Press Releases–2011

New CenterWatch Report Finds U.S. Investigative Site Market Ripe for Consolidation Driven by European SMOs

BOSTON—Jan. 3, 2011—CenterWatch today reports that the fragmented U.S. investigative site market is poised for acquisitions that may be driven by the most unlikely of sources: large European site management organizations (SMOs). The report, released in the January issue of The CenterWatch Monthly, provides an in-depth look at the infrastructure and strategies of the European companies likely to drive this wave of consolidation. The report signals opportunity and change for clinical research professionals in the U.S.

U.S. investigative sites experienced an intense period of consolidation in the mid-to-late 1990s. At that time, venture-backed companies were on a buying spree to build large networks of physician investigators and standardize the management and conduct of industry-funded clinical trials. Since 2004, however, nearly all SMOs in the U.S. have either exited the clinical research market or diversified into other business areas. The investigative site landscape in the U.S. has become more fragmented, comprised of several thousand small research centers and two dozen medium-sized regional networks of practicing physicians participating in clinical trials.

CenterWatch now reports that a new type of SMO has been quietly growing in Europe, expanding into emerging regions including Latin America, India and China during the late 2000s with ambitious plans to enter the U.S. market in 2011. The complete report can be found in The CenterWatch Monthly, released today. Coverage includes detailed profiles of and interviews with the European SMOs driving this consolidation, and reaction from U.S. clinical research professionals.

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