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Agilent First to Release Software Supporting Standardized Data Format for Pharmaceutical Industry


Technologies Inc
. (NYSE:A) announced today the release of a new
version of its chromatography data system that enables laboratories to
export files in the Allotrope Data Format (ADF), an emerging standard
developed by a consortium of pharmaceutical companies.

The Agilent data system, OpenLab CDS ChemStation Edition, is the first
to support the new format, designed to standardize data from disparate

The ADF was designed to standardize the collection, exchange, and
storage of analytical data captured in laboratory workflows. ADF enables
labs to transfer and share data across platforms. It is also expected to
enable increased automation, reducing error-prone manual input.

"The development of ADF is an important step toward obtaining faster
results and more insight from the data collected and produced within
pharmaceutical organizations involved in research, development, and
production of chemicals and biomolecules," said John Sadler, vice
president and general manager of Agilent's Software and Informatics
Division. "It promises to increase data integrity, improve scientific
reproducibility, boost efficiencies, enhance searchability, and
fast-track the ability to use all the information collected from a given

"This is a really important and exciting milestone for Agilent and
Allotrope, the future of data, and the digital transformation of our
industry," said Dana Vanderwall, chair of the Allotrope Foundation Board
of Directors, and director of Biology and Preclinical IT at
Bristol-Myers Squibb, a member of the Allotrope consortium. "Agilent is
the first member of the Allotrope Partner Network to develop and launch
a commercial product to support the initiative. Commercial solutions in
the Allotrope ecosystem are the linchpin of adoption across the
industry, so it's great to see a partner like Agilent build on what has
been a very high-level engagement in the Foundation, leverage the
Foundation and tools, and launch a major product supporting the ADF."

The Allotrope Foundation, an international consortium of pharmaceutical
and biopharmaceutical companies, developed the Allotrope Framework, a
suite of software tools that allow software developers to implement a
consistent set of data standards into the software that laboratories use
to manage their workflows and data. A component of the Allotrope
Framework, the Allotrope Data Format (ADF) is a family of vendor and
platform agnostic specifications designed to standardize the collection,
exchange, and storage of the analytical data captured in laboratory

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