Business and News Update February 2011

February 1, 2011
Kayda Norman
Applied Clinical Trials
Volume 20, Issue 2

Industry news focusing on the people and organizations who work in the clinical trials profession.

People

• Clinical Trials of America (Eugene, OR) has opened a new Seattle site and named Kathy Hendricks as its site manager.

Kathy Hendricks

• Bringing with him more than 25 years experience in clinical trial planning, Ron Kershner has been appointed Global Head of Clinical Reporting at Novella Clinical (Research Triangle Park, NC).

Ron Kershner

• ACM Global Central Lab (Rochester, NY) has made several changes to its team with the additions of Angela Panzarella as President, Mary Williamson, PhD, as Director of Laboratory Operations, and Andrew Bascom as Director of Data Management and Clinical Systems. The company has also promoted Tracy Hendershott to Vice President, Clinical Trials Global Operations, and Brian Clark to Senior Business Development Director, North America.

Angela Panzarella

• WorldCare Clinical (Boston, MA) has promoted Richard Walovitch, PhD, from Chief Medical Officer to President, and Xiaozhou Ma, MD, has joined as Associate Director of Quantification and 3D Imaging.

Richard Walovitch, PhD

• With more than 20 years of experience with the drug development industry, David J. Browne has joined Unilabs YBS (York, UK) as Business Development Manager.

• Premier Research Group (Philadelphia, PA) has appointed Charlene Sanders, MD, to the position of Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs and Pediatric Strategic Consulting and appointed Christopher Codeanne to Chief Financial Officer.

• DaVita Clinical Research Laboratory Services, SM Division (Minneapolis, MN) has promoted Kevin J. Goudreau to Vice President of Development.

• TranScrip Partners (Reading, UK) has made several additions to the company including Julia Lloyd-Parks and Mark Watling as senior partners.

• PharmaNet Development Group (Princeton, NJ) has hired Chris Beaver, PhD, as Director, Immunochemistry Services, as well as Catherine Derasp, as Vice President, Clinical Operations, of the company's Phase I clinics.

• After working at Praxis (Lake Forest, IL) since 2002, Kevin J. Wysocki has accepted an invitation to become a partner at the firm.

• PPD (Wilmington, NC) has appointed Elena Logan as Senior Vice President of Global Central Labs.

• Lifetree Center for Neuroscience Research (Salt Lake City, UT) has appointed Miroslav Backonja, MD, as Medical Director.

• CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (Blue Ash, OH) recently promoted Ranjana Iyer to Clinical Safety Scientist.

Alliances

  • The Society for Clinical Data Management (Milwaukee, WI) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (Alexandria, VA) have formed a collaboration to improve their support of professionals in clinical research.

  • Clearstone Central Laboratories (Toronto, Canada) has formed a strategic partnership with TNT (Amserdam, The Netherlands) with the aim to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for customers.

  • To expand the scale and scope of its operations, Maximax Pharmaceutical Research (Troy, MI) has launched a development group embracing its global strategic alliance with four CRO's in India, South America, Russia, and Central Europe.

  • Octagon (Wayne, PA) and ScenPro (Richardson, TX) have formed a partnership to support a FDA legacy data conversion project that will further the agency's ability to review and evaluate data across studies.

  • Kaizen Clinical Services (Jackson, NJ), an oncology focused contract research organization, has joined BioClinica's (Newtown, PA) Certified Partner Program.

  • GlaxoSmithKline (London, UK) has signed a multi-year enterprise technology agreement to deploy BioClinica's (Newtown, PA) Trident Interactive Web Response system across its Phase I-IV clinical trials.

  • Celerion (Lincoln, NE) and BryanLGH Health System (Lincoln, NE) announced an alliance to provide a dedicated wing at BryanLGH Medical Center West for early clinical studies including Phase I and first-in-human.

  • Perceptive Informatics (Boston, MA) has selected TIBCO (Palo Alto, CA) software to enhance its suite of eClinical service offerings, incorporating enterprise infrastructure software, TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks,™ as well as TIBCO Enterprise Message Service,™ into its eClinical platform.

Awards

  • Jonathan Trethowan, Director of TRAC (Camborne, UK), was named winner of the Inspiration category at the TOPRA Symposium in London.

Jonathan Trethowan, Director of TRAC, a Cornish regulatory affairs company, won the Inspiration Award at the TOPRA Symposium held in London after being nominated by TRAC Regulatory Affairs Executive, Lisa Pascoe.

  • ClinTec International (Glasgow, UK) has been ranked in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 & Fast 500 EMEA. The awards, which are based on percentage revenue growth over a five-year period, position and recognize ClinTec as number 46 in the top 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK and 226 in the 500 fastest growing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

  • Synteract (Carlsbad, CA)CEO Ellen Morgan has been awarded Most Admired CEO of the Year honors in the private large company sector by San Diego Business Journal.

Company News

  • In order to reach and serve Hispanics more effectively, staff members at Wake Research Associates (Raleigh, NC) completed a training course focused on improving Hispanic participation in clinical trials through Blaire Borthayre, CEO of Hispanic Marketing Resources.

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Rockville, MD) has awarded Outcome Sciences (Cambridge, MA) a task order to design and develop a new Registry of Patient Registries database.

  • Integrium (Tustin, CA) celebrated 12 years of developing and managing over 150 successful clinical trials for clients, consistently beating patient enrollment goals and reducing costs.

  • The University of Leicester's (Leicester, UK) Clinical Trials Unit has signed a contract for the installation of MACRO version 4.1, the latest release of InferMed's electronic data capture solution.

  • BioClinica (Newtown, PA) celebrated 20 years of experience, leadership, and growth, including the launch of Trident IWR, new release of optimizer, and acquisition of TranSenda International.

  • Popsi Cube (Paris, France) has opened a new facility in Philadelphia, PA in order to meet the growing demands of the company's North American sponsors.

Products

  • Cmed Technology (New Providence, NJ) has released Timaues 5, Cmed Technology's newest version of its eClinical platform to manage data from study design through reporting and Timaeus HotSpot, a portable, regulatory-compliant eClinical suite that combines the Timaeus platform with the freedom and flexibility of a WiFi hotspot.

  • Celerion (Lincoln, NE) has launched Labnotes, a commercially available electronic laboratory notebook system to standardize bioanalytical processes and improve documentation consistency for all studies.

  • Chiltern International (London, UK) announced the launch of Chiltern SAFE, a global trial master file management solution that facilitates remote management of documents.

  • IntraLinks (New York, NY) has released IntraLinks for Study Management, a secure, online platform for managing and monitoring all communication and activity with investigative sites and other outside parties during clinical trials.

  • In order to improve patient safety, the European Medicines Agency (London, UK) and the European Network of Centers for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP) have launched the ENCePP E-Register of Studies, a publicly accessible resource for the consultation of pharmacoepidemiological and pharmacovigilance studies conducted by academic centers and other research organizations.

  • Almac (Craigavon, Northern Ireland) has added an additional dedicated Late Stage Customization Suite to the company's commercial facilities.

  • StudyManager (Seattle, WA) has released Reveal version 3.1, expanding the recruitment, financial, and reporting capabilities of its clinical trial management software for sites, universities, and hospitals.

  • PharmaNet Development Group (Princeton, NJ) has launched two technology platforms, Initiator™ and PKS,™ that will provide improvements in clinical study timelines by accelerating data acquisition and the processing of final client reports in its Phase I clinics.

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