Ferring Pharmaceuticals selects Sinequa and Atos to boost Global Cognitive Search Capabilities for R&D

Brussels, 15 January 2019

As a testament of how fast the footprint of cognitive search among leading life sciences organizations is growing, we are very excited to announce thatFerring Pharmaceuticalsselected Sinequa and Atos to boost its global cognitive search capabilities. Sinequa’s Cognitive Search & Analytics solution was recently deployed at Ferring Pharmaceuticals with Atosas the consulting and integration partner to empower the organization’s Global Pharmaceutical R&D group to look deeply into vast scientific research data sets in order to generate new insights and accelerate innovation.

Headquartered in Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. A leader in reproductive and maternal health, Ferring has been developing treatments for mothers and babies for over 50 years. Today, over one third of the company’s research and development investment goes towards finding innovative treatments to help mothers and babies, from conception to birth. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries.

The challenges that Ferring Pharmaceuticals faced with respect to data and analytics were twofold. Firstly, the vast amount of data and documents, that had been produced during development projects, was stored in multiple sites and repositories. Second, there was a gap in accessibility for legacy documentation on projects, which meant that reusability of scientific know-how was limited. These challenges led to the fact that the process of finding information was extremely time-consuming, and there was no guarantee of results. With the company’s ever-growing amount of data generated, the issue was destined to only get bigger over time.

Atos, Sinequa’s strategic global premium partner was selected to design, implement, support and operate Sinequa’s Cognitive Search & Analytics platform at Ferring Pharmaceuticals to deliver the highest possible relevancies on search for the R&D teams in different locations. Concretely, this means that an advanced electronic search has been implemented, functioning as one central point to retrieve all information on R&D projects and knowledge, placed in diverse sites and repositories, and to reveal R&D insights.

Thanks to this precise and intuitive solution, Ferring Pharmaceuticals has been able to significantly reduce the time to retrieve information, as the information can be found much easier than in the original indexed repositories. The solution allows for complex searches, where one can browse for available knowledge in all connected sources at once, using just a single query. Another advantage of the solution is that the visuals allow an improved display of the results by providing at a glance another information view. Furthermore, the company has seen a significant increase in search results relevancy, as the solution uses dedicated ontologies and dictionaries.

In today’s world, especially in the life sciences industry, it is impossible for humans alone to search, process and analyze all the world’s available scientific and research data, Sinequa’s Cognitive Search & Analytics platform makes this scientific knowledge accessible any time by any given researchers. As Sinequa continues to expand its footprint in this very competitive industry, we are very pleased to count Ferring Pharmaceuticals among our customers. Together with our partner Atos, we are committed to help Ferring improve insights and facilitate innovation.
– Stéphane Kirchacker, vice president Sales, EMEA at Sinequa

Sinequa’s solution is bringing the power of AI to Enterprise Search to provide Ferring a “future proof” solution that offers a whole range of opportunities for future innovations. The dilemma of pharmaceuticals is to find the needle in the haystack – scientists need to screen tens of millions of documents from internal and external sources, from structured and unstructured data for identifying relations between genes, drugs, Mechanism of Action (MoA) and finding the right skilled subject matter experts. Other departments like Regulatory & Compliance, Legal & IP, Marketing & Sales, Clinical Trials, HR and more can benefit from customized Search-based applications on the same platform – finding relevant information instantly for fact-based decisions – no waste of time anymore.
– Alex Halbeisen, Expert Sales Big Data & Analytics at Atos

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 120,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of € 13 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions through its Digital Transformation Factory, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across all business sectors. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, Unify and Worldline. Atos is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.


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