22 Jun. 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C., (June 22, 2011) - PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) today announced that Microsoft Corp. has named PPD and ProtonMedia winners of a Microsoft 2011 Life Sciences Innovation Award, recognizing their innovative use of ProtonMedia's ProtoSphere in creating PPD 3D. The virtual, collaborative environment improves the cost-effectiveness, speed and quality of clinical trial training for life sciences organizations developing new medicines for people in need.
The Microsoft awards were announced at the Drug Information Association's 47th annual meeting in Chicago. The awards honor companies using Microsoft solutions to realize business and information technology benefits and revolutionizing medicine by bringing therapeutic breakthroughs to the market faster to fight serious ailments, improve healthcare and enhance people's quality of life.
PPD collaborated with ProtonMedia to develop PPD 3D by integrating ProtonMedia's ProtoSphere, a virtual collaboration environment, with PPD® Adaptive Solutions, an innovative suite of data, technology and performance solutions. PPD 3D empowers PPD clinical research team members to meet remotely with each other and clients and to engage in highly social, interactive and visually appealing 3-D virtual spaces. Users can talk, send instant messages, view and interact with presentation and media content, record notes and access the Web - all at the same time, from anywhere.
"PPD 3D improves the way we train clinical research associates to monitor clinical trials, which is vital for enhancing the quality of site management and clinical monitoring for our clients' research programs," said Mike Wilkinson, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief information officer for PPD. "We are honored that Microsoft, whose technologies are ubiquitous in the life sciences industry, would recognize the results of our collaboration with ProtonMedia, the ideal virtual collaboration technology provider."
Said Ron Burns, CEO of ProtonMedia: "Our joint development with PPD is testament to the power of using Microsoft's technology as the backbone to combine PPD's data and information platform with a virtual collaboration environment like ProtoSphere to deliver a positive impact to the life sciences industry. Our solution shows how life sciences companies can maximize their Microsoft investment, while achieving measureable improvements in their clinical trial training processes and results. We thank Microsoft for recognizing our work with PPD and the value of ProtoSphere in the life sciences industry."
Microsoft award participants consisted of worldwide life sciences corporations in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies that are innovatively applying technology to create therapeutic innovations. Winners were selected by a panel of industry experts and will be highlighted on the Microsoft website at www.microsoft.com/lifesciences and on the Microsoft in Health blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_in_health/.
"The life sciences industry is uniquely positioned with many new challenges, and pressure is stronger than ever to cut costs and bring new drugs and therapies to market faster," said Michael Naimoli, worldwide managing director, Life Sciences, Microsoft Corp. "Each year, we are impressed with how the winners demonstrate sustainable impacts through technology, and are proud that Microsoft's software platforms play an important role in enabling these achievements in life sciences."
ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere's virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. The company is a Gartner "Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace" for 2010. Its customers include some of the world's most respected brands. A trial version of ProtoSphere can be downloaded at http://protonmedia.com/trial-download/. For more information, visit www.ProtonMedia.com.