Outdated data storage is left behind as AI discoveries soar! Benchling‘s informatics platform allows research and development to keep up with the speed of science. Their fully integrated, cloud-based software enables breakthrough discoveries to bring solutions to market faster than ever before. Decision-makers from more than 600 biopharma, agri-tech, and industrial biotech companies trust Benchling with their data to improve collaboration and productivity.
Nicole Astra: Welcome to Talking Plant Protein. My guest today is Prem Mohanty with Benchling. Welcome to the show.
Prem Mohanty: Hi Nicole, thank you so much for having me today.
Nicole Astra: Tell me, what does Benchling do for data?
Prem Mohanty: So Benchling's R&D Cloud is the first purpose-built system of record and system of engagement designed specifically for scientists and organizations who are leading the century of biology. So our cloud-native software is a single unified solution that helps our customers modernize their scientific processes and accelerate collaboration so they can convert the complexity of biology into world-changing results. Our system of record includes a data layer that is purpose-built for the unique complexities of biology. It centralizes and standardizes institutional knowledge, enabling organizations to be faster, smarter and more efficient. Our system of engagement is a unified application suite that enables scientists to design experiments, capture and analyze data and collaborate seamlessly across teams.
Nicole Astra: And who are your customers? Who do you work with?
Prem Mohanty: So we have more than 200,000 scientists at over 600 companies and 7,000 research institutions globally that have adopted Benchling's R&D Cloud to make breakthrough discoveries and bring the next generation of food, medicines and materials to market faster than ever before. Our customers are across industries, such as bio-pharma, agriculture, consumer packaged goods, industrial goods, food and beverage, diagnostics, life science tools and services.
Nicole Astra: What would you say are some of the distinguishing characteristics of Benchling? What would separate you from your competitors?
Prem Mohanty: So the breadth of our R&D Cloud provides significant value to our customers and helps set us apart from other offerings in the market today. So our data layer eliminates data silos, facilitating knowledge sharing and unlocking new insights that can improve decision-making. Our unified application suite helps teams collaborate more effectively and spend less time on manual tasks and innovate faster. We have seen an over 50% improvement in the time scientists spend on manual and repetitive tasks. And our partnership with our customers allows us to see which new techniques are in growing demand and standardize those cutting edge technologies into our R&D Cloud quickly. For example, we added support for CRISPR as early as 2014 and we recently added scientific evidence for auditing, which is timely given the advent of successful and modern day vaccines for COVID.
Nicole Astra: So anytime we talk data, security is on people's mind. What about security?
Prem Mohanty: I think security is a very big deal, especially for cloud-based software, where companies are hosting their sensitive data on the Cloud. So we take security extremely seriously, and we have the best-of-breed encryption and essentially the golden standard in terms of data security and we have a lot of checks and balances in place to ensure that our customer's data are secure all the time.
Nicole Astra: Coming up, you're going to be a panelist for Future Food-Tech and I want to ask you what can we expect? First of all, you have a powerhouse panel so I'm looking forward to the conversation. Umiami, Nuritas and Brightseed have all been guests of the show. So tell me just with them in mind, for example, what would you do for those major innovative companies in the space of data? They are on the cutting edge of R&D and of course they need data management.
Prem Mohanty: Right, exactly. So Brightseed and Nuritas both are doing fantastic work using machine learning and AI for identifying novel phytochemicals with beneficial properties. So they are working with massive complex data sets and that's right in the wheelhouse of Benchling, right. But Benchling, they're trying to create this digital ecosystem that ties together your in silico data with the experimental lab data sets. So it's about bringing all these disparate data sets into one unified ecosystem that can be then leveraged for machine learning, that can be specifically machine-readable for these high powered competition approaches.
Nicole Astra: And then in terms of the end user, the products that are on the plate, then how would Umiami, for example, benefit from Benchling services?
Prem Mohanty: Yeah, absolutely. So I think for any company that's doing cutting-edge R&D, especially in the food space, it's about tying the properties of the food ingredients to the competition of the food, the making itself and the properties. So it's about seeing this end-to-end picture of everything that they do, from their early research to the scale-up and development. And Benchling really provides you the tools to access your entire data center across end-to-end and have insights into both your process, into your science, into your operations. All of it.
Nicole Astra: Well, we look forward to that panel discussion. Future Food-Tech is September 30th and October 1st, where we can hear more from you. Thank you so much Prem. I appreciate your time today.
Prem Mohanty: Yeah. Thank you so much for having me, Nicole. This is a pleasure talking with you.