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WALTHAM, Mass.-Phase Forward, a leading provider of data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety, today announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Everest Clinical Research Services Inc. (Everest), a contract research organization (CRO). This agreement extends a contract signed in 2007 and calls for Everest to leverage both Phase Forward’s InForm Integrated Trial Management (ITM) and its hosted Central Designer module Electronic Data Capture (EDC) solution.
Everest Clinical Research Services Inc.-created by a group of former colleagues of Pharmacia Corporation-has been an independent CRO since Pharmacia’s acquisition by Pfizer five years ago. Everest enjoys partnerships or preferred vendor relationships with a number of major pharmaceutical companies as well as other smaller pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The company has offices in Toronto, Ontario, and Little Falls, New Jersey.
“EDC technology is a key enabler of our core clinical data management service,” said Irene Zhang, president and CEO, Everest Clinical Research Services Inc. “Phase Forward’s Central Designer study design environment and InForm EDC products have proven an effective solution for providing our clients with the core components of this service: high quality and timely data collection, cleaning and database lock. By adopting this technology in-house, we expect to bring even greater efficiencies to the management of clinical trial data for our trial sponsors.”
“Today’s announcement emphasizes the range of CROs with which Phase Forward successfully collaborates,” said Mike Davies, vice president, global CRO partnerships at Phase Forward. “We work with CROs of all sizes and profiles, mindful of the unique needs of small- to medium-sized CROs like Everest, and are committed to working together to bring the benefits of EDC to their customers. We are focused on both the operational and commercial success of Everest.”
Phase Forward’s CRO partnership strategy is designed to assist CRO clients in achieving success in both the short and long term. Its customized structure and flexible pricing options help CROs of all sizes to invest in their own capabilities and capitalize on new growth opportunities. Across all of its solutions, Phase Forward has over 90 CRO customers as of the end of 2008.
About Everest Clinical Research Services Inc.
Everest Clinical Research Services Inc. offers the following services: