Box on Wednesday announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has selected the cloud content management company to help it modernize its technical infrastructure.

While the Box deployment will not be agency-wide, it is a strategically important deal for Box, given its growing presence in both the government and life sciences sectors. For the life sciences in particular, "We feel Box could become that connective tissue between industry and regulatory bodies like the FDA," Sonny Hashmi, managing director of Global Government at Box, told ZDNet.

Initially, Box will work with the FDA on specific uses cases, including digitizing and automating processes so FDA staff can use Box as a central content portal for internal collaboration.

Box is also helping the agency improve external collaboration with third-party partners. That includes external experts who may help in audits and reviews, as well as private entities like pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers who need FDA approval for their products. These third-party stakeholders, along with consumers, "expect to work in new digital ways, and the FDA has to meet them where they are," Hashmi said.

The FDA is "not only looking for tools to improve business collaboration," Hashmi said, but "they also wanted a platform they could build future capabilities on top of and integrate into customer and stakeholder-facing systems."...

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