Microsoft Announces Winners of the 2009 Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Innovation Awards

SAN DIEGO — June 22, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced winners of the 2009 Microsoft Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Innovation Awards, honoring companies that have made the most innovative use of Microsoft-based solutions for breakthroughs in business processes and practices throughout the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.

Announced at the Drug Information Association’s (DIA) 45th annual meeting in San Diego, the awards were presented in the categories of discovery and product innovation, sales and marketing, and clinical development.

“The companies recognized are examples of innovators who have developed technology solutions to address the major issues impacting the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry today,” said Michael Naimoli, director of U.S. life sciences industry solutions at Microsoft. “By building upon the existing Microsoft software platform, this year’s winners demonstrated solutions that help streamline clinical trial and discovery processes to facilitate research and discovery, as well as improve the end user’s experience.”

Award Winners

Submissions for this year’s awards came from global life sciences corporations specializing in biotechnology, diagnostics, medical equipment and devices, pharmaceuticals, animal health, nutritional products, and consumer health products. The winners are the following:

  • Discovery and Product Innovation: HUNT Research Centre and Biobank

Norway-based HUNT Research Centre and Biobank hosts one of the largest population-based health studies ever performed, consisting of three separate studies that span nearly 25 years and evaluate the same patient population. The studies, initiated to support epidemiological, clinical and preventive medical research, offer valuable insight into disease status and progression, particularly in relation to quality-of-life measures such as one’s environment, education and occupation. In preparation for the third study, HUNT Research Centre and Biobank recognized the need to deploy a technology to better manage and analyze real-time data.

HUNT Research Centre and Biobank implemented Thermo Scientific Nautilus Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to facilitate their ability to gather, store, manage, track and retrieve data securely, and yield real-time, dependable analysis and reports. Built on the Microsoft.NET Framework, Thermo Scientific Nautilus LIMS™ with the use of Visual Studio has enabled HUNT Research Centre and Biobank to improve its efficiency and data reliability to better serve the research community.

  • Sales and Marketing: Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is a leading global biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative medicines to combat serious diseases, with the end goal of extending and improving human life. In order to address the increasing complexity of business and customer changes, Bristol-Myers Squibb UK realized that its old technology would no longer suffice.

Bristol-Myers Squibb UK deployed Data Intelligence’s Business Intelligence Solution, PharmaANALYTICS™, to manage all of the sales and marketing data sources for the entire U.K. organization. As a result, the Data Intelligence SQL Server-based solution has enabled the staff to quickly respond to new business challenges and opportunities. In addition, over 200 sales representatives now have immediate access to their sales performance by account.

  • Clinical Development: Harvard Clinical Research Institute

The Harvard Clinical Research Institute advances research by facilitating more efficient collaboration between the industry and academia. A highly respected academic research organization (ARO) the Harvard Clinical Research Institute needed to aggregate data from multiple sources into one to generate increased efficiency and productivity. The Harvard Clinical Research Institute will make more information available to study constituents and respond more capably to a growing number of research centers around the world.

The Harvard Clinical Research Institute deployed TranSenda’s Office-Smart Clinical Trial Manager (OSCTM) in order to access critical operational data from disparate systems and multiple clinical trials, and manage it into a single source. The deployment of OSCTM, with its native interoperability with the Microsoft Office SharePoint System, resulted in a streamlined processing of operational data management, significantly reducing the amount of time and effort involved in each study. The Harvard Clinical Research Institute has also reduced overall costs for the overhead of data collection and retrieval.

The 2009 Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Innovation Award winners were selected by an esteemed panel of industry experts:

  • Scott Lundstrom, research vice president, Health Industry Insights, an IDC Company

  • James Averback, president, Life Science Integration Partners

  • Benjamin Rooks, principal, ST Advisors LLC

  • Salvatore Salamone, senior contributing editor, Bio-IT World

More information about the 2009 Pharmaceutical and Life Science Innovation Awards can be found at

About Microsoft in Health

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