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Press Release Nutricia Research and OCS Life Sciences


Nutricia Research renews preferred partnership contract with OCS Life Sciences

Nutricia Research, the worldwide R&D organisation behind Danone's Early Life Nutrition and Advanced Medical Nutrition divisions, continues its strategic collaboration with OCS Life Sciences for data management, data analysis and statistical services.  By signing a preferred partnership with OCS' specialised Life Sciences business unit, the company can now rely on OCS for flexible resourcing for projects, covering peaks in workload and temporary need for specific skills.  "Thanks to this collaboration, we have a ready supply of people with the right experience in terms of clinical data and biomedical research.  This enables us to respond and deliver results fast, utilising the best possible team to provide scientific underpinning for products and innovations", says Paul Vervuren, Senior Team Leader Data Science at Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrician.

Products for a better and healthier life

The Utrecht based innovation center is one of Danone's main research centers.  It conducts innovative research on the role of nutrition, part of which involves the development of specific, scientifically underpinned nutritional concepts.  This work is supported by clinical studies and builds on the center's collaboration with scientific institutes and healthcare professionals around the globe.  "The consultants from OCS help us in many ways, such as in gathering, expanding, and analysing reliable data and contributing to reports and publications.  The collaboration started in 2010 and was renewed as a preferred partnership in 2013 and 2015.  Our collaboration brings significant advantages, as OCS understands our software, has experience with biomedical research, and affinity with our data.  Moreover, since we know each other so well, OCS consultants quickly integrate in our teams, operating similar to internal employees".

New initiatives

The Nutricia Research data science team is eager to continually develop processes, knowledge and methods that improve efficiency and quality, stimulating innovations in nutrition.  In addition, the team is committed to professionalize their discipline.  "The consultants from OCS brainstorm with us and contribute enthusiastically  to new ideas and initiatives.  For example, we have organised open workshops and training sessions on themes such as the CDISC standard for clinical data and ODS graphics in SAS.  Both have received positive feedback and will definitely be continued."  Such activities provide a training opportunity for our teams, but also generate public visibility, which may also help to attract new talents.

Nutricia Research

With a team of 2,300 employees in the Netherlands and 100,000 employees worldwide, Danone is committed to using nutrition as a means to improve the health of as many people as possible around the world.  Nutricia Research, www.nutriciaresearch.com, is the global R&D organisation behind Danone's Early Life Nutrition and Advanced Medical Nutrition divisions.  The research center focuses on the development of specific, scientifically proven nutritional products for people with specific nutritional requirements, ranging from pregnant women, young mothers and young children to elderly people and specific patient populations from all age groups.

OCS Life Sciences

OCS Life Sciences is a specialist division of OCS Consulting that focuses on bringing high-value expertise and services to its life science clients.  OCS Life Sciences offers services such as statistical programming, biostatistics, clinical data management, CDISC consultancy and has experience in all phases of clinical trials in a multitude of therapeutic areas. For more information visit www.ocs-lifesciences.com