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Quintiles, Quest Diagnostics launch JV merging lab services

31-Mar-2015 - With an eye on central labs industry leader LabCorp, Quintiles and Quest Diagnostics are combining their clinical trials lab operations to provide clients with the world’s second-largest option....

Ergomed opens new office in Taiwan to meet growing Asian demand

30-Mar-2015 - UK-based risk-sharing CRO Ergomed has opened its first Asian office in Taiwan to strengthen its clinical research and consultancy presence in Asia.

PRA Health Sciences launches major early phase expansions

30-Mar-2015 - In another sign that early phase research demand is picking up, North Carolina-based CRO PRA Health Sciences (PRA) is increasing its Phase I clinical footprint in the US and Russia. ...

Biorasi latest CRO to join Medidata's Rave party

30-Mar-2015 - Biorasi has become the latest CRO to ink a deal to use Medidata's Rave cloud-based clinical trial management technology.

Parexel to tap additional pharmacovigilance services with QSI acquisition

26-Mar-2015 - Global CRO Parexel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-owned, Chandigarh, India-based Quantum Solutions India, a provider of specialized pharmacovigilance services. 

CRO pricing power remains ‘elusive,’ analyst says

26-Mar-2015 - As biotech and mid-sized pharma companies continue to drive growth for CROs (contract research organizations), the expected ramping up of prices due to increased competition has yet to fully materialize,...

Parexel audit reports come under scrutiny thanks to Ranbaxy’s FDA lawsuit

25-Mar-2015 - Parexel’s audits of Ranbaxy’s deficient manufacturing operations in India were of specific interest to the FDA, though the CRO did not turn over the reports because of concerns that their...

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BioClinica looks to service more CROs with new RTP office

24-Mar-2015 - Service provider BioClinica will open a Research Triangle Park (RTP) office in North Carolina in response to a rapidly expanding customer base of study sponsors and CROs (contract research organizations)...

Does Europe’s Evotec offer an outsourcing model for the future?

24-Mar-2015 - With a small pipeline of clinical candidates, as well as R&D partnerships with top Big Pharma companies paying for those partnerships, Evotec could be in a position to re-define what...

GSK, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to develop obesity, Type 2 diabetes treatment

23-Mar-2015 - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) will collaborate with GlaxoSmithKline to develop treatments for obesity and Type 2 diabetes. 

Icon funds new research on informed consent at Carnegie Mellon

23-Mar-2015 - Dublin-based CRO Icon is sponsoring a series of research projects at Carnegie Mellon University as part of a long-term partnership to find new ways to improve the comprehension and retention...

Lilly inks $450m oncology drug development collaboration in China

20-Mar-2015 - Eli Lilly and China biotech Innovent Biologics will collaborate to develop at least three cancer treatments over the next decade. 

Clinical Ink merges with CentrosHealth to create new trial tech platform

20-Mar-2015 - eSource solution provider Clinical Ink is merging with CentrosHealth, a provider of mobile apps for clinical trial patient engagement and electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO). 

Sanofi signs CRO Evotec to €250m, five-year research partnership

20-Mar-2015 - The strategic partnership comes with Sanofi providing €250m to Evotec, including €40m upfront, as part of efforts to discover new drug candidates, including in the area of oncology, and specifically...

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Recipharm completes Korean serialisation project for Abbott

18-Mar-2015 - The Korean project, which began in April 2014, required the Sweden-based CDMO (contract development and manufacturing organization) Recipharm to produce a data matrix code, including serial number, to comply with...

CRO salaries expected to rise in 2015 as companies look to retain top talent

18-Mar-2015 - The average budgeted merit salary increase for 2015 topped out at 4.14%, which is up slightly from 2014’s average of 3.94% and significantly higher than 2014’s actual increase of 3.7%,...

Evotec, Second Genome to collaborate on finding treatments for microbiome-mediated diseases

18-Mar-2015 - Evotec and Second Genome have agreed to partner in small molecule-based discovery and development activities for the treatment of microbiome-mediated diseases. 

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$100m Big Pharma-backed VC fund to focus on dementia research

17-Mar-2015 - Biogen Idec, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly and Pfizer have all committed to investing in the $100m venture capital fund, alongside Alzheimer’s Research UK and the UK government.

Study finds most US clinical trial data not publically available in a timely fashion

13-Mar-2015 - Despite legal reporting requirements, the vast majority of results from clinical trials are not reported on within a year of their ending, according to a new study from the New England Journal...

Society for Clinical Research Sites expands relationship with PPD’s Acurian

13-Mar-2015 - The trade organization Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) has broadened its relationship with PPD subsidiary Acurian to initiate a Site Advocacy Group (SAG) focused on global patient recruitment.

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KCR shifts head office from Warsaw to Berlin to get closer to clients

12-Mar-2015 - With operations across 19 European countries as well as the US, contract Research Organization KCR recently relocated its head office from Warsaw, Poland, to Berlin, Germany to be closer to clients....

EUCROF calls on EMA not to publish CRO inspection reports as part of transparency efforts

11-Mar-2015 - The European CRO (contract research organization) Federation is calling on the EMA (European Medicines Agency) to not allow for the “unrestricted publication of inspection reports” as only “findings that are...

Quintiles looks to acquire new assets outside the US, CEO says

10-Mar-2015 - With operations in more than 100 countries, the world’s largest CRO Quintiles is now looking to extend its global reach even farther, CEO Tom Pike told investors at the Barclays...

US FDA offers draft guidance on electronic informed consent

09-Mar-2015 - The draft guidance  comes in the form of a Q&A and offers clinical investigators, IRBs and others a look into how electronic informed consent (eIC) should be done properly....


Icon doubles down on devices with new research group

09-Mar-2015 - CRO Icon has launched a new medical device and diagnostics research group following the combination of recently acquired Aptiv Solutions ’ expertise with its own experts.