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6/27/2008
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Peter Hagopian
Peter Hagopian
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Livelink ECM Targets The Life Sciences Industry

Managing quality is obviously a critical issue for companies of all sorts, but few have the strict guidelines and need for process of those in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Broadly including pharma companies, biotech firms, medical equipment manufacturers and others, life sciences companies have to balance both internal process with regulatory requirements. Managing all aspects of this can be a challenge.

Managing quality is obviously a critical issue for companies of all sorts, but few have the strict guidelines and need for process of those in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Broadly including pharma companies, biotech firms, medical equipment manufacturers and others, life sciences companies have to balance both internal process with regulatory requirements. Managing all aspects of this can be a challenge.Looking to address the need for systems to support this niche, Open Text has released Livelink ECM - Quality Management System. The solution focuses on document management as well as providing tools and features to help ensure adherence to necessary compliance processes.

Among the key features of the system are support for Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) processes, capabilities to help prepare for internal and regulatory audits, tools for tracking and validating employee training and regulated document management. Each of these functions is important, as oversight and compliance within the life science industry can be complex, and being able to track and access documentation is a ongoing need. The regulated document management features merit particular note, as they support navigating the choppy waters of compliance with the electronic records provisions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as supporting the FDA's Pharmaceutical, Biological, and Medical Device best practices guidelines.

Open Text is an interesting company, in that it has built up a base of more than 45,000 customers by creating niche solutions across multiple industries. It has particularly deep support for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry, and Livelink ECM - Quality Management System looks as though it will fill a gap. It's worth looking into its products as part of any evaluation.

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