Quintiles believes there is a “dire need” for trial sites that can raise standards and reduce inefficiencies in the clinical research process and is expanding its Prime Site programme to meet this demand.
Hyderabad, India-based Makro Care says its GCP “helpdesk” website has already proved to be an invaluable information source for contract research organisations (CRO), investigators and pharma trial sponsors.
Russia-based CRO SynRG has cut the time to prepare a detailed proposal from two weeks to two hours, giving the company a competitive advantage over its rivals, and established a presence in the US to target small to mid-sized companies.
US CRO and central laboratory services provider Pacific Biometrics (PBI) has entered into a $4m (€2.7m) loan agreement that it says will help further the development of its contract biomarkers business.
AstraZeneca (AZ) has dramatically cut the time taken to initiate a Phase I oncology trial by working with its strategic partner to improve administrative processes and eliminate delays, according to research.
An “enormous leap in productivity” can be achieved by applying the principles of adaptive trials to broader operations, such as recruitment, according to a CEO that thinks CROs have to adopt the method.
Drug development partnering site goBalto’s addition of Latin American clinical sites to its database in a deal with Chilean CRO Clinical Trials Support (CTS) is timely given the pharma and biotech industry’s focus on emerging markets.