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Randomised clinical trials have been the mainstay of pharmaceutical product development for decades, but will they be designed and carried out the same way in future? With trials tipped to get smaller and patient selection more complex as pharma’s blockbuster model is dismantled, interactive technologies, adaptive designs and new ways to recruit and monitor patients will come to the fore.

Quintiles sees strong demand from large pharma

04-Aug-2014 - Quintiles CEO Tom Pike told investors last week that the company is seeing “very strong demand from the larger pharmaceutical firms because their pipelines are full right now,” and at...

Philanthropist gives $650m to Broad Institute for psychiatric research

24-Jul-2014 - Philanthropist Ted Stanley has gifted $650m to the Broad Institute as part of a wider attempt to galvanize research on psychiatric disorders and bring new treatments to market. 

ACRES, inVentiv partner to help develop global trial standards

17-Jul-2014 - CRO inVentiv’s Clinical Trial Recruitment Solutions (iCTRS) and the non-profit Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) are partnering to accelerate the development of a global standards system to...

ACRO offers new ways to keep US research competitive

14-Jul-2014 - The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) offered a number of recommendations to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee’s “21st Century Cures” initiative last week as part of an...

CDSCO issues raft of new trial regulations

07-Jul-2014 - Sponsors and CROs must ensure that clinical studies are properly designed and that investigators work on a maximum of three trials simultaneously under new guidelines issued by Indian regulators.

Veeva aims to boost efficiency with cloud-based data alignment tool

02-Jun-2014 - Veeva Systems says its new global alignment solution for pharmaceutical companies will bring together data interactions and content into its Commercial Cloud.

Medpace moves into Singapore with new central lab

07-May-2014 - Medpace Laboratories, Singapore will serve and support new and existing Medpace pharmaceutical clients conducting clinical research in the rapidly expanding Asia Pacific region. 

Harlan partners with Invenium to move further into Asia-Pacific region

28-Apr-2014 - Toxicology services provider Harlan Laboratories has selected Invenium Pharmacology as its exclusive agent for Harlan’s Contract Research Services (CRS) in Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

Biogen Idec selects Quintiles in 5-year strategic partnership

24-Apr-2014 - Biogen Idec’s five-year deal is the latest example of biopharma embracing the strategic partnership model, but the choice of Quintiles is somewhat of a surprise, according to ISI analyst Ross...

CROs to 'push' patients into trials using partners, report predicts

14-Apr-2014 - Patient recruitment is “the major bottleneck” in clinical development, an Industry Standard Research report says, but though it predicts a drive to ‘push’ patients into trials, industry disagrees.

Alliance with patient network won't replace CRO partnerships, says Genentech

09-Apr-2014 - Genentech says its collaboration with PatientsLikeMe will enable more effective clinical trial recruitment but will not affect its partnerships with CROs.

Clinverse records four partnerships, significant growth in Q1

09-Apr-2014 - CRO and sponsor payment service provider Clinverse announced a record first quarter to start 2014, with the addition of four significant new clients, as well as strong additional repeat business from...

Growth in outsourcing expected to ramp up for CROs says analyst

03-Mar-2014 - Despite investor concerns about growth in R&D dollars for big pharma, CROs (contract research organizations) will benefit from the continued outsourcing, according to Citi analysts. 

Parexel tops analysts’ revenue, EPS expectations for Q2

03-Feb-2014 - Parexel narrowly beat investment analysts’ earnings per share and revenue expectations as consolidated service revenue hit $487.1m.

Cost and compliance turning CROs to outsourced site payment providers

23-Jan-2014 - The need to improve efficiency and comply with regulatory and geographical demands is driving the third-party clinical payment industry, say Greenphire, CFS and Clinverse.

Wuxi slightly raises financial expectations for 2013

20-Jan-2014 - WuXi PharmaTech has raised its 2013 financial guidance and now expects to achieve total revenues for 2013 of approximately $578m (€424m). 

breaking news

EU MEPs plan to make drugmakers make trial data public

20-Dec-2013 - Drugmakers and academics will have to upload the results of trials run in Europe to a public database under a provisional deal agreed in the European Parliament earlier today.

Siemens wins Pfizer companion diagnostics deal

17-Dec-2013 - German electronics firm Siemens has been contracted to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics by US drug giant Pfizer.

Algorithme teams with Montreal hospital to expand breadth of services

12-Dec-2013 - Algorithme Pharma has increased early stage patient access by teaming with a Montreal hospital, and says it provides a breadth of therapeutic areas not normally associated with mid-sized CROs.

update

Quotient Clinical bought by private equity investor

11-Dec-2013 - Early-stage development services firm Quotient Clinical has been bought by private equity organization, Bridgepoint Development Capital.

Dispatches from PCT

Parexel: Strategic partnerships are reshaping the CRO industry

02-Dec-2013 - Strategic partnerships are “the next phase” of sponsor-CRO relations, according to Parexel, and on top of saving pharma on oversight costs will reshape the industry. 

Dispatches from PCT

Not all good news: CROs must prepare for Private Equity exit, experts say

02-Dec-2013 - Private equity will be looking to exit the CRO industry and could pose a threat to recent strong growth, according to financial experts at PCT

Dispatches from PCT

Quintiles is the "arms, legs and brain" in Merck Serono's monogamous relationship

02-Dec-2013 - Trust, transparency and end-to-end participation are just some of the reasons Merck Serono says its exclusive strategic partnership with Quintiles is the “first of its kind.”

Dispatches from PCT

Pfizer: Active role for patients as smartphones lead way in virtual trials

25-Nov-2013 - Smartphones are changing the role of the patient in clinical trials and can be used for industry success, Pfizer and technology provider firm Exco InTouch said at PCT 2013.

PCT - Day 2

Ultravox wrong: Vienna 'everything' to CROs this week

19-Nov-2013 - CROs from across Europe and beyond have gathered in Vienna, Austria this week for Partnerships in Clinical Trials' (PCT) European congress. Outsourcing-pharma.com will be covering the show live.