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Enterprise Decision Support Software for Pharmaceutical & Chemical Product Development

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Luminata® Overview

The Only Software That Brings Together All of Your Team’s Process and Analytical Data in One Place

The future of science is collaborative

Cutting-edge pharmaceutical and chemical development involves sharing information within a multidisciplinary team who track many types of analytical and process data.

Your data should be useful

More sources of data means more spreadsheets. More incompatible files. More time spent tracking down results. Before long, data management gets in the way of research and decision making.

Make your data work for you with Luminata

Luminata is the only Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) decision support software. It lets your team store, search, map, process, and reuse all your chemical and process data in one application.


Let Scientists Focus On Science

Increased Efficiency

  • Reduce time spent assembling, managing, and sharing data
  • Stop repeating experiments because data is too difficult to find

Seamless Sharing

  • Access data without emails, phone calls, and detective work in multiple systems
  • Eliminate the risk of using outdated data

Confident Decisions

  • Map all the relevant chemical and analytical data across the project
  • Use visualization tools to quickly review results without use of graphing software

Data Integrity

  • Connect data to the original experiments for simplified verification and review
  • Reduce the risk of propagating errors through data transcription

The Data Management Solution for Your Entire Team

Analytical Chemistry

  • Consolidate analytical data in one application that supports >150 data formats
  • Connect analytical and process data
  • Share analytical results with colleagues in real-time

Process Development and Control

  • Improve reaction planning with process maps
  • Simplify impurity management
  • Build effective process control strategies

Team Leads and Management

  • Track project progress across locations
  • Assess batch data throughout the supply chain
  • Accelerate regulatory submissions with report building tools

Create a comprehensive process map for your project including starting materials, intermediates, impurities, and API

Chromatographic data for step 1 of an API synthesis is graphed to view consistency of the product and impurity trends

Assemble a degradation map and kinetic plot that capture stress test results, including corresponding LC/UV/MS data

Visually track the composition of crystallization results by appending images to the Batch Description Table during formulation development

Track each batch for a given process by creating a complete family tree, with associated analytical data for each batch

Import LC/UV/MS data and chemical structures to compile complete route schema for multi-stage reaction processes and share information easily using the web-based client

Customer Reviews
“Having a set of tools that is specific to the work that we do is incredibly powerful.”

Jordan Stobaugh
Principal Research Scientist, AbbVie, discussing Luminata with European Pharmaceutical Review

“[Luminata] facilitates rapid decision making within CMC, across process development, forced degradation and stress testing, batch genealogy, excipient compatibility and formulation development.”

Hannah Davies
Principal Scientist, Pfizer

“Using Luminata one person in two weeks did what would normally take 4 people 3 months to do.”

Senior Research Scientist
Top 20 Pharmaceutical Company

Product Features

Features of Luminata

Consolidate all your process development information in one location. Connect analytical data with route schema to ensure a complete understanding of multi-stage process routes.

  • Build comprehensive maps for your evolving process
  • Link analytical data to each chemical in your scheme
  • Integrate Quality by Design (QbD) principles in route selection
  • Design a process map by importing LC/UV/MS datasets to drive creation of new entries, or select existing compounds from the onboard reference dictionary
  • Categorize entries in the process scheme as Starting Materials, Intermediates, API(s), Impurities, Degradants, Solvents, or Reagents
  • Auto-populate output tables by linking any type of attribute map (process, formulation, stability, etc.) with corresponding analytical data

Establish effective process and analytical impurity control strategies based on live spectral data and route knowledge, in an environment built for Quality by Design (QbD) in pharmaceutical drug development.

  • Use an impurity map to automatically track fate and purge data
  • Auto-calculate impurity carryover from analytical results
  • Develop robust controls based on all the relevant data in one place
  • Implement in-process control experiments for scalability
  • Build control strategies through the impurity master mode functionality
  • Perform fate & purge, and spiked impurity calculations

Assemble degradation maps that cover complete drug substance and drug product forced degradation studies.

  • Import and process forced degradation HPLC and MS datasets for a complete study map
  • Make formulation decisions based on kinetic plots automatically created from analytical data
  • Search for target impurities across forced degradation experiments
  • Automatically process time-point datasets to create a forced degradant map and kinetic plot(s) that capture all forced degradant information in one location
  • Add theoretical degradants to the process scheme (e.g., through import of a *.sdf file) and store them with observed degradants

Luminata’s drug formulation tools accelerate the transition from drug substance to drug product by integrating analytical and process data in one place.

  • Develop design protocols based on the chemistry of the API/Drug Product formulation
  • Build comprehensive formulation maps
  • Perform drug-excipient comparability studies and test formulations
  • Perform excipient case studies for preformulation studies
  • Append micrograph images to visually track the composition of batches during crystallization experiments

Use Luminata’s supply chain data management tools to attach analytical data to each batch for real-time decision-making and batch genealogy tracking.

  • Create a comprehensive family tree of every batch for a complete supply chain map
  • Identify irregularities by comparing analytical data to a reference
  • Use structure search to quickly determine the presence of an impurity/entity in all batches
  • Do batch-to-batch comparison with analytical data
  • Register and integrate all batches created internally and externally
  • Create a custom report per project and/or supply chain record

Luminata is built on the Spectrus platform, allowing you to import, process, and store your analytical data.

  • A single data format for the analytical techniques used to characterize compounds and formulations in your labs. LC/MS, GC/MS, NMR, Chromatography, Raman, IR, UV, Visible, and more
  • Native support for >150 data formats including major instrument vendors, open-source formats, and emerging standards (e.g., AnIML, JCAMP, and ADF from Allotrope)
  • Luminata will detect the type of data you’re importing and offer tools to process and analyze it
  • Connect and assign full chemical and biochemical structures, structure fragments, Markush structures, or atoms to spectra and chromatograms
Deployment/Integration Options

Conveniently Share Data through a Web Client

Use the Luminata browser-based client to provide access to data from anywhere and share project data with colleagues. No need to be tied to the instrument lab or office computer to manage your data.


Unparalleled Compatibility with Analytical Instruments

ACD/Labs is the leader in vendor-agnostic chemistry software. We partner with dozens of vendors, supporting over 150 file types, and thousands of instruments, so you can continue to use the equipment you need.

Connect Analytical Data with Process or In Silico Data

Luminata can manage more than just analytical data. Link experimental results with process data, forced degradation simulations, and in silico predictions.


Tailored to Your Process & Environment

When it comes to complex data management, one-size solutions will not fit everyone. We work with you to design the deployment and integration of Luminata to serve your data, instruments, and workflow. Get the custom fit of an in-house solution with the quality and upkeep of a supported, commercial product.

Compatible with All Your Instruments and Techniques

  • JEOL
More Reasons to Use Luminata

Transcend the Spreadsheet

Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets are made for balancing a household budget, not discovering the next pharmaceutical breakthrough, or mapping a chemical supply chain. So why do scientists still rely on spreadsheets to manage their data? A 2018 survey conducted by C&EN and ACD/Labs found that 62% of research scientists still use Microsoft programs to store and share their data.

Luminata is built to meet the needs of chemical and pharmaceutical research teams:

  • Chemically Intelligent—Does your Excel spreadsheet understand chemistry? Luminata’s chemically intelligent software enables structure searches and reaction mapping.
  • Validation—Speed-up regulatory submissions by connecting each piece of data to an ELN entry. No more hunting for files when compiling reports.
  • Rich Analytical Data—Peak tables only tell half the story. Get more insights out of your experiments with analytical data that is interactive, usable, complete, and connected.
  • Quality by Design (QbD)—Apply QbD principles to chemical and pharmaceutical science using dynamic process and impurity maps.
  • Collaborate—Seamlessly share results straight from the benchtop to the boardroom. Luminata is the drug development software that brings everyone together.

What Is a Decision Support Tool?

Managing and analyzing data originating from different devices within a complex system can seem insurmountable. This is especially true in the chemical and pharmaceuticals industries, where teams work with sensors and equipment that do not share file formats, and operations may be spread across multiple locations.

Luminata is a Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control (CMC) decision support tool, that brings together data from across your organization, and displays it all in one place. It makes your data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable, in accordance with the FAIR Data Principles. No more juggling spreadsheets or chasing down experimental results.

What's New!

What’s New in Luminata v2023

  • Add or change the compound associated with peaks at a given retention time for multiple chromatograms within the same project
  • New tables and an improved Control Chart allow you to review and compare analytical results from across multiple experiments
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