Our Story

More than 20 years ago, Medidata was founded with the hope of powering smarter treatments and healthier people. Today, Medidata leads the digital transformation of life sciences, creating hope for millions of patients. We help generate the evidence and insights to help pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics companies, and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk, and optimize outcomes. Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company, is headquartered in New York City and has offices around the world to meet the needs of its customers.


June 1999

Medidata is Founded

Fund manager Tarek Sherif moved into a small office with young tech entrepreneur and researcher, Glen de Vries, who hand-coded Medidata’s original software. The two worked with Ed Ikeguchi and founded Medidata in 1999.

June 1999

Launch of Electronic Data Capture (EDC)

The collection of data in clinical trials was forever changed by the launch of Rave, the first software to digitally collect clinical trial data. Later named Rave EDC (Electronic Data Capture), it quickly becomes the most advanced, robust, and secure EDC system for clinical trial site, patient, and lab data capture and management in the world.

June 2004

Medidata Opens London Office

June 2005

Medidata Opens Tokyo Office


Launch of Medidata NEXT

From customer requests for a Rave users forum to share best practices in the use of the solution, the Medidata User Group (MUG) was born. As the annual event grew in both attendance and scope, MUG was rebranded as Medidata Symposium in 2015 and as Medidata NEXT in 2017. Medidata NEXT brings together key industry leaders, change-makers, and patient advocates to shape the future of life sciences.

June 2009

Initial Public Offering on NASDAQ

June 2011

Acquisition of Clinical Force

The acquisition of Clinical Force adds Medidata CTMS® (clinical trial management system) to solutions.

April 2017

Acquisition of Mytrus

The acquisition of Mytrus adds eConsent to the Medidata Rave® Platform.

June 2017

Acquisition of CHITA

The acquisition of CHITA adds regulated content management and eTMF capabilities to the Medidata Rave® Platform.

June 2018

Acquisition of SHYFT Analytics

The acquisition of SHYFT Analytics, powers Medidata customers’ digital transformation with AI and real-world analytics.

June 2019

Launch of Medidata AI

Medidata AI launched in 2019, combining data, technology, and deep expertise to help life sciences companies deliver actionable insights across the entire continuum of clinical development. Medidata AI’s advanced analytics answers the most important questions in R&D and commercialization including accelerating breakthrough innovation, optimizing study execution and commercial success, and demonstrating the value of therapies.

October 2019

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Medidata

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, acquired Medidata to drive the digital transformation of life sciences in the age of personalized medicine and patient-centric experience. Through this combination, the companies will push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production to achieve a more sustainable world for patients, citizens, and consumers.

March 2020

Medidata Helps Life Science Companies Navigate COVID-19

Over the course of 2020, Medidata published nine White Papers detailing the implications of COVID-19 on existing and new drug and vaccine studies. COVID-19 and Clinical Trials: The Medidata Perspective also reviewed the impact on patients, and shared a range of solutions to support the continuation of current clinical studies around the world.

April 2020

Launch of myMedidata

Built for patients, by patients, myMedidata is an award-winning single destination patient portal, allowing patients to use any online device to virtually learn, enroll and engage in clinical trials. Only myMedidata enables the full range of tools to build scalable, flexible solutions at every level of decentralized and hybrid clinical trials.

July 2020

Medidata Supports Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Medidata’s suite of technologies supported the advancement of Moderna’s mRNA-1273 clinical trials, including the Phase 3 trial, which enrolled more than 30,000 participants. The Medidata and Moderna teams moved forward with the speed and urgency necessitated by the global pandemic, using Medidata’s innovative and scalable cloud platform for clinical development.

October 2020

Medidata Synthetic Control Arm® Supported by the FDA

In a regulatory first, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed Medicenna Therapeutics, Corp. to use a hybrid external control arm in a phase 3 registrational trial. The phase 2 single arm trial preceding this phase 3 study in recurrent glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, was also enhanced by a synthetic control arm.

June 2021

Launch of myMedidata Registries

Medidata Launches myMedidata Registries, a new technology that expands and strengthens the myMedidata patient portal to engage patients before and after (i.e., long term follow up/safety surveillance) a clinical trial.

June 2021

The First to Offer End-to-End, Unified Platform for DCTs

Medidata launched the most comprehensive set of unified, secure technologies that enable decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) across the development continuum. For the first time ever, drug, vaccine, and medical device developers (sponsors) and contract research organizations (CROs) can take advantage of the only platform offering on the market.

October 2021

Medidata Launches Sensor Cloud

Medidata Sensor Cloud provides cutting-edge common data models and proprietary algorithms enabling rapid ingestion, normalization and analysis of patient data resulting in better clinical decision making, faster timelines and a more patient-centric experience.

The Sensor Cloud Network, creating the first industry-wide collaboration amongst contract research organizations (CROs), device manufacturers, drug and vaccine developers, analytics companies, and academia, was launched in October 2021.

October 2021

Rave Imaging 1000th Trial

Medidata Rave Imaging, the company’s cloud-based, secure clinical trial imaging management platform, reached a significant milestone, having supported more than 1,000 imaging studies. Rave Imaging, built on the Medidata Unified Platform, processes more than 100 million images annually.

November 2021

Medidata Mourns the Loss of Co-Founder Glen de Vries

Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata, died in a plane crash, weeks after fulfilling his lifelong dream of traveling to space. Glen had an incredible impact on the life science industry and left a lasting legacy of improving the clinical development process, bringing new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics – and hope – to patients around the world.

February 2022

Medidata Opens Access to its Patient Insights Program

Medidata announced it is allowing sponsors, CROs (contract research organizations), and sites to leverage its proprietary Patient Insights Program. The program infuses the patient perspective into the software development life cycle to create technical solutions that improve the overall patient experience in clinical research operations.

March 2023

30,000 Trials & 9 Million Participants Milestone

Medidata Becomes First Life Sciences Technology Company to Exceed 30,000 Clinical Trials and 9 Million Study Volunteers.