Weekly Features

CNS-centric CRO matching service launches

Monday, June 19, 2017

A new matching service has launched for scientists working in the therapeutic area of the central nervous system (CNS) who are ready to move their discoveries from the bench to trials, but have no idea where to turn when it comes to finding and choosing a CRO or lab that knows their therapeutic area well.

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Improved perception of the industry

Monday, June 12, 2017

The 2017 Global Pharmaceutical Reptrak study, prepared each year by Boston’s Reputation Institute, showed that the public’s perception of the pharmaceutical industry has improved, earning an industry score of 71.8, up from 68.2 in 2016. Furthermore, about 44% of respondents viewed the industry as having an excellent reputation, a seven point increase since 2016. Similarly, the number of respondents who perceived the industry as weak or poor declined, moving to 26% from 35% in 2016.

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ERT and Orbita collaborate to improve patient retention and trial efficiency

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mobile health applications have transformed the way many people approach their health. Applications can now track food and nutrition intake, activity levels and even sleep habits. Similar health applications have also permeated clinical research; in fact, there has been an increased demand for and utilization of mobile health applications for data capture during clinical trials. This form of data capture is aimed at streamlining the data procurement process, ultimately improving the time in which results from a trial can be analyzed and interpreted.

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Funders and NGOs find new reporting standards favorable

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) recently agreed on new standards for clinical trials outcomes. Funded all clinical trials, per these new standards, are required to be registered with all results publicly disclosed. By all indications, funders and NGOs who agreed to the new standards find the new requirements favorable.

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inVentiv Health, INC Research announce merger

Monday, May 22, 2017

INC Research and inVentiv Health, two of the largest CROs in the world, recently announced their consolidation into a single, unified CRO entity. This merger of INC-inVentiv will effectively create the second largest outsourcing provider in the biopharmaceutical industry with a combined net revenue of approximately $3.2 billion. The CRO will likely become one of the top three global CROs.

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