The CenterWatch Monthly, July 2017
Revisiting patient diversity in clinical trials
Minority groups have historically been excluded from clinical research, an inequity that has led to well-documented public health problems in which therapies tested primarily in Caucasian patients do not work as well in other ethnic and racial groups. This problem is famously exemplified by Sanofi’s blood thinner Plavix, which was approved in 1997 but slapped with a boxed warning in 2010 after researchers realized up to half of Asian and Pacific Islander populations cannot process the drug.
Preparing sites for acquisition
The unprecedented level of M&A activity in the clinical research site sector during the past 24 months has spurred many investigative site owners to consider selling their businesses.
The transactions, largely driven by buyers or investors wanting to address inefficiencies in the site landscape through scale or capital improvements, include existing site networks buying businesses to expand their networks, CROs building vertically integrated models that include owning sites or having ownership interest in sites, and private equity deals to either partially or wholly acquire sites.
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