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Microsoft Discusses SharePoint and Clinical Trials at DIA
A storm, complete with hail, thunder and generous amounts of lightning, appeared to follow me through Connecticut and Rhode Island as I drove to Boston on Wednesday for the DIA meeting. Didn't make it until almost 4 PM, only to have the storm break out in Boston at 6 PM in all its glory. Although I'd missed the presentation on global regulatory harmonization (which included Japan's top pharma regulatory official), the few hours were very well spent.
Flagging a cab was quite difficult, with very long lines at the convention center, so we found a kindly trolley car driver who took us to one appointment, and gave us an impromptu tour of the North Side along the way.
One highlight of the trip was a visit with two top executives with Microsoft's Life Sciences division (in order of their appearance: Les Jordan, Industry Technology Strategist and Michael Naimoli, Director) to learn more about SharePoint, its manufacturing and drug development platforms, and a new clinical trial data management platform developed by TranSenda (whose CEO, Robert Webber explains the system) but powered by Office. For the die-hard Microsoft fans, here's a brief audio clip (which isn't on our web site yet)