March 2008

Quintiles to Partner with Japanese Lab Company Medca

Monday, March 31, 2008

Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based CRO Quintiles inked an agreement with Medca Japan, a laboratory testing and nursing care services company based outside Tokyo in Saitama, to use its lab to support clinical trials in the country. Medca Japan’s facility and staff are College of American Pathologists (CAP)-certified and its data will be available on Quintiles’ QNET database. Quintiles stated that Japanese regulations are changing in a positive way and are now allowing pivotal clinical trials to be conducted outside of Japan into the greater Asia region.

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Progenitor Grows Organically in Latin America, India

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The opening of the Progenitor International Research’s new office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a year ago signaled the beginning of a fundamental change to the company’s business model. Previously, Progenitor had worked exclusively as a CRO composed of teams in emerging markets who worked under a coordinated platform to deliver global development services. Progenitor’s office in Argentina represents the first organic growth of the company in an emerging market.

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Project to Develop Guidelines for Health Research in Africa Launched

Monday, March 24, 2008

The “Clinical Trials Roundtable” attracted more than 70 participants during the “Science with Africa” conference organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union, which is an international organization that promotes cooperation among the independent nations of Africa. The conference was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and attended by more than 600 representatives, including representatives from health and science ministries, universities, non-governmental organizations and international organizations from Africa, Europe and North America.

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inVentiv Clinical Moves into Latin America

Monday, March 24, 2008

inVentiv Clinical, the contract research organization (CRO) division of Somerset, N.J.-based marketing, communications and staffing firm inVentiv Health, has expanded its clinical services to Latin America with a new central hub in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company stated it plans to bolster its operations in other countries throughout the region as well.

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PRA Relocates to Larger India Office

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Raleigh, N.C.,-based PRA International has expanded its Mumbai, India, presence by moving into a larger facility. It is located in a new development in the Andheri East area of Mumbai. The new space can hold more than 20 clinical staff and allow for PRA to bring its total to 50 employees there by the end of the year. The company said this would potentially increase its service capacity by 150%. As the office grows, PRA will increase services in protocol development, medical writing and clinical consultation services in the region.

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eClinical Technology News

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based OmniComm Systems won a contract from Pleiad Devices, a medical device focused contract research organization. OmniComm will become a preferred vendor for Pleiad. The company will use OmniComm’s electronic data capture (EDC) product TrialMaster, initially for a trial studying an eye treatment. “Over the years, our team has had experience with most of the EDC vendors in the marketplace. TrialMaster is one of the best EDC products that we have seen and we look forward to offering our medical device customers this premier service,” stated Stephen Brandao, vice president of business development at Pleiad Devices.

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