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It's not the size... CRO Simbec-Orion on why it can compete with Quintiles

05-Feb-2015 - Being a drug developer not just a service provider differentiates Simbec-Orion from the Big CROs according to CEO Ronald Openshaw, whose firm signed two strategic partnerships last week.

CROs call for better ways to leverage investigative site relationships

03-Feb-2015 - Improving investigative site relationships in 2015 is a top priority for pharma and CRO (contract research organization) execs, according to a roundtable recently hosted by the Tufts Center for the...

Top CROs tight lipped about rumoured Pfizer deal

20-Jan-2015 - Quintiles has said Pfizer will “remain a customer” after analysts said the CRO lost out to a privately-owned contractor in the race to be the drug giant's third alliance partner.

CROs plan to increase use of ePRO tech

13-Jan-2015 - CROs, as well as sponsors, are receptive to, and plan to increase their use of ePRO (electronic patient reported outcomes), according to a survey published  Monday from the Tufts Center for the...

WIL IT software deal speed up US FDA drug evaluations? Yes says Instem

18-Dec-2014 - Regulatory reviewers spend more time managing incoming data than on the drug evaluation process, says Instem which has inked a deal with WIL Research for its nonclinical IT systems.

CDSCO says Indian hospital charged for stem cell treatments given during unapproved trial

15-Dec-2014 - Indian regulators have accused a hospital of conducting unauthorised clinical trials of stem cell therapies and of charging patients who took part for the treatments.

Europe's response "disproportionate" says GVK Biosciences

15-Dec-2014 - GVK Biosciences has called marketing authorisation withdrawals by various European regulators “disproportionate,” arguing that ECG results at centre of data manipulation investigation have no bearing on safety.

INC Research expands partnership with Society for Clinical Research Sites

08-Dec-2014 - INC Research has expanded its partnership with the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) through the end of 2015 to become the first organization to support SCRS' new member Scholarship...

Medidata: Prepare to embrace digital biomarkers in trials or lose competitiveness

25-Nov-2014 - The advent of Big Data in clinical trials will mean companies not using digital biomarkers are unlikely to exist by 2025, the President of cloud-based technology firm Medidata has warned.


PPD and inVentiv: Are the last privately-owned Big CROs ready to go public?

13-Nov-2014 - Soon PPD and inVentiv will be the only privately-owned top eight CROs, which prompted us to weigh up the firms in the event that either goes public in the near...

Survey finds CROs far from going paperless with TMFs

30-Oct-2014 - Although the barriers for going paperless are relatively low for CROs, the service providers have yet to fully adopt electronic TMFs (trial master files), a new survey says.

Ukraine still attracting Quintiles, PPD, Icon, Parexel and INC says study

22-Sep-2014 - Political instability in Ukraine has not diminished international drug industry desire to conduct clinical trials there according to a new report.

Dispatches from ChemOutsourcing

CMO consolidation: Do biopharma partners see any benefits?

17-Sep-2014 - As contract manufacturers continue to consolidate , some in the industry are questioning whether the resulting companies have the ability to offer the same services as the former individual companies. 

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Public CROs are sign of booming market, not PE apathy say financial advisors

15-Sep-2014 - Experts have predicted more CROs will go public as Private Equity looks to get a return on its investments, but such shifts are indicative of a booming market rather than...

Mid-sized biopharma key to strategic partnerships, Quintiles CEO says

09-Sep-2014 - Strategic partnerships - always a hot-topic for CROs – are becoming almost exclusively a big issue for mid-sized biopharma, though small biopharma and large pharma companies are interested as well,...

PPD acquires RCT Logic’s license to clinical trial design tech

04-Sep-2014 - CRO Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) announced today that it has acquired for an undisclosed sum RCT Logic’s exclusive license from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for the portfolio of patents related...

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...

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