NEWS - MasterControl Inc. and Japanese Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Leader Fujitsu Announce Strategic Partnership


Industry leaders combine best of breed solutions to improve the quality of clinical trials and regulatory compliance.


SALT LAKE CITY, USA - April 18, 2012 - MasterControl Inc., a global provider of quality management software (QMS) solutions for the life science and manufacturing industries, today announced a value added reseller partnership and integrated offering with Tokyo-based information and communication technology leader Fujitsu Limited. As part of the agreement, Fujitsu will provide sales and implementation support for MasterControl products and services in Japan. In addition, several MasterControl solutions will be integrated into DDworks 21™, Fujitsu's GCP risk management solution. The combined offering will provide pharmaceutical customers with a flexible, complete QMS solution to track and manage all risk, quality, and documentation issues throughout the clinical trial process.

"We are very excited to partner with such a strong regional and global IT leader," said Jonathan Beckstrand, CEO for MasterControl. "This partnership and product integration, along with the combined years of experience of MasterControl and Fujitsu, will give pharmaceutical customers a major advantage in meeting the ever-increasing global regulatory challenges."

Taketoshi Ohba, general manager of Fujitsu's Life Science Industry Sales Division Manufacturing Industry Business Unit, remarked, "We are confident that this strategic partnership will help us continue to build Fujitsu's strong global presence and further enhance the technical innovations that both of our organizations provide to the life science industry."

DDworks21 has been recognized as the leading software solution for clinical trial quality and regulatory compliance in Japan. Incorporating FDA regulations and ICH GCP guidelines, best industry practices, and quality processes, the solution has been implemented in more than 100 pharmaceutical companies. MasterControl's QMS has been implemented in more than 550 regulated companies worldwide; its audit management solution has been selected by nearly half of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies.

The companies are exploring the possibility of developing additional solution integrations and product offerings, including cloud-based Web services, to address quality and compliance-related challenges in the US market. The integrated MasterControl /DDworks 21offering is expected to be available in late 2012.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About MasterControl

MasterControl Inc. produces software solutions that enable companies doing business in regulatory environments to get their products to market faster, while reducing overall costs and increasing internal efficiency. MasterControl securely manages a company's critical information throughout the entire product lifecycle. MasterControl software is known for being easy to implement, eay to validate and easy to use. MasterControl solutions include quality management, document management/document control, product lifecycle management, audit management, training management, bill of materials, supplier management, submission documents management, clinical trial management,and more. Supported by a comprehensive array of services based on industry best practices, MasterControl provides customers with a complete information management solution across the entire enterprise. For more information about MasterControl, visit www.mastercontrol.com.