United States

Covance to Close Preclinical Site

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Covance is closing a testing site in Kalamazoo, Mich., as part of the CRO’s ongoing efforts to cut back its preclinical services. The site will be closed by November, and, according to published reports, 63 workers will lose their jobs.

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Independent Review Consulting, Ethical Review Committee Complete Merger

Thursday, April 15, 2010

California-based Independent Review Consulting (IRC) and Missouri-based Ethical Review Committee (ERC) finalized their merger agreement, creating one institutional review board (IRB)—Ethical and Independent Review Services (E&I). While the individual boards of each company will continue their review of existing clinical trials respectively, all new submissions of business will be accepted and managed by E&I.

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Parexel Releases eClinical Platform for Late-Stage Clinical Trials

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Parexel, a CRO, released a new web-based platform to be used in late-phase clinical research to help users meet regulatory guidelines and ensure high quality data. The new product combines the expertise of Parexel’s existing Peri Approval Clinical Excellence (PACE) team with the eClinical capabilities of Perceptive Informatics, Parexel’s technology subsidiary. The platform allows for a variety of eClinical services, such as clinical trial management systems, electronic data capture, randomization and trial supply management, and electronic patient-reported outcomes, to be incorporated in late-phase studies.

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