Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA, www.microsoft.com/lifesciences
announced the winners of the Microsoft Pharmaceuticals and Life
Sciences Innovation Awards 2006 at this year's meeting of the Drug
Information Association (www.diahome.org
) 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
- Pfizer Inc. (New York,
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, www.gsk.com
) 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, www.prainternational.com
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.