Open Text Corporation and First Consulting Group (FCG) have announced that they are joining forces to meet the growing need for combined collaboration and document life-cycle management solutions in the life sciences industry. The companies intend to help global pharmaceutical and bio-tech firms meet regulatory and time-to-market pressures with solutions that automate processes, facilitate collaboration among managers, researchers, and physicians, and improve the management of documents needed for regulatory submissions. Open Text provides Livelink, collaboration and knowledge management software for the enterprise, and FCG offers information-based consulting, integration, and management services for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industries. The companies will offer combined solutions at a time when the life sciences industry is facing a variety of challenges: increasingly stringent regulations, an escalating pace of data production and competitive pressures to deliver superior therapeutic products to market quickly. These factors are creating demands for better systems to manage mountains of information and research data, while increasing efficiencies and ensuring compliant processes across the enterprise. To offer their solutions, the companies will focus on regulated document control, clinical trials support, and validation services, combining FCG's business consulting and application integration expertise with Open Text's Livelink solutions designed for life sciences, including: Livelink for Regulated Documents, Livelink for Clinicals, and Livelink for Collaborative Submissions.
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