Business and People Update January 2010


Applied Clinical Trials

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


  • The former Vice President and Global Head of Quintiles eSolutions Business, Scott Clark, has now taken on the role of Head of Business Development for Quanticate (Cambridge, MA).
  • As the new General Manager of Pharmaceuticals for Exova (Edinburgh, UK), Moyra Brookes will gain the responsibilities for sales and future expansion into Europe of the company's pharma businesses.
  • Asteral (Reading, UK) has hired Mike Dix as Managing Director and Sean Williams as Business Development Director.
  • With 25 years of successful sales and sales management experience, Craig Smith has been promoted to ClearTrial's (Chicago, IL) Vice President of Sales.
  • Joining DIA (Horsham, PA) is Paul Pomerantz, as its new worldwide Executive Director, who will direct DIA's global operations and strategic expansion.
  • With CRF (Lansdale, PA) for eight years, Kristina Ernberg has been promoted to Director of Program Management, and Janet Palmieri, with the company since 2008, was promoted to Senior Director of Business Development.
  • Moving away from Hoffmann-La Roche, Klaus Rose, MD, accepted an offer from Granzer Regulatory Consulting & Services (Munich, Germany) as a principal Consultant.
  • Joining TAKE Supply Chain (Austin,TX) is Tom Hernandez as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales.

Scott Clark


  • A multiyear agreement will put into effect the plans for Gedeon Richter Plc (Budapest, Hungary) to adopt and implement Phase Forward's (Waltham, MA) Clintrial.

  • To provide sponsors with research and technology services for faster evaluations of treatment side effects, Quintiles (Research Triangle Park, NC) and Cerner (Kansas City, MO) have entered into an agreement.

  • Medidata Solutions (New York, NY) announced a multiyear contract with Bristol-Myers Squibb (New York, NY) for use of Medidata Grants Manager.

Moyra Brookes


  • Pennsylvania has declared Almac (Yardley, PA) as one of the "Best Places to Work in PA" for 2009.

  • Phase Forward (Waltham, MA) has won the 2009 Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) Data Driven Innovation Award competition for a joint project with customer Merck & Co.

  • Recognizing the company's therapeutic concept for the treatment of distinct orphan diseases, ErgoNex Pharma (Appenzell, Switzerland) received the award for "European Orphan Diseases Entrepreneurial Company."

  • In acknowledgement of its contributions to medical communications, Beardsworth (Flemington, NJ) is the 2009 recipient of the American Medical Writers Association's "Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award."

  • ERT (Philadelphia, PA) was honored with the award for Best New Product for its ePRO based suicidality monitoring solution at the 2009 European Outsourcing Awards.

Company News

  • A health care informatics company, Humedica (Boston, MA) has officially been launched.

  • Since being acquired by Street Healthcare Partners (Chicago, IL), AAIPharma (Wilmington, NC) has changed its name to ZeeCRO, Inc.

  • As part of the reform of the health care system by the U.S. government, Philippe Berna, Chief Executive Officer of Kayentis (Philadelphia, PA), attended a roundtable discussion with Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick to discuss how to promote widespread HIT adoption.

  • Launching resourcing services in Switzerland and Belgium, i3 Pharma Resourcing (Basking Ridge, NJ) now provides personnel in over 50 countries.

Mike Dix

New Facilities

  • To increase its presence in the North American market, Epistem Plc (Manchester, UK) will open a U.S. office in Boston, MA.

  • To accommodate demand in outsourcing of clinical supply management services, Almac (Craigavon, Northern Ireland) has completed a 67,000 square foot expansion to its North Carolina facility.

Klaus Rose

New Products

  • The GenSight Group (Doylestown, PA) has released GenSight version 8.0., with features to further facilitate enterprise-wide portfolio management.

  • Releasing OpenClinica 3.0, Akaza Research (Waltham, MA) presents the newest version of open source electronic data capture (EDC) software for clinical trials.

  • Sage Submissions (San Diego) released Sages Templates Version 1.1.3, with redesigned and extended templates.

  • Upgrading its software in an effort to streamline supplier collaboration, TAKE Supply Chain (Austin, TX) has released Xtended Process Control (X.PC) 5.7dm.
  • Octagon Research Solutions (Wayne, PA) announced the release of StartingPoint 4, offering new content templates, improved functionality, and compliance with Windows 7.

The ERT team accepts their award for Best New Product at the 2009 European Outsourcing Awards.

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