CROs/Service Providers

ACRO backs COMPETE Act to expand R&D tax credit

Thursday, July 31, 2014 02:07 PM

By Ronald Rosenberg
CenterWatch Staff Writer

On the eve of Congress’ summer departure, an R&D tax credit bill called the COMPETE Act was introduced this morning that would make the R&D tax credit permanent, increase the credit rate to 25% of qualifying research investments and enable investors in small research companies to claim the credit.

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PCI to acquire Penn Pharma

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:42 PM

Packaging Coordinators (PCI) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Penn Pharmaceutical Services.

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INC Research drives deeper site connections through strengthened study startup effort

Monday, July 21, 2014 03:27 PM

As part of an effort to foster strong site relationships—to optimize timelines and deliver rapid study startup for global clinical trials—and establish the foundation for successful collaboration across the duration of a study, North Carolina-based CRO INC Research has promoted Carol Aliyar to senior vice president, study startup.

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Accovion continues expansion of European presence

Monday, July 21, 2014 03:14 PM

Germany-based CRO Accovion has expanded its European presence. The company, already active in more than 20 countries, has established a subsidiary in Milan, Italy, naming Verónica de Lázaro country director.

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GVK Bio launches new clinical development service offering

Monday, July 21, 2014 03:06 PM

India-based GVK Biosciences has unveiled a new brand, Clinogent, in the clinical development industry. Clinogent provides end-to-end clinical development services, from bioequivalence studies for generic pharma to late phase patient-based clinical studies. It offers solutions to complex data analysis and medical communication problems.

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Factory-CRO launches clinical trial rescue program for medical devices

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 01:17 PM

Factory-CRO, a medical device CRO based in the Netherlands, has announced a new early-detection program designed to help medical device companies correct poorly designed clinical trials, effectively saving the study from ultimately being rejected by the FDA or European regulators.

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Theorem Clinical Research, Excel Life Sciences partner

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 01:13 PM

CRO Theorem Clinical Research and Excel Life Sciences (ELS) have formed a strategic relationship to bolster Theorem’s clinical development offerings in India, including local site management experience. ELS has long-standing relationships with more than 1,000 hospitals and research centers across 25 cities throughout India, covering a broad range of therapeutic disciplines.

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Harlan Laboratories, Fluofarma collaborate

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 01:10 PM

Harlan Laboratories, a privately held provider of general and specialty toxicology services through its Contract Research Services (CRS) business, and Fluofarma, a CRO specializing in high content analysis, have partnered to strengthen the companies’ drug discovery and translational medicine services.

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Chiltern acquires Ockham, strengthening oncology, CRO services, job placement

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 03:38 PM

By Ronald Rosenberg
CenterWatch Staff Writer

U.K.-based Chiltern, a 32-year-old global CRO specializing in oncology services and a range of other therapeutic areas, has acquired Ockham, a 28-year-old oncology-focused CRO, and the two companies will merge their operations.

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Concept Life Sciences launches, acquires three companies in $100M deal

Monday, July 14, 2014 12:42 PM

Concept Life Sciences, a newly formed international scientific laboratory and consultancy business, has made three acquisitions with a combined enterprise value approaching $100 million, following backing from Equistone Partners Europe. Concept Life Sciences acquired Peakdale Molecular, Resource & Environmental Consultants (REC) and Scientific Analysis Laboratories (SAL), which operate a number of sites across the U.K. 

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