Mansour Salame Joins ShareVault Board of Directors

Posted by Richard Andersen on Apr 20, 2016 4:55:46 PM

mansour-salame.jpgShareVault is pleased to announce that Mansour Salame has joined the board of directors of Pandesa Corporation, dba ShareVault. As a former customer of ShareVault, Mansour knows the product, and understands that using ShareVault for due diligence can lead to increased valuation.

Previously a ShareVault Customer

As CEO of Contactual, which was acquired by 8x8 in 2011, Mansour selected ShareVault as a virtual data room for sharing documents during the due diligence process. Although the company had been using Box for sharing other types of documents, Mansour realized that a tool like ShareVault would provide much better control for due diligence. "Using Box instead of ShareVault would have cost me money because I would not have been able to adequately control document access during the stages of the due diligence process. In addition, using ShareVault gave us the credibility and level of professionalism that was invaluable. Access to information in a competitive industry is crucial, so being able to control access in a staged way according to deadlines gave us additional leverage", said Mansour. Describing his anticipated contribution to the company he commented "ShareVault has demonstrated that delivering rigorous document security does not require sacrificing ease-of-use.  I enthusiastically look forward to contributing to the company's continued growth as a board member."  

Serial Entrepreneur

Mansour is a successful technology executive and entrepreneur. His first startup NextAge Technologies was acquired by Alcatel (NYSE: ALU). His second startup, Contactual, was acquired by 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT). He has recently founded his 3rd Startup, FrontSpin. He also served on the Board of Directors of 8x8. Prior to NextAge he was an executive at Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. and a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Mansour has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University

Positioned for Growth

"We are thrilled to have Mansour on the board as we position ShareVault for accelerated growth in 2016. His strategic mindset and his focus on business instrumentation are already proving to be invaluable," said Richard Andersen, founder and CEO of ShareVault. “Mansour’s addition to our already experienced board poises us for accelerated growth this year and beyond.”


Topics: Company, News

Join Us at the 3rd Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences, May 18-20!

Posted by Steve Joseph on Apr 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

3rd_due_diligence_summit_logo.jpgShareVault cordially invites you to join us as we partner with ExL Pharma for the 3rd Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences. 

At the 3rd Due Diligence Summit for Life Sciences, taking place on May 18-19 in Boston, attendees will hear from 18+ industry leaders about their thoughts on, approaches to and insights regarding strategic alliances through multiple case studies and standalone sessions.

This premier event will provide an overview of the proven strategies and insights of due diligence leaders from medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and discuss how best to maneuver the rapidly changing landscape of the industry.

Taking place in an intimate, relaxed setting, this summit is ideal for engaging and networking. View the agenda and the lineup of expert faculty or download the brochure for more information. 

As a supporter of this event, ShareVault is pleased to offer you a 15% discount off the standard registration rate.

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Discount Code: C787SV

About ShareVault

Over the past several years, ShareVault has become a leading virtual data room provider in the life sciences industry. The company’s worldwide customers (in 48 countries) range from two-person virtual biotechs to large pharma and also include medical device and diagnostics manufacturers, small to large CROs and CMOs, health care systems, and life science-specific venture capital firms.

Within the biopharma arena, ShareVault is commonly used both for out-licensing and in-licensing as well as for M&A, and for sharing sensitive documents with internal regulatory affairs departments, CROs, CMOs and external regulatory advisors. ShareVault has also been adopted by large pharma for some extremely sensitive applications such as clinical trial transparency.

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What's Hot & What's Not in Immuno-Oncology Licensing [white paper]

Posted by Steve Joseph on Apr 11, 2016 1:59:25 PM

immuno-oncology-sm.jpgAlthough only four years old, the field of immuno-oncology has become so ubiquitous that experts agree that to be a player in oncology you absolutely must focus on immuno-oncology. In October and December of 2015 ShareVault assembled a panel of five experts in the I-O field to discuss what's especially exciting in the I-O space as well as what may not be so promising, and why. 

Those two web panel discussions have now been consolidated into a single white paper that is available for download

During the panels biotech licensing and pharmaceutical business development consultant Linda Pullan served as moderator, and four panelists contributed to the discussion. The panelists included business development experts from two global pharmaceutical companies, a leading academic cancer center, and a top business development consulting firm. 

The white paper covers: 

  • Whether it's too late to get into PD1 and other checkpoint inhibitors
  • How they judge immuno-oncology combinations
  • If CAR-T can go into solid tumors
  • The impact of business models on cell therapy
  • Winning strategies for deals in immuno-oncology licensing
  • Cell recruitment, biomarkers and Innate Immunity
  • The most effective criteria for licensing
  • Strategy and deal terms
  • And more...

If you're developing an immuno-oncology drug or working toward in- or out-licensing one, these perspectives will be invaluable. 

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The panelists:

Linda Pullan, PhD, Pullan Consulting

Jeff Bockman, PhD, Vice President, Defined Health

Ferran Pratt, PhD, Vice President of Strategic Industry Ventures, MD Anderson

Axel Hoos, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Head Oncology R&D, GSK

Nate Sanburn, MS Director, Eastern Region, Medical Oncology, Eli Lilly & Company


Topics: White Papers

New FinTech Funding Alternatives for Life Science Companies [webinar]

Posted by Steve Joseph on Apr 11, 2016 1:21:07 PM

HealthcareCapitalMarkets-400.jpgOn Thursday, April 21, 2016 ShareVault will present an informative webinar on exploring new Financial Technology Funding Alternatives for Life Science companies.

In this one-hour webinar, Scott Jordan, CEO of S. Jordan Associates and Co-Founder of HealthiosXchange, will summarize the impact of FinTECH (Financial Technology) and Legislation (JOBS Act) on financing, licensing, and “exit” (IPOs) activity in the healthcare industry.

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Scott will highlight the various “Titles” of the JOBS Act and how companies can leverage it to advance their development programs including:

  • Title II of the JOBS Act: Rule 506 © - General Solicitation

Description: Title II allows general solicitation of investors online; meaning presenting deal terms (share price, # of shared offered/outstanding) to prospective investors without a previous relationship.

 FinTECH Portals: AngelMD, AngelList, Healthfundr, HealthiosXchange, Springboard

Questions: Can I leverage FinTECH portals to raise awareness of my equity offering and raise the probability of closing funding round from retail and institutional investors? How should I set my expectations regarding the amount of capital I can raise online under Title II?

  • Title III of the JOBS Act: Crowdfunding

Description: Title III allows non-accredited investors to invest in private companies broadening the investor base of healthcare companies.

FinTECH Portals: Title III becomes effective in May of 2016.

Questions: How can I aggregate smaller investments from retail investors and make them look more institutional? Given investor limits (caps), can I raise enough capital to justify pursuing a capital raise under Title III? What stage of development and market sectors (i.e. HIT, diagnostics) are best suited for this financing vehicle?

  • Title IV of JOBS Act: Reg A+, Mini-IPO

Description: Reg A+ allows companies to raise up to $20M under Tier 1 and $50M under Tier 2 and simultaneously list on a public stock exchange.

FinTECH Portals: StartEngine, WR Hambrecht

Questions:  Given I have a mid-late stage biopharma company, can I leverage Reg A+ to simultaneously raise capital and list on an exchange (OTCQX, NASDAQ)? Do I need to hire an underwriter to secure investors, or can I leverage social media/general solicitation in place of bankers?

Case Study: Aperion Biologics – Hired WR Hambrecht to raise equity from non-accredited and accredited investors under Reg A+

About Scott Jordan

Scott_Jordan.jpgScott Jordan is the CEO of S. Jordan Associates, a management consulting firm dedicated to assisting healthcare companies leverage technology (FinTECH) to raise capital, secure licensing agreements and “exits” (M&A, IPO). Scott Jordan is also the Co-Founder of the leading healthcare online investment marketplace, HealthiosXchange, and an Advisor to Capbridge, the global private capital exchange connecting institutional investors to professionally led, syndicated transactions.

Previously Scott held senior-level business development and commercialization positions with biopharma companies including NeoPharm and Akorn Opthalmics. Scott graduated from Michigan State University and holds an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Find out how ShareVault can protect your most confidential documents when you share them with outside parties by downloading our free white paper, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Data Rooms:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Data Rooms White Paper

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ShareVault Software Update - New Expiration Date Feature

Posted by John Badger on Apr 4, 2016 12:26:45 PM

expiration.pngLos Gatos, CA - ShareVault now has a policy expiration feature, which enables you to configure a policy that automatically removes access to documents assigned to the policy at a specified date and time.

Using the new feature couldn't be easier. Just create a new policy with the desired security attributes, check the "expiration" checkbox and set the date/time that you want access to expire. Apply the policy to tags (folders) and/or documents as desired. At the specified date/time, access rights to the content associated with the policy will be revoked for the appropriate users and/or groups. To extend the expiration date, just click the date before it expires and pick a later expiration date/time.

The software update has been automatically applied to all ShareVaults, so there's nothing that existing users need to do to take advantage of the new functionality.



Topics: Products, Software Update, News

Announcing ShareVault for Android

Posted by John Badger on Mar 27, 2016 1:07:24 PM

We're proud to announce that the ShareVault app for Android is available for download now on Google Play for Android phones and tablets.

ShareVault on Google Play

ShareVault for Android provides a simple and fast solution for securely accessing ShareVault content on-the-go:

  • Compatible with all Android phones and tablets
  • Optimized for device screen size: On larger Android tablets, the document page takes advantage of the larger screen size by including a split screen category pane and file list with thumbnails, for improved user experience, while downgrading elegantly to the screen size of smaller devices by eliminating the split screen display and thumbnails.
  • Integrated Secure Document Viewer: ShareVault's new Android secure document viewer is built-in to ShareVault for Android, and provides the full suite of ShareVault security and tracking features, while providing a fast, smooth and accurate document viewing experience.
  • Document security in the viewer is based on the ShareVault policy associated with the document being viewed, and supports the appropriate security features: Dynamic watermarking, disabled copy/paste, disabled save, disabled document forwarding, disabled print, as well as both page-level and time-based activity tracking.
  • Includes document category browsing, including tags, "recent" (what's new?), "file type" and "published by". Additional categories for administrators are "viewed by" and "viewable by".
  • Simple Favorites mechanism makes it quick and easy to mark documents or tags of interest to you: just tap the star!
  • Full support of both portrait and landscape screen orientation - just rotate your device, and the display instantly adapts.
  • Change your ShareVault preferences: user profile, password and email notification preferences.
  • Full Unicode support for user generated content in international character sets, including Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Thaana, Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sinhala, Thai, Lao, Tibetan, Myanmar, Georgian, Hangul, Ethiopic, Cherokee, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Khmer, Mongolian, Han, Hiragana, Katakana, and Yi.


The ShareVault Android app is ONLY for ShareVault users with an active ShareVault account. You will not be able to use ShareVault for Android without an active ShareVault user account.
ShareVault for Android provides mobile browsing, searching and viewing of documents in ShareVault, and does not support ShareVault administrator features or Q&A.

ShareVault for Android is virtually identical in functionality to ShareVault for iOS, announced in 2013:

Topics: Products, Software Update

How to Select the Best Suppliers for Building Medical Devices

Posted by Steve Joseph on Mar 16, 2016 8:35:34 AM

Selecting-Suppliers-to-Help-You-Build-Medical-Devices-600.jpgThursday March 31, 2016 | 11AM - 12PM PDT

Few decisions are as important for medical device companies as selecting an outsourcing supplier. Most businesses use suppliers to provide goods and services to supplement their internal resources. The types of goods and services vary widely, and for a medical company may include purchasing standard components, design and manufacture of custom components, regulatory advice and submissions, and clinical study protocols and execution. Using suppliers is an excellent way to get access to skills and technology that aren’t available internally. So, how does a company choose the right outsoucing supplier? On March 31, 2016 ShareVault will present a free webinar entitled, "Selecting Suppliers to Help You Build Medical Devices." The webinar will be presented by Maren Nelson of M Nelson Consulting. 

After both working with suppliers to medical device companies and being a supplier to medical device companies, Maren Nelson has learned some key factors to consider at the beginning of a relationship that can help achieve the best outcomes. Often rushing to start a project means these key steps get overlooked or set aside for later.

In this webinar, Maren will cover:

  • When should you consider using a supplier
  • The key differences between standard/OTS and custom part suppliers
  • Methods and tools for managing suppliers
  • How to transition between suppliers and internal resources
  • Best practices for tackling issues, managing risk and meeting regulatory expectations


Maren Nelson has developed multiple medical devices during her career. Her projects have included internal and external resources for both the development and manufacturing of new products and product changes.

Maren currently consults on medical product development strategy and Quality Management System implementation and improvements.

Prior to her current role, Maren was a Senior Director at Physio-Control, where she led the R&D Engineering team responsible for monitor and defibrillator development. Maren also supported regulatory compliance activities for Design Controls and externals audits.

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10 Ways ShareVault Secures Confidential Documents Better Than Anyone Else

Posted by John Badger on Mar 11, 2016 11:21:19 AM


ShareVault customers are often impressed by the extent to which ShareVault is able to secure and protect their content, but also by just how easy ShareVault makes it to enforce these ultra-secure policies.

Remember, when you’re sharing documents with third parties, your documents will be accessed on computers over which your IT department has no control. It's therefore important to note that not all data rooms are created equal. To rest easy knowing your most confidential documents are completely secure, insist that your data room has the following features:

#1 Granular Permissioning

granular_permissioning_icon-1.pngPermissioning is defining who has the rights to see which documents in the data room. Permissions can be set at the group or folder level which makes it quick and easy to set permissions for many users across large groups of documents. But ShareVault also supports permission overrides, which can be applied at the user and/or document level so you can handle special cases with ease. With ShareVault it’s extremely quick and easy to set up permissions and also to make changes to the permissioning for staging. Staging, or the ability to modify permissions as your project progresses through phases of increasing trust with the other party, is a very important capability for a solution such as this.

#2 Customizable Document Security Policies

customizable_security_policies_icon.pngPermissions are basically an on/off switch. In other words, a user either has permission to access a document or not. The next question to address is what a user having permission to a document can do with that document. That’s where policies come into play.

Most secure sharing platforms that allow for policies are limited to just view, print and save. But with ShareVault policies are fully customizable. ShareVault lets you select from seven security attributes and allows for batch operations so you can easily stage your polices as your trust with the other party increases. For example, you might want to grant users the right to print certain documents as the project moves into later stages.

#3 Watermarking

watermark_icon.pngWatermarks provide a simple, yet effective, security mechanism. ShareVault applies customized dynamic watermarks automatically to every page of a document. If you allow users to print documents, watermarks provide a strong deterrent against circulating the printed documents because the user’s identity is shown in large text diagonally across every page of a document in a way that does not interfere with the readability of the underlying text. Watermarks are easy to configure and automatically change based on the identity of the end user who is currently viewing the document.

#4 Secure Printing

secure_printing_icon.pngIn some cases the party with whom you’re sharing documents will insist on being able to print. For example, lawyers in the later stages of a project will want printed copies of contracts to review, mark up and add notes. Knowing that the user could just print the document to PDF loses control over the electronic version of the document. ShareVault has a feature that provides for printing only to physical printers and blocks printing to PDF, Tiff and XPS, so you maintain control of the shared files. Without this feature, enabling printing is the same as allowing a document to be saved. ShareVault also has a powerful batch print feature.

#5 Remote Shredding

remote_shredding_icon.pngMost ShareVault customers do not want users to be able to save documents. However, in some applications, the ability to save documents can significantly accelerate the review process. This is particularly true for very large documents such as clinical trial results which could be thousands of pages long. Our competition will recommend breaking large documents into smaller chunks, maybe hundreds of pages each, so reviewers don’t have to load the document every time they want to open it to continue reading. With ShareVault, however, you can allow users to save those sensitive documents right to their hard drive so they can instantly open them whenever they want to continue reading. Then you can remotely shred those documents whenever you want. In other words you can retroactively revoke a user’s right to open a document even after they’ve downloaded it. ShareVault’s powerful PDFtrak technology is based on secure AES-256 encryption. To open a previously downloaded document a user has to be logged into ShareVault, has to still be a member of your ShareVault, and has to still have permission to that document. If any of those criteria are not met the document will not open. If the document is open when permission is revoked, the document will immediately close.

#6 Screenshot Blocking

screenshot_blocking_icon.pngShareVault prevents screenshots on both Mac and PCs not only using the native screen capture, but also third party screen capture products like SnagIt. ShareVault can also prevent screen sharing software such as GoToMeeting. If you’re sharing your screen with someone else the other person won’t be able to grab a screenshot. We even prevent screenshots on our iOS and Android apps.

#7 Two-Step Verification

2-Step_verification_icon.pngYou’ve probably encountered two-step verification, also referred to as two-factor authentication, on your bank’s internet site or when logging into a Google account. A code is sent by text message to your phone, and you must use it in order to log in. ShareVault uses a similar approach. (For users who want to use ShareVault from locations without cell phone coverage, we are also compatible with Google Authenticator on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.) Information security experts generally consider two-factor verification a must-have security feature because it makes it so much harder for a hacker to gain unauthorized access to a site through an authorized, but hacked, user’s account. To breach an account a hacker would not only need to know the user’s password and security question, but would also have to gain access to the user’s mobile phone.

#8 Multi-Level Encryption

multi_level_encryption.pngWith ShareVault your files are encrypted at each stage of the document’s life cycle. During upload and download files are encrypted in transit using 256-bit SSL encryption. The same remains true while files are at rest within ShareVault. As most information security experts know the most critical aspect of data security is the encryption key management. ShareVault’s key management workflow ensures that only the intended ShareVault users can access your files. A person accessing the ShareVault back-end service is not able to open your files. This means that employees of ShareVault, or ShareVault data centers, are not able to access files. Even though all ShareVault employees have undergone background checks, information security auditors can rest assured that their data is protected even against rogue employees. And, as we’ve already discussed, ShareVault doesn’t stop with encryption in transit and encryption at rest. PDFtrak documents also continue to be protected on your end user’s computer. We call this persistent encryption provided by PDFtrack, encryption “at the edge” so your content is protected through your project’s entire life cycle.

#9 Secure & Reliable Cloud Infrastructure

secure_cloud_infrastructure_icon.pngShareVault is available to all of your users worldwide because it’s based in the cloud. We've invested heavily to ensure that ShareVault’s infrastructure is both reliable (with a 99.99% uptime) but also hardened with audited best practices which provide the security that our customers expect from us, including the applicable certifications. These include:

  • High-availability architecture
  • Geographic redundancy and failover
  • Data center certifications
    • SSAE-16 Type II & ISO 27001:2005
  • Safe Harbor self-certification
  • Skyhigh Enterprise-Ready
  • Secure software development lifecycle
  • Regular vulnerability scans

#10 Customer-Managed Encryption Keys

encryption_key_icon.pngInformation security experts know how important customer-managed keys are for ultra-secure enterprise applications. Encryption keys are basically long, complex numbers kept in a secure, virtual vault in the cloud. Without the proper key the file cannot be decrypted. The keys themselves are encrypted using a sophisticated workflow that you can think of as steel pipes through which the keys flow from the vault to the appropriate processes within ShareVault that encrypt or decrypt your files. Each time a key is retrieved from the vault and used it is immediately destroyed and never stored, except in the vault. The beautiful thing about ShareVault’s implementation of customer-managed keys is that, unlike our competitor that offers this advanced feature, it’s completely transparent—there’s no need for your IT department to get involved in setting up and managing a hardware security module.

Remember, a virtual data room can be an essential tool for facilitating deal transactions and other applications where it’s imperative to share confidential documents securely. However, choosing the right virtual data room with the advanced functionality you require can be the difference between an efficiently streamlined process and one that is aggravating and compromises deal success.

To learn even more about how ShareVault can keep your documents safe while facilitating and streamlining the due diligence process, download our free white paper, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Data Rooms."

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Data Rooms White Paper

Topics: Security

ShareVault Attends 15th Annual Bio•IT World Conference & Expo '16

Posted by Steve Joseph on Mar 1, 2016 9:01:49 AM

 bio-it_world_logo.jpgApril 5 - 7, 2016

Seaport World Trade Center | Boston, Massachusetts

ShareVault is excited to be exhibiting for the first time at the Bio•IT World Conference & Expo in Boston. 

Since its debut in 2002, the Annual Bio•IT World Conference & Expo has established itself as a premier event showcasing the myriad of IT and informatics applications and enabling technologies that drive biomedical research, drug discovery & development, and clinical and healthcare initiatives. Now in its fifteenth year, the Bio•IT World Conference & Expo continues to be a vibrant event that unites 3,000+ life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, and IT professionals from more than 30 countries.

Spanning three days, the 2016 meeting includes 13 parallel conference tracks and 16 pre-conference workshops. Compelling talks, including best practice case studies and joint partner presentations, will feature over 260 of your fellow industry and academic colleagues discussing themes of big data, smart data, cloud computing, trends in IT infrastructure, omics technologies, high-performance computing, data analytics, open source and precision medicine, from the research realm to the clinical arena.
Throughout the conference ShareVault will be showcasing our secure document sharing solution which is commonly used by life sciences organizations of all sizes worldwide in supporting a variety of applications, including licensing/partnering, alliance management, eCTD submission review, clinical trial transparency, FDA compliance/auditing, remote document collection, and more.
If you're going to be in Beantown for the conference, please stop by our booth (#143) and say hello. We'd love to have the opportunity to discuss how our secure document sharing system can save both time and money when securely sharing documents with third parties.
In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about what to look for in a virtual data room, download our free white paper, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Data Rooms."

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ShareVault Software Update - Improved Documents Page

Posted by John Badger on Feb 18, 2016 2:30:00 PM

software-update.jpgLos Gatos, CA - ShareVault will be updated this Sunday, February 21st, with major Improvements to the Documents Page

The new update will be live on ShareVault on Monday morning, and there's nothing that you need to do to take advantage of the new enhancements.

We've done a substantial rewrite of the documents page to provide the following improvements: 

  1. Our unique infinite scrolling capability has been updated for even smoother scrolling of the file list.
  2. For very large ShareVaults with many tags, the speed of many operations has significantly improved due to major optimization work and by avoiding page refreshes.
  3. Keyboard shortcuts for tag editing to make it even easier to manage your tag structure.
  4. Clearer handling and display of document-level permission overrides, making it easier to manage overrides.
  5. The duplicate tag feature has been updated to allow for a duplicated tag to retain its file associations.
  6. The “Edit Tags” mode has been removed—instead tags can be directly edited at any time without needing to enter a special mode. This allows for even more of a WYSIWYG tag editing experience.
  7. Enhanced tag counting – the document count for documents tagged at the level of a parent tag are shown separately (in parenthesis) from the count of documents tagged by the parent tag and its subtags.
  8. Ability to select documents tagged at the level of a parent tag without selecting the documents at the level of that tag’s subtags.
  9. Ability to hide the published date.
  10. Simplified tag selection: Previously, a tag was checked ( ☑ ) to filter the file list to show only files tagged with the tag, and a tag was selected (click to turn the tag gray) in order to adjust that tag’s properties. Now, clicking on a tag does both—this is easier to understand because there’s only one kind of tag selection. This makes tag selection even simpler, more intuitive and easier to understand. 


Topics: Products, Software Update, News

About ShareVault

Simple & Secure Document Sharing

ShareVault offers virtual data rooms for securely sharing documents with third parties. Typically used to share due diligence documents during M&A, partnering, fundraising and other dealmaking scenarios, ShareVault is increasingly being used for a wide variety of other applications, primarily in highly regulated industries, for securely sharing documents with third parties. ShareVault can be set up and deployed in an hour, yet offers enterprise-grade security and scaleability.

Learn More About Sharing Documents Simply and Securely Using ShareVault

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