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CRF Health partners with EuroQol to become a preferred eCOA provider

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:21 PM

CRF Health, a global provider of eCOA solutions for the life sciences industry based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., has inked an agreement with EuroQol to launch the EQ-5D web system on its TrialMax Web software platform. CRF Health has become the first eCOA provider to be granted permission to host the EQ-5D web version for use in clinical trials. CRF Health now is uniquely positioned to provide a single solution for eCOA that combines the benefits of EQ-5D to make data collection faster and optimize the valuation of health outcomes. 

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Curie-Cancer, GamaMabs Pharma renew research partnership

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:17 PM

Curie-Cancer, the Paris-based body responsible for developing Institut Curie’s industry partnership activities, and GamaMabs Pharma, a French biotechnology company developing monoclonal antibodies for cancer, have extended their partnership to develop the 3C23K antibody for the treatment of gynecological cancers.

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ClinicalRM tests convalescent plasma therapy for Ebola treatment

Monday, December 15, 2014 01:24 PM

Clinical Research Management (ClinicalRM), a full-service CRO with headquarters in Ohio, has announced that the clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of Ebola convalescent plasma (ECP) for the treatment of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia has commenced. The first donor survivors at the ELWA Hospital 2 unit in Monrovia, Liberia have undergone plasmapheresis. The donated convalescent plasma was transferred to a Liberian patient with EVD in an effort to help them combat this disease. The ClinicalRM trial is being funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Parexel ClinPhone RTSM named interactive response technology leader

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:48 PM

Parexel International, a global biopharmaceutical services provider, has announced that its randomization and trial supply management (RTSM) services, ClinPhone RTSM, ranked as the leader of Interactive Response Technology (IRT), according to a new global survey of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies by Industry Standard Research (ISR). ClinPhone RTSM also was cited as the most preferred and widely used IRT solution.

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OPKO, Pfizer ink global agreement for human growth hormone

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:39 PM

OPKO Health, a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, and Pfizer have entered into a worldwide agreement for the development and commercialization of OPKO's long-acting hGH-CTP for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency (GHD) in adults and children, as well as for the treatment of growth failure in children born small for gestational age (SGA) who fail to show catch-up growth by two years of age.

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Sosei acquires Jitsubo, a Japanese peptide technology company

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:37 PM

Sosei Group, a global biopharmaceutical company of Japanese origin, will acquire all existing shares of and underwrite a third-party allocation of new shares of Jitsubo, a Japanese peptide technology company. Jitsubo will become a consolidated subsidiary of the group.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards grant to Fio for Ebola diagnostics

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:36 PM

Fio has received a grant financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to adapt its Fionet solution to connect rapid diagnostics and data in the fight against Ebola. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Fio's solution combines mobile intelligent devices with cloud information services to create a healthcare delivery solution that drives, rather than competes with, data capture.

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Congress includes $25 million increase for Alzheimer’s research funding in spending bill

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:33 PM

The 2015 U.S. government spending package, known as the cromnibus, includes an increase of $25 million for the National Institute on Aging (NIA), with an expectation that much of the funding would support additional research into Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Janssen Therapeutics, USAID collaborate on antimicrobial resistance

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:32 PM

Janssen Therapeutics, a Johnson & Johnson affiliate, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to step up the fight against the health threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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DaVita business units DaVita Clinical Research, HealthCare Partners Clinical Research to merge

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:29 PM

DaVita HealthCare Partners, a U.S. innovative healthcare community, has announced that two of its business units, DaVita Clinical Research (DCR) and HealthCare Partners Clinical Research, will merge capabilities to further expand its clinical research and data analytics services, specifically in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), as well as primary care and chronic disease patients treated in an integrated care organization.

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