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Piramal continues market access blitz with Abacus takeover

Piramal Healthcare has accelerated its move into market access modeling by snapping up U.K. firm Abacus International for an undisclosed fee. The takeover comes months after India-based Piramal jumped into the sector by snagging Decision Resources Group for $635 million.

Merge wins clinical trials software deal in China

Tigermed Consulting, a CRO based in Shanghai, has opted to use Merge's CTMS for sponsors and CROs to efficiently advance studies.

AstraZeneca turns to Beijing CRO as it scrambles to repair damaged pipeline

After chopping deep into its R&D operations to scale back on expenses, AstraZeneca has struck a pact to outsource part of its drug discovery operations to a CRO in China. Pharmaron, which only recently snipped the ribbon at its new complex in Beijing, will play a supporting role on chemistry, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, and efficacy screening for the pharma giant in a multi-year deal announced over the weekend.

Nextrials, CRO partner to lower drug research costs

Nextrials has found a new partner to adopt its clinical trials software, which is tailored for the iPad. InClin, a clinical research organization, plans to use Nextrials' Prism software to speed the start of trials and push down costs of drug development.

India's Advinus inks $36M drug discovery pact with Takeda

India's biotech industry is better known for its contract research operations than novel drug development. But Advinus Pharma, a biotech company supported by the Tata group, is helping to change all that.

Is CRO giant Quintiles planning a multibillion-dollar IPO?

Under its private equity masters at Bain Capital and TPG Capital, Quintiles has been rapidly beefing up its clinical-to-commercial outsourcing operations around the globe. Now Bloomberg reports that the makeover may lead to one very big cash-out as Quintiles execs ponder filing an IPO.

AstraZeneca builds virtual neuroscience drug unit byte by byte

Call it the bionic drug R&D group. Without scads of scientists on hand, AstraZeneca's virtual neuroscience unit relies heavily on information technologies to automate some of the heavy lifting of managing a pipeline of drugs for neurological and psychiatric disorders. In an interview with FierceBiotech IT, AZ research information head John Reynders described the tech platforms supporting the research group.

PRA sets up China shop with interest in Asia growing

The global contract research group PRA has opened a second outpost in China as demand for clinical trials in Asia soars and the U.S.-based CRO's pharma customers set up their own operations in the country.

R&D experts applaud new initiative to validate biomedical studies

Over the past year we've been treated to a number of reports underscoring just how rarely amazing biomedical studies can actually be independently reproduced in the lab. Now a Silicon Valley startup has begun offering scientists a chance to see if their work can pass the validation test and speed up the drug development process.

Quintiles continues buying spree, nabs genomics player

Wheeling and dealing its way around the globe, Quintiles has snapped up a genomics testing operation in its own back yard in North Carolina to help keep up with the revolution underway in the development of personalized medicines.