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Study: Merit increase budgets continue to rise in the global CRO industry

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:11 PM

Merit increase budgets continue to rise in the global CRO industry, according to a study conducted by HR+Survey Solutions. The survey found the overall global (all countries combined) average budgeted salary increase for 2015 is 4.14%, up from 3.94% in 2014, and significantly higher than the overall average actual increase in 2014 of 3.7%.

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Certara opens larger corporate headquarters in New Jersey

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:10 PM

Certara, a global biosimulation technology-enabled drug development and drug safety consulting company, is moving its corporate headquarters to a larger location in Princeton, N.J.

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PTC Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania collaborate on orphan disease research

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:09 PM

PTC Therapeutics, a global biopharmaceutical company, has inked a collaboration with the Orphan Disease Center at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania focused on translational research for discovering and developing new treatments for orphan disorders. The partnership reflects both parties' commitment to developing treatments and improving the lives of those who suffer from rare diseases.

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AstraZeneca establishes scientific review board for clinical trial data transparency

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:05 PM

AstraZeneca has created a scientific review board that will act independently to assess requests from external researchers, which includes patient level data. The board of independent clinicians and academics has been established as part of AZ's commitment to the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Responsible Data Sharing Principles, as well as the new EMA Clinical Trial Policy and Regulation.

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Tute Genomics, Google Genomics collaborate on genetic database

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:03 PM

Tute Genomics, a Utah­-based provider of a clinical genome interpretation platform, along with Dr. Xiaoming Liu and his team at the University of Texas, have teamed up with Google to grant public access to a database of 8.5 billion annotations of genetic variants through Google Genomics.

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CISCRP Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K recognizes clinical trial volunteers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:27 PM

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), an independent, nonprofit organization based in Boston, Mass., has announced the upcoming Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk in Salt Lake City to celebrate the volunteers who participate in clinical research and to raise awareness about the importance of clinical research in advancing public health.

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Patheon to acquire IRIX Pharmaceuticals

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:26 PM

Patheon will acquire IRIX Pharmaceuticals of Florence, S.C., which specializes in difficult to manufacture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) needs for drugs from early and late development through commercial launch. Patheon expects to close the transaction in the next 60 days.

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals counterbids Endo, offers Salix $1.45B

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:25 PM

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and Salix Pharmaceuticals have entered into an amendment to their Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated Feb. 20. Valeant increased the offer price to acquire all the outstanding common stock of Salix from $158 per share to $199 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $1.45 billion.

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ACRO holds initial meeting of CRO Forum

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:21 PM

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) has held the inaugural meeting of the CRO Forum in Washington, D.C. The Forum was established last October as the primary vehicle for interaction between the CRO industry and TransCelerate BioPharma.

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BRANY earns five-year AAHRPP accreditation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 01:20 PM

BRANY has successfully continued its full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). The five-year accreditation reflects BRANY’s continuing commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. AAHRPP’s accreditation process helps organizations consistently meet ethical principles and standards for protecting research participants.

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March 23

Industry welcomes FDA draft guidance outlining the use of electronic Informed Consent for trials

Apple launches ResearchKit platform to tap millions of iPhone users to enroll in observational studies using apps

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March

Novo Nordisk, Takeda, Servier, Celgene among top sponsors
New gains seen from patient- and site-centric initiatives

Patient reported outcomes take center stage
FDA combining PROs, clinical outcomes in its approval decisions

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February

Study grants market breaks $13 billion
Volume of clinical activity rising while growth in grant spending slows

Revisiting eClinical Technology Solutions Adoption
While use of established solutions grows, sponsors hesitate on newer tools

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