Research and Development: Bringing the ‘Life’ into Life Sciences

Research and Development: Bringing the ‘Life’ into Life Sciences

‘Life science’ is such an interesting phrase.

When you think about it, most scientists, researchers, doctors, or developers might argue that their field is about life science, because what is science if not an avenue to explore the depth and breadth of life and our experience of living it?

However, the ‘life sciences’ takes that overall definition of science and condenses it down into a specific and important goal: how can we harness scientific progress and technological advancement to improve the lives and health of people? Because this is a scientific industry that thrives on advancement more than most, research and product development in this field is integral, especially right now.

2020 has thrown the world into disarray, and our industry was not spared. Not only were we all dealing with the impact that every other business was, but the shortfalls and triumphs of life sciences R&D organisations became headline news around the globe. There is thus a new level of scrutiny to not only keep up with demand but also to continue to innovate and look to the future. Ours is an industry where stasis means failure – and advancement in research cannot come fast enough.

Crisis, however, can always be a crucible for success – which is heartening given the recent advancements in life sciences R&D and the technologies that have created much-needed stability for the industry to continue to grow. Recent advancements in AI and robotics even assisted in identifying candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine. What we’ve all learned from the past year is that there is no substitute for sub-par technologies. Advancement in life sciences research and product development is essential to maintaining that high standard that clients, consumers, and, indeed, the world rely on.

This commitment to using transformative technologies to improve the quality of products offers new and exciting opportunities to give ‘life’ to life sciences – keep it moving, growing, and progressing so as not to stagnate. When constantly having the most effective product is your goal, you can’t work on assumptions – only facts. This is what makes research and development so important.

For instance, take the simplest form of technology put into practice in life sciences: the medical adhesive. In almost every facet of life science, there is a need for adhesive technology – from sealing films to removal tape all the way to wearable technology. Making certain that this technology is as advanced as possible is key to ensuring continued success in our industry. Products like this qPCR film represent small changes to simple technologies that make all the difference and ensure precision. There is no longer a need to worry about the adhesive strength of the film when it is verifiably twice as tacky as any other film. There are no question marks around test results when pressure stability is more reliable than the last iteration of adhesive films.

Life science works in exact measurements – and the closer you can get to precision, the better your returns will be. People’s lives are in our hands, so why accept anything less than what the most recent technology is offering?