Next week is going to be a busy week within the Health and Life Sciences group at Microsoft. 

To kick the week off, we are holding our inaugural Health and Life Sciences Developers Conference in Atlantic City on May 21st and 22nd.  There are a number of speakers from life sciences companies along with Microsoft and partner companies, speaking on a variety of topics from security to privacy regulations to regulated document management.  There will also be a number of partner companies in attendance at the exhibition hall with information relevant to companies in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, and health plan spaces.

For more information on this FREE conference, go to: http://www.hlsdevcon.com

Concurrent with the conference, the Life Sciences team will be launching an MSDN site aimed at architects and developers in Life Sciences companies.  Included in this are specific articles aimed at the life sciences industry as a whole, along with content aimed specifically at medical device companies as well as bio-pharmaceutical companies.  Feedback on the site is appreciated, along with requests for specific content or articles.

Once available, the MSDN site will be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/lifesciences

Finally, as if all that weren't enough, we're debuting content on the Life Sciences MSDN site that we've been anticipating for quite some time: the white paper on SharePoint Configuration Guidance for 21 CFR Part 11.    This highly anticipated white paper has gone through numerous reviews (including by many of you) and is now ready for public viewing.  Look for it on the MSDN site listed above.

More content is coming for the MSDN site, including a white paper on validation that maps the "v-model" to Microsoft's development practices, the SAFE Signing Reference Implementation for Office 2007, and more! We'll be adding content almost weekly, so add the site to your favorites or subscribe to the rss feed.

The Life Sciences MSDN site rss feed will be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/industry/lifesciences/rss.xml

For content suggestions, or with questions on Life Sciences topics and Microsoft, I can be reached at ljordan@microsoft.com

- Les