SAP NetWeaver® Fund Makes Strategic Investment in Conformia

08/05/07 par La Rédaction 0

Companies to Co-Innovate Solutions for the Life Sciences and Alcoholic Beverage Industries

SANTA CLARA, Calif.Delivering on its commitment to help customers and partners experience the business value of enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA), SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced it has made a minority investment in Conformia Software Inc. (Conformia). Conformia is emerging as a market leader and innovator of enterprise solutions for product and process lifecycle management (PPLM) across regulated process manufacturing industries, such as life sciences and alcoholic beverages. Today’s announcement marks the fourth investment for SAP’s $125 million global SAP NetWeaver® Fund and underscores SAP’s commitment to fuel the development of innovative solutions built on the SAP NetWeaver® platform. This announcement was made at Software 2007, being held in Santa Clara, Calif, May 8 – 9.

Delivering on its commitment to help customers and partners experience the business value of enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA), SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced it has made a minority investment in Conformia Software Inc. (Conformia). Conformia is emerging as a market leader and innovator of enterprise solutions for product and process lifecycle management (PPLM) across regulated process manufacturing industries, such as life sciences and alcoholic beverages. Today’s announcement marks the fourth investment for SAP’s $125 million global SAP NetWeaver® Fund and underscores SAP’s commitment to fuel the development of innovative solutions built on the SAP NetWeaver® platform. This announcement was made at Software 2007, being held in Santa Clara, Calif, May 8 – 9.

“As part of the SAP ecosystem, Conformia is committed to delivering market-leading solutions that leverage the expertise and investment companies are making in SAP,” said Joe Prang, CEO, Conformia. “Together, Conformia and SAP will be able to improve product operations from raw materials to distribution. This investment will enable us to accelerate our growth and development on the SAP NetWeaver platform.”

“As part of the SAP ecosystem, Conformia is committed to delivering market-leading solutions that leverage the expertise and investment companies are making in SAP,” said Joe Prang, CEO, Conformia. “Together, Conformia and SAP will be able to improve product operations from raw materials to distribution. This investment will enable us to accelerate our growth and development on the SAP NetWeaver platform.”

Conformia’s enterprise solutions enable pharmaceutical and biotechnology development organizations to accelerate development from candidate to commercial production, improve pipeline productivity and time to market – all at a lower total cost of ownership across the product and process development lifecycle. As part of this industry expertise, Conformia continues to forge deeper understanding and clarification of key guidelines between the industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) focused on the challenges and opportunities in pharmaceutical development, such as Quality by Design (QbD).

Conformia’s enterprise solutions enable pharmaceutical and biotechnology development organizations to accelerate development from candidate to commercial production, improve pipeline productivity and time to market – all at a lower total cost of ownership across the product and process development lifecycle. As part of this industry expertise, Conformia continues to forge deeper understanding and clarification of key guidelines between the industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) focused on the challenges and opportunities in pharmaceutical development, such as Quality by Design (QbD).

For the alcoholic beverage industry, Conformia provides a global, enterprise-wide, Web-based software platform to effectively manage, monitor and analyze spirits, wine and beer production and compliance from incoming raw materials to bottling.

For the alcoholic beverage industry, Conformia provides a global, enterprise-wide, Web-based software platform to effectively manage, monitor and analyze spirits, wine and beer production and compliance from incoming raw materials to bottling.

The company, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, received “Powered by SAP NetWeaver®” status for its Scale Up Management System (SUMS), an enterprise solution for pharmaceutical and biotechnology development operations. As a result, customers can rapidly deploy SUMS within environments using the SAP NetWeaver platform and access SUMS functionality within the SAP NetWeaver® Portal.

The company, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, received “Powered by SAP NetWeaver®” status for its Scale Up Management System (SUMS), an enterprise solution for pharmaceutical and biotechnology development operations. As a result, customers can rapidly deploy SUMS within environments using the SAP NetWeaver platform and access SUMS functionality within the SAP NetWeaver® Portal.

“The SAP ecosystem continues to gain momentum, and the establishment of the SAP NetWeaver Fund further underscores our dedication to co-innovation and driving real customer value with partners” said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP, and co-manager of the SAP NetWeaver Fund. “We’re pleased to make this investment and look forward to continuing to co-innovate with Conformia to bring unparalleled value to our customers.”

“The SAP ecosystem continues to gain momentum, and the establishment of the SAP NetWeaver Fund further underscores our dedication to co-innovation and driving real customer value with partners” said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP, and co-manager of the SAP NetWeaver Fund. “We’re pleased to make this investment and look forward to continuing to co-innovate with Conformia to bring unparalleled value to our customers.”

SAP NetWeaver Fund
The SAP NetWeaver Fund was established in May 2006 and focuses on strategic investments in select companies that are committed to the SAP ecosystem and are building innovative solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver platform. Opening up the platform to encourage development and co-innovation has been a key driver for SAP in recent years, and the formation of the SAP NetWeaver Fund represents yet another investment in SAP’s growing ecosystem. Financed out of SAP’s corporate development funds, the $125 million SAP NetWeaver Fund complements the efforts of SAP’s venture arm, SAP Ventures, and is managed jointly by Zia Yusuf, executive vice president of the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group at SAP, and Jim Mackey, head of Corporate Finance at SAP.

SAP NetWeaver Fund
The SAP NetWeaver Fund was established in May 2006 and focuses on strategic investments in select companies that are committed to the SAP ecosystem and are building innovative solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver platform. Opening up the platform to encourage development and co-innovation has been a key driver for SAP in recent years, and the formation of the SAP NetWeaver Fund represents yet another investment in SAP’s growing ecosystem. Financed out of SAP’s corporate development funds, the $125 million SAP NetWeaver Fund complements the efforts of SAP’s venture arm, SAP Ventures, and is managed jointly by Zia Yusuf, executive vice president of the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group at SAP, and Jim Mackey, head of Corporate Finance at SAP.

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SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software*. Today, more than 39,400 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP® applications—from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver® platform to drive innovation and enable business change, SAP software helps enterprises of all sizes around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP solution portfolios support the unique business processes of more than 25 industries, including high tech, retail, financial services, healthcare and the public sector. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at http://www.sap.com)

(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.

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