CROs/Service Providers

Sciformix expands, adds new office in the U.K.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 12:56 PM

Sciformix, a scientific process organization (SPO) located in Westborough, Mass., has opened a new office in Manchester, U.K., expanding its global presence and footprint to include the European region. Sciformix supports life science organizations with high quality services in safety and risk management, regulatory affairs and operations and clinical research and post-approval support.

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Date set for arbitration trial between CEL-SCI and inVentiv

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 12:45 PM

CEL-SCI, a biotechnology company based in Vienna, Va., has announced that the trial in its ongoing arbitration against CRO inVentiv Clinical currently is scheduled for May 4.

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Mapi completes acquisition of Optum Life Sciences services

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 08:00 AM

Mapi, a global health research and commercialization services company, has completed the acquisition of select Optum Life Sciences services, including North American and European Regulatory Consulting, Late Phase CRO and European Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) teams.

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UPS to acquire Polish healthcare logistics company Poltraf

Monday, January 5, 2015 12:51 PM

UPS has agreed to terms with Poland-based investment fund ORTIE to acquire its pharmaceutical logistics company Poltraf. The acquisition will further strengthen UPS' healthcare experience and network in Europe, enabling compliant logistics services to customers for streamlining their product supply to the fast-growing healthcare markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

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PPD, SNBL form Japanese clinical development joint venture

Monday, January 5, 2015 12:33 PM

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a global CRO based in Wilmington, N.C., and Japan-based Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL) have formed a joint venture to provide a full range of clinical development services in Japan, including phase I-IV clinical trial monitoring, project management, site intelligence and activation, biostatistics, data management, medical writing, pharmacovigilance, regulatory and FSP services.

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WuXi opening offices in Boston and San Francisco

Monday, December 22, 2014 02:13 PM

CRO WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman), an open-access R&D capability and technology platform company with operations in China and the U.S., will open offices in Boston and San Francisco in early 2015.

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Cromos Pharma launches risk-sharing partnerships program

Friday, December 19, 2014 02:33 PM

Portland, Ore.-based CRO Cromos Pharma, which operates predominantly in Eastern/Central Europe, has implemented a risk-sharing platform partnering with biotech, pharma and device companies with promising drug, biologics or medical device technologies.

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PPD, ERT partner to enhance drug development

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:28 PM

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a global CRO based in Wilmington, N.C., and ERT, a Philadelphia, Pa.-based provider of patient safety and efficacy data collection solutions, have partnered to facilitate delivery of ERT’s comprehensive solutions for patient safety and efficacy endpoint data collection to help biopharmaceutical clients conduct clinical trials in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

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DaVita business units DaVita Clinical Research, HealthCare Partners Clinical Research to merge

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:29 PM

DaVita HealthCare Partners, a U.S. innovative healthcare community, has announced that two of its business units, DaVita Clinical Research (DCR) and HealthCare Partners Clinical Research, will merge capabilities to further expand its clinical research and data analytics services, specifically in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), as well as primary care and chronic disease patients treated in an integrated care organization.

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Health Decisions CEO Michael Rosenberg, Nuventra Pharma VP David Hartman killed in plane crash

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 12:47 PM

CRO Health Decisions, based in Durham, N.C., confirmed yesterday its founder and CEO Michael Rosenberg, M.D., MPH, died at 11 a.m. Monday in a private plane crash near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md., a Washington, D.C. suburb.

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