Dassault Systèmes acquires Medidata Solutions
With the acquisition of US-based Medidata and its clinical and commercial solutions, Dassault Systèmes will reinforce its position as a science-based company by providing the Life Sciences industry with an integrated business experience platform for an end-to-end approach to research and discovery, development, clinical testing, manufacturing and commercialisation of new therapies and health technologies.
'Today marks a significant milestone for the Life Sciences industry and the value of the virtual world to address the complexity of developing personalised medicine and patient-centric experiences. Multidiscipline scientific innovation and industrial performance call for a platform approach connecting the dots between people, ideas and data,' said Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. 'Medidata’s leading position in clinical trials complements our life sciences solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE collaborative platform. Medidata’s recent expansion into real-world evidence and analytics coupled with the power of modelling and simulation demonstrates how the virtual world will catalyse the next generation of patient-inclusive therapeutics. We are now well positioned to be the enabler of the Life Sciences industry transformation, illustrating our company’s purpose of harmonising product, nature and life.'
Medidata’s clinical expertise and cloud-based solutions power the development and commercialisation of smarter therapies for 1,300 customers worldwide, including pharmaceutical companies and biotechs, contract research organisations (CROs), and medical centres and sites. Its solutions enable efficiency and improve quality throughout clinical development programs by enhancing decision-making, accelerating processes execution and oversight, minimising operational risk, reducing costs and adapting trial strategies. Thirteen of the top 15 drugs sold in 2018 were powered by Medidata’s technology. Eighteen of the top 25 pharmaceutical companies and nine of the top 10 CROs are all Medidata customers. Founded in 1999, Medidata is headquartered in New York City, with 16 offices across seven countries, notably in the U.S., Japan, Korea, and the U.K., and counts 2,800 employees and contractors.
'Our mission to get the right treatment, to the right patient, at the right time has fueled our 20-year journey of innovation and commitment to the life sciences industry,' said Tarek Sherif, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Medidata. 'We share common vision, values and passion with Dassault Systèmes, and our combined talents will empower the life sciences industry with an end-to-end business platform.'
'Facilitating new therapeutic innovations to become the next standards of care has been our commitment since day one,” said Glen de Vries, Co-founder and President, Medidata. “Ultimately, we will unlock enormous opportunities for our customers and patients, advancing life sciences in the age of precision medicine.'
Since unveiling its purpose of harmonising product, nature and life in 2012, Dassault Systèmes has been steadily applying its knowledge and know-how for transforming the product sphere, to collaborative, multidisciplinary innovation in the biosphere. Dassault Systèmes collaborates with the world’s top 20 biopharma companies, hundreds of biotechnology companies, medical device manufacturers, research institutes, and governmental regulatory agencies to develop and bring to market innovative health products and technologies, using the power of virtual universes to transform the patient experience.
Completion of the acquisition is expected during the last quarter of 2019 and is subject to certain regulatory approvals, approval by the majority of Medidata’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions.