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WIRB-Copernicus Group acquires FDAnews

Friday, July 21, 2017

WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG), a provider of solutions to measurably improve the quality and efficiency of clinical research, has acquired FDAnews, which provides global regulatory information for executives in the clinical research, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries.

FDAnews joins clinical trial publishing leader CenterWatch to create a powerful new resource for the life science community. FDAnews/CenterWatch provides a suite of well-respected newsletters, books, databases, market intelligence reports, conferences and webinars, including Drug Industry Daily, CenterWatch Monthly, the Clinical Trials Data Library, the Medical Device Quality Congress and the FDA Inspections Summit.

“We are delighted to welcome the accomplished team from FDAnews to our family of companies and excited to see what the combination of FDAnews and CenterWatch will produce for our industry,” said Donald A. Deieso, Ph.D., chairman and CEO of WCG. 

“We have long prided ourselves on providing thought leadership and information solutions to the clinical trials community and look forward to extending our offerings to other segments of the biopharmaceutical and medical device ecosystem,” said Deieso. “Our clients will benefit from real-time access to regulatory actions, industry developments and other critical issues that affect life sciences organizations.”

“We are very excited to join CenterWatch and the family of WCG companies and look forward to what we will collectively deliver to our clients,” said Cynthia Carter, president of FDAnews/CenterWatch. “My team has long admired CenterWatch products and we share WCG’s mission of providing high-quality products and services to the industry.”

Serving the industry for 50 years, WCG is the trusted partner of biopharmaceutical companies, CROs, institutions and central research sites, and has overseen research conducted by 90% of the country’s FDA-regulated investigators. Comprised of the largest and most highly accredited institutional review boards (IRBs) in the world, WCG’s chief focus is on finding ways to accelerate the clinical research process and protect study volunteers.

Like the other WCG companies, FDAnews/CenterWatch will operate independently as a publishing division within the group and will be respectively located in Falls Church, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. WCG will support the new company as it continues to expand with access to capital, expertise and corporate operational support.

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