Natural Language Processing innovations for drug safety in Pharma

Pharmaceutical organizations have a problem – there is a growing volume of safety data in varied data sources, report types, formats, etc. This is leading to unsustainable increases in the costs of safety operations and safety assessment, and leaders are looking for innovative solutions from new AI, automation and cloud approaches. A recent Gartner report stated: “By 2023, 60% of the top 100 life science companies will use AI augmentation in one or more safety vigilance solutions”.*

Many of our customers are using the power of IQVIA’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) platform from Linguamatics, to optimize their safety processes, and lower development costs. NLP transforms unstructured text into structured data that can be rapidly analyzed or visualized. This capability can be applied for safety assessment and medical review, enabling effective search of literature, drug labels and regulatory review packages for adverse events and the critical context around these, to help with a deeper understanding and contextualization of any potential safety signal.

This webinar will present an overview of customer success stories, and a demo of IQVIA’s NLP Insights Hub for safety, to show best practice use of NLP to advance drug safety.

What will you learn?

  • How natural language processing (NLP) text mining can extract structured data from unstructured text for safety assessment, contextualisation of safety signals, safety case processing, MedDRA mapping.
  • How big pharma access internal data silos and external data sources for safety decision making. Use cases from top pharma and the FDA will be discussed.

Who should attend?

  • Teams involved in safety assessment, medical review, adverse event medical coding, safety systems, medical literature mining for safety intelligence.
  • Teams with a need to get better value from both internal and external textual safety information and integrating diverse data sets to provide knowledge relevant to drug safety and risk prediction.
  • Informatics, information professionals, researchers, with responsibility for:
    • Risk profiles for targets in early drug discovery
    • Preclinical and clinical drug safety
    • Safety assessment across the pipeline


Jane Reed

Director of Life Science Linguamatics, an IQVIA company

Sridevi Krishnamurthy

Application Scientist Linguamatics, an IQVIA company


*Jeff Smith, “Life Science CIOs Reduce Runaway Costs with Innovative Safety Vigilance Technology”. March 2021


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