Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Quorum Review, an independent institutional review board fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), has launched Kinetiq, a software and consulting group. Kinetiq is a division of Quorum, with a focus on providing a broad array of consulting and IT services to the global research community.
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.
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.
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.