Saba Emerges as the Preferred e-Learning Provider for the Life Sciences Industry

December 13, 2001

During a time when the life sciences industry faces new challenges and intensified pressures, Saba (NASDAQ:SABA) is helping these organizations meet their most important goal — to produce and more quickly bring to market new products, while ensuring compliance with federal regulations. Saba, the leading developer of Human Capital Development and Management (HCDM) solutions, has rapidly emerged as the preferred e-learning software provider for the world’s leading life sciences organizations, including Aventis Pharma, Bayer Diagnostics, Medtronic, Novartis Animal Health, Novartis Pharma, Procter & Gamble Pharma, and Siemens Medical Solutions. By leveraging strong Saba experience and momentum in this vertical market, life sciences organizations can achieve measurable success in cost-effectively increasing the productivity and performance of their customers, partners, and employees.

Today, life sciences organizations must develop and deliver innovative new products faster than ever, amidst a complex regulatory environment and budget constraints. Experts in the life sciences industry say that it takes an average of 15 years for a product to reach the market, with research and development accounting for close to 20 percent of revenues. Every day that a product is not on the market represents a $1.5 billion loss. To accelerate the process of bringing products to market, life sciences organizations have come to rely on Saba solutions, which significantly improve employee speed to competency, lower training costs, and help avoid the and shutdowns that result from noncompliance.

“We chose to partner with Saba because we share the vision that developing and retaining people is critical to maintaining a leadership position in the pharmaceutical industry,” said JoAnn Dick, e-Learning Senior Manager for Aventis Pharma. “In addition, we think that the broad-based functionality of the Saba product will play a key role in the success of our learning project.”

With Saba Learning, organizations can manage and deliver knowledge and skills throughout their extended enterprise. They can also maintain faultless training records to demonstrate compliance to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and show that all development, testing, and production practices are of the highest quality. Saba Learning helps organizations to ensure regulatory compliance with the following functionality:

  • Support for the Code of Federal Regulations Section 21, Part 11 (21CFR11) including electronic signatures and audit trail capabilities, as well as built in analysis to determine the specific actions requiring an electronic signature

  • Support for the rules and regulations specified in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) including the management of certifications, notifications, SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) tracking, password security, records, and reporting

Additionally, Saba enables life sciences organizations to bring new products to market more quickly and ensure compliance, through close collaboration with its strong ecosystem of partners. Leading members of the Saba Content Alliance Partner program that provide standards-based life sciences learning content that interoperates with Saba Learning include: Friendly Design Software, PLATO Learning, SkillSoft,, and VideoLearning Systems.

“With all the challenges facing the life sciences industry today, the best organizations will be those that mobilize their customers, partners, and employees with timely and accurate knowledge about their products and services — empowering them for success,” said Bobby Yazdani, Saba Founder and CEO. “Saba customers in the life sciences industry use the power of the Internet, with its anytime, anywhere access, to provide learning that improves productivity and ensures compliance with regulatory agency requirements.”

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About Saba

Saba is the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management (HCDM) solutions. Saba offerings include an integrated Internet-based platform to manage learning, content, performance, and collaboration; and related professional services. Saba customers around the world rely on the Saba platform to increase productivity and reduce costs by rapidly delivering and managing critical knowledge and skills throughout their extended enterprise of customers, partners, and employees.

Of the companies on the Fortune 500, 3 of the top 5 are Saba customers, as well as all of the “Big 3” automakers and 3 of the “Big 5” consulting firms. In the Public Sector, Saba customers include eArmy University, several branches of the U.S. Government, and the governments of Norway, The Netherlands, and Scotland.

Among the Global 2000, Saba customers include DaimlerChrysler, 3Com, EDS, Procter & Gamble, Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Company, Continental Airlines, General Electric, Cisco Systems, EMC Corp., i2 Technologies, VERITAS Software, and Sun Microsystems.

Founded in 1997, Saba is a global company headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif. For more information, please visit or call 877-SABA-101 or 650-779-2791 in the Americas, +44 (0) 1344-388-330 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa or +61-2-9293-2538 in Asia/Pacific.

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