WIRB-Copernicus Group acquires eConsent tech

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Related tags: Informed consent, Central nervous system, Nervous system

WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG) has acquired eConsent technology to help clinical trial volunteers – and their families – make more informed decisions, says CEO.

Patient Genesis' ConsentNow electronic consent (eConsent) technology​ joins WCG’s platform of technology-enabled services.

WCG’s family of companies provide regulatory and ethical review services for human research.

We are convinced that by offering trial volunteers a more responsive and digitally-assisted way to learn about the trial of interest, they and their families will make a more informed and sustaining decision to participate​,” WCG Chairman and CEO Donald A. Deieso, Ph.D., told Outsourcing-Pharma.com.

Jeffrey Litwin, MD, CEO, MedAvante-ProPhase, a WCG company, told us that with ConsentNow, clients can “consistently deliver a concise message to potential subjects, clearly communicating the risks and benefits of participating in a clinical trial, with a proven process that can be tracked and measured​.”

The platform features step-by-step setup screens that document subject comprehension to ensure compliance. “Built-in subject retention tools, with real-time site and sponsor metrics, allow for comprehensive adjustments to the consent form if the desired learning level is not achieved​,” added Litwin.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

A suite of applications – and acquisitions

The clinical services organization has made several acquisitions in the past year, including​ that of the global patient recruitment, enrollment, and retention firm ThreeWire in May. In the same month, the company also announced​ its acquisition of MedAvante and ProPhase, a move that bolstered its presence in the central nervous system (CNS) and behavior health assessment markets.

Western IRB, a WIRB-Copernicus Group company, also aligned​ with the global professional services firm, Huron, in order to support research programs in the face of heightened expectations from industry sponsors. 

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