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Survey says: Big CROs are only getting bigger

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations, which represents the world's largest CROs, polled its membership and found that the industry's biggest players have seen their revenues and payrolls skyrocket over the past decade, claiming an increasingly large share of global R&D spends.

Packaging outfit PCI buys trial supplier Biotec

PCI, a contract pharma packaging company, has snapped up clinical trial supply operation Biotec, expanding its footprint across all phases of drug development.

Covance borrows Fresenius' data to improve kidney treatments

Covance is teaming up with Frenova Renal Research, an arm of dialysis magnate Fresenius Medical Care, tapping the organization's expansive database to spotlight the most effective treatments for patients with kidney ailments.

Evotec takes up legal arms after Andromeda fallout

Risk-sharing researcher Evotec wants what it's due, mounting a legal challenge to reclaim some outstanding royalties after a biotech buyout scandal left it high and dry.

Recruitment specialist Trialbee snags a deal with AstraZeneca

Trialbee, a Swedish patient-recruitment outfit, has added AstraZeneca to its client roster, bringing its direct-to-patient technology to the U.K. drugmaker.

Quintiles homes in on small biotechs with new service offering

Quintiles, the world's largest CRO, is dialing up its focus on nascent drugmakers, launching a biotech-focused service offering designed to meet the particular needs of the industry's seedlings without losing them in the Big Pharma shuffle.

Evotec signs a Huntington's deal as diabetes project falls through

Risk-sharing researcher Evotec took a blow last week when partner Hyperion Therapeutics pulled the plug on a diabetes trial, but the German company is keeping things moving, expanding an agreement that will put it to work on treatments for Huntington's disease.

Icon and Medidata unite to give patients a louder voice in clinical trials

CRO magnate Icon and and eClinical outfit Medidata are pooling their resources to offer a combined platform for patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials, touting their technology as faster and more effective in surveying participants.

SRI teams up with Japan's Nobelpharma on gynecology drug

Nonprofit researcher SRI International has struck a deal with Japanese drugmaker Nobelpharma to collaborate on a new treatment for the painful gynecological disease endometriosis.

PRA swings for $375M in the next big CRO IPO

PRA is planning to cap months of dealmaking with a Wall Street splash, filing to go public and bank $375 million in the process.

Venn lands a $3.1M deal to study a bioresorbable stent

European CRO Venn Life Sciences has agreed to pitch in on a major international study of a new stent that harmlessly dissolves in the body.

CRO Ricerca plans to shed its staff if it can't find a buyer

Ricerca Bioscience is looking to get bought, and if it can't, the Ohio-headquartered CRO is clearing the way for massive layoffs.

Big Pharma supergroup dishes on de-personalizing clinical data

TransCelerate BioPharma, a nonprofit founded by some of the world's biggest drugmakers, is looking to standardize how the industry protects patient privacy when sharing data.

AMRI buys into proteomics to expand its discovery services

Contract drug developer AMRI is expanding its platform to include protein R&D, investing in a market the company expects to boom over the coming years.

Catalent eyes another big year after a blockbuster IPO

Catalent dialed up its revenue and income in a busy fiscal 2014, and now the drug developer is projecting up to 5% sales growth in the coming year, counting on global expansion to extend its reach.

PPD looks to tamp down pesky placebos with new trial tech

Countless clinical trials are done in by unexpectedly well-performing placebo arms, a phenomenon particularly common in psychiatric studies. PPD believes a new, proprietary trial design can substantially level the playing field, and the CRO has paid an undisclosed sum to get its hands on the technology.

DPx buys its way into U.S. biologics with Gallus acquisition

DPx, the result of a $2.6 billion merger of Patheon and DSM Pharmaceutical Products, has acquired U.S. contract manufacturer Gallus BioPharmaceuticals.

Synexus snags another South African site and widens its footprint

Patient-recruitment specialist Synexus has expanded its presence in South Africa, buying up another trial site in the country as it touts a growing list of clients.

Cenix lands an early-phase deal with BASF's Metanomics

German CRO Cenix BioScience has signed a deal with a BASF subsidiary to help ferret out new biomarkers, focusing on the growing field of metabolomics.

CRO Onyx signs up to help CRUK handle cancer R&D

Cancer Research UK has enlisted contract drugmaker Onyx Scientific to pitch in on some of its early research projects, handling development and manufacturing for clinical trials.