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Pfizer teams helps Fudan University found clinical data management MSc

03-Aug-2009 - US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has teamed up with China’s Fudan University to set up a Master’s degree programme in clinical data management and statistical programming.

Covance doubles metabolite testing capacity

29-Jul-2009 - US CRO Covance has expanded its preclinical development offering, doubling metabolite identification capacity at its facility in Madison, Wisconsin.

Isogen's new science centre a "unique" clinical service facility

28-Jul-2009 - US firm Isogen says the combination of aseptic filling, engineering and containment know-how on offer at its new Science Center is unique among facilities serving the clinical market.

Phase Forward's income drops in Q2

28-Jul-2009 - Phase Forward’s GAAP net income fell by 41 per cent in Q2 despite an increase in revenues, as rising operating costs hit the company.

Developing world trials meet standards and speed drugs to market, says ACRO

22-Jul-2009 -  Clinical trials in the developing world meet the same standards as those in Europe and the US and are vital for accelerating drug development says the Association of Clinical Research...

Phase Forward buys Covance’s web business for $10m

16-Jul-2009 -  US data management and collection specialist Phase Forward will pay $10m (€7m) for Covance’s interactive voice and web response business (IVRS/IWRS).

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PRA opens South Korean office

16-Jul-2009 -  US CRO PRA International has opened a new office in South Korea, further extending its presence in Asia.

“Velos on-demand” launched to help CROs cut spending

13-Jul-2009 -  US software company Velos hopes its new “software as a service” (SaaS) internet offering will attract CROs and Pharma firms seeking low-cost trial management solutions.

KDH hopes PatientLocate will change recruitment paradigm

09-Jul-2009 -  US software development firm KDH Systems has unveiled a new platform that it claims will change “the paradigm of clinical trial patient recruitment.”

QPS partners Taiwan’s DCB and extends offering

08-Jul-2009 -  US contract research organisation (CRO) QPS has been called in by the Taiwanese Development Center for Biotechnology (DCB) to provide support services for biotech firms operating in the region.

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WuXi only CRO to make China’s list of top ten outsourcers

06-Jul-2009 -  Shanghai based CRO WuXi PharmaTech has been named as one of China’s top ten outsourcing enterprises in 2008 by the country’s Ministry of Commerce.

Medidata inks EDC deal with Roche

02-Jul-2009 -  Medidata has followed up its successful IPO by inking a deal with Roche, which is reported to be pulling out of PhRMA and the ABPI, to provide the Swiss pharma...

Phase Forward signs new deal with GSK

01-Jul-2009 -  Data management specialist Phase Forward has landed a “multi-million dollar” clinical trial services contract with GSK.

Chiltern sets up in Hungary

30-Jun-2009 -  UK group Chiltern International has opened an office in Budapest Hungary, joining the growing number of CRO players to set up in the CEE.

Synteract sets up in Czech Republic joining CRO CEE rush

24-Jun-2009 -  Synteract will open an office in Prague in the Czech Republic, joining the growing number of CROs to offer sponsors access to treatment naive populations in Central and Eastern Europe...

More trial info would boost physician referrals, says CenterWatch

18-Jun-2009 -  Physicians say a lack of information about candidate drugs often prevents them referring patients for clinical trials, according to a new survey by sector analysts CenterWatch.

Icon partners to create translational research site

17-Jun-2009 -  Icon has entered into a collaboration with the Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation (CMFT) to establish a purpose built translational medicine facility in the UK.

Quintiles sets up in Ghana to boost recruitment pool

17-Jun-2009 -  UK CRO Quintiles Transnational has set up an office in Accra, Ghana in a move it claims allows it to recruit trial participants from sub-Saharan Africa’s estimated 760m residents....

DZS rolls out ClinPlus CTMS for complex trials

16-Jun-2009 -  US group DZS Software Solutions says its new web ClinPlus CTMS technology will help sponsors and CROs ensure that trial procedures are being followed and eliminate redundant study management systems....

Cogenics rolls out new 1,936 marker DMET screening service

08-Jun-2009 -  US genomic services specialist Cogenics has launched a new DMET analysis service that it believes will improve patient genotyping during clinical trials, helping drug industry sponsors target the development of...

Microsoft adds genomics capacity to Amalga

08-Jun-2009 -  Microsoft is ramping up its efforts in drug R&D for personalised medicine through the acquisition of genomic analysis technology developed by Seattle, US firm Rosetta Biosoftware.

Merge Healthcare to acquire eTrials after Bio-Imaging bid collapses

03-Jun-2009 -  IT solutions firm Merge Healthcare has won the race to buy eClinical specialist etrials, beating previous suitor Bio-Imaging Technologies whose takeover bid collapsed on Monday.  

MDS sells late stage trial unit to INC Research

02-Jun-2009 -  Canadian CRO MDS Pharma Services (MDS) is to sell its Phase II-IV trial business to US counterpart INC Research for $50m (€35m) and focus on providing discovery and early clinical...

Kendle further expands Asia-Pacific presence

02-Jun-2009 -  US CRO Kendle has set up three units in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, further demonstrating the growing importance of the Asia Pacific for the contract research sector.

BKK sets up in Japan to combat recruitment lag

28-May-2009 -  US Patient recruitment specialist BBK Worldwide has set up a unit in Osaka, Japan to improve enrolment rates for studies in the country and help local pharma and biotech firms...

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