SAS and First Consulting Group, which is based in California, have formed a partnership focused on providing services to life sciences companies.

According to SAS, the alliance will integrate SAS drug development software with FCG’s content. Customers will be able to automate exchange of clinical trials information as a result, thus decreasing reliance on paper-based forms and regulatory information. By improving collaboration and exchange of information, SAS said, clients can accelerate product development and also decrease chances of non-compliance with regulatory guidelines.