Life sciences translations

Language and Technology Solutions for the Life Sciences Industry

When working within a complex environment that uses precise terminology and is governed by myriad regulations, translating your message is just one more challenge. Whether you seek to educate patients, get a new drug approved, or train your staff in the latest surgical techniques, the only way to make a significant impact in local communities across the globe is through accurate translation.

When it comes to translation, a strong localization partner can provide advanced capabilities in quality, performance and time-to-market. SDL provides linguistic services and technology solutions to numerous top-tier life sciences and healthcare companies. Every day, we help them meet their deadlines and requirements while staying on budget.

With a continuously shifting regulatory landscape, staying on top of changes and remaining compliant is critical in the life sciences industry.

Our quality processes are based on our deep understanding of the regulations involved—including the FDA, EMA, MHRA, and MHLW— and we can help you meet these compliance requirements.

Our Areas of Expertise


Medical Devices



Animal Health

Automated Technology

We offer a secure state-of-the-art technology. With our SDL MultiTrans Translation Management System, you can efficiently manage your translation projects, translation memory and terminology, all in a highly secure environment. You will gain in speed, cost savings and control.

What’s more, with SDL MultiTrans Web Proxy, you can translate your multilingual websites faster.

Backed by a Strong Team

We maintain a network of specialized linguists with subject matter expertise in various aspects of life sciences. To promptly meet your needs, our service and support are always there when you need it, 24/7/365, across the globe.

Comprehensive Support for Your Life Sciences Organizations

Whether you’re running a multi-site trial, dealing with ever-tightening regulatory requirements, or rolling out new products and brands across diverse markets, you can rely on our global services to meet your language needs.

We provide the full spectrum of life science needs, including clinical, regulatory, legal and marketing, to name a few. Our global network enables enhanced control of your multilingual content and communications so your translations are consistent across your organization and around the world.

Translation solutions including back translation with full reconciliation

Linguistic validation

Interpreting (simultaneous or consecutive, onsite or over-the-phone)

e-Learning and Multimedia


Website localization


Translation memory and terminology management within the MultiTrans TMS

Serving you better via the latest technology


Biotechnology pipelines are expanding rapidly, targeting everything from Alzheimer’s disease to leukemia and lymphoma, and using the microbiome to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. At the same time, major advances in production and analytical technologies are improving resolution and sensitivity, and decreasing run times.

SDL allows you to stay one step ahead by leveraging our linguistic expertise for your biotechnology needs, covering everything from clinical trials and regulatory affairs to manufacturing, legal documentation, and marketing communications. Some of the therapeutic areas we have experience in: Bone/Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular, CNS,  Dermatology, Diabetes, Endocrinology,  ENT; Gastroenterology, Haematology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases,  Inflammation,  Internal diseases,  Metabolic diseases,  Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology,  Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pulmonology, Psychiatry, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Surgery, Urology, Vaccines, and Thrombosis.

Medical Devices

The medical device industry continues to discover the limits of technology for the human body and go beyond, and what seems to be at the speed of light. Whether implantables, wearables, ingestables, robotics, diagnostic, 3d printing of human tissues and everything in between, efficient localization is paramount to a company’s global success.

SDL, our medical localization services deliver absolute precision, with stringent adherence to highly aggressive deadlines, cost containment, cultural sensitivity – and precise quality ensuring patient safety. We provide expert localization for a full range of medical device documents, including brochures, labeling, protocols and CSRs, scientific articles, FSNs, packaging, IFUs/DFUs, and the full suite of mobile and iPad applications.

Medical device localization
CRO translations


With new administration, tightening capacity and continued consolidation, the CRO industry is changing at a rapid-fire pace.

We support end-to-end linguistic solutions in the full lifecycle of clinical development, from discovery and product development (Pre-Clinical & Phases I to III), to regulatory submission (EMA/FDA compliance) and commercialization (Phase IV/Sales and Marketing) with our full range of language solutions.

Do you handle back translations? Read: Five Tips for Back Translation in Healthcare.


In the pharmaceutical industry today, diabetes drugs are being used to reduce cardiovascular disease, liquid biopsies find circulating tumor DNA, and the first PD-L1 cancer drug was approved in 2016.

Whether it involves clinical trials, regulatory documents for submission for Marketing Authorization (MAA) to EMA or product launch, we offer fast, flexible and cost-effective language solutions that support regulatory and industry requirements.

pharmaceutical translations


Changing demographics, along with heightened government compliance and CMS policy have made the need to translate in the healthcare industry an imperative responsibility. The HHS Guidance requires managed healthcare provider to provide Limited English Persons (LEPs) essential documentations in their language. Moreover the Affordable Care Act and American Disability Act make mandatory to have content accessible in a variety of communication forms and languages.

As the leading provider to Managed Healthcare companies, we offer unparalleled services and solutions to meet your translation and compliance needs. Whether is it in translation, typesetting, proofreading, 508 remediation, braille, transcription and large print, website translation solution, audio, video, you can rely on our expertise and experience to speak with your audiences and meet the compliance deadlines.

Animal Health

Advances in animal health in recent years include data sharing among vet clinics to allow real-time analysis, real-time communication between pets and owners, and increasingly effective biosensors and wearable health for animal management. All these advances have increased the need for multilingual localization of specialized literature and documentation in animal health.

At SDL, we use industry-adapted quality processes and partner with a dedicated network of linguists specialized in the 40 different areas of veterinary medicine.  You can rely on us for linguistic support for a wide variety of documents, including everything from health policies, protocols, and CSRs to contracts, labeling, PILs, marketing material, scientific articles, and veterinary expert reports.


Our language expertise and technologies will help you deliver more value to your global consumers.