May 2006

Massive Breast Cancer Study Aims for More Informed Treatment Decisons

Thursday, May 25, 2006

A story in the Chicago Tribune today reports on a new National Cancer Institute (NCI) study planning to enroll over 10,000 women with breast cancer, in order to better understand when the use of chemotherapy is warranted in preventing their tumors from returning after surgery. The study, called TAILORx (Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment Rx) is design to determine whether an individual gene, thought to be associated with the risk of relapse for women with early-stage breast cancer, can be used to aid doctors in choosing treatments with the greatest likelihood of success. The study is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and coordinated by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)…

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SFBC Exits Florida

Thursday, May 18, 2006

It should comes as no surprise that SFBC is getting out of Florida after its Miami phase I unit performed so poorly last quarter.  Current SFBC officials—the former heads of PharmaNet—needed to stop the bleeding before the whole company was in jeopardy. Its later phase business is still holding its own.

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Rising Stars in the Central Labs Market

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Last month, the first part in our two-part series on the central laboratory market discussed its role in the global pharmaceutical outsourcing industry and reviewed the industry’s current market share distribution and revenue forecasts. Estimates now show that the clinical trial central laboratory market is growing at a double digit pace; roughly 13% a year for the next four years.

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