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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.

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.

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Pfizer calls in CBRE to streamline EU operations

27-Jul-2009 - US drug giant Pfizer has called in real estate services firm CB Richard Ellis Group (CBRE) to provide facilities management services at 10 of its European offices.

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...

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Almac Diagnostics Craigavon HQ open for business

22-Jul-2009 -  The new Northern Ireland HQ of Almac’s diagnostics unit was opened last week in a ceremony presided over by renowned cancer specialist Martin Murphy.

Alcan talks still on in wake of Bemis deal, says Amcor

20-Jul-2009 -  Australian group Amcor has confirmed that talks about a takeover of Alcan’s pharmaceutical packaging business are still ongoing but says that no binding agreement has yet been reached.

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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.

LFB picks Lonza for CMO deal

16-Jul-2009 - French biopharmaceutical group LFB has contracted Lonza’s biopharmaceuticals division to make trial supplies of its candidated monoclonal anti-RhD antibody.

“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.

Icon buys Veeda’s UK biomarker lab

13-Jul-2009 -  The Oxford, UK, biomarker laboratory facilities of India’s Veeda CR have been taken over by Icon Development Solutions, in a deal which both consolidates existing customer relationships for the buyer...

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.”

PPD cuts jobs in face of falling demand

09-Jul-2009 -  US CRO PPD has laid off around 80 people at its HQ in Wilmington, North Carolina and may cut another 200 jobs from its North American workforce, according to local...

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.

India vs China: outsource what to where

07-Jul-2009 -  India and China share many similarities as outsourcing locations but there are also significant differences that are important to understand before making a commitment, according to a report.

UAE predicted to be clinical trial hub

07-Jul-2009 -  The number of CROs operating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to rise, according to an expert on the region, as companies are attracted by the cost effectiveness...

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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.

Sepha shows off BlisterScan in Japan

06-Jul-2009 -  Northern Irish pack testing specialist Sepha has moved forward with plans to enter the Japanese market, showcasing its BlisterScan platform at Interphex Japan in Tokyo last week.

Charles River rejigs exec roles and preclinical organisation

02-Jul-2009 -  US CRO Charles River (CRL) has unveiled a raft of executive changes and plans to restructure its PCS unit to provide customers with a more centralised approach to global drug...

Originates increases pharma gelatin capacity

30-Jun-2009 -  US raw materials supplier Originates has boosted its pharmaceutical bovine hide gelatin manufacturing capacity with the addition of two new ISO 9000/9001 certified, GMP-standard production facilities in South America.

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...

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Downturn bad for Indian CMOs but only short-term, says BMI

22-Jun-2009 -  While contract manufacturing organisations (CMO) will see demand fall short-term, ultimately, the global downturn will benefit the India’s pharmaceutical industry, says BMI.

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....

Large pharmas turning to 3PL to cut costs

17-Jun-2009 -  Large pharma companies will increase the level of supply chain activities they outsource in the next few years but smaller businesses are predicted to keep them in-house, according to a...

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....

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