CROs/Service Providers

CenterWatch’s 42nd Annual DIA Round Up

Monday, June 26, 2006

This year’s Drug Information Association (DIA) 42nd annual industry conference, held in Philadelphia, Penn attracted nearly 10,000 attendees from across every sector in the drug development industry. Presenting at the show were over 400 U.S. and close to 200 international companies, from both developed markets and emerging regions around the globe. Nearly 1,000 delegates from 50 countries were scheduled to attend.

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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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Covance Boosts Phase I/IIa Capacity

Sunday, April 30, 2006

The search for top quality phase I sites just got even harder as Covance, a leader in the hot early clinical development arena, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire eight early phase clinical development sites from Radiant Research, a site management organization that owns 30 sites, for $65 million. Covance is paying about 2.5 times revenue for the eight sites, which generate $25 million in annual revenue. Seattle-based Radiant Research will continue to operate its phase II through IV sites,but employees associated with the eight phase I sites will become Covance employees. Covance, one of the top global contract research organizations (CROs), has more than 7,300 employees worldwide.

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A Stock Split Can Make You Forget

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


PPD’s two-for-one stock split is good news for the top global clinical  research organizations. Investors attracted to the sector by the  company’s split announcement Feb. 8 can focus on PPD and other top CROs  rather than the sideshow embattled SFBC has become. When new investors look at top CROs such as PPD, Quintiles , PRA, ICON, Parexel and Covance, they will see the pharmaceutical outsourcing industry  ready to consolidate around a handful or so of these companies.These  global CROs have a big advantage over the estimated 1,000 other small  CROs throughout the world. They have international infrastructure in  place to conduct complex clinical trials in thousands of patients at  sites across multiple countries.That global presence is not easy to  build and represents a barrier to entry for small CROs trying to roll  up into a global player.

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What’s In A Name? A Fresh Start, Maybe

Friday, February 3, 2006

A new CEO and a change of scenery are good first steps to righting the ship at SFBC. A new name could also do the embattled contract research organization some good. Something like, say, PharmaNet? Two weeks ago Jeffrey McMullen assumed the role of CEO. He joined SFBC as part of the company’s December 2004 acquisition of CRO PharmaNet for $245 million in cash. By our measures, the PharmaNet name has a lot of positive brand equity. It has been a top performer in the Thomson CenterWatch Survey of Investigative Sites in the US in 2005 and 2003. It was also top-rated in Europe in 2004. That’s high praise from our survey respondents – principal investigators and study coordinators – who are on the front lines of clinical research.

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