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Icon boosts its presence in Asia with acquisition of Chinese CRO BeijingWits Medical Consulting

Monday, December 19, 2011 10:13 AM

Now that many mid-tier CROs have been acquired by either equity investment firms or other CROs and the trend has slowed, a new form of consolidation is emerging. Robust CROs are rounding out their offerings with small but strategic acquisitions to make them bigger, stronger and more complete. The ultimate goal: to continue winning lucrative strategic outsourcing agreements from sponsors.  

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CROs form Asia CRO Alliance

Thursday, December 15, 2011 01:43 PM

Six Asian CROs have founded the Asia CRO Alliance (ACA) to combine regional expertise and provide integrated services across Asia. According to the ACA web site, it is the first and only alliance of niche, regional CROs in Asia to partner to enhance clinical research inAsia.

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Mochida inks license agreement with Merck

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:00 PM

Mochida Pharmaceutical has entered into a license agreement with Merck, through a subsidiary, relating to a portfolio of drug candidates invented by Mochida for the potential treatment for type-2 diabetes. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck has been granted a worldwide exclusive license to develop, manufacture, use and sell the potential drug candidates. Mochida will receive from Merck an upfront payment and potential development milestone payments, as well as royalties on the sales of any products derived from the collaboration. Mochida has retained an option to co-develop and co-market any products in Japan.

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Quintiles launches Kun Tuo

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 09:51 AM

Quintiles has launched Kun Tuo, a local contract research organization built to service the unique needs of the Chinese biopharmaceutical industry and multinational biopharma companies operating in China.

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Merck establishes R&D headquarters in China

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 01:10 PM

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has established an Asia research & development headquarters for innovative drug discovery and development located in Beijing, China. The new facility is part of a $1.5 billion commitment the company has made to invest in R&D in China over the next five years.

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China Health Resources completes research project developing innovative medicines

Monday, December 5, 2011 09:59 AM

China Health Resource, through its wholly owned subsidiary Suining Yinfa, has completed a key scientific research project in collaboration with Chengdu Chinese Traditional Medicine & Science University and the Sichuan Chinese Medicine Research Institute.

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RaySearch enters agreement with Chinese distributor

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:55 PM
RaySearch Laboratories has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with the Chinese distributor Kang Li Da Trading, based in Beijing. The agreement means that Kang Li Da will be fully responsible for marketing, sales and service for RaySearch’s proprietary treatment planning system RayStation on the entire Chinese market.

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RaySearch signs South Korean distribution agreement with OTS

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:04 AM
RaySearch Laboratories has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with the South Korean distributor Oncology Total Solution, based in Seoul. The agreement means that OTS will be fully responsible for marketing, sales and service for RaySearch’s proprietary treatment planning system RayStation on the South Korean market.

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Shire partners with Shionogi to develop ADHD medicines

Friday, November 18, 2011 11:48 AM

Shire has entered into an agreement with Shionogi & Co. of Japan to co-develop and co-commercialize certain of Shire's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medicines in Japan. Shionogi will pay a one time fee and share costs with Shire in exchange for rights to jointly co-develop and co-commercialize the products upon approval for the Japanese market. Specific terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. 

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inVentiv expands services to Korea

Thursday, November 10, 2011 09:28 AM

inVentiv Health has established inVentiv Health Korea, a Seoul-based operation that will provide clinical development and commercial services to healthcare clients.

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