Thursday, May 6, 2010

Life sciences compliance goes 3-D

No need to don your 3-D glasses for this one; we're taking care of everything for you. And instead of giving you a headache with those funky spectacles, our new partnership with Kaplan EduNeering, which we just announced today, will help eliminate headaches for life sciences compliance officers.

In case you aren't familiar with Kaplan EduNeering, I'll give you the background. Kaplan EduNeering is a part of Kaplan, Inc., and it develops solutions for helping companies comply with regulations from agencies including the FDA, CMS, OSHA, EPA, ISO, and others. It's known as the gold standard in online quality and compliance learning programs.

We're working together to create a virtual environment in ProtoSphere that includes Kaplan EduNeering's compliance tracking engine, the Kaplan EduNeering Platform, underneath. The result will be a virtual workplace that lets life sciences companies collaborate across every stage of their product life cycle, while meeting compliancy standards.

Things are in their early stages, and there's much development to do to bring this workplace online. We're looking forward to bringing our joint innovation to life sciences companies, and we'll keep you updated on the blog with any interesting developments as we roll through our road map.

We officially announced our partnership today at the 7th annual Kaplan EduNeering Knowledge Summit in downtown Philly. I'm here at the Westin Hotel now for the summit, meeting and networking with professionals in knowledge management, regulatory compliance, and business performance.

I just wrapped up a great interview with Dr. Karl Kapp and Lisa Clune, President of Kaplan EduNeering. We'll have that video for you on the blog as soon as we get it off the camera and put it through production. Hoping for early next week on that one. And later today, I'll be co-presenting about our partnership with Kent Malmros, Director of Business Development for Kaplan EduNeering.

So I'm going to get back to things here! I leave you with the press release we issued today announcing our partnership, if you are interested in more details about it. Adios!



Kaplan EduNeering and ProtonMedia Announce Alliance

Partnership to combine Kaplan’s online compliance and knowledge solutions with ProtonMedia’s leading 3-D virtual environment, ProtoSphere, to help life sciences companies speed collaborative decision-making while meeting regulatory requirements

PRINCETON, N.J. & LANSDALE, Pa. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kaplan EduNeering, a leading provider of compliance and knowledge management technology solutions, and ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, today announced a new multi-year partnership. The companies will develop and offer a uniquely comprehensive suite of tools for compliance training, product life cycle management (PLM), and collaborative decision-making for life sciences organizations.

“As a company, we pride ourselves on the ability to develop, customize and integrate our award-winning Learning Management System with cutting edge technologies to advance our clients’ learning experience. ProtonMedia has built a virtual collaboration tool that we believe will foster professional collaboration, enhance productivity, and improve decision-making, while building in compliance objectives,” said Lisa Clune, President of Kaplan EduNeering. “The joint solution will facilitate greater behavior change and enhance more effective business process through the use of ProtoSphere for meetings, training and simulations.”

Kaplan EduNeering’s online compliance solutions are used by over one million individuals in more than 50 countries by companies in regulated industries, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biologics, dietary supplements, and medical devices.

ProtoSphere is the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative product life cycle management (PLM) in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall.

Together, Kaplan EduNeering and ProtonMedia will create a best-of-breed 3-D virtual collaboration environment, driven by the powerful compliance tracking engine of the Kaplan EduNeering Platform. Kaplan EduNeering’s expertise in delivering solutions that help companies meet regulatory and compliance requirements will augment ProtonMedia’s ability to effectively foster product life cycle collaboration within research, development, production, marketing, and customer engagement phases. This unique combination of core competencies delivers a transformative enterprise tool for collaborative decision-making and compliance.

“Life sciences companies are facing an increasingly complex and constantly fluctuating regulatory landscape,” says Ron Burns, CEO of ProtonMedia. “Requirements must be met surrounding every aspect of their business, including product life cycle management. Our alliance with Kaplan EduNeering combines the benefits of virtual meetings, document sharing, and collaboration, with the compliance capabilities of the Kaplan EduNeering platform. The result is a virtual workplace that lets companies collaborate across every stage of their product life cycle, while meeting compliancy standards.”

About Kaplan EduNeering

Kaplan EduNeering (www.kaplaneduneering.com) is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading global provider of educational services to individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). Kaplan EduNeering develops technology-enabled knowledge solutions for assuring regulatory compliance and improving business performance. Kaplan EduNeering is headquartered in Princeton, NJ, and has offices in Houston, TX, Bloomsburg, PA, and London, UK.

About ProtonMedia

ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. The company is a Gartner “Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace” for 2010. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected brands, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Inc., BP, Chevron, Duke University, Deloitte, TIAA-CREF, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Cisco. A trial version of ProtoSphere can be downloaded at http://protonmedia.com/trial-download/. For more information, visit http://www.protonmedia.com/.

PRESS RESOURCES

Visit the ProtonMedia press kit online.

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Contacts
For ProtonMedia:
Gregory FCA
Paul Johnson, 610-228-2113 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              610-228-2113      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Paul@GregoryFCA.com
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For Kaplan EduNeering:
Kaplan EduNeering
Jefferson Barr, 609-627-5391
Jefferson.Barr@kaplan.com

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