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Merck to acquire Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5B to expand hospital acute care pipeline

Monday, December 8, 2014 03:29 PM

Shying away from mega-mergers to instead focus on mid-sized drug makers that complement its product pipeline, Merck said this morning it will acquire Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5 billion, including $1.1 billion in debt.

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As GSK restructuring cuts 900 jobs in RTP, Parexel absorbs 450 of them in new business unit

Monday, December 8, 2014 01:30 PM

GlaxoSmithKline’s global restructuring was felt sharply in North Carolina this week as it announced plans to cut 900 jobs in Research Triangle Park (RTP), where it has 2,500 employees and contractors working in research and development.

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Global policymakers urged to accelerate cancer research, biomedical discovery

Monday, December 8, 2014 01:09 PM

Accelerating the delivery of promising new treatments to patients must be an international priority, according to the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), a Wash. D.C.-based nonprofit organization providing the patient's voice in improving access to quality cancer care.

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Study: Global CRO turnover rates trending down

Monday, December 8, 2014 01:07 PM

Although turnover rates in the CRO industry are still high, they appear to be trending down, according to the 16th annual CRO Industry Global Compensation and Turnover Survey, conducted by HR+Survey Solutions, a Reading, Pa.-based specialty compensation consulting and research firm.

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Agilent Technologies, Baylor College of Medicine open Center of Excellence

Monday, December 8, 2014 01:06 PM

Agilent Technologies, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and Houston, Texas-based Baylor College of Medicine have opened the Agilent Technologies Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence as part of the Alkek Center for Molecular Discovery and the Baylor College of Medicine Core Laboratory in the college's department of molecular and cellular biology.

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The Study Coordinator-CRA relationship

Monday, December 8, 2014 08:00 AM

The Study Coordinator (SC)-CRA relationship is pivotal to site success.

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Proposed NIH policy calls for a single IRB to accelerate multi-centered trials and reduce redundancy

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:40 PM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) officially has backed a draft policy calling for a single IRB for multi-site reviews of NIH-supported clinical trials—a streamlined strategy it says will accelerate trials without compromising safety.

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Pharmacyclics launches informCLL registry for CLL patients

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:37 PM

Pharmacyclics, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company, has launched informCLL, a large, observational, prospective registry that will explore the natural history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), examine how Imbruvica (ibrutinib) and other approved targeted therapies are being used to treat patients with CLL and provide a comparison to treatments using conventional chemoimmunotherapy (CIT). Imbruvica is being jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, and the registry is a joint effort between the companies. Registry enrollment will begin in the first half of 2015.

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INC Research expands relationship with Society for Clinical Research Sites

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:36 PM

INC Research Holdings, a global phase I-IV CRO headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., has announced an expanded partnership with the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS), an Ellicott City, Md.-based global trade organization, to become the society’s first Circle of Sustainability Sponsor, reinforcing the INC’s commitment to fostering strong site relationships globally.

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Thomson Reuters, Linguamatics launch solution to advance clinical R&D

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:34 PM

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, a provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, is collaborating with Linguamatics, a U.K.-based provider of text analytics software, to advance pharmaceutical clinical trial R&D with the launch of Cortellis Informatics Clinical Text Analytics for I2E.

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