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Patient recruitment and retention tactics vary

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Pulse on Patient Recruitment by Ashley Tointon

Patient recruitment and retention tactics vary as much as the protocols they support. While the primary focus is on the recruitment of individuals into clinical trials, sometimes it’s difficult to keep people in a clinical research study after they have signed up. Understanding why people drop out, when they typically drop out and uncovering the root cause is the basis for many retention strategies. 

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Pharmaron acquires Quotient Bioresearch

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pharmaron, a fully integrated CRO offering laboratory and manufacturing services for pharmaceutical and biotech research and development, has acquired Quotient Bioresearch. Quotient, a U.K.-based CRO with more than 200 employees, focuses on integrating radiochemistry and metabolism. Part of this expertise is derived from Quotient’s previous acquisition of GE Amersham’s radiosynthesis business.

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Bipartisan legislation introduced to combat Zika virus

Friday, February 5, 2016

U.S. Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Susan Brooks (IN-05) have introduced H.R. 4400, a bipartisan bill that seeks to add the Zika virus to the list of diseases included in the Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program at the FDA. The Zika virus, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, can infect pregnant women and result in birth defects, including microcephaly and neurological disorders in newborns. The virus also causes skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, and headaches in adults. The World Health Organization has labeled Zika a global public health emergency.

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IntelGenx creates scientific advisory board

Friday, February 5, 2016

IntelGenx has created a scientific advisory board with the engagement of Dr. Ludwig Aigner and Dr. Barry Greenberg. Dr. Horst G. Zerbe will act as the chairman and Nadine Paiement (vice president, R&D) will serve as vice-chair of the scientific advisory board. 

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