics research.

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Moderna Therapeutics case study

In this case study, learn how Moderna Therapeutics introduced validated systems into the AWS Cloud, allowing it to cut down on IT costs while matching its fast paced company growth.

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uMotif case study

In this case study, learn how uMotif utilized HIPAA-eligible services from AWS for handling mobile device data to improve patient engagement in clinical trials.

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GxP compliance whitepaper

In this whitepaper, learn about using AWS for GxP regulated workloads. See how to build computerized systems that store or process electronic records in the context of common GxP compliance and data integrity considerations

Learn more »

Collaboration whitepaper

In this whitepaper, learn how cloud platforms can bring consistency, control, and compliance to manufacturer and supplier collaboration management.

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Life science manufacturing whitepaper

In this whitepaper, learn how life science manufacturing companies have built modern GxP compliant data platforms in the cloud, which allow them to achieve better trackability and traceability as well as glean insights from enhanced data analytics.

Learn more »

Real-world evidence whitepaper

In this whitepaper, learn how pharmaceutical companies are integrating multiple sources of real-world evidence in the AWS Cloud and effectively analyzing this information to provide insights on therapeutic outcomes.

Learn more »


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