Announcing the 2014 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards

18 June 2014 | Andrea McGonigle, Managing Director, Life Sciences, MSFT group

Yesterday, Microsoft honored the winners of the 2014 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards at the Drug Information Association’s (DIA) 50th annual meeting in San Diego. Now in its ninth year, the awards are presented annually to recognize pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical resource organizations, and medical device companies that are leading the charge in scientific collaboration and innovation. We’re always excited about giving out these awards because it’s an opportunity to highlight the achievements of life sciences companies that have streamlined processes to help speed therapeutic breakthroughs for serious health ailments using Microsoft products and technologies.

This year’s winners were selected by a panel of industry experts. They were chosen based on three criteria: how their innovation represents a breakthrough in the industry; whether it goes beyond incremental improvements on technologies that already exist; and how it improves the company’s ability to get safer, more efficacious products or services to market faster by reducing complexity, lowering cost, and enhancing the speed and quality of the process.

Here are this year’s award recipients.

  • PPD, a global contract research organization, partnered with ePharmaSolutions, a provider of eClinical content management workflow applications, to create a remote monitoring application. It allows study teams to conduct completely virtual monitoring visits and perform remote source document and data verification from anywhere in the world without traveling to the research site.

  • The Harvard Center for Biological Imaging (HCBI), an imaging facility that specializes in all modalities of light microscopy teamed up with arivis, a software company for biomedical 3D+ big imaging and product life cycle compliance management, to develop an imaging platform. It provides scientists with unique applications to manage, visualize, share, and analyze datasets of unlimited size. Together, these components are helping scientists map mammalian brains and understand neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Transplant Connect a medical software firm dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art solutions that help to increase and improve organ, tissue, and eye donation and transplantation developed the iTransplant Platform. It’s an intelligent, web-based software solution that streamlines workflows, reduces errors, and harnesses interoperability to deliver instant clinical knowledge, collaboration, and communication—all to improve transplantation.
Also presented was a special recognition award for innovation in productivity and collaboration to Mylan, which develops, manufactures, and distributes generic, branded generic, and specialty pharmaceuticals worldwide.  The company created the Work Smarter solution to address their desktop and collaboration issues. It is a redesign of the end user platform that includes Office 365, Lync 2013 and Surface Pro 2 devices. This initiative provided an integrated technology suite focused on the best experience across devices, increase in productivity for the end users and cost savings with the retirement of legacy systems.  
Congratulations to the winning companies, as well as to all those that entered. By taking advantage of today’s innovative technologies to bring therapeutic breakthroughs to the market faster at lower costs, you are helping to move medicine forward and enhance patients’ quality of life.
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Andrea McGonigle
Managing Director, Life Sciences, MSFT group