Almac is a contract research organization headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.  The company provides the most comprehensive range of services extending from research through pharmaceutical and clinical development to commercialisation of product. Over 600 companies worldwide, including all the market leaders, use Almac’s services, testament itself to the quality, innovation and efficiency of the business over the past 30 years.  Almac employs over 3,300 worldwide, xx in Craigavon.  Almac has implemented interactive technology in support of clinical trials.

“We provide clinical trials for our clients that explore whether a medical strategy, drug or treatment is safe and effective,” explains Andy Hillis, Group Head of IS at Almac.  “The purpose of clinical trials is research so the studies follow strict scientific standards.  We needed a new technology architecture that would allow us to deliver our specialised application reliably and quickly.”

Almac had developed a new version of its clinical trials test study application and wanted to implement and leverage the automation capabilities of its virtualized infrastructure.  Almac selected Triangle because of the company’s premier partnership with VMware, its expertise in the Dev Ops and Automation area and reputation in the marketplace for successful engagements with other clients in these areas.  Triangle performed the business analysis of the clinical trial test study case application deployment and identified the individual steps and responsibilities required in each part of the process.

Almac chose to deploy VMware vCloud Suite Enterprise for the automation, orchestration and monitoring framework.  Triangle automated many of the manual processes involved in creating platforms and applications for clinical trials by implementing VMware’s vRealize Automation solution allowing Almac to introduce Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities for clinical trials of new treatments. 

Triangle designed the new architecture and implemented and configured the tools to be used for the automation including VMware vRealize Automation Center, Application Services and vRealize Orchestrator.  Triangle also created the required templates for the installs and required workflows to integrate all the components according to the business processes.   Almac’s clinical trials application is based on windows .NET, IIS, SQL Server, MSMQ, nService Bus and Raven DB. 

“Deployment of clinical trial platforms has been reduced from an average of three weeks to approximately three hours,” adds Andy.  “Applications can be deployed, updated or amended in approximately one hour and deployments can be reproduced consistently with massive reduction in the risk of human error.”

“The process of creating a new clinical trial study is now standardized and streamlined and is available as a service in a self-service portal,” concludes Andy.   “We have seen great reduction times in deployment of our application and we have reliable, repeatable deployments without human intervention which reduces the possibility of errors.”

About Almac

The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services globally to companies within the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. The services range from R&D, biomarker discovery and development, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IXRS technology(IVRS/IXRS) through to commercial-scale manufacture and companion diagnostic development

Only Almac can combine the expertise, from our specialised teams, to provide you with the right service solutions to help you across the full biopharmaceutical product lifecycle, from the preclinical stages through to commercialisation.