JSS Medical Research (JSS), a full-service international CRO, has completed the acquisition of Integrated Research (IRI), a Canadian CRO located in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec. IRI will continue to operate as a fully-owned subsidiary of JSS.
IRI was founded over two decades ago by Joanne E. Watson, M.Sc., and provides clinical research support to pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies. The company's core service offering includes study startup, project management, site management, data management and monitoring.
JSS Medical Research was also founded approximately 20 years ago by Dr. John S. Sampalis, a Clinical Epidemiologist from McGill University. Clinical research, medical science, epidemiology and biostatistics were the cornerstones of the foundation of JSS. Clinical operations were incorporated, and the company evolved into a fully integrated CRO offering services including strategic consulting, study conceptualization, study design, protocol development, execution, project management, site management, monitoring, data management, biostatistical consulting and analysis and medical writing.
"In an industry that is both dynamic and volatile, our growth strategy is driven by the demands and the needs of our clients,” said Dr. John S. Sampalis, CEO and president of JSS Medical Research. “More specifically, our expansion in Latin America, which began with the acquisition of Latam and will continue with others in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, has resulted from the increasing requirements for epidemiological and post marketing studies by regional health authorities and payers in these regions. The merger with IRI has also been driven by the need for a Canadian CRO that can provide comprehensive high-quality, turnkey services to the Canadian Affiliates of International Pharmaceuticals and Canadian biotech companies."
JSS Medical Research has corporate offices in Montreal, Canada, and a regional office in Colombia. Currently it is conducting studies in over 20 countries. Integrated Research is headquartered in Montreal.