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Gaining a competitive advantage with Scopus: a case study for pharma

on Fri, 04/14/2017 - 15:39

Getting a new drug to market as fast — and as safely — as possible is a key focus for any researcher or developer manager at a pharmaceutical company, regardless of size.

In such a competitive environment, facing a delay of just a few months can give a rival company the chance to get to market first, so it is important that your drug moves through every step, from trials to approval, at top speed. However, in drug development, where drug failure rates have become a challenge, you have to not only account for speed, but also the thoroughness and quality of the data you use to make the right decisions at every stage of development.

“Anything that can shorten our timelines and reduce drug failure rates gives us a competitive advantage.” — Mark Collin, Medical Affairs Executive

In the earlier discovery stages, a researcher who is able to efficiently tap into current research and scientific trends in different therapeutic

Research Intelligence Case Studies: A look into the challenges universities overcome using Scopus, SciVal and Pure

on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:52

Contributed by: Kelsey Grentzer

Over the past year, Elsevier’s Research Intelligence team interviewed dozens of research leaders from around the world to capture their stories about the challenges their institutions face and how they are able to overcome them using Scopus, SciVal and Pure. Whether it’s speaking to a customer from Australia who is using Pure to help support their National Assessment exercise, or a young, ambitious university in Taiwan looking to make a jump in the Times Higher Education rankings by using Scopus and SciVal, we’re learning firsthand how Elsevier’s Research Intelligence solutions are helping research leaders succeed in their roles and help shape their institutions’ strategies.


Kirsty Collinge from Heriot-Watt University talks about SciVal during an interview at the SciVal UK User Group Meeting at the University of Bath.

We have recently added a few of these new customer stories to the growing Research

Scopus and SciVal Case Studies: How universities in Taiwan stay competitive in a challenging academic environment

on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:57
By Kelsey Grentzer

Last year, we introduced a library of video and written case studies in which university leaders from around the world share how they are using Scopus, SciVal and Pure to answer pressing challenges faced by their researchers and research managers.

Now added to the library are three new videos featuring university leaders in Taiwan. In their own words, hear about the role Scopus and SciVal play in shaping research strategies, improving rankings with THE and QS, and facilitating international collaboration for their institutions:

In their words: Elsevier's Research Intelligence Solutions case studies

on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 04:18

Contributed by: Sabrina Ahmad

Thousands of institutions, funding bodies and companies around the world rely on Elsevier's Research Intelligence solutions to answer the most pressing challenges their researchers and research managers face. We’ve spoken with several of our customers and created a collection of their stories to share with you through a series of case studies, videos and webinars — with each story focusing on the unique way customers are using Scopus, SciVal and Pure.

Hear their stories

From Australia to Denmark, Japan to Sweden, the United Kingdom to Thailand, hear how customers around the world overcome the challenges of securing funding, finding the right collaboration partners, managing national assessment reporting requirements and more. Here are 3 stories to get you started:

Case Study: Improved productivity in pharmaceutical R&D

on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 20:13

The challenges in the pharma industry are well known. A low rate of NCE (new chemical entities) being brought to market; the expensive, timely clinical trial; and stringent regulatory procedures combined put pharma under pressure to increase productivity and carefully select and fulfil unmet medical needs.

In this case study, a health economist and a patent counsel share their thoughts on why Scopus plays an integral role in their strategic marketing and product defense roles. The health economist works in the global product strategy department, looking at pipeline products and benchmarking them against products already in the field, studying new investigations on existing products, and evaluating pharmacoeconomic studies and quality of life issues.

Case Study: Increased competitive advantage in developing functional materials

on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 21:43

At a leading supplier of functional materials, a couple of research engineers shared with us how they use Scopus to save time and increase their competitive advantage in developing advanced functional materials.

Developing attractive new products, improving existing products to better satisfy evolving customer expectations, and upgrading manufacturing processes to be more efficient are the top concerns of this company. Additionally, compliance with the latest environmental and safety regulations is another major factor. Across various divisions, including the glass and ceramics group, Scopus is a reliable tool that enables innovation in a fraction of the time previously spent – the engineers estimate that it made the investigational stage of research 40% more effective, and lowered development time by 20%.

The richness and variety of data available in Scopus enable researchers to vastly speed up the process of basic research.

Case Study: Energized innovation with Scopus

on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 21:05

At a global packaging manufacturer, Scopus is a key resource for the main information researcher. Like many researchers across all industries and types, the information researcher in this study uses Scopus to deliver reports that energize innovation and improve competitive development.

To do this, the information researcher has to overcome two main challenges in her work; the limited timeframe in which to find the relevant information, and being able to understand exactly what the researcher needs – as the subjects and areas of interest vary greatly across the company. She "always recommends Scopus as the primary starting point for new research because it actually shortens the start-up time for new projects.”

The multidisciplinary aspect of Scopus is also a real benefit – she gave the specific example of ‘clean room technology’ which returned citations from a variety of disciplines – engineering, environmental science, pharmacology,

Case Study: Scopus improves productivity with better supportive documentation

on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 21:39

Scopus remains the solution of preference for researchers across all types of research institutions—academic, corporate, governmental. In this case study an information specialist and a senior scientist describe how Scopus is essential to their personal productivity in finding supportive documentation.

The company that shared this with us provides high-quality biomarker-testing solutions for the diagnosis of critically ill patients. Compliance is key, as is the ever influential market factor of user-convenience. The company’s goal is to simplify the way they do things, so that their customers can do the same.

Scopus has been fully integrated into their working practices, fostering a collaborative environment for its R&D teams so that they can improve the way things are done within the company—ultimately helping their customers do the same.

Case Study: Scopus improves product development outcomes

on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 13:44

Scopus is the choice of preference for more than 3,000 academic, government and corporate institutions. This is what James, a research pathologist for a medical device manufacturer who works with Scopus on a regular basis, told us about his experience.

James is an experienced research pathologist for a medical device manufacturer, busy with at least 10 projects at any given time. His contribution to product development ranges from shaping early stage proof-of-concept work to preparations for submission to regulatory authorities. The common denominator for him is to understand disease states and product impacts on the body.

James spends about 20% of his time on large, breakthrough innovation projects on a team dedicated to uncovering new ideas. The product innovation process starts with discussing approaches and capabilities for addressing a problem.

Case Study: Scopus supports innovation in diagnostic testing

on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:47

Did you know that Scopus is used by more than 3,000 academic, government and corporate institutions? We had the chance to interview some of the corporate researchers who work with Scopus on a regular basis and asked them about their experience. This is the story of Chris, a biologist and an experienced research scientist in parasitology and virology.

In his current role as a regional head of R&D, Chris focuses on existing product support as well as ongoing evolution of tests that must detect antibodies and antigens as well as parasitic, bacterial or viral disease in livestock animals.

The breadth and functionality of Scopus searching allows Chris and his team to build on their initial search and follow references until they have a complete picture of the topic at hand: “For a new virus, we don’t know anything about it. We go to Scopus and type it in, see what we get.