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Agilent Technologies Selects AbsoluteProof for Data Integrity Protection

April 20, 2010

Surety announced today that Agilent Technologies, the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis, has added AbsoluteProof’s service to its OpenLAB ELN.

AbsoluteProof digitally timestamps research data flowing within the OpenLAB ELN, providing substantial evidentiary support should the authenticity or ownership of timestamped records be legally challenged. A secure digital timestamp (i.e., trusted timestamp) verifiably seals a record, enabling its time and content integrity to be independently proven at any time. Additionally, researcher identity is captured and sealed alongside the content during the collaboration workflow, increasing the defensibility of the overall “sign and witness” process. No other commercially available ELN offers such long-term, scientific intellectual property (IP) protection.

“In the extremely competitive research market, documenting and securing research-based IP is critical for many of our customers,” said Bruce von Herrmann, vice president and general manager, Agilent Software and Informatics. “With the integration of Surety’s AbsoluteProof, our customers will have the ability to seal their IP portfolios and validate the exact date and time of creation, modification and implementation, thereby capturing and protecting their investments in IP.”

Read the press release here.


Bob Flinton
VP of Marketing and Product Management
Surety, LLC

Going to Bio-IT World? Win an iPad at our reception! #BioIT10

April 16, 2010

Bio-IT WorldSurety and our partner Agilent invite you to a hosted reception during Bio-IT World next week in Boston.

Please join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a casual and informative setting on Wed, April 21st at the Renaissance Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

You could be the winner of a new Apple iPad!

While networking with your peers, you will learn about Surety’s trusted time-stamp technology that, when integrated into any lab informatics system, such as Agilent’s electronic lab notebook, can easily and cost-effectively protect the integrity and prove the authenticity of your scientific intellectual property, and help streamline your “signing” and “witnessing” processes. Come and see the integrated solution in action and learn more.

There is no need to RSVP, but please join us for this evening of valuable networking and information gathering.

We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (iPad drawing at 7:15 p.m.)

Where: Renaissance Marriott Hotel, 606 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210, Spectacle Room, 4th Floor

What: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and demos

Learn more:

Surety to Host Webcast Addressing IP Protection Within the Pharmaceutical Industry

March 3, 2010

If you’re involved in the intellectual property protection process at a pharmaceutical lab, you won’t want to miss a free upcoming webcast hosted by Surety, LLC and Pharmaceutical Technology. Led by Surety’s Bob Flinton, “Protect IP and Reduce the “Sign and Witness” Burden in Lab Informatics Processes”, will take place on Tuesday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

The event will address the importance, challenges and process of protecting the authenticity and ownership of intellectual property (IP) within the bio-pharma industry. Flinton will discuss digital timestamping solutions and the way in which they can seamlessly be integrated into workflow processes and electronic lab informatics systems. Best practices will be shared, including time and cost-saving measures that data integrity protection solutions can bring to the scientific community, making the “sign and witness” process more efficient.

WHAT: Complimentary webcast hosted by Surety, LLC and Pharmaceutical Technology – “Protect IP and Reduce the “Sign and Witness” Burden in Lab Informatics Processes”

WHO: Speaker – Bob Flinton, Vice President of Marketing and Project Management, Surety, LLC          Moderator – Michelle Hoffman, Editor in Chief, Pharmaceutical Technology Magazine

WHEN: Tuesday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. EST

REGISTRATION: Interested attendees can register here for free

Ansaris Integrates AbsoluteProof Into its Electronic Lab Environments

January 28, 2010

Surety announced today that Ansaris, a drug discovery and development company, has selected AbsoluteProof to legally protect the authenticity and integrity of its lab’s critical data.

Ansaris is a drug-discovery company focused on solving small-molecule challenges by utilizing its proprietary technology platform. The company integrates fragment-based drug design, protein modelling and medicinal chemistry and biology expertise to identify novel therapeutics. Critical to the drug-discovery process is the ability to prove “time of invention” in order to protect intellectual property that is generated.

“Prior to implementing AbsoluteProof, we required scientists to save their experiments to DVD, and then have them physically signed, countersigned and witnessed,” said Joan Lau, President and CEO, Ansaris. “This process was labor-intensive and time consuming. Considering that only 20 percent of our industry has a purely electronic solution for archival, our challenge was to design and implement a lab informatics solution that could satisfy the requirements of proving inventorship.”

Read the full press release here.

Bob Flinton
VP of Marketing and Product Management
Surety, LLC

Joint BioEnergy Institute Uses AbsoluteProof to Protect IP

December 15, 2009

Surety announced today that one of the DOE’s bio-energy research centers, Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), has selected AbsoluteProof to secure its electronic intellectual property and legally prove its ownership and authenticity.

The Joint BioEnergy Institute is a San Francisco Bay Area scientific partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and includes the Sandia National Laboratories, the University of California campuses of Berkeley and Davis, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. JBEI’s scientific mission is to advance the development of next-generation biofuels.

“JBEI needed a bullet-proof solution for applying indisputable timestamps to the documentation of our innovations,” explained David Pletcher, Director of Informatics, JBEI. “Using Surety’s AbsoluteProof service, we can now demonstrate the timeline of our discoveries with compelling certainty, proving that our electronic records are authentic and that there is no possibility of tampering or backdating.”

Read the full press release here.


Bob Flinton
VP of Marketing and Product Management
Surety, LLC


Surety Leads Web Symposium to Address Data Integrity Issues in Bio-Sciences Industry

December 7, 2009

Surety, LLC, the leading provider ofdata integrity protection solutions, today announced its participation in Bio-IT World’s complimentary web symposium, “Lab Informatics: Protecting and Legally Defending the Authenticity of Your Scientific Data” on December 9, 2009.

The webinar will address intellectual property (IP) protection measures and the data integrity issues facing the bio-sciences industry today. Industry leaders will discuss data integrity protection controls that are necessary to integrate into the workflow processes in order to guarantee scientific IP integrity. The speakers will illustrate what’s working, what isn’t and what can be done to protect and legally defend the authenticity and ownership of an organization’s electronic lab data.

What: Complimentary Bio-IT World web symposium – “Lab Informatics: Protecting and Legally Defending the Authenticity of Your Scientific Data”

Who: Speakers include: Michael H. Elliott, CEO, Atrium Research & Consulting, LLC David Pletcher, Director of Informatics, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley Labs Bob Flinton, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, Surety, LLC

Moderated by: Kevin Davies, Ph.D. and Editor-in-Chief, Bio-IT World

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Registration: Interested participants can register for free online.

Surety Announces Legal Defensibility Guarantee Program

November 4, 2009

Surety introduced today its Legal Defensibility Guarantee program, the industry’s first resource that pledges to successfully withstand legal scrutiny related to the authenticity and ownership of AbsoluteProof users’ electronic intellectual property.

AbsoluteProof is a third-party digital timestamp solution that utilizes a patented, trusted timestampmethodology to digitally “seal” electronic records and files, enabling customers to protect the integrity and independently and irrefutably prove the authenticity of their electronic records throughout their chain of custody.

Under the terms of its Legal Defensibility Guarantee, Surety will assure its customers that:

  • Files properly sealed by Surety’s AbsoluteProof trusted timestamping service can be demonstrated to have existed in their intended state, at the moment they were sealed, and have not been changed since;
  • Surety’s time stamps cannot be forged;
  • Surety’s time stamps can be independently proven accurate;
  • Surety’s time stamps last the lifetime of the record to which they are linked; and
  • Surety’s time stamps cannot be invalidated or compromised.

Read the full press release here.


Bob Flinton
VP of Marketing and Product Management
Surety, LLC

Cloud-enabled Protection of Data Integrity and Authenticity of Electronic Content

October 29, 2009

Surety CEO Tom Klaff was invited to speak at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) 5th Annual IT Security Automation Conference on the topic of Cloud-enabled Protection of Data Integrity and Authenticity of Electronic Content. It’s a timely topic given the rise of cloud computing and increasing concerns about cloud security and the ability to authenticate and legally defend data and electronic records stored in the cloud. Here is NIST’s overview of the conference:

The 5th Annual IT Security Automation Conference, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, and Defense Information Systems Agency, will focus on emerging technologies designed to support the security automation needs of multiple sectors. This 4-day workshop, conference, and expo includes tracks on the use of security automation in support of healthcare IT, the use of security automation tools and technologies to ease the technical burdens of policy compliance, and the benefits of integrating security automation into the rapidly evolving cloud computing sector. Security automation leverages standards and specifications to reduce the complexity and time necessary to manage vulnerabilities, measure security, and ensure compliance, freeing resources to focus on other areas of the IT infrastructure.

Tom’s presentation is below, but you can view the full roster of sessions and presentations from the conference online here.

If you’re a cloud provider, what is your organization doing to ensure data integrity for data and records stored in the cloud?

Surety Announces Membership of The Paperless Project

August 6, 2009

Surety announced today that it has joined The Paperless Project, a program compiled of members who are passionate about the adoption and implementation of electronic documentation procedures.

As a member of The Paperless Project and supporter of its Go Green Initiative, Surety will add a voice on electronic record integrity issues and aide fellow members in making smart, proactive decisions related to the security of their electronic records as they make the decision to go paperless. With an ever-increasing number of organizations adopting paperless practices, the volume of those records that contain valuable information – from intellectual property records, financial records and contracts to employee or customer information – is also growing exponentially. By highlighting the necessity for secure electronic records management processes and sharing data integrity best practices, Surety will enable organizations who are migrating to paperless operations to make proactive decisions that secure their organization’s most valuable electronic assets and offer legal and regulatory protection.

The company plans to help bring to light the necessity of proper document protection processes and the best practices for going “paperless” in the most integral, secure and authentic way possible.

Read the full press release here.


Bob Flinton
VP of Marketing and Product Management
Surety, LLC

Before your organization invests in an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)…

July 14, 2009

Most enterprise-class Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) systems can be expensive, cumbersome or even overkill for many organizations. Many don’t benefit from all the ELN’s features , and some never deploy and use the ELNs they have purchased because they do not meet their needs.

Before any organization invests in a commercial ELN, we recommend they take a step back. Consider how you can most cost-effectively and efficiently enable your researchers and scientists to focus on getting world-class products and ideas to market faster in a collaborative, workflow-friendly environment, with built-in intellectual property protection.

Chances are, if your organization already has an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system like Microsoft SharePoint or Open Text Livelink, an email system, such as Microsoft Exchange, a database application like Oracle or SQL Server, and Surety’s AbsoluteProof Data Integrity Protection service, you have all of the core components to meet the most common objectives of an ELN, without the overhead, costs and complexity of deploying yet another enterprise-class system.

By purchasing a commercial ELN application, you will spend as much, if not more money tailoring it to fit your needs and with integration. Why not leverage your existing investments in software and applications you already have deployed today and easily “customize” an ELN that meets your EXACT needs, and save time, money and resources as a result?

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