Business and News Update July 2010

Applied Clinical Trials

Applied Clinical Trials, Applied Clinical Trials-07-01-2010, Volume 0, Issue 0

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

People

INC Research (Raleigh, NC) has appointed J. Michael Hamilton, MD, as senior medical director in its oncology practice.

MIchael Hamilton, MD

Douglas M. Fast, PhD, has joined Covance (Princeton, NJ) as Scientific Director Bioanalytical Services.

Douglas M. Fast, PhD

As CTASC's (Baltimore, MD) Senior Director of Biometrics Consulting, Jose Gallo, PhD, will lead its consulting team as it works with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to address biometric issues associated with clinical trial submissions.

Using her 13 years of experience, Melissa Cabral, who recently joined MediciGlobal's (King of Prussia, PA) Project Management Team, will guide client clinical teams in assessing the impact of study design on patient recruitment.

Jose Gallo, PhD

PharmaNet Development Group (Princeton, NJ) has expanded its Phase IV development team with the additions of Ron Weishaar as Executive Director of Observational Research, Mike Nelson as Executive Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research, and Ken Ashman as Executive Director of European Operations.

Melissa Cabral

Anthony G. Busa, Jr., will use his 34 years of experience in management positions in his new role as Chief Executive Officer at CEDRA (Austin, TX).

Roch Doliveux has been appointed to the Governing Board of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (Brussels, Belgium), a public-private partnership between the EFPIA and the European Union.

Ricerca Biosciences (Concord, Ohio) has hired Michael E. Placke, PhD, as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Concord, Ohio, facility.

Dave Tapolczay, PhD, has a new position as Non-Executive Chairman of Compandia (Nottingham, UK), a Biomarker detection company.

With more than 17 years of experience, David Heck will become D. Anderson & Company's (Dallas, TX) Vice President of Business Development.

Virtify (Cambridge, MA) has hired several new members to join its team, including John Murgo as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jawahar Tembulkar as Vice President of Engineering, Matthew Slough as General Manager for Philippines Operations, Peter Norton as Director of Customer Support, Scott Venable as Director of Product Implementation, and Paul Tecca as Director, Product Management, SCM Solutions.

With more than 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in both the United States and Singapore, Ying Zhang has been appointed the Director of Business Development for Clearstone Central Laboratories (Beijing, China).

Alliances

  • Quintiles (Durham, NC) and Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Permanente Medical Group (Pasadena, CA) have formed an alliance to help accelerate the development of new and more effective medicines.

  • In order to accelerate time to market for new medicines and treatments, BBK Worldwide (Boston, MA) and CROèe (Tokyo, Japan) have formed a strategic alliance.

  • Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (Boston, MA) has selected the OnCore system by PercipEnz (Madison, WI) for its integrated clinical research management system.

  • Protech Pharmaservices Corporation (Taiwan), Ecron Acunova (Frankfurt, Germany), and RDDA (Pretoria, South Africa) have joined the inVentiv Clinical (Houston, TX) Global Alliance.

Awards

  • CRF Health (Lansdale, PA) won the Greenest Exhibitor Award for the second year in a row at the DIA's EuroMeeting in Monaco.

Accelovance accepts the "Best Contract Research Organization" award for the second year in a row at the 2010 World Vaccine Congress, held in Chantilly, VA.

  • For exceptional growth in overseas markets, Prism Ideas (Cheshire, UK), an independent provider of medical communications and drug development consultancy services, has been awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise 2010 in the International Trade category.

  • Almac (Craigavon, Northern Ireland) has won two distinctions from the 10th Annual Belfast Telegraph/BMI Northern Ireland Business Awards: the 2010 business award for innovation and a commendation in the exploring achievement category.

  • Velesco Pharmaceutical (Plymouth and Kalamazoo, MI) has been recognized as one of the 2010 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch," an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation, as well as a "Catalyst Award" from Southwest Michigan First for creating jobs and economic success in the Kalamazoo Region in 2009.

  • The Association of Clinical Research Professionals awarded the 2010 Innovation in Clinical Research Award to CTASC (Baltimore, MD) president Bruce Thompson, PhD, and recognized the Greater Philadelphia Chapter (Philadelphia, PA) with the Outstanding Chapter Award at the 2010 Global Conference and Exhibition in Tampa.

  • Kaplan EduNeering (Princeton, NJ), a provider of compliance and knowledge management solutions to several pharmaceutical, medical device, and biologics companies, has won the Brandon Hall Gold Award for technology excellence in the Compliance Training category.

  • Receiving the "Best Contract Research Organization" award for the second consecutive year, Accelovance (Rockville, MD) was awarded the distinction at the 2010 World Vaccine Congress held in Chantilly, VA.

  • ClinTec International (Glasgow, UK) has been awarded Women Business Enterprise certified status by WEConnect Europe.

  • i3's (Basking Ridge, NJ) Statprobe business unit has received the 2010 Lilly Global Supplier Award in the Supplier Award for Excellence category; i3 Spain was named one of the top 10 places to work in Spain among companies of 100 to 250 employees by the Great Place to Work Institute Spain; and i3 France was ranked number 11 in the 2010 Best Workplaces France list, also compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute.

  • Almac (Craigavon, Northern Ireland) has been honored with a 2010 Great Place to Work Institute UK award.

  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Profil Institute for Clinical Research (Chula Vista, CA), Marcus Hompesch, PhD, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award in San Diego for the second year in a row.

  • The Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership announced the winners of the OMOP Cup methods competition, awarding David Vogel of Data Mining Solutions (Orlando, FL) the $10,000 prize for Challenge 1 and also honored a University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) health informatics team comprised of Lian Duan, Mohammad Khoshneshin, Si-Chi Chin, and Nick Street with the $5000 prize for Challenge 2.

  • Jennifer Worrell, a clinical research site manager at Kforce Clinical Research (Tampa, FL), has been awarded first place as U.S. Clinical Researcher of the Year in the CRA/site manager (less than four years) category, winning a $1000 prize from Pharma Times.

Company News

  • The Irish Medicines Board has awarded PPD's (Wilmington, NC) contract research facility in Athlone, Ireland, manufacturer licenses that support investigational medicinal products and marketed products and provide laboratory certifications for quality control of medicinal products.

  • The Patient Recruitment Organization Steering Committee (Dallas, TX) launched its Web site, www.patient-recruitment-organization.org, as a place for industry professionals, businesses, and other stakeholders to build alliances and share information.

  • Clinipace Worldwide (Morrisville, NC) has been awarded four new client projects across multiple therapeutic areas, including oncology, immunology, and gastroenterology.

  • With more than 300 employees, Synteract (San Diego, CA) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

  • Cetero Research (Cary, NC) has released an accelerated POC study design that combines single ascending dose, multiple ascending dose, preliminary food effect, and proof-of-concept studies.

  • IRB Company (Buena Park, CA) received full accreditation status from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.

  • Integrium LLC (Tustin, CA) has expanded into the dermatology therapeutic area with Mary Spellman, PhD, leading the new Dermatology Clinical Research Group.

  • Celerion's (Lincoln, NE) has launched a new Hybrid Phase I/ECG Core Lab to provide ECG analysis for Celerion's global Phase I clinical network.

Mergers/Acquisitions

  • i3 (Basking Ridge, NJ) has acquired ChinaGate (Shanghai, China) in order to offer clients more comprehensive services in the Asia Pacific region.

  • To strengthen its oncology therapeutic franchise, Novella Clinical (Durham, NC) has acquired Prologue Research International (Columbus, OH).

New Facilities

  • PPD (Wilmington, NC) has opened a pharmacovigilance and medical communications center in Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • Chiltern (London, UK) plans to expand its presence in Asia Pacific by forming an operation in China, building on its previous expansions in Australia, Singapore, and India.

Synteract employees celebrate the contract research organization's 15th anniversary in a group photo outside company headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

Products

  • With new features such as advanced user management, access to recycle bin, manual backup of any folder, configuration of e-Signature text, and document expiration dating, Target Health (New York, NY) has released Target Document Version 1.5, a 21 CFR Part 11 compliant, Internet-based document sharing, distribution, and management system that allows users to share, electronically sign, and archive any electronic document within a Web browser.

  • The latest version of Prism, an EDC and clinical trial data management platform from Nextrials (San Ramon, CA), will now support data access via the Apple iPad.

  • Verdacom (Princeton, NJ) has introduced its first product, VerdaCore, a new subject randomization and drug supply management system built to service pharmaceutical and biotechnology clinical trials.