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Technological Solutions for Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance and Bioinformatics


Since 2008 Smallcodes' staff has developed, in partnership with the University of Florence (earlier Department of Pharmacology and then Neurofarba), various products and services, some of which are:

  • a web based assistance system for drugs prescribers in traditional Chinese medicine, as part of the research project "Adverse reactions and interactions of herbal medicines of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A study of pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacogenetics and pharmacovigilance" relating to the call "Young Researchers 2007" of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policies having as recipient the National Institute of Health;
  • a regional (Tuscan) database for a vigilance device, accessible via web with appropriate credentials;
  • a web system for adverse drug reactions, called SMART-ADR, developed with the Regional Pharmacovigilance Centre for the management of ADR (Adverse Drug Reaction) reports for  semi-automatic compiling and sending of feedback to the detectors.

Since 2016, the partnership between Smallcodes and the University of Florence has been strengthened with the establishment of the joint laboratory Scarab Lab that aims to analyze the main technologies on the market regarding solutions for clinical pharmacology, pharmacovigilance and bioinformatics. Starting from the analysis of the state of the art for every problem or project submitted to the Laboratory, it aims to realize ad hoc technology solutions at the best benefit-cost ratio.
Its main research activities focus on the following topics of interest:

  • technological applications for clinical pharmacological data, pharmacovigilance and bioinformatics;
  • technical solutions for the pharmacological treatment of patients with chronic and acute conditions, with respect to research projects and clinical trials;
  • technology solutions for collecting, storing and analyzing bioinformatics data, with particular reference to pharmacology and pharmacovigilance.