ShareFEST 2012 Announces Keynote Speakers and Live Demos of New Microsoft Technologies for Life Sciences

ShareFEST 2012, the premier Microsoft SharePoint conference for life sciences, announced today the speakers who will deliver the keynote address and present a live demo of new Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft senior executives Steve Aylward, General Manager, U.S. Commercial Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft, and Mike Gannotti, Technical Solution Professional, Malvern Technology Center, will detail the advantages of using Microsoft SharePoint in life sciences today with a preview into how Microsoft cloud computing and SharePoint will impact life sciences in the future. The conference will be held on April 19- 20, 2012 at The Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

“Our keynote speakers will outline how the industry will build a bridge from today to the future through a compelling product roadmap,” says Zikria Syed, Chief Executive Officer of NextDocs, which is hosting ShareFEST 2012.

“This year’s keynote rounds out a compelling conference filled with experts and proven leaders who will share innovations that demonstrate how SharePoint and related technologies drive quality, efficient, and compliant business processes.”

Aylward and Gannotti will deliver their opening keynote, titled “Microsoft’s Role in Today’s Life Sciences Ecosystem: SharePoint, the Cloud, and Beyond,” on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. The joint session will detail how Microsoft technologies, especially SharePoint, are being used to drive innovation in healthcare delivery, regulatory compliance, and collaboration.

In the second ShareFEST keynote, Ken Lownie, Vice President Global Services of NextDocs, and Fabien Jolly, Vice President Clinical Technology and Information Management of Sanofi-Aventis, will follow the opening keynote with a presentation titled, “SharePoint in Life Sciences: Current Uses, Future Plans.”

The presentation will highlight patterns of SharePoint adoption in life sciences companies and the emerging areas that companies are starting to focus on now with SharePoint. Jolly will join Ken’s presentation and share his insights from Sanofi’s adoption of SharePoint for managing core clinical trial processes.

During the conference, ShareFEST 2012 will also release the findings of a new “Use of SharePoint in Life Sciences” research report. The report details the results of a recent survey to provide further insight into how life sciences professionals are using SharePoint and what applications are delivering the biggest rewards for life sciences teams. Life sciences professionals still have time to participate by answering questions about SharePoint’s impact on their business, and by doing so, have a chance to win an ASUS Ultrabook computer. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 20, 2012, during the conference.

To find out more information about ShareFEST, visit the conference website at and the ShareFEST blog at To register, visit the registration page:

About NextDocs Corporation

NextDocs is the global leader in providing Microsoft SharePoint-based compliance software solutions including quality management software, regulatory document management, and clinical portals. Our solutions enable businesses in regulated industries to achieve compliance with FDA and other agencies while automating processes, improving efficiency, and dramatically reducing costs.

NextDocs customers include pharmaceutical companies, bio-techs, medical device companies, and CROs. For more information on NextDocs Corporation and its software solutions visit


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