IBM is supplementing its life science offerings by establishing a consulting practice within its Global Services organization with the aim of helping biotech and pharmaceutical companies use information technology to speed development of medical treatments.

The new Global Life Sciences Consulting and Solutions unit will provide its existing and future life sciences partners with consultants who will advise them on systems integration and outsourcing in the areas of data management, knowledge management, and e-business services, IBM said.

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