Thomson farms out scientific work to India

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 23 March 2007, 05:00 Hrs
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Hyderabad: U.S based Thomson Corporation, a leading information services company, is planning to bring its scientific research services vertical to India.

The company is setting up a facility in Chennai, which will be operational by end of this year. It is also planning to hire 500 high-end professionals, including PhDs, at its centres in Hyderabad and Chennai this year for developing content and database for scientific research.

"Initially, our global delivery centre in Hyderabad will cater to the new vertical. It will later be extended to the new centre coming up in Chennai," said Robert D Daleo, executive vice-president & chief financial officer of Thomson.

While the $6.6-billion company will add 250 research professionals in Hyderabad, its Chennai facility will also see a similar talent-hiring spree by end of this year. "They will be involved in conducting new drug development research and automation tool development. We already have tools for high-end scientific work, including Genome research," he said.

Daleo added that the scientific research work to some extent would complete services offered under its healthcare vertical. "We provide application services to most of the global pharma majors. Besides, some Indian pharma companies also subscribe to our application tools," he noted.

The company has facilities in Bangalore and Hyderabad besides marketing services centre in Mumbai. "Our Bangalore facility has 2,200 employees and provides content technology services and product development work for finance and accounting services division," he said.

Thomson’s Hyderabad facility has 100 employees and the company is planning to increase it to 1,000 by 2009. "Our Hyderabad facility caters to finance and accounting services. As we are planning to bring scientific research services here, it will soon be a major multi-functional shared services centre developing critical technologies and products for the global market," he said.

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