TCS To Provide End-to-End Clinical Trial Data Management Solution For Novo Nordisk A/S

MUMBAI, India, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Tata Consultancy Services, the world-leading IT and consulting organization announced a strategic engagement with Novo Nordisk, a leading player in the field of diabetic care, for the implementation of an off-shore clinical operations service.

Using its extensive domain knowledge and pool of skilled professionals from the pharmaceutical sector, TCS will provide a suite of data management services that include designing, capturing, and coding of trial data gathered from clinical trials that are run by Novo Nordisk across the globe out of its state-of-the-art BPO facility in Mumbai.

Novo Nordisk is actively working on its outsourcing strategy and already has number of agreements in place in India. In order to select a suitable partner, Novo Nordisk went through a rigorous selection process that involved four top providers in this sector. TCS was selected for its experience in Healthcare domain as well as its unparalleled project management and quality processes and its ability to provide customers with a comprehensive end-to-end solution to address their needs.

"Our strategy in TCS has been to leverage our domain capability to provide our products, solutions and services across the pharma value chain from drug discovery, clinical development, manufacturing, sales and marketing to regulatory services for leading global pharma companies," said J. Rajgopal, executive vice president and head, Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice. "This opportunity to work with Novo Nordisk in the area of Clinical Data Management is both a validation of our strategy and an extension of the already strong relationship," he added.

"TCS has the ability to understand business processes and structure teams that have the right mix of operational and business professionals," said Milind Kamat, head, TCS BPO Services. He added, "Our deep domain knowledge and data management capabilities ensures that Novo can outsource large groups of trials to a single provider in a low employee cost geographic location to enable greater value creation."

The engagement with Novo Nordisk will enhance TCS offerings a comprehensive suite of end-to-end solutions for customers in the Healthcare arena. According to available estimates, the potential revenue from outsourcing clinical trial management is expected to be around $1 billion in the next five years. Moreover, analysts estimate that by off-shoring part of these activities, the savings potential is in the range of 40 percent of current costs incurred in capturing date from clinical trials.

About Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the world-leading information technology consulting, services, and business process outsourcing organization that envisioned and pioneered the adoption of the flexible global business practices that today enable companies to operate more efficiently and produce more value.

TCS achieved this by creating and perfecting a unique method of global deployment and delivery of high quality, high value services and products in IT consulting and business process outsourcing. Known as the "Global Delivery Model," this strategic services delivery concept has reshaped the IT services industry.

More than 95% of TCS customers reward the company's reliability, passion, creativity, and unique ability to handle the broadest range of their IT needs by continually extending and deepening their partnerships with TCS. With more than 50,000 of the world's best trained IT consultants located in 33 countries, TCS is uniquely positioned to deliver its flexible world class services seamlessly to any location.

TCS posted total revenues of $2.24 billion (US) in the fiscal year 2004- 2005 making it the first Indian IT company to cross two billion mark. The company is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India.

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CONTACT: Melissa Mirabile of Fleishman-Hillard for TCS, +1-212-453-2327,mirabilm@fleishman.com

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