Weekly Features

Clinical research in India: Despite setbacks, opportunity continues

Monday, May 2, 2016

India has 16% of the world’s population and accounts for 20% of the world’s disease burden, yet less than 1.4% of global clinical trials are conducted there. A series of blemishes in clinical research has shaken worldwide confidence—but experts say positive steps have been taken to bring hope for the future.

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IRBs react to new model for registering proposed gene trials

Monday, May 2, 2016

On April 27, the National institutes of Health (NIH) enacted a new administrative model for the review of proposed human gene trials; the new guidelines upend a process that has been in place for more than 40 years. Predictably, reaction throughout the industry is mixed. Larger firms are adjusting quickly to the change and retooling their processes to comply with the new model. At the other end of the spectrum, some IRBs, including IntegReview, declined to comment on the changes, stating that the matter is still under internal review.

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IPOs in the CRO market remain steady

Monday, April 18, 2016

InVentiv Health has filed paperwork for an initial public offering (IPO) worth up to $100 million, following in the footsteps of three other large private equity-backed CROs that have gone public in recent years. Analysts see strong financial activity on the horizon for the CRO industry.

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