Supply Chain Technology, Real-Time Quality System Win Microsoft Awards

Jun 22, 2006
Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA, announced the winners of the Microsoft Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Innovation Awards 2006 at this year's meeting of the Drug Information Association ( in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A four-person panel of industry experts selected winners for the innovative use of Microsoft products in pharmaceutical and life sciences business processes and practices.

Awards were given in three categories: sales and marketing, manufacturing and supply, and clinical development. The manufacturing segment had two winners:

  • To reduce errors in its largest supply chain, Altana Pharma AG (Konstanz, Germany, installed Wassermann AG's "wayRTS" (real-time simulation) technology, a 64-bit application using "Windows Server 2003," "Visual Studio 2005," "Visual SourceSafe," and "Microsoft Office 2003." The system is used for operational supply-chain planning, simulation, and scheduling across three production sites and eight sales units. According to the company, the wayRTS technology makes process schedules more reliable and more stable, thus reducing time spent rescheduling or planning production sequences.
  • Pfizer Inc. (New York, NY, developed the "Catalyst" real-time quality system to help industry workers design, schedule, and analyze pharmaceutical manufacturing processes using a graphical user interface in less time than existing electronic and manual systems require. While the engineer designs the process, the system calculates design data such as material balances, time-cycle analysis, and environmental emissions, as well as automatically configures shop floor execution and reporting systems. The system uses ".NET," "BizTalk Server," "SQL Server," and "SharePoint" portal server.

Other winners were GlaxoSmithKline (Mississauga, ON, Canada, in the sales and marketing category for its "Tablet PC," which reduces the cycle time between a new product marketing campaign launch and measuring its results, and PRA International (Reston, VA, in the clinical development category for its "FlexDMS" data-management system to help users design a clinical study; collect the data either through paper data entry, electronic data capture, or a combination of formats; and manage the data using the same system.

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