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BioClinica snags a Pfizer exec to take the helm

BioClinica, fresh from its latest merger, has named a Pfizer executive as its next CEO.

CRO Health Decisions carries on after CEO's death

North Carolina CRO Health Decisions is working its way back to normalcy after the death of its founder and CEO, processing a loss that "devastated" its staff, an executive said.

Investor cries foul over Covance's $6B sale to LabCorp

Covance got some bad advice when it agreed to a roughly $6 billion buyout from LabCorp, according to an investor lawsuit, which alleges that chief dealbroker Goldman Sachs had a conflict of interest all along.

DaVita grows its in-house CRO with a data-centric merger

Kidney dialysis magnate DaVita HealthCare Partners has merged its two research-minded subsidiaries to create an end-to-end CRO focused on renal trials.

Medidata burnishes its risk-based monitoring tech with latest buy

Clinical trial tech outfit Medidata is expanding its work in risk-based monitoring, buying a startup called Patient Profiles to help sponsors and CROs use real-time safety data to make decisions on studies.

PPD's X-Chem pairs up with Alexion for drug discovery

X-Chem, PPD's in-house biotech company, has signed a deal with the rare disease specialists at Alexion to lend out its molecular library and help discover new treatments.

INC Research lends its weight to trial site advocacy group

INC Research has deepened its partnership with the Society for Clinical Research Sites, supporting a training program and working to increase communication between trial sites and study investigators.

Catalent signs on to help Sellas get a repurposed drug to the finish line

Catalent has signed a deal with Sellas to help the Swiss drugmaker develop an existing insomnia treatment for other central nervous system disorders.

Recipharm cues job cuts as a long-time partner drops out

Meda, a Swedish specialty pharma outfit, is scaling back its relationship with contract drug developer Recipharm, endangering jobs and putting a site at risk of closure.

WuXi moves to list a subsidiary on the Chinese market

WuXi PharmaTech is moving toward an IPO for one of its R&D and manufacturing subsidiaries, hoping to take advantage of a new market in its native China.

EU nations yank drugs over GVK data scandal

Some European Union states have suspended the approvals of drugs tied to a data falsification scandal at CRO GVK Biosciences, and the European Medicines Agency is investigating whether to recommend a continental halt.

Quintiles pools postmarketing services into a single offering

Quintiles has unveiled a new offering that combines its pharmacovigilance, label management, risk-benefit research and analytics into a single product, touting the service as a catch-all for approved drugs.

GVK gets its drug repurposing tech into Japan with new partnership

Indian CRO GVK Biosciences has signed a deal with a Japanese outfit to market its drug repurposing services in the country, part of the company's plot to diversify its revenue sources.

WuXi pairs up with deCODE spinout to further its genomics expansion

WuXi PharmaTech has spent the last year and change amping up its genomics expertise, and now China's largest CRO has signed a deal with Cambridge, MA's NextCODE Health to further grow its bioinformatics offerings.

Almac partners up to keep patients--and data--safe in trial emergencies

Pharma outsourcer Almac has signed a deal that allows it to add emergency services to its clinical trial management platform, allowing sponsors to quickly handle unforeseen problems and minimize the need for unblinding data, the company said.

Accovion reaches into France amid expansion kick

Fast-growing German CRO Accovion has made its way into France, opening up a new subsidiary as it works to become Europe's biggest independent pharma outsourcer.

Recipharm makes another buy to scale up its European might

Swedish contract drug developer Recipharm has signed a deal to extend its reach into France, buying a new facility and partnering with a local firm.

Feds want more trial results made public

The Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health are proposing new rules that would greatly expand the number of clinical trials required to publicize their results, a move that could change how CROs handle data.

Medidata and TransCelerate beat the drum for risk-based monitoring

Medidata and partner TransCelerate BioPharma, a nonprofit run by the world's largest drugmakers, are amplifying their call for clinical trial runners to embrace new technology, unveiling study results that support the adoption of risk-based monitoring.

PRA and INC trade up amid a warm reception for CRO debuts

PRA Health Sciences and INC Research have both seen their shares tick upward since pulling off IPOs earlier this month, a sign that, despite biotech's boom and bust, the window for CRO debuts remains open.