Articles Published in 2010

PharmaNet in collaboration with Abacus International

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 07:48 AM

PharmaNet Development Group, a global contract research organization (CRO), announced a strategic collaboration with Abacus International, one of the largest independent health economic consultancies in Europe.

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WIRB Copernicus Group

BIO Ventures for Global Health expands to West Coast

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 08:03 AM

Washington, D.C.-based BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) is expanding to the West Coast with the opening of a new San Francisco headquarters. The expansion provides BVGH the opportunity to work closely with biotech and investor communities on both coasts.

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CRF Health eCOA webinar series

ACRO hails proposed privacy rule to help simplify clinical research

Monday, July 26, 2010 08:00 AM

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) has commended the long-awaited privacy rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), saying the proposal strikes an “appropriate balance” between protecting patients and allowing researchers access to health information critical for drug safety monitoring and comparative effectiveness studies.

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Biotech sector garners $1.3 billion in quarterly venture capital investing, up 59%

Monday, July 26, 2010 07:55 AM

Indicators that the industry is rebounding continue to roll in. The latest: venture capitalists are spending more on biotechnology companies than in any other sector, and that spending is increasing nicely.

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Survey: Researchers Value Training

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 08:58 AM

ePharmaSolutions, a Philadelphia, Pa.-based provider of clinical research services, has completed a research survey of over 205 clinical researchers in 18 countries who administer psychometric rating scales to measure the improvement or worsening of symptoms in psychiatric and neurologic clinical trials. Survey highlights: 82% prefer to be trained by a scale author or someone expert in the field, and 90% feel interview skills training prior to site activation helps improve the ability to accurately rate subjects. “Some of the results were quite fascinating and provide much better insight into the global needs of site raters,” said Dr. Theresa Bromley, ePharmaSolutions’ associate director of rater services. The company conducts several research surveys with investigative sites every year to help improve site adoption of its technologies and services. It provides niche clinical services to help improve the way sites are selected, trained, activated and supported to commence clinical trials and meet enrollment goals. ePharmaSolutions has activated and trained more than 185,000 clinical researchers in 107 countries for the top 20 pharmaceutical companies around the world.

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Partnership Assists Patient Recruitment

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 09:01 AM

Healthcare software company Bio-Optronics and Clinical Research Associates (CRA) have developed a strategic relationship to provide a solution for a clinical research site’s patient recruitment needs, which couples Bio-Optronics’ Clinical Conductor Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) and Clinical Research Associates’ patient recruitment offerings. Clinical Conductor CTMS is an enterprise workflow system for organizing the daily activities involving clinical research. Users can automate their regular routine to track the necessary metrics to maintain a viable research business, create efficiencies to take on more research with the same personnel, negotiate contracts, and efficiently recruit patients. “More sites have been proactively coming to us looking for ways to recruit faster, run trials more effectively, reduce costs, and be more marketable to sponsors,” Bio-Optronics Vice President Maria Durkin said. Clinical Conductor allows sites to leverage data about protocols and patients and provides the ability to quickly identify potential study subjects within an existing patient database. CRA specializes in patient recruitment and appointment scheduling for the clinical research industry.

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Saint Joseph’s Opens Phase I Unit in Atlanta

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 08:54 AM

Saint Joseph’s Translational Research Institute (SJTRI) has opened a new 18-bed phase I unit on the campus of Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta to focus on cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and orthopedic studies.

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UBC to Continue Growth Strategy with New $150 Million in Funding

Monday, July 19, 2010 09:00 AM

Pharmaceutical services company United BioSource Corporation (UBC) will use its newly-secured $150 million line of credit to fuel its fast-paced growth and acquisition spree, CEO Ethan Leder said in an interview with CWWeekly.

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Victoria University launches Clinical Research Diploma

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 08:30 AM

Victoria University has launched a new post-graduate diploma in clinical research, claiming to be the only qualification of its kind in New Zealand, as part of a wider partnership on research, teaching and technology transfer with the Capital & Coast District Health Board (C&C DHB). The diploma is a distance learning course that will provide clinical researchers with, among other things, the capabilities to pursue drug development and conduct clinical trials, and will be taught mostly online by the university’s staff, together with clinicians from the C&C DHB and the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. According to the university, its Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research, which begins in July, “takes the best of both the academic and clinical health worlds to strengthen clinical research.” U.S.-based CRO PRA International recently opened in New Zealand, saying the country was a key location for clinical studies in skin cancer, multiple sclerosis and asthma. PRA cited traditionally high recruitment rates across major therapeutic areas such as cardiology, respiratory diseases and gastrointestinal conditions; an efficient regulatory environment; and counter-seasonality for trials involving allergies or influenza.

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CRO Quintiles Opens First Prime Site in Asia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 07:30 AM

Global CRO Quintiles announced a strategic alliance agreement with the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in Malaysia as part of its Prime Site program, an initiative focused on accelerating the development of new and more effective medicines.

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