Monday, November 16, 2015
Major contract research organizations (CROs) and leading investigative site networks are jockeying to attain competitive advantage by establishing stronger relationships with academic health systems. Such relationships may offer unprecedented access to not only large professional and patient communities, but also substantial operating infrastructure at a time when convergence between healthcare and clinical research is intensifying.
Parexel International, a global biopharmaceutical services provider, and Kyoto Pharmaceutical University (KPU), a private pharmacy and science university, have announced a new joint program for clinical research and clinical trial management. The academic program offers undergraduate students an accredited, seven-week course designed to prepare them for careers in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Next Bio-Research Services has officially began operations in the Ironbridge Medical Park in Chester, Va. The company continues a 23-year history of providing comprehensive integrated project support to investigators in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors and in providing medical testing services to physicians using state-of-the-art platforms.
The Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS), a global trade organization dedicated to representing the interests of clinical research sites, has announced a two-year relationship with Icon, a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Icon will participate as a global impact partner (GIP) and align with 31 other sponsors, CROs and service providers dedicated to promoting high-level communication and meaningful collaboration between industry stakeholders and clinical research sites globally.
Parexel surprised some Wall Street analysts at a recent meeting when it lowered its revenue guidance for fiscal year 2016 due to booking cancellations worth $305 million for the first quarter that ended Sept. 30.
One analyst referred to the situation as the company’s “Achilles’ heel,” saying it is a bigger problem for Parexel than it is for its fellow CROs.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Clinovo has moved forward with global expansion of its CRO Partner Program utilizing ClinCapture, the next-generation electronic data capture (EDC) software for CROs. Ten new CRO partners have been added in the United States, Russia, Spain, Mexico, India, and Japan. [Read More]