App to be available as a free-to-use template for the OutSystems developer community
BOSTON — March 31, 2020 — OutSystems announced that STEMCELL Technologies has
launched its “My Status” app to help keep STEMCELL staff safe during the COVID-19
pandemic. The app, developed in one day and built with the OutSystems low-code
development platform, helps STEMCELL maintain the production of specialized cell culture
tools that are crucial for scientists to research diseases and therapies, including vaccines to
combat the COVID-19 virus.
STEMCELL Technologies is a global biotechnology company that develops specialized cell
culture media, cell isolation tools, and scientific services that are used by life sciences
researchers working in cell therapy, immunology, cancer research, and regenerative
medicine. STEMCELL products such as PneumaCult™ play a critical role in helping research
scientists in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19.
Having implemented a work-from-home policy for the majority of its Vancouver-based staff
on March 6, STEMCELL needed a way to monitor the health, availability, and location of all
employees on a daily basis. Only essential on-site staff directly associated with the
manufacturing and shipping of research products are exempt from the work-at-home policy.
The requirement was handed to STEMCELL’s small application development team late in the
afternoon on March 9, 2020. Eric Kao, one of STEMCELL’s developers, took on the challenge
and worked on it that night.
“I was expecting the team to help Eric with development on March 10,” explains Beatriz
Clarke, STEMCELL’s applications development manager. “But in the morning, I found he had
already finished. The application was ready to go live.”
“Speed of development is critical when facing a rapidly changing situation like the
coronavirus outbreak,” explains Clarke. Low-code visual development, the ability to reuse
pre-built components and application templates, as well as the ability to support continuous
delivery, were key factors in the rapid development of My Status.
Since launching the My Status app to 1,500 employees on March 11, daily updates to the
app have added support for alerts, equipment loans, and dashboards for managers and the
safety team. Clarke says feedback from the business has been extremely positive.
“Our management was completely blown away that we could develop this in one night, and
users find it easy to use,” she explains. “From a safety perspective, it has helped us reinforce
the precautions our employees need to take, and the daily check-ins and equipment loans
give staff the confidence that STEMCELL has their back.”
Keeping STEMCELL staff safe and keeping management informed of staff location and
wellness helps ensure that the production of STEMCELL’s research-critical products stays
strong. That’s good news for the company’s scientific client base and good news for the
world, as citizens will rely on therapies and vaccines designed using STEMCELL products to
fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The My Status app is just one of many successes that we’ve had with low-code,” says John
Lilleyman, CIO at STEMCELL. “OutSystems has helped us transform the way IT delivers value
to the business. We’re more agile, at least three times faster, and collaboration and trust
are greatly enhanced between the business and IT.”
STEMCELL has donated the application source code so that a generic version of the app can
be made available to the broader developer community as a free-to-use template. Anyone
using the OutSystems low-code platform will be able to adapt and customize the app to
meet their specific needs.
About STEMCELL – STEMCELL Technologies is Canada’s largest biotechnology company, with
over 1,500 employees and year-on-year growth of approximately 20% for the last 26 years.
Based in Vancouver, STEMCELL supports life sciences research around the world with more
than 2,500 specialized reagents, tools, and services. STEMCELL offers high-quality cell
culture media, cell separation technologies, instruments, accessory products, and
educational resources that are used by scientists advancing the stem cell, immunology,
cancer, regenerative medicine, microbiology, and cellular therapy fields. Find more
information at www.stemcell.com.
About OutSystems – Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one
low-code platform for rapid application development . Engineers with an obsessive attention
to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organizations build
enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution
that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities,
enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing
systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn
at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems .
Ann Conrad, OutSystems (US)
+617 502 4300
Nicole Quinn, STEMCELL Technologies