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PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 9 2012 - ERT, a global technology-driven provider of health outcomes services to biopharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs), announced today the acquisition of invivodata, Inc, a leading provider of electronic Patient Reported Outcomes (ePRO) solutions and consulting services, based in Pittsburgh, PA.
The transaction was facilitated by the San Francisco-based private equity group, Genstar Capital, LLC who last week announced that they had completed the acquisition of ERT. The acquisition immediately positions ERT as a leader in Clinical Outcome Assessments (COA). The combined organization will now offer sponsors, CROs and other third-party vendors a combination of market-leading electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO)/COA solutions and scientific and regulatory consulting services that is unrivalled in the industry. The invivodata consulting group bolsters ERT’s position as the scientific thought leader in Health Outcomes Research and complements its market leading position in cardiac safety and respiratory outcomes assessment. The acquisition also enhances ERT’s multi-mode ePRO product portfolio with the introduction of a suite of proven site-based and patient-friendly handheld devices that have already been validated to collect therapy-specific diaries, instruments and assessments.
invivodata reported record growth in 2011, stemming from the addition of over 160 clinical projects. Three consecutive years of growth in bookings, revenue, and profitability has led the company to substantially increase headcount, enabling it to meet the growing needs of its worldwide customer base. The market for the collection of clinical outcomes data is set to grow by over 50% in the next three years, according to industry reports, and ERT is ideally positioned to grow in this segment and capitalize on its established track-record of innovation to create value for its sponsors and CRO partners with a suite of clinician and patient-centric solutions.
Dr Jeffrey Litwin, ERT’s CEO, states: “For some time, ERT has been working in collaboration with sponsors and partners to establish a new model of delivering value through the centralization of Health Outcomes data. ERT is a leader in providing cardiac safety and respiratory solutions and, by adding invivodata’s team of scientists and technology experts, we accelerated this strategic initiative, which will provide our joint clients with consistent, scientifically accurate Outcome Assessment data which will be accessible from one platform. We are delighted to welcome the new team aboard.”
“Our dedicated team of employees has worked tirelessly over the past 12 years to build a company that delivers true value to our customers,” commented Doug Engfer, CEO of invivodata. “Becoming a part of ERT will enable us to enhance the value we deliver. We truly appreciate the trust our customers have placed in us, and we look forward to expanding those relationships with our new colleagues at ERT.”