Articles Published in 2009

Prometrika and Boston Biotech Clinical Research Help Sponsors Create DMCs

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 09:39 AM

Contract research organization (CRO) Prometrika and medical research consulting firm Boston Biotech Clinical Research (BBCR) are teaming up to provide data monitoring committee (DMC) services to clinical trial sponsors.  Together, the companies will help sponsors establish and operate independent DMCs (also called data safety monitoring boards and data and safety monitoring committees).

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Covance to Expand Food Safety Services with New Lab, Kellogg Contract

Monday, December 14, 2009 06:14 AM

Covance plans to invest $14 million in a nutritional chemistry and food safety laboratory in Michigan as part of an effort to expand the contract research organization’s (CRO’s) food safety testing capabilities. The CRO also entered into a seven-year, $42-million contract with Kellogg Company, which will be an anchor client to Covance’s new facility.

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Guest Commentary: The New Age of Recruiting

Friday, December 11, 2009 06:35 AM

By Annette Baron, PA, MBA, President, Eagle Research

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Merck Serono Building Global R&D Center in Beijing

Thursday, December 10, 2009 07:49 AM

Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, wants to strengthen its global research and development (R&D) capabilities by establishing a global R&D center in Beijing, China.

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ICON Receives FDA Warning Letter

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 07:01 AM

Dublin contract research organization (CRO) ICON received a warning
letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to the
management of two clinical studies conducted between 2004 and 2006.

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IQWiG Calls for Mandatory Clinical Trial Transparency in EU

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 01:06 PM

The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) is calling on the German government to push for an EU regulation making it mandatory for sponsors to register and publish the results of all of their clinical trials, including negative ones. 

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Synexus Acquisition of ClinPharm to Be Biggest Deal in Company History

Monday, December 7, 2009 08:52 PM

Synexus is acquiring Leipzig, Germany-based ClinPharm in the company’s largest deal ever.

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PPD Paying Cash for Acquisitions, Shelling Out $77M for BioDuro

Monday, December 7, 2009 07:48 AM

Wilmington, N.C.-based PPD, a global contract research organization (CRO), is spending its cash hoard in a buying spree to “dominate” the Asia-Pacific region. The CRO doled out $77 million for its latest acquisition of BioDuro, a drug discovery outsourcing company focused on integrated drug discovery programs and services. The deal was completed last week just a couple weeks after it paid cash for another CRO in China. 

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MRF Leads Research Collaboration Between Academia and Pharma

Friday, December 4, 2009 08:07 AM

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) has embarked on a collaboration between the academic research community and pharmaceutical companies that will pool knowledge and resources to generate new breakthroughs in treatment. 

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Health Decisions Adds Klixar to Network

Thursday, December 3, 2009 08:20 AM

Durham, N.C.-based Health Decisions, a full-service CRO specializing in high-efficiency adaptive solutions, announced that Argentina-based CRO Klixar has joined its Agile Clinical Network—a newly launched community of research partners formed to eliminate the information gaps and prolonged timelines of complex global studies.

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Venture capital investors funding novel drug R&D three times more than companies repurposing, improving existing drugs

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