January 10, 2007 00:00 AM

Clarabridge, a leader in text-mining software, today announced that it has joined the BioIT Alliance, an organization uniting the pharmaceutical, biotech, hardware and software industries to speed the pace of discovery in life sciences and improve biomedical information technology. As a member of the BioIT Alliance, Clarabridge will collaborate with Microsoft Corporation and other leading companies on proof-of-concept applications that address critical bottlenecks in biomedical discovery.

“We are excited to have Clarabridge on board with the BioIT Alliance,” said Don Rule, Platform Strategy Advisor for Microsoft and Director of the BioIT Alliance. “The early focus of the alliance has been on addressing particular data-capture and integration challenges that hinder the adoption of emerging life-science technologies, and we particularly welcome Clarabridge’s expertise and contributions in this area.”

The data available to life-sciences companies today is growing exponentially in both quantity and complexity. These companies need more comprehensive data-integration solutions, better technical collaboration and stronger knowledge-management capabilities in order to shorten the time between discovery of new biological data and the application of that knowledge to human health. The BioIT Alliance is forging innovative ways to address these challenges and use technology to reduce costs, streamline research and market life-sciences products more effectively.

Clarabridge enables its life-science customers to widen their view of their information assets to include both “structured” and “unstructured” data such as medical records, laboratory data and even online blogs and clinical trial data. Clarabridge integrates text-mining, search and business-intelligence functionality in quick-to-implement, simple-to-use software solutions that help life-science companies make better-informed business decisions more quickly. Clarabridge’s Content Mining Platform solution de-identifies patient data and integrates with terminology standards such as Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED).

“Many companies are able to glean insights from structured data sources; we enable a company to also unlock the power of its much larger, untapped wells of unstructured content-using an integrated platform that brings together all of the pieces necessary to go rapidly from raw text to useful information,” said Justin Langseth, president and chief technical officer of Clarabridge. “We look forward to working through the BioIT Alliance to bring these capabilities to bear in the life sciences.”

About Clarabridge

Clarabridge is the leading provider of sentiment and text analytics software for customer experience management. Clarabridge provides Global 1000 enterprises with universal views of their customers through automatic collection, classification, sentiment analysis, and reporting on text-based verbatims found in voice of the customer feedback channels. The result is improved marketing, product/service offerings, operations and customer service. Clarabridge customers include AOL, B/E Aerospace, Capital One, Choice Hotels, Expedia, Gaylord Hotels, H&R Block, Intuit, Marriott International, Nissan, QVC, Inc., Sage North America, United Airlines, Walmart, Walgreens, and Wendys International. Clarabridge is privately held with headquarters in Reston, Va. For more information, visit

About BioIT Alliance

Formed in 2006, the BioIT Alliance is a cross-industry group working together to improve biomedical information technology on the Microsoft platform. Founding members include Affymetrix, Inc., Accelrys Software Inc., Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Applied Biosystems, The BioTeam Inc., Digipede Technologies LLC, Discovery Biosciences Corporation, Geospiza Inc., Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., InterKnowlogy, Microsoft Corporation, Sun Microsystems Inc., VizX Labs LLC and other key companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, hardware and software industries. Additional information about the BioIT Alliance can be found on the BioIT Alliance Web site at

About Microsoft

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