Life Sciences

Life Sciences translations and global content services for pharma, medical device and clinical research companies 

Unmatched expertise for worldwide medical and pharma communications

Acolad has more than 30 years of experience providing life sciences translation and content services with an uncompromising commitment to quality.  

We fully understand the challenging universe in which you operate, and that’s why our technology and service solutions are designed to meet industry demands: regulation, validation, and compliance to local and cultural requirements. 

Partnering with medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech and clinical research organizations, we provide the highest level of language and content services, unmatched expertise, and industry knowledge that helps save lives. 

The benefits of working with Acolad include a true partnership, willingness to discuss possibilities to improve tools and processes, and passion about services provided. The guaranteed quality and efficiencies are greatly appreciated.

Jennifer Kelly
Vice President Operations, HealthiVibe 

Streamline product information and labeling requirements globally  

Scale up to meet global clinical trial timelines 

Adopt a centralized content approach to  meet regulatory compliance demands 

Increase project quality and efficiency with language and content solutions 

Our Life Sciences Clients

We're proud to have established long-term partnerships with some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and laboratories across Europe, Asia and the United States. 


Long-standing Expertise in Life Sciences

We have a long history providing content and language solutions for the Life Sciences industry, and are sensitive to the exacting standards demanded by the industry. 

  • Amyloidosis 
  • Cardiology (Acute Myocardial Infarction) 
  • Cardiology (Atrial fibrillation) 
  • Cardiology (Coronary Artery Disease) 
  • Cardiovascular Disease 
  • Chronic diseases 
  • Chronic Hepatitis B 
  • Congenital Heart Disease 
  • Coronary Artery Disease 
  • Dermatology (Psoriasis) 
  • Diabetes 
  • Endocrinology 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Genetic (Prader-Willi Syndrome) 
  • Gynaecology 
  • Haematology 
  • Heart Disease 
  • Immunology 
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Insomnia Disorder 
  • Kidney Disease 
  • Liver Disease 
  • Neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer) 
  • Neurology 
  • Neurology (Parkinson) 
  • Oncology 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Porphyria  
  • Psychiatry 
  • Pulmonology 
  • Renal Function 
  • Rheumatology 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Urology 
  • Skin Disease 
  • Virology 

  • Cardiac devices 
  • Diabetes Care  
  • Diagnostic devices 
  • Mobile devices 
  • Orthopedics 
  • Surgical devices 
  • Vision care 

  • Patient-facing materials 
  • Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) 
  • Drug safety and pharmacovigilance documents  
  • Clinical trial protocols  
  • Packaging and labeling 
  • Regulatory submission documents 
  • Instructions for Use 
  • Technical manuals 
  • Medical literature 
  • Instruction and installation manuals for medical devices 
  • Marketing and advertising  
  • Websites, software, mobile apps and IoT 
  • Elearning and training 
  • Legal, financial documents 

Pharmaceutical & Biotech Companies

In the pharma and biotech sectors, regulatory compliance, quality, integrity, traceability, and patient safety are key factors that must be taken into consideration for developing your business in international markets. We can fulfil all your language needs at every stage of the product lifecycle, from pre-clinical to post-market. 

  • Introduction of global products 
  • Regulatory compliance  
  • Patient safety and uncompromising quality requirements 
  • Time to market 

  1. Translate clinical trial documents
    • Protocols, correspondences, dossiers, patient recruitment materials, COA/PRO instruments
    • Study technology and processes to ensure globally scalable, accurate and timely results
  2. Successful and timely regulatory submissions
    • Deep knowledge of EMA submissions and ROW 
    • Tools developed for submissions requirements 
  3. Marketing communications 
    • Website localization 
    • Multilingual SEO 
    • Marcom materials localization and desktop publishing 
    • Copywriting and marketing transcreation 
  4. Patient engagement experience 
    • Linguists specialized in study engagement, patient marketing and education 
    • Interpretation services and platforms to enable patient communication in a remote setting 
  5. Translation of pharmacovigilance (i.e. adverse events) in a streamlined and efficient manner 
    • Timeliness of pharmacovigilance reporting 
    • Systems and processes tuned for rapid turnaround 
    • Technology to handle a variety of inputs and report formats
  6. Translation of quality SOPs 
  7. Translation of manufacturing records 
  8. Corporate communications (HR, Legal, Training) 
    • Multimedia subtitling, captioning and voice over 
    • Elearning localization 
    • In person and remote interpretation 


Clinical Research Organizations

Clinical trials are highly regulated and generate a huge volume of documents such as clinical outcome assessments (COAs), patient reported outcomes (PROs), clinician reported outcomes (ClinROs) and observer reported outcomes (ObsROs), which require a complex workflow for translation and linguistic validation.  

  • Complex and diversified studies in global markets 
  • Bring value to your sponsors 
  • Patient recruitment and communication across the globe  
  • Regulatory compliance 
  • Time and cost pressures 
  • Data gathering and security 
  • Quality  

  1. Manage multilingual studies worldwide 
  2. Clinical trial translations  
    • Clinical trials 
    • Surveys 
    • Drug testing 
    • Regulatory approval dossiers 
    • Registration submission and review 
    • Marketing 
  3. Patient engagement and recruitment 
    • Linguists specialized in study engagement, marketing and education 
    • Web, brochures and multimedia training and elearning 
    • Interpretation 
    • Communication platforms 
  4. Linguistic validation 
    • eCOA 
    • Cognitive debriefs 
    • Clinician reviews 
    • Therapeutic areas 
  5. Study technology 
    • Customized for study and trial translations to address global deployment, real-time tracking, as well as transparency to costs, quality and process by study, region and language 
    • Secure systems compliant to local regulations 
  6. Flawless communication with stakeholders 
    • Ministries of Health, Ethics Committees, Regulatory Affairs departments, Drug Safety 
  7. Integration and connectivity of systems and processes 
    • API connectivity with internal systems  
    • Process centralization and streamlining (clinical operations, local affiliates and translation) 

Medical and In-Vitro Diagnostic Device Companies

Whether intended for clinical professionals or patients, medical devices always come with instructions, labels, packaging and other highly important content. High-quality translations help to ensure that these devices will be used correctly, and therefore safely and are compliant to local/regional regulatory requirements.  

  • Changing regulatory demands 
  • Development of product user documentation and labeling 
  • Increasing global markets and local requirements 

  1. Strategic understanding of global regulatory environment 
  2. Translation of user documentation and labeling 
    • IFUs (Instructions for Use) 
    • DFUs (Directions for Use) 
    • Maintenance & user manuals 
    • Packaging content 
    • UI and mobile apps 
    • Quick reference guides 
    • Product labeling 
  3. Global content strategies to achieve long term, scalable efficiencies 
  4. Content authoring  
  5. Staffing and business process outsourcing 
    • Labeling management 
    • Program management 
    • Systems administration 
    • BOM management 
    • Artwork specialist support  
  6. Technology – continuous localization through connectivity and automated workflow 
  7. Deployment of machine translation and other cutting-edge computer aided technology 
  8. Customer portal for easy access to KPIs, MT and other linguistic assets 

Tech-Enabled Language and Content Solutions for Life Sciences

Acolad offers a complete ecosystem of solutions and services that support the development, production, localization and international marketing of medicinal products and medical devices, all in full compliance with the regulatory demands of national and international health authorities worldwide. 

Translation Memories (TMs) and glossaries

A translation memory records previously translated documents for a given client for use in future translations. Integrated with glossaries, these tools improve brand and terminology consistency. 

Translation Management System (TMS)

The TMS provides a solution specifically tuned for Life Sciences content requirements and process workflows, resulting in efficiencies in cost and time. 

Machine Translation (MT)

Life Sciences customization of neural MT with streamlined MT engine training, linguistic asset curation and high-end human translation and post-editing

Translation Connectors & System Integration

Off the shelf and bespoke translation connectors, APIs, and integrations with Life Sciences cloud applications, ECM and WCM systems, RIM, Quality and Clinical Trial systems, collaboration tools, PIM and DAM systems. 

Interpreting Manager System

The Acolad Interpreting Manager (AIM) platform revolutionises international  communications in Life Sciences: whether facilitating conversations both internally and with external stakeholders.

An uncompromising commitment to quality

At Acolad, quality standards and certifications represent our deep commitment to patient safety and international standards. We aim to go beyond compliance, continuously improving our global quality system to foster a climate of effectiveness, innovation, and high-quality products and services. 

Specialized Life Sciences translators

Expert linguists and project managers with specific Life Sciences expertise 

Linguist Certification

One of the most demanding systems in industry to qualify linguists

Life Sciences Processes

Quality resides in the process. That’s why Acolad has a fully-developed and comprehensive, multi-level approach to translation quality that allows us to cultivate quality at all stages of the production process. 

Life Sciences Optimized tools

For most clients, translation quality is subjective and intangible. That’s why we have cutting-edge translation technologies in place and a documented, reproducible method to measure and track translation quality. 

ISO Certifications and Quality Standards

Everything we do rests on the bedrock of our ISO certified processes and quality systems. We are certified to numerous industry- and business-specific ISO standards.

Tracking and Measurement (J2450 Standards)

Measurement and tracking of high quality to control and correct output

Innovative changes to patient engagement group processes

Find out how we helped a Fortune 100 life sciences client achieve a 50% reduction in costs, and a 30% savings in the time typically needed to produce clinical trial study documents and patient engagement materials.

Life Sciences translators who are experts in your industry

Our account managers, project managers and linguists maintain up-to-date knowledge of the medical industries’ regulations. Our project managers are responsible for training the team, monitoring compliance as well as adapting translation solutions and procedures to ICH, EDQM, MedDRA, MHRA, ISPOR, FDA, EMA standards.

  • Dedicated project management team
  • In-country, native language experts
  • Continuous translator recruitment, selection and evaluation processes
  • Best practice approach and optimized worlflows for regulatory or regional requirements

Find out how we can provide end-to-end language support for every phase of your products’ lifecycle

Connect with our Life Sciences team today!