Purdue Pharma Turns to Microsoft for Document Management Solution

Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Interse iBox solution help pharmaceutical company enable more relevant searches for improved decision-making.

REDMOND, Wash., July 18, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Purdue Pharma L.P., a pharmaceutical company, has chosen Microsoft Corp. and Interse A/S, a Microsoft(R) Gold Certified Partner, to help automate and enhance the management of its clinical trial documentation.

By building a document management solution based on Microsoft Office SharePoint(R) Portal Server 2003 and Interse's iBox metadata management and search solution, Purdue has been able to streamline many of the processes associated with document management. Creating a new clinical project document site used to take up to a half day for Purdue staff, but since deploying the new solution, the process has been reduced to minutes.

"Before deploying Office SharePoint Server and iBox, our staff could literally spend days trying to find a document," said Anthony Sclafani, assistant director, Collaborative Business Solutions at Purdue. "Sorting through file shares was a completely manual process, which was a problem with multiple financial and logistical implications. Those problems are now a thing of the past, as the new document management solution allows users to access important information with just a few clicks. It has had a remarkable impact on our business."

Purdue is known for its research on persistent pain. As with other companies in its industry, the pharmaceutical company is subject to rigorous clinical trial requirements as part of the extensive process of preparing new products for U.S. government approval and commercial availability. To meet these requirements, Purdue produces hundreds of thousands of pages of documentation per clinical trial. Before implementing the new solution, Purdue's software system was not meeting the needs of the company's staff, as it lacked unified search across the system and offered minimal metadata associations.

With Office SharePoint Server 2003, Purdue can create a new clinical project document site in just minutes. The iBox solution integrates and supports Office SharePoint Server 2003, providing metadata management and search capabilities. For instance, the company is now able to automatically associate up to 38 industry-specific metadata tags with each document, enabling more relevant searches and helping users search across documents in new ways.

"For Purdue, ensuring seamless access and increased insight into clinical trial documents is not only vital to its business, but can also potentially shorten the length and reduce the cost of the product development process," said Paul Mattes, industry solutions director of the U.S. Health and Life Sciences Group at Microsoft.

About Microsoft in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Microsoft provides standards-based products and technology to help the healthcare and life sciences industries break down information barriers between the disparate IT environments across pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, physicians and healthcare professionals, provider organizations, government and private-sector employers, health insurers, and consumers. Microsoft's vision for knowledge-driven health utilizes the company's cutting-edge technology to help these groups integrate their systems, dramatically enhance collaboration, and increase information sharing and learning - ultimately resulting in the ability to deliver high-quality products and services to patients and consumers worldwide. More information about Microsoft in Healthcare and Life Sciences can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/healthcare.

About Interse A/S

Interse A/S is a specialized software company that focuses on bringing productivity and speed to professionals working for global leaders in knowledge intensive industries across Europe and North America. Interse's mission is to help companies and organizations put their knowledge base back to work by maximizing their information Findability. Interse is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Interse's iBox solution is compatible with any new Microsoft Information Worker application. It provides central and unified Metadata Management, accurate Classification across multiple repositories and advanced facetted Metadata and Free-text search to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Interse homepage is www.interse.com.

About Purdue Pharma L.P.

Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated U.S. companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain and associated treatments. Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medications and hospital products. Additional information about Purdue can be found at www.purduepharma.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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Posted: July 2007

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