The Pistoia Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving global life sciences R&D, has seen its membership increase with a number of new members including both large multinationals and start-ups.
The new members include Accenture, Linguamatics, Novaseek, Repositive, Agrimetrics and Daniel Taylor. Existing members upgrading to the new startup membership category this quarter include KNIME, Scitegrity, Databiology, The Hyve, Binocular Vision, BioVariance, and Promeditec.
This takes the membership of the Pistoia Alliance to more than 80 globally, which includes many of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, many of the most innovative start-ups and companies and organizations that support the life sciences sector.
Dr Steve Arlington, Pistoia Alliance President said: “I am delighted to see that the Pistoia Alliance continues to show strong growth across all segments in life sciences, and we continue to attract a broad range of members. At the same time, we are also changing how we operate. Our challenge is to promote and encourage precompetitive collaboration between our members, to benefit our members and ultimately accelerate the delivery of new drugs, devices and services to enhance performance within the sector. The Pistoia Alliance is well placed to help life sciences tackle many of its challenges and through our new strategy and the continued support of our members we will continue to support the global life sciences industry.”
Dr Jane Reed, Head of Life Science Strategy at Linguamatics, commented: “We’re pleased to join the Pistoia Alliance and be part of a community that supports the global life science industry, an area Linguamatics has worked in for nearly 15 years. We look forward to bringing our expertise in text mining and natural language processing to the table and contribute to understanding how together we can tackle pharma’s big data challenges.”
2016 saw the Pistoia Alliance adopt a new strategy which has seen an increased focus on start up companies and supporting innovation. This has seen the launch of the Presidents Start-Up Challenge and the Pistoia Alliance Mini Start-Up Challenge. Alongside this, the Alliance has continued to develop and support innovative new projects to support life sciences globally.