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MPI buys out a CRO neighbor to bolster early-stage R&D

MPI Research has acquired fellow Michigan CRO Jasper Clinical Research and Development for an undisclosed sum, a move that will augment the company's offerings in Phase I trials.

CROs line up to advise Big Pharma's R&D think tank

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations, which represents the world's largest CROs, is putting together a sort of contractors' council to weigh in on the efforts of TransCelerate BioPharma, a nonprofit group run by the biggest names in drug development.

InVentiv turns to Veeva for cloud-based trial tech

CRO inVentiv Health is dumping out its own trial document storage system and replacing it with Veeva Systems' cloud-based platform, a move the eClinical provider touts as a major affirmation of its technology.

SRI's CRO cuts the ribbon on a new early-phase outpost

SRI International's in-house CRO has opened up a new Phase I center, expanding its footprint in the market for early-stage research.

With help from Charles River, AstraZeneca expands its respiratory pipeline

AstraZeneca is moving forward with a respiratory candidate developed alongside Charles River Laboratories' discovery business, a milestone the CRO says affirms its investments in the space.

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