Sending Watson to the Cloud with Pyxant Labs - Stefanini

Sending Watson To The Cloud With Pyxant Labs

Pyxant Labs is a bioanalytical research organization that plays a key role in researching, developing, and testing new drug compounds to bring to the pharmaceutical market.One of the primary tools that Pyxant Labs leverages is Watson, an application that provides a comprehensive report after running samples. When Pyxant acquired a new lab location, the company needed to decide how to approach Watson, as installing it on the premises would have required purchasing a new set of licenses, the cost of which were a point of concern.Stefanini’s subject matter experts were ready to tackle this challenge, suggesting a new solution: migrating Watson into the cloud.  

Client Description

Pyxant Labs is a regulated bioanalytical contract research organization that produces bioanalytical data for pharmaceutical companies using mass spectrometry. In doing this, Pyxant Labs plays a key role in researching, developing, and testing new drug compounds to bring to market.

Client Challenges

Labcorp, one of the largest clinical laboratory networks in the world, spun off a division in Salt Lake City that was acquired by Pyxant Labs. One of the tools the company leverages is Watson, an application that provides a comprehensive report after running a sample.With an additional lab location, Pyxant Labs needed to decide how to approach Watson, as installing it on the premises in Salt Lake city would have required the company to purchase a separate set of licenses, the cost of which were a point of concern.

Stefanini Solutions

When the team was made aware of the challenges Pyxant Labs was facing, Stefanini suggested taking a cloud approach using Microsoft Azure.This meant the Watson tool could be easily accessed by both the home office in Colorado Springs and the new location in Salt Lake City.
This project was expedited and delivered in only 4 weeks.

Results

Once Watson was in the cloud, Stefanini ran a significant stress test, with 100 users logging into Azure at the same time to attempt to break the system and assess its latency.

Studies indicate that the best end-user experience comes in less than 12 milliseconds. By moving the Watson database into the cloud, Stefanini was able to achieve it in only 3 milliseconds.

Pyxant Labs was audited by the FDA just a few weeks after the change was implemented and the company received no corrections, which was seen as a huge success. It launched an additional 4-7 projects between Pyxant and Stefanini and that relationship continues today.

CLIENT TESTIMONIES
“Stefanini was extremely experienced from a technical perspective. They have a deep bench of subject matter experts in all of the areas where we need support. They are a very dedicated partner.”

– Jim Wilfahrt, President of Pyxant
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