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Dear Pharma Services News subscriber, 

This will be, we are sorry to announce, the final issue of Pharma Services News. We launched PSN in the firm belief that there was a wealth of stories and information to be culled from the many services being offered to the pharmaceutical industry. PSN's founding editor, John Russell, did a magnificent job of reporting those stories and bringing them to you over the past 12 months or so.

Our belief in the importance of pharma services hasn't changed in the slightest, but we have reevaluated the most effective means for delivering that information. We have decided, therefore, to devote our resources to other media, notably an expanded digital edition of Bio-IT World magazine, an ongoing series of virtual Bio-IT World Web symposia, and renewed commitment to live events.  And John Russell remains a regular contributor to Bio-IT World as the author of The Russell Transcript. You can also continue to keep tabs on Bio-IT World and its coverage of pharma services through our Weekly Update newsletter,, and yes, on Twitter (@bioitworld).

Best wishes,
Kevin Davies PhD
Editor in Chief, Bio-IT World


No KIDding: Informatics in Reverse 
By Kevin Davies 

It is unlikely that too many software-as-a-service companies feature quotes from T.S. Eliot on their web site, but Parthys Reverse Informatics, based in Chennai, India, is the exception:

"Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"

Parthys Reverse Informatics is the brainchild of Parthiban Srinivasan, a computational chemist by training. After various stints in academia and industry, Parthiban defined what he saw as a problem with the current approach to data analysis in life sciences:
"We're not working on bioinformatics, we're creating chaos! Everybody's worried about having too much data, but we're delivering data from existing knowledge. So informatics goes from data to information to knowledge. We [Parthys] go from knowledge to information to data. It's reverse informatics." 
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Accelrys Releases New Version of its Scientific Informatics Platform
With Pipeline Pilot 8.0, research organizations can now utilize a single informatics platform across their entire R&D enterprise enabling scientists to work more efficiently and collaboratively, automating scientific workflows and capturing institutional best practices, while reducing associated operating costs. To learn more, register for our free webinar series ! 



Putting Genomes in the Cloud 

As genomics rapidly expands the data storage needs, DDN's Web Object Scaler (WOS) provides a cloud storage architecture that can be scaled out and rapidly accessed from around the world. Download Now 
(Sponsored by: DataDirect Networks (DDN))   

Democratizing Data 
Biological data-from microarrays, next-gen sequencing efforts, genome-wide association studies, and epigenetic explorations-are accumulating at an unprecedented rate. Leveraging this information means life scientists must learn to mine these expanding databases and extract knowledge from the public domain. Download Whitepaper (Sponsored by:NextBio)   

Video Reports  

Technology Video Report: A Day in the Life with Remote Data Capture (Next-Gen EDC) (Sponsored by Oracle) 

See why Oracle Remote Data Capture (RDC) Onsite is the next generation in electronic data capture with its user-friendly method to collect, clean, review, and verify clinical trial data. Providing unprecedented performance with real-time data capture, Oracle RDC Onsite simplifies source data verification. With a clear, consistent view of study data across all sites, the benefits include reduced monitoring time, decreased queries and discrepancies, and less time to database lock. Click to View This Brief Video Now! 



Industry Trends

Clinical Research Off-shoring: A Country Attractiveness
Index for Clinical Trials
By Mark P. Mathieu 

For many years, pharmaceutical companies have been off-shoring manufacturing operations to lower-cost countries. Healthy margins and strong risk aversion have afforded pharmaceutical companies the luxury of staying close to home, for all but manufacturing activities. As financial pressures increase, pharmaceutical executives are finding that going offshore is not only less risky than it once was, but also too attractive to ignore. Read more . 

Insight Pharma Reports 

Outsourcing Preclinical Studies to China: Benefits and Challenges 

Author:Eric Meyers, MBA 

Within the past several years, a number of government labs as well as private and joint venture CRO's have or will soon offer preclinical GLP study services to Western clients. This report, built on discussions and facility visits to the most advanced labs, provides a detailed view of the current and evolving preclinical study capabilities in China, their structures and services, as well as an analysis of the comparative costs between US and China-based CRO's.  Read more.


To have your product or service featured here, contact Lynn Cloonan   for more information. 



To have your product or service featured here, contact Lynn Cloonan   for more information. 



IT Lead Analyst - Scrum Agile Development 
Roche's Nutley, NJ location:  Work as a senior developer and coaching junior developers in technologies as Technical Lead of the software development group. Must have five years or more experience in Java (Core and J2EE), JSF, Spring and Hibernate. Job ID No.: 19370.   Apply online today or learn about other exciting positions, please visit 

Director, Drug Discovery   - Sage is recruiting candidates with a deep understanding of the biological pathways specific to cancer, metabolic or neurodegenerative diseases and experience leading  drug discovery efforts in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company. Qualifications include: MD and/or PhD; six years of experience in the drug discovery process. Closing Date:  Ongoing

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Sage Commons System
Responsible for leading a community effort to produce a software system and data repository to house several orders of magnitude more systems biology data than is available for clinical practice today.  Sage Bionetworks, , is a medical research organization building advanced predictive models of disease.  

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