Merck and Liaison collaboration on North Carolina State University campus to foster innovation in the life sciences and healthcare industries
ATLANTA, June 11, 2015 – Liaison Technologies, an industry-recognized leader in cloud-based integration and data management offerings, and Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced the launch of a new collaborative innovation center within NC State’s Centennial Campus.
Centennial Campus is a research and educational campus owned and operated by NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. This unique campus places industry partners in close proximity with university researchers and students, fostering successful collaborations that lead to innovations in technology and science. Liaison and Merck have recently established incubation space on site. This research facility will focus on data management research projects for the life sciences industry, and will engage NC State University faculty and students.
“I am looking forward to driving new and exciting partnerships through this innovation center in hopes to further Merck’s mission to save and improve lives around the world. The partnership with Liaison and NC State is a great opportunity to bring industry and academia together, leveraging impressive new technologies such as Liaison’s cloud-based Alloy Health Platform,” said Jim Ciriello, AVP of IT Planning and Innovation at Merck.
Andrew Porter, Merck’s director of the center, commented that “The capabilities of the Alloy platform are ideally suited for life science research. We expect our collaborations from this center to drive many new and innovative technologies for the betterment of life sciences.“
The Liaison Alloy Health Platform is the first dPaaS (data Platform as a Service) solution, taking a holistic approach to enabling business insights from a wide variety of data sources. It combines both integration and data management services that can be tailored for unique environments.
“We are ecstatic to open this collaborative research facility and strengthen our relationship with Merck around the Alloy Platform,” said Bruce Chen, EVP of healthcare at Liaison Technologies. “Centennial Campus is world renowned for its unique approach to education and business. The potential to make a large impact in life sciences, and biotechnology as a whole, are immense.“
“We are excited to welcome Liaison and Merck, two leading companies supporting research in life sciences and healthcare,” said Leah Burton, Director of the Centennial Campus Partnership Office at NC State University. “This is a tremendous opportunity for NC State’s faculty and students to collaborate and make important contributions to the industry.”
About Liaison Technologies
Liaison Technologies provides integration and data management solutions to help customers unlock the power of a data-centric approach to their business.
Liaison’s cloud-based approach breaks down the barriers between data silos to tap into the valuable information needed to make better decisions, faster. Tailored to solve complex data problems today while building a robust foundation for tomorrow’s unforeseen challenges, Liaison fosters a seamless flow of information securely and at scale.
Founded in 2000, Liaison serves over 7,000 customers in 46 countries, with offices in the United States, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.liaison.com or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Today’s Merck is a global health care leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
About NC State’s Centennial Campus
Centennial Campus is a 1,227-acre research park and university campus owned and operated by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 70 industry, governmental and non-profit partners and numerous university colleges, research centers, institutes and departments, Centennial Campus is one of the largest university-owned research campuses in North America and regularly has 11,000 inhabitants during the academic year. In addition, the campus contains residential housing, a 600-student middle school, public walkways, fishing pier and lake, game fields and an 18-hole championship golf course. Centennial Campus is also home to the world-renowned James B. Hunt, Jr. Library. www.centennial.ncsu.edu
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