Cranford, NJ – February 27, 2012 – Paragon Solutions, an advisory consulting and systems integration firm, announced today the appointment of Rick Ruiz as director, Information Integration for its Life Sciences solutions business. As director of the practice, Ruiz will be responsible for growing the business that assists life sciences companies with information integration challenges to generate business insights and support analytical environments.

With multitudes of unstructured information being created each year, the need for “big data”the analysis of large data setsis growing, as it provides a cost-effective means of manipulating, managing and analyzing this information. Paragon’s Information Integration practice provides strategies, methodologies, and solutions for maximizing the value of big data and analytics for clients in the life sciences industry.

Ruiz joins Paragon with approximately 30 years of consulting experience, 25 of which he has spent in the life sciences industry working for pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and generic companies in the areas of commercial, R&D, and manufacturing. His work in the business intelligence area has focused on large scale data integration and providing analytics for major life science, retail, consumer packaged goods and financial services organizations. He has also performed as a consultant in the business, IT, and compliance areas.

“Rick brings a unique combination of business, regulatory/compliance, and IT experience to Paragon that will significantly benefit our clients as they seek to obtain the decision-making support that will ensure enterprise success and regulatory compliance,” said Ravi Shankar, Senior Vice President, Life Sciences and Healthcare for Paragon. “His expertise in addressing complex and big data issues across the healthcare ecosystem will prove invaluable for the growth of the Information Integration practice,” Shankar said.

About Paragon
Paragon Solutions is an advisory consulting and systems integration firm that specializes in enterprise information management to help clients leverage information assets for better business results. The company does this through its industry practices, solution accelerators and specialized technology competencies that help clients achieve operational efficiency, business scalability and regulatory compliance.

Paragon’s Life Sciences industry practice addresses the needs of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device sectors. Our technology solutions are helping firms respond and capitalize on industry change driven by competition, consolidation, convergence and regulation.

For more information, please visit the Paragon Web site at, or call 1.800.462.5582.

Erik Raper
Paragon Solutions
(908) 653-3016