Thomson Scientific Publishes 'Who Is Making The Biggest Splash?' - a - September 2007

    Novartis Maintains its Top Spot, and Big Pharma Dominates Top Eight Slots

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Nov. 15 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of The
Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information
solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, today announced
the availability of the July-September issue of "Who is Making the Biggest
    In this quarterly review of the scientific literature on drugs and
therapies, Thomson Scientific has assessed the quantity and quality of the
materials published by pharmaceutical companies, research institutions and
other non-commercial bodies in the last three months to identify which
organization has made the biggest splash.  The report provides an objective
assessment of how this volume of research is being received within the
clinical community and to give expert measured insight into organizations that
helped to shape professional opinions.
    Third Quarter Findings
    Novartis maintained its top position for the second quarter in a row.
Researchers affiliated with the firm issued 96 abstracts or scientific posters
between July and September 2007, an increase on the 82 articles identified in
the previous quarter.  The company continues to perform well, with a solid
Thomson Source Score of 75.
    "Our data shows that clinicians are avid consumers of medical literature
that can provide them with information about the benefits and problems
associated with specific disease treatments.  And it's clear that the Big
Pharma companies dominating our leader-board are getting their message
across," said Larry Liberti, VP, General Manager, Thomson Pharmaceutical
Services.  "Through using innovative mapping services such as Thomson Message
Mapping System(SM), pharmaceutical companies build stronger communication
programs and make the most of their publications budget."

    Other key findings include:
    -- Although Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca have swapped their second and third
       positions, this quarter's top five companies were all in the top five
       for the previous quarter.
    -- Big Pharma features prominently, representing all entries except for
       the US National Institutes of Health and Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a
       growing biotechnology company.
    -- Only one company, Janssen-Cilag (85%), exceeded a Thomson Source Score
       of 80%.
    -- The top eight entries are among the world's leading pharmaceutical
    -- The US National Institutes of Mental Health and Abbott Laboratories
       both dropped off the leader board this quarter, to be replaced by
       Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo
    As a general assessment parameter, Thomson Source Scores of 80% or
greater represent well-written articles based on solid science.  While several
companies approach this value (GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb with
average values of 78%), Janssen-Cilag was the only organization among the top-
15 that exceeded the 80% mark this quarter.
    Findings are based on information compiled by the Thomson Message Mapping
System(SM) which provides data to the pharmaceutical industry in real-time,
evaluating specific drugs and therapies against competitors as new studies are
being published.  By applying proprietary algorithms to assess both the
quantity and quality of scientific literature on drugs and therapies from the
point of view of the practicing clinician, the Thomson Message Mapping
System(SM) helps pharmaceutical companies measure the overall impact of
published scientific information.
    For a full copy of the report with analysis, please visit:
    About The Thomson Corporation
    The Thomson Corporation ( is a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
customers.  With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
and healthcare.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York
and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC).
    Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation.  Its
information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and
development-from discovery to analysis to product development and
distribution.  Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at

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