Weekly Features

GE relocates corporate HQ to Boston

Monday, February 1, 2016

Global industrial giant General Electric (GE) is pulling up stakes in Connecticut and moving its headquarters to Boston. As a result, Massachusetts has vowed to fund a $5 million “digital foundry” to help GE connect with researchers and startup companies.

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Clinerion debuts patient recruitment system in North America

Monday, February 1, 2016

In recent years, efficient patient recruitment has become increasingly crucial to clinical trials. When PPD acquired Acurian in 2014, it confirmed how central patient recruitment services have become to clinical trial planning. In 2015, Clinovo changed the landscape of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) by releasing an open-source version of ClinCapture, its validated, cloud-based EDC system for managing electronic case report forms. By offering a self-service portal where clients can build, deploy and produce their studies for free, Clinovo made EDC accessible to all organizations running clinical trials.

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Wearables track drug effectiveness in Parkinson’s patients

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cynapsus and the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) are partnering to incorporate a wearable device into a phase III study of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Similar to a smartwatch, the device is equipped with motion sensors to detect when patients have an “OFF” episode—a period where medicine stops working and motor impairment symptoms return. The symptoms include muscle stiffness or problems with starting movements, such as starting to walk or getting out of a chair.

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AB Science warned about putting study volunteers in danger

Monday, July 27, 2015

The FDA’s Office of Scientific Investigations has issued a warning letter to Paris-based AB Science, a pharmaceutical company that targets cancer and other diseases with high unmet medical need, for compromising the safety of study participants by failing to properly monitor its clinical trials and ensure investigators follow protocol requirements.

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