INTIENT Network for Research



Accenture’s INTIENT Research Platform is focused on connecting researchers with a software and service provider ecosystem to share data and capabilities and rapidly advance scientific discovery. It is augmented by our team’s research domain expertise and laboratory informatics capabilities to revolutionize how scientific and laboratory processes are conducted.


The Platform enables our INTIENT Network for Research, which accelerates innovation by creating open, industry-standard application programming for core research functions – allowing researchers to rapidly adopt new capabilities.

The Research Network brings together scientific application providers, content providers and technology innovators who benefit from lower barriers to entry and helps biopharma companies re-imagine processes, user experiences and approaches to data-intensive research.


Our INTIENT Network for Research is continuously expanding to help our clients drive scientific innovation and includes some of the most innovative software firms.


BioSymetrics Artificial Intelligence software empowers healthcare and biomedical R&D innovation, providing a biomedical-specific machine learning framework to increase precision, shorten timelines, and improve discovery.


a provider of highly integrable software with chemical and biological intelligence for the life sciences, flavors, cosmetics, new materials, petro- and agrochemistry industries


a provider of text mining, semantics and data intelligence within the biopharma and biotech industries


a SaaS-enabled marketplace for outsourced R&D, providing scientists with immediate access to over 3,000 CROs, CMOs, and academic laboratories.


a global company that offers trusted insights and analytics to help companies accelerate the pace of innovation, including a comprehensive suite of solutions for life science professionals that improve drug development success rates and shorten time to market


a leading innovator of cross-platform, mobile cheminformatics and bioinformatics solutions


a company specializing in scientific informatics solutions for the management, query and visualization of chemistry and biology data


Invicro is a provider of software informatics solutions to curate and process imaging data and related metadata across a wide-range of imaging modalities and therapeutic areas for drug discovery and development applications.


a leader in deploying innovative natural language processing (NLP)-based text mining for high-value knowledge discovery and decision support


the company behind the leading cloud software platform for automating and improving the success rate of biological research and development


an enterprise data unification software company with a patented platform purpose-built to harness the power of machine learning to unite myriad data silos to accelerate digital transformation


a leading supplier of software and consultancy to improve sample management and inventory logistics for life science research


a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world


a provider of scalable, deep-learning software and analytics for life sciences and healthcare organizations


Joe Donahue is a managing director with Accenture’s Life Sciences, and Applied R&D Services business where he leads Accenture’s global life sciences research practice. Mr. Donahue has more than twenty-five years of executive level entrepreneurial and Board experience in global life sciences and technology companies and private equity firms. Prior to joining Accenture, his roles included Senior Vice President at BioReference Laboratories / GeneDx, the third largest diagnostics testing laboratory in the world, Senior Vice President Life Sciences with Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science, as well as leadership positions in, or as a Board member, to several early-stage life sciences research, informatics and analytics companies. He has degrees in Medicinal Chemistry and Computer Science from Villanova University in Villanova, PA.

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Jens Hoefkens is a Principal Director in Accenture’s global Accelerated R&D Services group. He is responsible for the strategy of Accenture’s Research Life Sciences Cloud (RLSC) and directs the platform’s product management group. In addition, he manages partner relationships with Accenture Research Life Sciences Cloud.

Working in Life Sciences his entire career, Jens has a broad background in pharmaceutical research, translational medicine, and pre-clinical development. He has been working with world-leading pharma, biotech, and agriculture companies and academic research centers and has been responsibility for a wide-ranging portfolio of successful enterprise informatics solutions, including Genedata Expressionist, PerkinElmer Signals, and TIBCO Spotfire.

Jens holds a dual major Ph.D. in Mathematics and Physics from Michigan State University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.

Anthony Sokolnicki is a Sr. Principal in Accenture’s global Accelerated R&D Services group. He is responsible for driving technology and platform strategy and offerings across life sciences. Anthony is currently the lead architect for the Accenture Research Life Sciences Cloud platform, responsible for driving the technology strategy and vision for the capability.

Anthony has worked with leading-edge technologies throughout his career. Previously he was part of Accenture’s Technology Labs where he focused on technology innovation applied to industries ranging from financial services to resource management. Anthony has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a MBA from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in MIS and Finance.