QUMAS Announces Support for Microsoft Digital Pharma

QCompliance Portal Provides Gateway to Complete Compliance Solution Suite
QUMAS Announces Support for Microsoft Digital Pharma QCompliance Portal Provides Gateway to Complete Compliance Solution Suite QUMAS, the only global compliance company offering a complete solution to regulated industries, today announced its support for Microsoft's Digital Pharma technology with the QUMAS QCompliance Portal. Leveraging Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 technology, the QCompliance Portal enables Life Sciences organisations to manage their content and processes within a unified, web-based environment.

An increased level of regulation and enforcement has led to greater operational complexity in the Life Sciences sector, and there is a clear need to simplify compliance management across the enterprise. The QUMAS CompliancePortal provides a single point of access to an organisation's entire compliance arena, from which users can assemble a view of complementary information from multiple sources. A single sign-in allows users to conveniently collaborate, communicate and search using a tailored interface.

The Microsoft SharePoint Server technology allows QUMAS CompliancePortal to seamlessly integrate QUMAS applications, such as QUMAS DocCompliance and QUMAS ProcessCompliance, connecting users, projects and knowledge. QUMAS DocCompliance, released on Microsoft SQL Server 2000, addresses the governance and compliance challenges raised by the many current global regulations including; Sarbanes Oxley, HIPPA, 21 CFR Part 11, cGMP, cGLP, cGCP and Good Records Management (GERM). Managed through the QUMAS CompliancePortal, QUMAS' applications offer Life Sciences companies a truly flexible, scalable, and complete compliance solution that is in line with Microsoft's Digital Pharma framework.

"QUMAS addresses the critical area of compliance for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies with a solution that enables users to obtain regulatory information quickly and easily," said Steve Shihadeh, General Manager, Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences. "Partners like QUMAS, who have innovative solutions that address critical business issues, really exemplify the Digital Pharma vision."
Paul Hands, CEO, QUMAS, comments, "Our QUMAS Compliance Solution provides many benefits including: built-in regulatory best practices, a dynamic, flexible interface and a consolidation of quality assurance and regulatory compliance needs that ensures cost savings and rapid return on investment for Life Sciences companies." He adds, "While traditional compliance offerings have either a document-centric or a data-centric focus, QUMAS is different. Using Microsoft's SharePoint Server, we can provide a complete view - across both information and processes."

QUMAS' QUMAS Compliance Solution will be demonstrated at the Microsoft booth at the Pharmaceutical Technology Congress. To arrange a demonstration or for further information, please contact: info@qumas.com.

About Microsoft Digital Pharma

Microsoft's Digital Pharma provides a practical vision and framework that enables pharmaceutical companies to drive innovation across the enterprise, and address strategic value-chain capability requirements. Using proven Microsoft technology, Digital Pharma illustrates how drug manufacturers can achieve speed-to-insight and value-for-cost: two distinct industry imperatives that lead the way for business transformation. More information can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/lifesciences.

About QUMAS

With over a decade of experience, QUMAS is the only global compliance company offering a complete solution to regulated industries. Recognised as the world leader in Enterprise Compliance Management, the company is a regular winner of industry awards for innovation and excellence.

Our comprehensive suite of compliance management application has been developed specifically for regulated industries, and ensures corporate compliance with the full spectrum of global regulations, including; Investment Company Act 38a-1, the PATRIOT Act, Sarbanes Oxley, 21 CFR Part 11 and cGxP.

Dedicated to compliance, QUMAS constantly monitors all regulatory activities across the globe to ensure that our solutions, and, therefore, your organisation, are up-to-date with the latest regulatory guidelines and compliance best practices. While improving corporate accountability, these inherent best practices can also serve to streamline data-centric processes, increase overall operational efficiency, and increase shareholder value.

All QUMAS solutions are off-the-shelf applications, ready for validation and deployment within regulated environments. Based on open systems platforms, QUMAS technology integrates seamlessly with existing corporate databases, applications, operating systems and hardware from all major vendors.

The QUMAS worldwide headquarters is located in Cork, Ireland with US headquarters in Florham Park, NJ and satellite offices throughout the United States and Europe. For more information, contact QUMAS at (001) 973 377-8750 (North America) or + 353-21-491 5100 (Europe) or visit our Web site at www.qumas.com.