3D Virtual Collaboration and Multi-Touch Solutions Win 2011 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards

22 June 2011 | Michael Naimoli, Worldwide Managing Director, Microsoft Life Sciences

Last night, we honored the winners of the 5th Annual Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards at the Drug Information Association’s (DIA) 47th annual meeting in Chicago. Each year, Microsoft showcases life science companies using Microsoft technologies to advance scientific research, bring breakthroughs to market faster and benefit patients worldwide.

This year’s winners were selected by a panel of industry experts and chosen because their solution represents a measurable breakthrough in the areas of scientific collaboration, clinical trial and discovery processes, and improved end user’s experience.



The following are the recipients of the 2011 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards:

 
Merck & Co. improved researcher collaboration worldwide through the use of a touch-enabled imaging application from InterKnowlogy. Merck’s biologists found its existing system for collaborating and annotating image data inefficient and not suited for multiple users working from numerous locations around the world. As a result, it worked with InterKnowlogy to develop an application that enabled Merck’s researchers to review large numbers of studies quickly and manipulate and annotate digital imagery. Taking advantage of Microsoft’s multi-touch interface, the application improved collaboration by providing real-time remote view access of high-resolution imaging across various geographic locations. The new application increased the efficiency of team and individual workflows, and biologists reported improved user experience.
 
PPD collaborated with ProtonMedia’s 3D virtual collaboration platform, ProtoSphere Lync Edition to deploy PPD® 3D, a virtual collaboration technology improving collaboration among scientific researchers and enhancing the cost-effectiveness, speed and quality of clinical trial training. PPD 3D, which leverages Microsoft Lync Server 2010, brings people and content together in a 3D virtual space where they can talk, send instant messages, view and interact with content and access the web—all at the same time from any location. PPD 3D improved collaboration among a broad range of geographically dispersed partners, reduced travel costs, and delivered a new vehicle for clinical trial training and onboarding of PPD’s research associates.
 
The Consortium of Rheumatology Researchers of North America (CORRONA) built the largest database of rheumatoid arthritis information in the world, and made it easily accessible for researchers worldwide. CORRONA worked with Court Square Group to develop CORRONABase, an integrated database that relies on Microsoft Sharepoint Server. The new solution has enabled CORRONA to collect more than 300,000 records for 30,000 patients. More importantly, it allows the consortium’s research sites and scientific partners to quickly deploy validated data collection forms in order to address both changes in marketed drugs and specific information needed by researchers to improve the quality of patient care.
 
This year, we also are honoring a special life sciences organization that is boosting productivity, improving reporting and enhancing customer service, thanks to a laboratory information management system and document management system:
 
Nova Biologicals, a provider of laboratory testing and consultancy services to the water, environmental and pharmaceutical industries, deployed a multi-product information solution to boost productivity, improve reporting and enhance customer service. Its old system was located on one computer, so only one employee could use the system at a time, which created bottlenecks in the lab and significantly limited the volume of samples that could be processed in a given day. By implementing Thermo Scientific SampleManager Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) integrated with NextDocs DMS (document management system) solution, as many as five people can process samples at any one time. Now Nova can now process very high sample volumes in a short period of time and multiple users can access the system from any computer with a web browser. The solution has been instrumental in helping Nova maintain its licensing in Texas, refine work processes and improve reporting to custom¬ers in terms of quality and speed.
 
A special thanks to all of this year’s judges, including: Scott Lundstrom, VP Research, Health Industry Insights - an IDC Company; Sal Salamone, executive editor, Ziff Davis Enterprise; Kevin Davies, editor-in-chief, Bio-IT World; Benjamin, Rooks Founding Principal ST Advisors, LLC; and Doris Nessim, B.Sc.Phm., R.Ph., M.A., Healthcare, Pharmacy & Patient Safety Advisor, Healthcare Leadership, Innovation & Strategy Consultant, GS1 Canada, D. Nessim Quality Consulting.
 
Congratulations to the winning companies - all of you are leading the charge to integrate life sciences and information technology to improve scientific collaboration and innovation to benefit patients worldwide. How is your organization using technology to do the same?
Michael Naimoli
Worldwide Managing Director, Microsoft Life Sciences