?Quintiles?ranks 6th in this year?s InformationWeek 500, a list of the top technology innovators in the United States. The annual list was revealed last night (September 11th) at an awards ceremony in Dana Point, CA.

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America?s best-known companies. The listing spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

The driving factor behind this year?s InformationWeek 500 ranking was Quintiles? collaboration with Eli Lilly on an IT-enabled project to re-engineer the way clinical trials are planned and designed. The ultimate goal of this collaboration was to develop an integrated approach that eliminates costly inefficiencies and uses ?big data? to drive better drug development decisions.

Jeff Kasher, vice president,?global clinical development, Eli Lilly, says the collaboration with Quintiles has yielded a solution which has positively impacted Lilly?s ability to conduct clinical trials. ?To maximize success, full blown disruptive change was encouraged because we knew incremental change wouldn?t cut it. I can?t imagine a partner other than Quintiles who could have made this a reality.?

Quintiles Chief Information Officer Richard Thomas says his team is very proud to be recognized as one of the leading technology innovators across all industries. ?It is truly a team effort at Quintiles, and in a world without borders, this award highlights that we have been able to create something very special in collaboration with one of our key customers, which will have a profound effect on clinical research going forward.

?Looking ahead, the healthcare industry we serve has many formidable problems to solve,? Thomas continued. ?Receiving this award adds to our momentum, reinforcing the critical and ever more urgent nature of the work we carry out at Quintiles.?

?The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year?s innovations were particularly impressive,? said InformationWeek Editor in Chief Rob Preston. ?What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches?new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.?

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