Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I would like to thank SmartCEO for featuring me in a recent article.
We spoke about the challenges of starting a business, specifically the topic of raising capital.
It was a great experience speaking with SmartCEO and I can't wait to do it again!
Monday, December 12, 2011
PPD is experiencing some very positive results from using ProtoSphere. Give it a read, it is full of some very interesting metrics.
Also a big thank you to PPD for taking part in this case study. It it very insightful.
This time I'm doubling up on peeks! So be sure to check out both videos.
The first one shows the new capabilities we're providing to moderators within the environment:
Keep a look out... more feature peeks are on the way!
Monday, November 28, 2011
I would like to send a very big "Thank You" to AlwaysOn for including ProtonMedia in their Venture Summit Mid-Atlantic 100 Top Private Companies listing. We are certainly proud to win this award!
The awards were given to organizations that are challenging established players and creating new solutions that will help change the way we do business.
ProtonMedia has been working to change the way organizations meet, collaborate and learn. A good percentage of the knowledge workers in our economy, who benefit from this kind of environment, are located here in the Mid-Atlantic region. It's great to see the venture community, and the number of start ups from this area, move the market and achieve this kind of recognition.
To view the entire list of the AlwaysOn Venture Summit Mid-Atlantic 100 Top Private Companies here.
Monday, November 21, 2011
In this video I show off the new capabilities of ProtoSphere 2.0, where people not only have that ability to communicate with each other beyond the confines of the virtual environment, but are also able to quickly and easily escalate their conversations into full collaborations within the environment.
Check it out below.
Be sure to let me know what you think by leaving comment!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Since ProtoSphere 2 has so many new functions, I'm going to do a series of peeks over the next couple of weeks.
This first feature peek focuses on our enhanced user interface for ProtoSphere 2. You will get to see all of the ehancements that we made to the toolbars, menus, people lists, 3D window and the new ProtoSphere action bar.
I don't want to spoil everything here...so click the picture and see ProtoSphere 2 in action.
As always, take care, and I'll see you in world.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
ProtonMedia has discussed both of these topics a number of times and noted that persistence and serendipity are only possible when you move your idea of collaboration away from time-bound events and start thinking about the value of always-on virtual spaces. These limitless virtual spaces connect people over both distance and time.
I may be slightly jaded, but I believe that this can be done more effectively in collaboration software like ProtoSphere, but it is interesting how one might solve the same challenge with a Telepresence Robot. Check out the Bell Labs blog and read what they are saying by clicking here.
Monday, November 7, 2011
If you missed it, this came over the wire late last week:
WILMINGTON, N.C., Nov 04, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. today announced it has been named the best contract research organization by Scrip Intelligence, which also has honored PPD for deploying the best technological development in clinical trials.
Scrip presented both awards to PPD at the seventh annual Scrip Awards ceremony on November 3 in London. PPD was recognized for its expertise and innovation in helping clients develop life-changing medical treatments. The judging panel called PPD "a great organization -- open for new approaches, even more for driving new technologies."
"At PPD, we share our clients' passion for delivering new therapies to help people live healthier lives," said Raymond Hill, chief executive officer of PPD. "These awards pay testament to the hard work, dedication and inspiration that our employees deliver every day to provide exceptional client service. We are committed to delivering consistent high quality, innovative ideas and forward-focused technologies that help our clients achieve their vision."
Launched in 1985 as a one-person consulting firm, today PPD is one of the world's leading contract research organizations. PPD has worked with 49 of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies to speed the delivery of life-changing therapies to people in need.
Scrip also recognized PPD's innovative technology solution, created in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., that improves the efficiency of managing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) programs mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Designed to improve patient safety, REMS programs help ensure the safe distribution and administration of certain marketed drugs.
The PPD REMS solution is a first-of-its-kind technology platform that integrates, manages and tracks all REMS resources, data and information. It is based on the Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System, a data aggregation platform that gives healthcare professionals access to the information they need when they need it, and Microsoft HealthVault, a personal health application platform that lets consumers gather, store and share health information online.
"PPD's technology focus is to deliver solutions that provide meaningful advances for our clients," said Mike Wilkinson, executive vice president and chief information officer of PPD. "Our REMS solution builds on PPD's extensive strategic, scientific, operational and regulatory capabilities in designing and implementing comprehensive REMS and risk management programs."
The Scrip Awards acknowledge achievements across a broad range of areas in the pharmaceutical industry. Attracting hundreds of industry professionals from the world's leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, the awards have become a distinct mark of superior achievement. Pharmaceutical, biotech and contract research organizations compete for awards in 15 categories, which are decided by an expert panel of judges.
Scrip's recognition is the most recent in a series of awards PPD has received this year. PPD earned the number one spot among contract research organizations in the 2011 CenterWatch global site survey. PPD also was named to the 2011 InformationWeek 500, an annual list of the most innovative users of business technology in the United States. In addition, PPD and ProtonMedia won a Microsoft 2011 Life Sciences Innovation Award for PPD(R) 3D, a virtual, collaborative environment improving the cost-effectiveness, speed and quality of training for clinical research associates.
PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 44 countries and more than 11,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.
Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions, including statements, expectations and assumptions about PPD in relation to the Scrip Awards, contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although PPD attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based and could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Other important factors which could cause future results to differ materially include the following: overall global economic conditions; economic conditions, research and development spending, and outsourcing trends in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and government-sponsored research sectors; consolidation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; competition in the outsourcing industry; PPD's ability to win new business; loss, delay or modification of large contracts; higher-than-expected cancellation rates; the rate of conversion of backlog into revenue; actual operating performance; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the ability to attract, integrate and retain key personnel; risks associated with and dependence on strategic relationships; risks associated with acquisitions and investments, such as impairments and integration, including PPD's investment in Celtic Therapeutics; rapid technological advances that make our services less competitive; risks associated with fixed price contracts and cost overruns; compliance with drug development regulations; changes in the regulation of the drug development process; international economic and political risks; risks that we may increase, reduce or discontinue our annual dividend policy; and the ability to control SG&A spending. These and other PPD risk factors are set forth in more detail from time to time in our SEC filings, copies of which are available free of charge upon request from PPD's investor relations department. PPD assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update these forward-looking statements in the future, except as required by applicable law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing PPD's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.
SOURCE: Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
As the Life Sciences industry looks to reinvent itself in the wake of slowing industry growth and other macroeconomic stresses, the move to transform fixed costs to variable costs has become common place. It's a great strategy - but how do you execute on that strategy?
The clinical trial is one of the most important and complex areas where we see this trend emerging. The pain point is so acute, and the stakes so high, that we are encouraged to see this component of the Life Sciences industry leading the way in fostering innovation, specifically the Virtual Clinical Trial.
A number of our partners have expressed that the Virtual Clinical Trial is one of the hottest topics in the industry today, and that was reinforced at this year's Partnership in Clinical Trials event. At that show, the buzz was focused almost solely on Virtual Clinical Trials. Also at that show, ProtonMedia announced a strategic relationship with one of the leaders in the CRO space - PPD.
In addition to PPD, we have also been participating in the Pan-Asian Clinical Trials Association (PACRA) with some very positive results. And finally, Microsoft is providing a great set of solutions to support this industry change.
Join us, for an in-person event, at the Microsoft Technology Center in Malvern, PA to discuss and explore these trends. The session is titled, "Innovation in Clinical Trials" and will be held on December 7 from 10am-12pm EST. with lunch immediately following.
The session will feature several life sciences executives, including:
- Les Jordan, CTO - Microsoft Life Sciences
- Mike Wilkinson, CIO - PPD
- Steven Bukvic, Executive Director - Merck MPI
- Lisa Clune, CEO - Kaplan EduNeering
- Sam Batterman, Technology Strategist - Microsoft Life Sciences
- Ron Burns, CEO - ProtonMedia
Seating is limited! Register online now - Click here!
Friday, October 7, 2011
You're probably all too familiar with the budget cuts that have sliced through learning and training departments at life sciences companies in recent years. But as I've talked about before, learning is not a black hole that you throw money down. It's a crucial vehicle for transferring knowledge among organizational teams to drive innovation and execution.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Writer Robin Robinson featured insight from five industry sources, including Rob Bazemore, President of Janssen Biotech; Chris Bogan, CEO of Best Practices; Andrew Hunter, Senior Manager of Kalypso; Mike Rea, CEO of IDEA Pharma; and yours truly.
Friday, September 30, 2011
But how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Well one researcher who's done that is Sami Ahma-aho from the Business, Innovation, Technology (BIT) Research Centre at Aalto University in Finland.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
She pulled out some of the points from my interview with Rich that struck her, writing that we're "shaking things up with innovative collaborative tools to help make meetings and corporate trainings more productive and more fun."
Friday, September 23, 2011
At the ITEXPO, Rich and I got to talking about ProtonMedia's approach to using VoIP in ProtoSphere. Rich thought to interview me as part of TMCnet's coverage of the show. Here we are, talking about how ProtoSphere is the virtual room for the conference call, the role Microsoft Lync plays in our product road map, and my vision for ProtoSphere being used in the enterprise.
We've been teeing you up for the new features with the feature peek videos we've been rolling out on our blog. Now when you give our ProtoSphere trial demo a whirl, you'll be able to experience them all in living color.
For all the details on what's new in ProtoSphere 1.5.4., read over the press release we issued announcing it. Next time you fire up ProtoSphere, test out the new features and let us know what you think!
New ProtoSphere v.1.5.4 Now Supports Video and Flash Content
Five new features extend ProtoSphere’s lead as the virtual collaboration environment for learning and training
LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia today released ProtoSphere Standard Edition v.1.5.4 with new video and Flash content support. Now large enterprises can train in ProtoSphere using videos, Flash-based courseware, and other interactive learning modules. In total, ProtoSphere v.1.5.4 includes five new features to help companies streamline their learning and training activities, accelerate knowledge transfer, and improve knowledge retention. They include:
He wrote about how video conferencing is still failing to meet business users' expectations in this heavily saturated market -- not only from a technology and cost perspective, but also a human perspective.
"The big problem that no one seems to want to address is that we generally don't like conversing for long looking someone else in the eye," Rob writes. This, he says, is a major reason "why people generally need to be forced to use these systems."
Friday, September 16, 2011
|Polycom's Steve Pattison|
Rather, our focus has been on unified communications and life sciences. We've sought out executives with a broad array of experiences and customer inputs, including IBM's Cindy Skirvin, Microsoft’s Sam Batterman and now, Polycom's Steve Pattison.
Steve is the newest member of our board, and will be helping to counsel and guide our management team on a range of business initiatives, including industry partnerships, business development, and corporate strategy.
So if you take a look at the composition of our board now, you'll see leaders in business analytics and innovation, life sciences technologies, networking, and UC. The result is one of the reasons why the unified communications and collaboration experience in ProtoSphere is so outstanding.
We announced Steve's joining in a press release today, which has more details on his background and how he'll be supporting us.
Welcome aboard, Steve!
Polycom’s Steve Pattison Joins ProtonMedia’s Executive Advisory Board
Pattison will advise ProtonMedia’s leaders on the company’s business development and strategic direction of its ProtoSphere technology
LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment, today announced that Steve Pattison has joined the company’s Executive Advisory Board. Pattison is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Polycom.
Friday, September 9, 2011
And a new one I'll be hitting next week is ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin, Texas.
If you're not familiar with ITEXPO West, it's one of the largest and longest-running communications and technology conferences in the U.S.
Thousands of attendees come every year to learn about and discuss the latest trends, issues, and technologies in telecom, wireless, mobile, and unified communications.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
11 tips for successful virtual training on Hypergrid Business. It was great to see that much of her advice falls in line with the recommendations we give our customers (which I let her know in the comments on the article).
After reading Robin's tips, I thought of some of the resources we supply our customers with when they start using ProtoSphere for virtual training and other activities.
One set of recommendations came to mind as particularly useful for those conducting virtual training events. I thought I'd share it here to keep the knowledge flowing.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Our team has continued to hear life sciences executives talk about how they are planning to shut down parts of their physical campuses, and set up virtual workplaces and remote working programs.
Executives have told us the primary reason driving their creation of virtual workplaces is their need to shrink their cost centers. Training facilities, for instance, are one of the largest cost centers we hear life sciences executives talk about.
Friday, August 26, 2011
One of the goals of SciMed's new Virtual Diabetes Institute is to address this issue for physicians caring for patients with Type 2 diabetes. I recently talked to writer Miriam Pia about this, and she penned an article for Hypergrid Business covering how the Virtual Diabetes Institute supports more engaging and interactive training at lower cost for these physicians.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
So how can virtual workers still be courteous without the formalities?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
|Clinic room for exams in the Virtual Diabetes Institute|
The Virtual Diabetes Institute is one of the first applications of virtual environment technology in continuing medical education. It is used by physicians caring for Type 2 diabetes patients. Physicians can participate in CME-certified activities in a more realistic, engaging, and collaborative way to help them better treat patients.
I see the Virtual Diabetes Institute as significantly raising the bar on CME, and by extension, the treatment of patients with Type 2 diabetes.
I'll let our press release take it from here with the full story. Read on for more details on how we designed and created the Virtual Diabetes Institute, how physicians are now using it for their continued training and learning, and SciMed's future plans and outlook for the Virtual Diabetes Institute in life sciences.
SciMed Unveils Industry-First Virtual Diabetes Institute in ProtonMedia’s ProtoSphere
Virtual collaboration environment brings continuing medical education to life
LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Virtual collaboration has come to continuing medical education (CME) with the launch of the Virtual Diabetes Institute, an innovative learning environment created in ProtonMedia’s ProtoSphere and developed with SciMed, a leading provider of continuing medical education for physicians. The Virtual Diabetes Institute gives primary-care physicians a more realistic, engaging, and collaborative way to participate in CME-certified activities designed to improve the management of patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We've created the industry's first Virtual Diabetes Institute. It's an innovative learning environment made in ProtoSphere. It gives primary-care physicians a more realistic, engaging, and collaborative way to participate in CME-certified activities for improving the management of patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Meetings and Conventions' Michael Shapiro recently lobbed the question at me, and the short of my answer was, because that's how we learn.
I told him how the 3-D aspect of ProtoSphere supports how our brains think and visualize data. This capability is ideal for life sciences teams that need to analyze and discuss molecules under development, for example.
Telepresence or virtual collaboration environments: Will the real immersive experience please stand up?
They ask questions they might not have the courage to ask in person, and can interact with managers and executives they don't have easy access to due to their remote work locations and travel and appointment schedules.
When I talked to Processor's Jean Thilmany recently about this, she highlighted my point in an article the other week. However, the focus of her article was on business benefits of telepresence technology, and how some industry experts say it can provide a "high-end immersive experience."
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
While no analysts are saying America is losing its innovation edge, it's clear that the gap between America and rest of the world is narrowing fast. Take China for instance. For us to remain competitive, we need to accelerate innovation beyond what the country has been able to organically sustain.
As a recent NPR article makes clear, some economists believe innovation of new technology is crucial to creating new jobs and boosting our economy, which grew at an annualized rate of only about 2 percent during the first half of the year.
Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein was quoted in the article as saying, "Without innovation, not only would you be stuck at 2 percent -- we might be lucky to get 2 percent growth."
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
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Friday, July 15, 2011
I filled her in on some new things we're seeing in life sciences, and why organizations have been using ProtoSphere to achieve that human-to-human interaction when holding conferences, meetings, and other events virtually.
Last day to enter to win "Infinite Reality" -- the new book predicting the future of virtual technology on society
"Infinite Reality" is one of the most exhilarating books you'll read about how our brain behaves in digital worlds, and how virtual reality technology is transforming our future society.
The implications of virtual reality extend further than many of us realize, and the authors take you on a mind-bending journey predicting many surprising but highly plausible applications of virtual reality technology. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the future of how we live and work.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The experience of using Office 365 is as rich as if you were running the apps on your native desktop, but without the associated costs and support challenges. Microsoft has done a great job of bringing the desktop to the Web.
As you probably are aware, ProtoSphere Lync Edition utilizes Microsoft's Unified Communications infrastructure, and integrates with Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint, The Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Active Directory. In fact, it's the only virtual environment built on the Microsoft stack.
One of the things that our customers appreciate is that we've worked to keep ProtoSphere current with Microsoft's latest innovations. This goes back to our embrace of technologies such as SharePoint and Lync. Our integration initiatives have also extended to important partners that we find in our customers' ecosystem, such as Kaplan EduNeering.
And so in keeping with that tradition, we have added Office 365 support to ProtoSphere Lync Edition. But we're not adding this support just for technology's sake. As a cloud technology, Office 365 is an ideal match for ProtoSphere customers.
The combination will create something that is almost like an M.C. Escher print: what I call the virtual office for the virtual office. It's not just a clever headline. It speaks to exactly what we'll be delivering -- a place where you can work virtually not only with local content, but now with online content as well. We issued a press release with the news, which I thought I'd share here if you'd like some more details on our forthcoming Office 365 support. Any questions? My door is always open.
ProtonMedia to Support Microsoft Office 365
ProtoSphere Lync Edition to support Office 365 and associated online functionality
LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia, a Silver Unified Communications Microsoft partner, today announced its ProtoSphere Lync Edition application will support Microsoft Office 365. This will provide users the benefits of Microsoft’s Lync high-quality VoIP and Office 365 platform through ProtoSphere’s engaging virtual collaboration environment. Office 365 is Microsoft’s next generation in cloud productivity that joins Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
ProtoSphere Standard Edition Feature Peek: Add YouTube and other Web-hosted videos to Presentation Boards
In addition to uploading video files from your computer, you'll also be able to bring videos into ProtoSphere via a URL path, such as from YouTube. This gives you greater flexibility in what Flash content you can use in ProtoSphere, and how you can bring it in.
Monday, July 11, 2011
We've posted the podcast and transcript from our interview with Dr. Blascovich, where we delved into some profound psychological and sociological implications of working and training in virtual environments. But if you want to go on an even bigger mind-bender, I've got the goods.
We're going to give away two copies of Dr. Blascovich's new book, "Infinite Reality," which he co-authored with Jeremy Bailenson, Ph.D. Their book explores the science of virtual reality -- the good, bad, and ugly of what the virtual revolution has in store for us as business professionals and a society as a whole.
It's a great book, and a must-read for anyone who follows virtual technology. It'll get you thinking about how far we've come with virtual technology, and more important, how far we can go with it, especially in terms of how we interact, learn, and experience everyday life and what it means to be human.
So how can you win your copy? Here's how to enter.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Network World's Jim Duffy has been following the story, and recently asked me what my opinion is of the Cius and its acceptance in the enterprise marketplace. He included some of my thoughts in his latest article on the news.
During our interview, we got to talking about the Cius in the life sciences industry. From where I sit, the Cius is not on the radar of life sciences executives. All of my conversations relating to tablets are squarely focused on iPad pilots in 2011-2012 and rollouts in 2012-2013.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
You'll also be able to display any Flash-based content on ProtoSphere's Presentation Boards, such as courseware materials or other interactive learning modules.
Friday, July 1, 2011
We're seeing this among enterprises too. One of the common challenges executives are grappling with is how to overcome the sense of isolation employees can get when working remotely.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Going around the horn with thanks to the Microsoft in Health blog, BNET, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Technically Philly
- Michael Naimoli, Worldwide Managing Director, Microsoft Life Sciences, blogged about our winning the company's 2011 Life Sciences Innovation award with PPD on the Microsoft in Health blog.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The communication and collaboration tools we used created the fabric that held us together. E-mail and phone were big. So was instant messaging. It was probably the main way we communicated with one another on a daily basis. We even used an open source VoIP tool that became popular with our developers.
We faced many of the common challenges that most virtual teams grapple with. We had to learn to communicate well virtually, and trust one another without being in our physical presences. We needed the self-discipline to avoid getting distracted by the kids or Xbox consoles.
I think it took a mental shift among those of us who hadn't worked virtually before. But once we were settled into our routine, it was like second nature.
I was brought back to this after reading a new study by Brandman University researchers Charles Bullock, JD, LLM and Jennifer Tucker Klein, Ph.D., "Virtual Work Environments in the Post-Recession Era." It looked at trends in virtual teaming among large and Fortune 500 companies.
It's no surprise that 40 percent of respondents said that at least 40 percent of their employees work on virtual teams. But what I found most interesting was how these companies measured a successful virtual team.
Many of the qualities they deem important reflect our early ProtonMedia team. And through the years of working virtually, I have learned just how essential these qualities are. So I thought it useful to share some lessons I've learned about building and running a successful virtual team.
Hire the guy from Vermont. Hire the guy from Vermont, Montana, Canada, wherever. Geographical location is a moot point when it comes to building a virtual team. The Brandman study found that 50 percent of the companies surveyed thought the most important aspect of working in virtual teams was that it allowed them to hire the best talent. We learned that early on with one of the most skilled Flash developers ProtonMedia has had. He lived in Vermont and had no intentions of moving to Pennsylvania, where CEO Ron Burns was located. But since we had the ability to support virtual teaming, we hired him full time.
Our team is back today from DIA 2011, and we hope to have some feedback and reactions on how the show went soon!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
This year, Microsoft recognized PPD's use of ProtoSphere to create a virtual clinical trial training environment. Michael Naimoli, Managing Director of Life Sciences for Microsoft, announced the winners at last night's Life Sciences reception here at the DIA show, and it was indeed an honor to accept the award for the second year running!
We issued a press release today announcing the news, so I will turn your attention to that for more details on the award and project we did with PPD to win it. Thanks to the Microsoft folks for recognizing us!
PPD and ProtonMedia Win 2011 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Award
Microsoft recognizes ProtonMedia for the second consecutive year for its innovation in life sciences with its ProtoSphere virtual collaboration technology
LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Microsoft Corp. has named PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) and ProtonMedia winners of a Microsoft 2011 Life Sciences Innovation Award, recognizing their innovative use of ProtonMedia’s ProtoSphere in creating PPD® 3D. The virtual, collaborative environment improves the cost-effectiveness, speed and quality of clinical trial training for life sciences organizations developing new medicines for people in need.
Monday, June 20, 2011
We announced the news in a press release today, which tells you more about what we'll be using the funding for, as well what it means for our partnership with Kaplan EduNeering and the work we're doing together in life sciences compliance training.
We completed a $2.5 million Series A financing two years ago, which now brings total investment in the company to $7 million.
ProtonMedia Raises $4.5 Million in Series B Financing Led by Kaplan Ventures
Kaplan EduNeering concurrently forms strategic reseller partnership with ProtonMedia
LANSDALE, Pa.--BUSINESS WIRE--ProtonMedia today announced the successful completion of a $4.5 million Series B venture financing led by Kaplan Ventures. ProtonMedia will use the funds to extend its leadership position within life sciences by further integrating its ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment with ComplianceWire®, Kaplan EduNeering's validated cloud-based learning management system.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Pfizer's effort continues to signal a shift in the life sciences industry as it strives to conduct clinical trials more efficiently and cost effectively, writes Nick Taylor in an article on Outsourcing-Pharma this week.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In addition, we'll also be demonstrating our integrated compliance training solution with Kaplan EduNeering at the company’s booth, #224. So if you're planning on attending, you'll be able to see two important communication and collaboration technologies that have come to life sciences in the past seven months.
We formally announced the news in a press release today, so I will turn your eyes to that for more details on what we have in store at DIA 2011.
ProtonMedia to Showcase Collaborative Life Sciences Technologies at Microsoft Booth at DIA 2011
ProtonMedia to demonstrate how life sciences companies can use Microsoft Lync and ProtoSphere together for next-generation virtual communications and collaboration
LANSDALE, Pa. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ProtonMedia today announced it will showcase its ProtoSphere application and integration with Microsoft Lync at Microsoft booth #1111 at the Drug Information Association (DIA) 2011 Annual Meeting. Attendees will see how ProtoSphere uses Lync as the heart of its communications features, giving the application the most scalable VoIP of any virtual collaboration environment. ProtonMedia will also be demonstrating its integrated compliance training solution with Kaplan EduNeering at the company's booth, #224, at the show. DIA 2011 takes place June 19-23 in Chicago.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
ProtoSphere Standard Edition Feature Peek: Video playback on Presentation Boards for team knowledge sharing
Monday, June 6, 2011
But if you prefer reading over listening, you're in luck because we've got the transcript for you today. Give it a look-see to learn Dr. Blascovich's latest findings about interacting in virtual environments.
You'll also get a peek inside his new book, "Infinite Reality," which he wrote with Jeremy Bailenson, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University.
Janelle: Greetings, everyone. I'm Janelle Kozyra, your host for a ProtonMedia podcast. Today I am joined by Jim Blascovich, who is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Co-Director of the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
He is also the co-author of “Infinite Reality,” which he wrote with Jeremy Bailenson, and right now Jim is on sabbatical at Stanford. Welcome to our podcast, Jim. Good to have you with us.
Jim: Thank you. Good to be here.
Janelle: So let's give our listeners a little bit of a background on you and what you study as a psychologist.
Thanks for featuring us!
John Bartlett, a blogger for Unified Communications Strategies, recently hosted a podcast with his fellow bloggers to discuss use cases for video conferencing in business. They examined where video adds value, as well as where it does not in several spaces, including health care, human resources, mobile, and virtual conferencing.
I found it interesting, and I think you will too, because if you're reading this blog, you probably follow the UC space. Several insightful examples where brought to light by the panelists, which included Pam Avila, Art Rosenberg, Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Michael Finneran, and Dave Michels.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
One thing I pointed out in the comment I left on his article was that using software to collaborate doesn’t have to be through a "a myriad of mediums," as he wrote. Some technologies -- cough, cough, ProtoSphere. Ahem -- can combine these tools into one immersive collaboration environment.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ProtoSphere uses Lync as the heart of its communications features, giving our application the best-sounding and most scalable VoIP of any virtual collaboration environment.
About 8,000 life sciences professionals are expected to gather in Chicago in June for DIA 2011. One of reasons the DIA Annual Meeting attracts levels of attendees that rival a rock concert is because it's one of few, if not the only conference every year where life sciences professionals can be steeped in the latest innovations in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, clinical research, regulatory compliance, IT, and professional development all in one place.
Monday, May 23, 2011
|Jim Blascovich, Ph.D.|
We also talk a lot about the benefits of training, learning, and holding meetings and other events in virtual environments. Some of our customers have documented how they've been able to improve knowledge transfer and knowledge retention, for instance.
But what's really behind those numbers? Well, we went to Jim Blascovich, Ph.D., to find out. Here's what he had to tell us about what our brains are like in a virtual collaboration environment.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The company announced that it plans to continue its massive restructuring, shut down underperforming business units, and cut $1 billion in expenses by fiscal 2012. That also might include laying off up to 4,000 employees, potentially the biggest layoff in the company's history.
This comes on the heels of Cisco folding its Flip video camera business in April as part of its restructuring of its consumer unit. It's a change that holds new significance now that Microsoft has acquired Skype.
In my opinion, the Microsoft-Skype deal has moved the center of the human-powered network to Redmond. Microsoft has taken Cisco's position in the market in one fell $8.5 billion swoop.
Think about it. Microsoft has historically been the data and document titan. Skype adds voice and video to its offerings, and Lync will be the connector that brings it the enterprise. Taken together, Microsoft has created the human-powered network that Cisco never was.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
PPD tells the Philadelphia Business Journal why training in ProtoSphere rivals that in the real world
PPD has also begun using ProtoSphere to hold virtual meetings and training sessions with employees from around the globe. Stacy Weil, PPD's Executive Director of Global Performance Optimization, recently talked to Philadelphia Business Journal reporter Peter Key about why her company decided to use ProtoSphere and results she's seeing.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Yep, it's me.
The editors of Philadelphia Business Journal featured me in their CEO File last week. It was a humbling experience to answer all of the editors' questions. It made me learn some things about myself that even I didn't realize!
You know, when I was growing up, the dream amongst my music buds and me was to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Well, I haven't made Rolling Stone, but I did get into the PBJ!
Thanks to the PBJ editors for the opportunity. Appreciate it!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
We'll be working together to meld ProtoSphere with Sify’s learning and instructional design and systems integration services. The result will be a virtual environment that life sciences companies can use to improve knowledge sharing, increase knowledge retention, and boost employee performance.
Here's our press release with more details on how we'll be working together and what it means for life sciences companies.
ProtonMedia and Sify Sign Technology and Services Agreement
Partnership to deliver next-gen virtual learning and training solutions to global life sciences companies
LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESSWIRE)--ProtonMedia and Sify Software Limited today announced a new technology and services agreement that will bring collaborative learning and training solutions to global life sciences companies and other such global organizations worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, e-Learning Customers will now be able to meld ProtonMedia's virtual collaboration environment called ProtoSphere, with Sify's learning and instructional design and systems integration services to create a secure and virtual environment that will that help improve knowledge sharing, increase knowledge retention, and boost employee performance.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
No, I don't need to go to the eye doctor. I'm just getting used to our new digs -- which are twice the size of our old offices.
It's great having all of this new space. As we've told you already on the blog, our relocation helps us support our expanding workforce -- including our newly created Solutions & Support team -- and our growing technology and services lineup, such as our forthcoming Mac version. We're planning to release it this summer.
We formally announced these changes in a press release today, which I've pasted here. We'll keep you in the loop on other developments as they happen.
ProtonMedia Doubles in Size -- Literally
Company relocates to larger offices and expands team to keep pace with growing adoption of its ProtoSphere virtual collaboration technology
LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to high demand for the company’s ProtoSphere technology, ProtonMedia has relocated to new offices that are twice the size of its previous location to accommodate a rapidly expanding workforce, and service and technology lineup. ProtonMedia has been investing in personnel, partners, and technologies (such as a new Mac version) to give customers more resources and to uphold its high standard for customer care and support.
The theme of this year's conference is Driving Organizational Behavior: Decisions, Mistakes, and Learning. Kaplan EduNeering has put together a great lineup of speakers, breakout sessions, and other activities for attendees to learn how they can make better compliance decisions, how to avoid costly compliance mistakes, and what drives good organizational behavior.
- Joe Hallinan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of "Why We Make Mistakes," and former reporter for The Wall Street Journal