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Thomson Scientific Publishes 'Who is Making The Biggest Splash?' - A Quarterly Review of Scientific Literature on Drugs and Therapies

2007-04-19 09:41 730

GlaxoSmithKline Tops Charts for Third Quarter in a Row

PHILADELPHIA, April 19 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, today announced the release of its most recent quarterly review of scientific literature on drugs and therapies. "Who is Making the Biggest Splash?" was created to provide an objective assessment of how this tremendous volume of research is being received within the clinical community and to give expert measured insight into organizations that helped to shape professional opinions. This just published report covers the months from December 2006-February 2007.

Findings are based on information compiled by the Thomson Message Mapping SystemSM which provides data to the pharmaceutical industry in real-time, evaluating specific drugs and therapies against competitors as new studies are being published. By applying proprietary algorithms to assess both the quantity and quality of scientific literature on drugs and therapies from the point of view of the practicing clinician, the Thomson Message Mapping SystemSM helps pharmaceutical companies measure the overall impact of published scientific information.

"Our goal at Thomson Scientific is to provide not only the most comprehensive collection of scientific data available, but also to continually devise new ways for companies that operate in the scientific and healthcare industries to leverage that data in the most effective manner possible," said Lawrence Liberti, VP, General Manager, Thomson Pharmaceutical Services. "The international pharmaceutical industry is among the most prolific sponsors of scientific research. We at Thomson Scientific are assessing the quantity and quality of the materials published by pharmaceutical companies, research institutions and other non-commercial bodies to identify which organizations have made the biggest splash."

Who Made the Biggest Splash this Quarter?

Thomson Scientific's findings report that for the third straight quarter, GlaxoSmithKline made the biggest impact in scientific literature between December 2006 and February 2007, more than doubling the 53 identified in the previous quarter and maintaining a strong enough quality score to hold its rank of #1. Researchers affiliated with the firm issued 125 articles, abstracts or scientific posters between December 2006 and February 2007. The quality of those articles was enough to continue GlaxoSmithKline's prime position in terms of the impact it has made.

Rounding out the top five were AstraZeneca, Merck, Pfizer and Eli Lilly.

Big Pharma continued to feature prominently in the rankings: the first seven entries on the list are among the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. The quality of the literature backed by Schering, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer has been particularly high, with Thomson Source Scores of 80% or greater.

Of note are the smaller, more focused companies that have also made their mark. While the volume of their publication activity was lower than that of Big Pharma, Sepracor achieved the highest average Thomson Source Scores for their publications of all the companies on our chart.

*For a copy of the full report, including the methodology behind the findings, please visit:

http://www.thomsonpharma.com//media/pdfs/tpqr/making-a-splash-0702.pdf

About The Thomson Corporation

The Thomson Corporation ( http://www.thomson.com ) is a global leader in providing essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation. Its information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and development-from discovery to analysis to product development and distribution. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at scientific.thomson.com.

Source: Thomson Scientific
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