Philly-area companies Thermo Scientific, ProtonMedia, NextDocs win Microsoft Life Sciences award

Philly-area companies dominated Microsoft's Life Sciences Innovation Awards 2010, announced at the Drug Information Association's annual meeting in Washington DC on June 16. Three of the four projects honored involved local companies.

Thermo Scientific of Philadelphia worked with Emory University to install its Nautilus LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) as part of an enterprise biospecimen management system rollout to enhance workflow, foster collaboration and effectively manage samples. ProtonMedia of Lansdale partnered with Merck to develop customized "virtual meeting" technology. And NextDocs of King of Prussia helped the Stanford University Medical Center automate its Event Discovery (EDR) process using NextDoc's Microsoft SharePoint-based solutions.

Microsoft says the awards "honor pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies that demonstrate new solutions or the successful application of available software and devices to revolutionize medicine, bring therapeutic breakthroughs to market faster, fight serious ailments, improve health and enhance people’s quality of life".


Penn leads area organizations on Computerworld's "100 Best Places To Work In IT"

Computerworld has named its 2010 100 Best Places To Work In IT, and as usual the University of Pennshylvania is ranked right near the top, at #5.

Others are Campbell Soup (16), The Vanguard Group (35), Lehigh
Valley Health Network
(36), Temple University (53), and American Water of Vorhees (94).

Penn was recognized for, among other things, its new open-source/open-standard voice-over-IP system to replace the existing one and deliver unified communications, and a multiyear initiative to replace Penn's printed directory with an online-only version.

Campbell's was lauded for its heath and wellness programs, Vanguard for its in-house training, Lehigh Valley Health for a strong community service culture, Temple for its huge computer lab and its employee tuition breaks, and American Water for its embrace of new technologies.

Among these six area organizations Vanguard is by far the largest IT employer, having over 2400 employees classified as such.