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Molecular Profiles expands into early-development

29-Nov-2010
Last updated on 29-Nov-2010 at 10:28 GMT2010-11-29T10:28:26Z

UK contract research organization (CRO) Molecular Profiles says speed to clinical is key demand driver for drug development sector.

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Speaking at AAPS 2010 in New Orleans, Robert Harris, MP’s director of early development, told Outsourcing-pharma that recognition of this need was the main motivation for the firm’s recent move into the early-phase development space.

Harris went on to highlight solubility as one of the major hurdles that developers face when trying to move pre-clinical candidates into trials, particularly with the industry’s focus on large molecule and complex biologic drugs.

The main issue for a company developing a new drug is the speed with which it can be taken to clinic. Time is of the essence.”

These thoughts echo comments by CEO Nikin Patel, who said: “ [The firm is] committed to bringing innovative scientific approaches to the rapid and pragmatic cost-effective development of formulations for phase I and beyond.”

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