Thomson Scientific Publishes 'Who is Making The Biggest Splash?' - A Quarterly Review of Scientific Literature on Drugs and Therapies

    GlaxoSmithKline Tops Charts for Third Quarter in a Row

    PHILADELPHIA, April 19 /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 release of its most recent quarterly review of scientific literature on
drugs and therapies.  "Who is Making the Biggest Splash?" was created to
provide an objective assessment of how this tremendous volume of research is
being received within the clinical community and to give expert measured
insight into organizations that helped to shape professional opinions.  This
just published report covers the months from December 2006- February 2007.
    Findings are based on information compiled by the Thomson Message Mapping
SystemSM 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
SystemSM helps pharmaceutical companies measure the overall impact of
published scientific information.
    "Our goal at Thomson Scientific is to provide not only the most
comprehensive collection of scientific data available, but also to continually
devise new ways for companies that operate in the scientific and healthcare
industries to leverage that data in the most effective manner possible," said
Lawrence Liberti, VP, General Manager, Thomson Pharmaceutical Services.  "The
international pharmaceutical industry is among the most prolific sponsors of
scientific research.  We at Thomson Scientific are assessing the quantity and
quality of the materials published by pharmaceutical companies, research
institutions and other non-commercial bodies to identify which organizations
have made the biggest splash."

    Who Made the Biggest Splash this Quarter?
    Thomson Scientific's findings report that for the third straight quarter,
GlaxoSmithKline made the biggest impact in scientific literature between
December 2006 and February 2007, more than doubling the 53 identified in the
previous quarter and maintaining a strong enough quality score to hold its
rank of No.1.  Researchers affiliated with the firm issued 125 articles,
abstracts or scientific posters between December 2006 and February 2007. The
quality of those articles was enough to continue GlaxoSmithKline's prime
position in terms of the impact it has made.
    Rounding out the top five were AstraZeneca, Merck, Pfizer and Eli Lilly.
    Big Pharma continued to feature prominently in the rankings: the first
seven entries on the list are among the world's leading pharmaceutical
companies. The quality of the literature backed by Schering, GlaxoSmithKline
and Pfizer has been particularly high, with Thomson Source Scores of 80% or

    Of note are the smaller, more focused companies that have also made their
mark. While the volume of their publication activity was lower than that of
Big Pharma, Sepracor achieved the highest average Thomson Source Scores for
their publications of all the companies on our chart.

    (*)For a copy of the full report, including the methodology behind the
findings, please visit:

    About The Thomson Corporation
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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
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