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INC Research files for initial public offering

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:27 PM

INC Research Holdings, which has spent the past two decades acquiring 10 companies, has announced plans for an initial public offering expected to raise $150 million.

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Quintiles fills in service offerings with acquisitions

Monday, November 7, 2011 08:00 AM

Quintiles has been on an acquisitions spree. 

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Survey: Mid-tier CROs shut out of post-marketing

Monday, October 3, 2011 08:02 AM

Large CROs garner 57% of the post-marketing studies currently being outsourced, while another 25% of that work is awarded to the few firms that specialize in safety. The remaining 19%? That’s scattered among numerous mid-sized CROs.

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PPD names CEO, puts acquisition rumors in question

Monday, September 26, 2011 08:02 AM

PPD has named a new CEO, a move that strikes some in the industry as a little strange in the face of rumors that the publicly traded CRO is close to selling itself to a private equity firm.

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Icon CEO Peter Gray to step down after nine years; CFO Ciaran Murray takes the helm as of Oct. 1

Monday, September 12, 2011 08:02 AM

Peter Gray, CEO of Icon since 2002, will step down as of Oct. 1. The announcement, which came last week, surprised many in the industry.  Icon’s board has appointed Ciaran Murray, who has been Icon’s CFO for the last six years, to succeed Gray as CEO.

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PRA on the block, too?

Monday, August 8, 2011 08:02 AM

There was much hoopla made about PPD possibly being for sale after the Wall Street Journal published a story saying as much in mid-July. But what about its smaller competitor, PRA International?

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Pharma industry: Still not budgeting accurately

Monday, August 8, 2011 08:00 AM

Survey shows 57% still relying on Excel spreadsheets

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Icon acquires Firecrest Clinical, adding portal technology to boost site quality while reducing errors and costs

Monday, July 25, 2011 08:02 AM

As large pharmaceutical companies scrutinize the pack of mid- and top-tier CROs to determine who wins the coveted strategic-partnership agreements, there’s a mad scramble among CROs to differentiate themselves from one another and stand out as efficient, high quality, exciting and deserving.

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PPD denies CRO merger rumors, but stays mum on possibility of private equity takeover

Monday, July 25, 2011 08:00 AM

In the wake of last week’s Wall Street Journal report claiming PPD might be putting itself on the block, the top-tier CRO responded with a statement that it is not discussing mergers with other CROs. But what about private equity firms?

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Nautic purchase of Omnicare Clinical Research part of recent acquisition trend of mid-sized CROs

Thursday, May 5, 2011 01:22 PM

Omnicare Clinical Research, which had been part of publicly traded long-term care pharmacy company Omnicare Inc. since the late 1990s, was acquired by private equity firm Nautic Partners last week, making it one of several mid-sized CROs to be acquired in the last year.

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DaVita combines its two research CRO units to create an end-to-end CRO focused on kidney, end-stage renal disease

New crop of clinical trial matching services use patient’s molecular, genomic data for better fit

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Growing adoption of feasibility review committees
Early reports cite fewer amendments, improved cycle time

AMCs vying to better compete for industry trials
Working to conquer study start-up delays, IRB review process

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Private equity driving dynamic CRO growth
Enables CROs to pursue long-term strategies, while giving the space credibility

Baby boomers poised to reshape clinical trials industry
Millions of tech-savvy consumers already track their health, expect new treatments as they age

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