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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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Merck’s EngageZone receives IDG’s CSO Security Award

Thursday, December 4, 2014 02:22 PM

EngageZone has been named an honoree of a 2015 CSO50 Award from IDG's CSO. This prestigious honor is awarded to a select group of organizations with security projects that have created outstanding business value and thought leadership for their companies.

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FDA issues final rule on changes to pregnancy and lactation labeling information

Thursday, December 4, 2014 02:03 PM

The FDA has published a final rule that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products. The new content and formatting requirements will provide a more consistent way to include relevant information about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs and biological products used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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CluePoints wins award for Best Technological Development in Clinical Trials

Thursday, December 4, 2014 01:21 PM

CluePoints, a Cambridge, Mass.-based provider of Centralized Statistical Monitoring (CSM) solutions for clinical trials, was awarded Best Technological Development in Clinical Trials at the 2014 Scrip Awards. The award, sponsored by the MCT Congress, recognizes CluePoints in the Cloud as the ultimate quality oversight and risk-based monitoring (RBM) application developed to determine the quality and integrity of clinical trials data.

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Report: Parkinson’s treatment pipeline targeting functional processes over genes

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:35 PM

The Parkinson’s disease (PD) treatment pipeline is characterized by a high degree of innovation and diverse molecular targets, with 37% of 302 products holding first-in-class status, according to New York-based business intelligence provider GBI Research.

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BTG acquires PneumRx for up to $475 million

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:34 PM

London-based BTG will acquire PneumRx, a Mountain View, Calif.-based interventional pulmonology company in a deal worth up to $475 million, based on an initial consideration of $230 million and up to $245 million in performance-related milestone payments. BTG is an international specialist healthcare company active in interventional medicine and specialty pharmaceuticals. 

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Diagnostics Development Hub to boost biomedical research in Singapore

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:25 PM

Singapore's biomedical research sector received a major boost with the launch of a new Diagnostics Development (DxD) Hub. The DxD Hub aims to develop medical diagnostics as one part of the medical technologies industry, improve healthcare through development of diagnostic solutions and accelerate production of new diagnostics devices. Diagnostics is one of four innovation clusters shortlisted to be funded under the $200 million Innovation Cluster Program (ICP) launched Oct. 2013.

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BioClinica names John Hubbard CEO

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 01:05 PM

BioClinica, a Pennsylvania-based CRO, has appointed John Hubbard, Ph.D., FCP, as CEO and to its board of directors. Hubbard will assume the CEO position on Jan. 5, 2015 from Mark Weinstein.

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BBK Worldwide, ACRES collaborate on patient role in research

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 01:04 PM

BBK Worldwide, a clinical trial marketing firm headquartered in Needham, Mass., and the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), a Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit, are collaborating to ensure patients are a central part of the organization’s efforts in standards development, one aspect of ACRES’ work in the development of a global system for clinical research.

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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

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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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