" With experimentation, selection and analysis module, it is not only breeding research management software, but also a general configurable research management system. "
About DABEI NONG Biotech Center
Founded in 1993, DA BEI NONG Technology Group Co. Ltd. (DBN Group) is a science driven Agricultural Company. DBN Group went public at Shenzhen Stock Exchange on April 9, 2010.
DBN Biotech Center (DBNBC) was established in December 2010. They are committed to develop Agro-biotech products with their own intellectual property rights. Currently, their R&D is focusing on three main crops: corn, rice, and soybean and five traits including insect resistance, herbicide tolerance, yield enhancement, drought tolerance, and fertilizer-usage-efficiency. Combining the complementary strength from DBN Seed, DBN BC is willing to enable the seamlessly transition from early discovery research stage to late product development stage. Their aim is to accelerate the delivery of biotech seeds to Chinese farmers.
77 million dollars are earmarked to invest into DBNBC in five years. Within six-month, they have hired 90 employees, equipped 3,000m2 of laboratory with advanced instruments, constructed 4,000 m2 of greenhouse space. A network of standard field stations will be established to evaluate field performance of DBNBC’s first generation biotech products. In 2012, DBNBC has been be a full-fledged, product development oriented, first-class agricultural R&D entity with 200 researchers led by 20 some experienced experts. DBNBC is devoted to deliver, what Chinese farmers need the most, biotech products to the market in the next 5 to 10 years.
Why did you choose RnDExp™ ?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): "I have appreciated a lot the attention paid to my project during commercial discussions. Doriane's team has demonstrated their software RnDExp™ and I found what I was looking for: With RnDExp™ I am able to define and configure easily different protocols, and I can set functions in order to define unique experiments. Also the flexibility of RnDExp™ enables to extend its use, not only for breeding activities, but also for optimizing all data and processes of the whole research department. With experimentation, selection and analysis module, it is not only breeding research management software, but also a general configurable research management system. "
How did you move to RnDExp™?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): "Doriane's team understood our implementation needs and fulfilled 90% of our requests. The training they provided has been useful for our further use of RnDExp™. It is actually a transfer of know-how. From the training, we can get the expertise to configure the software for different processes. "
Did the new functions that our development team developed for you meet your needs?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): " Yes, before each development, Doriane Editor team has taken time to communicate with us. "
How does RnDExp™help you save time in your research organization and trial setting-up preparation?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): The functionalities of RnDExp™ Experimentation are really unique: Data analysis results can be presented in the field map ; Departmental data sharing is very efficient ; The software ergonomy is easy to use and easy to learn ; Powerful report functionalities, and useful data query and advanced data view, helpful for decision making. "
RnDExp™ has been used in which parts of research in your company?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): Almost from laboratory to field testing.
How have you organized the administration of RnDExp™ ?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): " Two RnDExp™ administrators working on the configuration of RnDExp™ and internal supports, one almost work full time, and the other part time. "
How many departments use RnDExp™ for now?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): " Laboratory, germplasm management department, nursery and testing department. "
How do you integrate laboratory to field research activities?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): "The materials used in field experiments could be germplasms or transferred plants. If it concerns seeds, we link germplasms to field testing; if it concerns to transferred plants, we make transferred plants in the transformation laboratory, and link the transferred plants stocked in the system to field experiments.
Field testing management function is very powerful in RnDExp™, which involves stock-inventory, experiment design, culture unit and experiment setting in the field, data collection and statistical analysis.
In RnDExp™ for testing, we create a multi-level protocol. In the first level, “linked germplasm stock”, 2nd level “repetition”, and then 3nd level, “row”, and sometimes, when there is observation of each plant, we create 4th level “plants”. "
Which functions of RnDExp™is most useful for your daily work? Which modules you use most often?
Zhang He (RnDExp™ Administrator): " The most useful parts: Experimentation design, material setting, statistical analysis. Modules: Experiments, breeding, Flow, Tools, Statistics ".
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