FAQ

What is the Platform for Science Marketplace?

The Platform for Science Marketplace (PFS Marketplace) creates unparalleled flexibility in your laboratory’s data management system, with a rapidly expanding library of applications (apps) enabling immediate integration of multiple data sources including instruments, collaborators and third party solutions. The apps are built on the Platform for Science and are compatible with version 5.1 and above.

Browse the PFS Marketplace to find apps designed to support your laboratory workflows, leveraging industry best practices to speed deployments.

How are Platform for Science applications created?

Platform for Science applications are built on the stable, extensible and user-friendly Platform for Science database. The Core SDK (Software Development Kit), which includes the Core Application Programming Interface (API), and Platform for Science training materials enable scientists and software developers to build individually configured applications on top of the platform. End users can configure their own applications, or purchase applications created by Core Informatics, instrument vendors, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), or other users. All applications are available in the Platform for Science Marketplace.

Where's my industry or scientific domain?

Existing apps include configurable solution sets built to meet the needs of scientists involved in Biopharmaceutical Drug Discovery (small molecule and biologics), Genomics and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Biobanking. The breadth and depth of available solutions continues to grow rapidly, with new applications coming soon for numerous scientific domains including Bioprocessing, Crop Science, Chemicals, Food and Beverage, CPG and more. 

Benefits of the Platform for Science Marketplace

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Customers

What are the benefits of using apps from the Platform for Science Marketplace for scientific data management?

Using the Platform for Science Marketplace, scientists and informatics professionals gain access to capabilities for data collection, analysis, storage and sharing that are built using best practices that Core Informatics and our partners have identified and built across a variety of industries. Users can benefit from pre-configured applications for specific instruments, assays and samples – reducing time spent scrubbing or managing data. In addition, the breadth of apps available in the PFS Marketplace can help customers to define their solutions starting from a template, rather than from scratch.

Platform for Science users can leverage the PFS Marketplace to develop relationships with:

  • Instrument, assay and sample vendors – get help troubleshooting, ensure that maintenance is up-to-date, and collect data seamlessly with native applications for the instruments, assays, and samples you use
  • Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) – find reputable ISVs and contract for custom application development
  • Platform for Science user community – leverage best practices to stay on top of innovations and trends in your industry or area of expertise

How do I get the apps into my Platform for Science instance?

To add the apps from the PFS Marketplace, you must be a Platform for Science customer and use version 5.1 or higher. You can get the apps by clicking the "Contact Us" button on the app page(s) that you're interested in, and your sales team contact will follow up with you. Or, you can reach out to your sales contact directly and they can provide you more info on the steps to deploy the app(s). Core Informatics will work with you to ensure compatibility with your existing Platform for Science apps and workflows, and deploy the new apps for use in your lab(s).

How else can my lab or organization benefit?

All of the apps in the PFS Marketplace are built on the Platform for Science. Scientific organizations choosing Platform for Science to support their informatics needs can access their data from any device with Internet access, enabling Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs while still offering strong security permissions and the capability to restrict access to data based upon role, entity type or project.

As big data continues to grow, and analysis becomes more difficult to replicate, Platform for Science users can benefit from increased reproducibility. Platform for Science provides capabilities to generate and share data and analysis using the same, or different, tools – increasing the trustworthiness of results. Contact us to find out more.

Instrument, Assay and Sample Vendors

What are the benefits of building apps or offering services in the Platform for Science Marketplace?

Vendors of instruments, assays and/or samples increase their access to scientific and informatics end-users by becoming Platform for Science partners. Vendors can collect revenues directly from applications they create to complement existing products and services, as well as indirectly through future sales of updated or new equipment and more timely maintenance. Vendors may develop their brand recognition and reputation through increased Internet presence and Platform for Science Marketplace community reviews and comments (features coming soon). Opportunities exist to build new relationships with future customers, as well as to increase the depth of relationships with existing customers by offering informatics capabilities to enable data collection and analysis.

How else can my organization benefit?

In addition to the benefits described above, vendors can expect to gain exposure to new industries and applications for their products and services through the PFS Marketplace, due to the highly targeted nature of its audience. Vendors have the opportunity to use the PFS Marketplace to establish or increase their reputation, and generate a social presence in a targeted arena. Contact us to find out more.

Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)

What are the benefits of building apps or offering services in the Platform for Science Marketplace?

Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) benefit from the Platform for Science Marketplace by increasing their access to a targeted customer base looking for scientific informatics apps. ISVs can use the Core SDK and Core API to build apps to meet customer needs. ISVs, like other vendors, may develop their brand recognition and reputation through increased Internet presence and Platform for Science Marketplace community reviews and comments (features coming soon). Opportunities exist to build new relationships with future customers, as well as to increase the depth of relationships with existing customers by offering a new forum from which to purchase ISV applications. ISVs may also offer their services as custom developers for customers whose unique needs are not met by any of the applications currently offered in the Platform for Science marketplace. 

How else can my organization benefit?

In addition to the benefits described above, ISVs can expect to gain exposure to new industries and applications for their products and services through the PFS Marketplace, due to the highly targeted nature of its audience. ISVs have the opportunity to use the PFS Marketplace to establish or increase their reputation, and generate a social presence in a highly targeted arena. And, due to the nature of a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) offering, minimal developer investment is necessary to provide quantifiable benefits, since no infrastructure or maintenance spend is necessary. Contact us to find out more.