CROs/Service Providers

Charles River Laboratories acquires Agilux Laboratories for $64 million

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Charles River Laboratories International has acquired Agilux Laboratories, a Worcester, Massachusetts-based CRO that provides a suite of integrated discovery small and large molecule bioanalytical services, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic (DMPK) services and pharmacology services. The company’s unique combination of early-stage services enhances the flexibility and speed of its biopharmaceutical clients’ lead identification, optimization, and candidate selection efforts. Agilux was acquired from a holding company controlled by the company’s founders and Ampersand Capital Partners, its only institutional investor.

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Parexel to acquire ExecuPharm

Monday, September 26, 2016

Parexel International, a global biopharmaceutical services provider, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ExecuPharm, a global functional service provider (FSP) serving the biopharmaceutical industry. The acquisition is expected to close in the next three weeks. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific opens new clinical services facility in South Korea

Monday, September 12, 2016

To address the growing global demand for clinical services, Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced the official opening of its new state-of-the-art GMP1 standard facility in South Korea. Strategically located in Seoul, the new site will provide local, regional and global pharmaceutical and biotech companies with a one-stop service for clinical supplies—from cGMP storage, local labelling, secondary packaging, comparator sourcing, handling and distribution of ambient and cold chain supplies to clinical site returns management.

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Survey: Significant improvements in inspection readiness among CROs

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Veeva Systems has unveiled the results of the Veeva 2016 Paperless TMF Survey: CRO Report. The global industry survey of trial master file (TMF) owners shows growing use of electronic trial master file (eTMF) solutions among CROs as a result of benefits in audit and inspection readiness. In addition, findings reveal that CROs are leading the drive toward active TMF management and making strides in the use of performance metrics and data to improve the efficiency and speed of clinical trials.

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Biorasi joins GPhA Biosimilar Council

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Biorasi, a CRO that optimizes trial design and delivery for sponsor organizations, is now an associate member organization of the Biosimilars Council, a division of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA). This newly minted alliance provides Biorasi with the opportunity to work with the world’s leading-edge biosimilar developers, helping to influence policies, form best practices, and promote science-based research and findings related to biosimilar drugs. 

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Vention Medical adds new facility in Ireland

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vention Medical has opened an additional facility in Ireland to more closely collaborate with customers in the region and accelerate their development initiatives. The new facility will provide medical device design and development services and house Vention’s team of dedicated development professionals.

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Metrion Biosciences joins human pain research consortium

Monday, August 29, 2016

Metrion Biosciences, a specialist ion-channel and drug discovery CRO, has entered into an agreement with a network of partners to evaluate the use of primary human dorsal root ganglion (hDRG) neurons in pain research. This Consortium comprises the University of Glasgow, the University of St. Andrews, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHS-GGC), Metrion Biosciences, the Grünenthal Group in Germany, and the U.K. National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), with vital support and facilitation by NHS Blood & Transplant (Scotland). 

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Biomedical Systems, Foundry Health partner for real-time data access

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Biomedical Systems, a 40-year-old, family-owned, clinical trial provider to pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and CROs, has announced a new partnership with digital health company Foundry Health of Chicago. The two companies will collaborate on the development of a proprietary cloud-based data management system that will allow sponsors immediate access to clinical trial data in real time.

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