IBM to start biotech consulting group

IBM Corp. last week announced that it will establish a life sciences consulting practice within its Global Services organization to help biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations use IT in research and development. The life sciences consulting business will cover knowledge management, data management and integration, as well as clinical-trial electronic enablement for companies doing drug development.

IBM said it aims to simplify data gathering and analysis, improve research and development cycles, and lower drug development costs by using the Internet and IBM's technology. The company will also offer hosting services, including Web site and application infrastructure management and outsourcing.

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