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HHS Secretary Sebelius, proponent of clinical research, resigns

Friday, April 11, 2014 03:33 PM

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius—whose agenda included keeping clinical research a priority—has resigned on the heels of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) web site turmoil last October, even though more recently she had achieved the goal of 7.5 million registrations for coverage.

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Jon L. Hart named CEO of med fusion

Friday, April 11, 2014 01:23 PM

med fusion, an integrated, advanced laboratory and clinical trials service organization, has appointed Jon L. Hart CEO, effective March 31. This appointment is the next step in the organization’s continued drive towards becoming the clear leader in providing lab and clinical trial support to healthcare providers and biotech/pharmaceutical companies through a patient-centric support model.

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Pharmacyclics files sNDa for IMBRUVICA

Friday, April 11, 2014 01:16 PM

Pharmacyclics has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the FDA, based on data from the randomized, multi-center, open-label phase III RESONATE study, PCYC-1112, a head-to-head comparison of single agent IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) versus ofatumumab in 391 patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), who had received at least one prior therapy. IMBRUVICA is being jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech.

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MEI Pharma adds David Urso as senior VP of Corporate Development, General Counsel

Friday, April 11, 2014 01:12 PM

MEI Pharma, an oncology company focused on the clinical development of novel therapies for cancer, has appointed David Urso senior vice president of Corporate Development and General Counsel. Urso joins MEI Pharma with more than two decades of experience in the life science industry, most recently as chief operating officer and general counsel at Tioga Pharmaceuticals, a company he co-founded in 2005 as a principal at Forward Ventures.

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Minomic to commence two trials of prostate cancer screening technology MiStat

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:28 PM

Private Australian biotechnology company Minomic International will launch two overseas trials of its MiStat prostate cancer screening test, following an agreement with CUSP Group, a uro-oncology trials management organization in the U.S.

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ERT partners with GE Healthcare

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:04 PM

ERT, a global solution provider for high-quality patient safety and efficacy endpoint data collection, has entered into an agreement with GE Healthcare that enables ERT to introduce the QT Guard Plus Analysis System to the clinical trial industry as part of its centralized cardiac safety solutions. 

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Study: Merit increase budgets rising in global CRO industry

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:04 PM

A recent survey conducted by HR+Survey Solutions, a compensation consulting and research firm, found merit increase budgets are on the rise in the global CRO industry. The 2013-2014 CRO Industry Global Salary Planning Survey found while the highest reported salary increase budget across the globe for 2013 was 21%, that figure rose to 25% for 2014. The country with the highest average budgeted increase is Argentina, with an average increase of 16.1% for 2014. The country with the lowest average budget increase is Portugal, with an average increase budget of only 1.8%. This compares to the overall global average budgeted increase for 2014 of 4.1%.

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Report: clinical trial management system market to reach $1.85B in 2019

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 PM

According to a new report from Transparency Market Research, a global market intelligence company, the global clinical trial management system market was valued at $844 million in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14% from 2014 to 2019, to reach an estimated value of $1.85 million in 2019.

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TrialNetworks wins Disruptive Technology and Innovator of the Year Award

Friday, April 11, 2014 11:37 AM

TrialNetworks and its Clinical Trial Optimization System won the Disruptive Innovator and Technology of the Year award from Partnerships in Clinical Trials 2014. The award honors an individual or a company with a new disruptive technology platform that has increased the efficiency and quality of clinical trials. TrialNetworks technology is used by companies including Merck, Biogen Idec, Ariad Pharmaceuticals and Infinity Pharmaceuticals to optimize clinical operations from startup through closeout.

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Tetra Discovery, Broad Institute to collaborate on psychiatric research

Thursday, April 10, 2014 02:02 PM

Tetra Discovery Partners, a drug discovery company developing a portfolio of innovative drugs for neurological and inflammatory diseases, has entered into a drug development collaboration with the Broad Institute's Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research in Cambridge, Mass. The focus of the collaboration will be to test the potential of Tetra's drug candidates for improving cognition in the Stanley Center's proprietary genetic models relating to schizophrenia.

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