Startup Clinical Ink said that it's in the midst of a pilot clinical study that incorporates medical device data that's collected through a smartphone app with biopharma Novartis and contract research organization PPD. The trial incorporates medical device connectivity that's provided by Clinical Ink and powered by Qualcomm's 2net Mobile Platform.
PPD, angling to stand out among CROs running pediatric trials, has cemented a network of 8 global sites to accelerate the process of starting studies on kids.
As regulators and payers place increasing importance on real-world data, CRO PPD is working to expand its reach in the field, joining forces with a division of insurance giant Anthem.
PPD has opened a new central lab facility in Shanghai, expanding its testing services into China as it stretches out around the globe.
PPD and partner Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories have hit the ground running with their Japanese joint venture, closing a deal that will see them join forces in the country's growing market for clinical trials.
X-Chem, PPD's in-house biotech company, struck a deal with pioneering startup Navitor Pharmaceuticals, outlicensing some early-stage compounds discovered with its proprietary technology.
PPD's Acurian subsidiary has expanded its relationship with the Society for Clinical Research Sites, a group representing thousands of trial outposts around the globe, focusing on improving patient recruitment.
Chemistry and biology are joining hands in China in ways that will have a profound impact on biotechnology startups and more established companies, but it is still early days for many companies and more money from venture capitalists or other funding sources is welcome.
PPD has amped up the biologics capabilities at its Irish manufacturing operation, opening a new lab devoted to the development of large-molecule treatments.
X-Chem, a subsidiary of PPD, has signed a deal with Johnson & Johnson to provide its library of molecules to aid in the discovery of new treatments for inflammatory disease.