1996 The CenterWatch Monthly

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1996 (Volume 3)

    December

    Sizing Up Sponsors

    Investigative sites rate the best and worst sponsors to work with

    Sites select Merck as top sponsor: say company's infrequent use of CROs is key factor

    Overall, sites give sponsors good - but not great - grades. Survey identifies numerous problem areas in sponsor-site relationships

    Acquisitions Market for Investigative Sites Heats Up

    Collaborative Clinical Research acquires Walker Clinical Evaluations; Clinical Studies acquires sites in Pennsylvania and Florida

    Although acquisition activity is increasing, sites seeking high 'cash-out' valuations are likely to be disappointed

    Patient Recruitment: Courting the Elderly

    The fifth part of our series on patient recruitment

    Discusses the importance and challenges of recruiting elderly patients in clinical trials

    Elderly patient recruitment strategies are discussed

    CenterStage: As Prices for CROs Soar, Seller Beware

    Investment banker discusses CRO transaction valuations and the risks for sellers

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    October

    Here Come the Hybrids

    Site networks are utilizing their investigator expertise as the foundation for offering CRO services

    Scirex and Clinicor are two CROs that are becoming actively involved in conducting clinical trials

    Consolidation in CRO Industry Accelerates

    Top six CROs now control nearly 50% of the $2.5 billion market

    Pending merger between Quintiles and BRI will create one of the largest CROs

    PPD's acquisition of Pharmaco, DNX-BioClin and Clintrials-BioResearch Labs mergers are also discussed

    News & Notes: First ClinTrials, Now ClinSites

    Venture capitalist who was behind the creation of ClinTrials in the 1980's is now putting efforts behind the formation of a large regional site network

    CenterStage: Moving Beyond the Horse and Buggy

    Computerizing site operations

    Patient Recruitment: Pediatric Research Is Its Own Specialty

    The fourth part of our series on patient recruitment

    Discusses the importance and challenges of recruiting children in clinical trials

    Successful strategies for recruiting children are also discussed

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    August

    The Independent Site: Alive and Well

    Both dedicated research sites and part-time sites report strong revenue and profit growth over the past three years

    Dedicated sites that manage trials are consolidating physicians into local networks

    PPD Set to Merge with APBI in Surprise Deal

    Merger of two organizations will create third largest global CRO

    Drop in price of PPD's stock could jeopardize the merger

    APBI is parent company of both Pharmaco International (CRO) and Chicago Center for Clinical Research (Investigative Site)

    News & Notes: Collaborative Clinical Nets $42 Million in IPO

    Company discusses its growth strategy given the completion of a recent Initial Public Offering

    Article highlights the capital markets evolving perceptions of site management organizations and CROs

    CenterStage: Where Will The Patients Come From?

    A call for a national campaign to educate patients

    Kathleen Drennan: Looking Back, Moving Forward

    An interview with a prominant leader in the clinical trials industry

    The interview covers contract and budget challenges investigative sites face, questions current clinical research contract incentive programs, and discusses industry-site relationships

    Patient Recruitment: Finding a Place for Women in Clinical Trials

    The third part of a series on patient recruitment

    Presents successful recruitment strategies for women participants in clinical trials Article also discusses the ongoing debate regarding the design of studies to capture gender biases

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    June

    The Academic Center as CRO

    More than half of all academic centers report providing some CRO services

    Article presents several major academic centers pursuing strategies to offer a full range of contract research services

    CROs may be missing new competitive threat

    The Scandal That Won't Go Away

    At first bankruptcy hearing, trustee raises questions about legitimacy of sale of Future Healthcare's assets to Hill Top Research

    Former site directors detail how company, after its fall in March, 1995, continued its financial fraud

    News & Notes: First PICAS, Now InRoll

    DataEdge Rolls Out InRoll

    Profile: Clinical Studies LTD: Visions of a Global SMO

    Six-year-old company has used innovative 'risk-sharing' agreements to fuel growth

    Company plans to be one of the first site management organizations in Europe

    The article highlights the company's innovative approaches to recruiting patients, securing grants, aggressively marketing its services, quality control and assurance

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    April

    The Booming CROs

    Revenues and earnings of publicly traded CROs soar in 1995; investors push prices of CRO stocks to remarkable heights

    Public CROs are leveraging high valuations to aggressively pursue acquisitions and global expansions

    Analysts foresee mid-sized CROs getting squeezed from the marketplace

    Building Bridges to the Minority Community

    Unique minority recruitment barriers require a customized approach

    Examples of successful recruitment strategies include community outreach, study design input, and targeted advertising and promotion

    News & Notes: Collaborative Clinical Files IPO

    Organizer of investigative sites seeks to raise $18 million through public offerings

    CenterStage: Specialty Providers Carve Out Niche

    A discussion on the importance and viability of niche or specialty CROs

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    February

    Grants Market to Grow By More Than $250 Million In 1996

    In 1995, industry spent an estimated $2.6 billion on clinical grants to U.S. investigators.

    Annual R&D spending by PhRMA members expected to increase 9.6% in 1996, up from 6.9% in 1995.

    Academic centers continue to lose market share; they now receive 55% of commercial grant.

    Give Me Your Young, Your Old, Your Ethnically Diverse

    Pending regulatory changes will force sponsors to recruit diverse patient groups or risk having their studies fail.

    Recruitment barriers vary for each patient population.

    Sponsors, CROs, and investigative sites need to develop sophisticated recruitment strategies specific to the targeted population group.

    News & Notes: Hill Top Research Buys Future Healthcare's Sites

    Hill Top Research acquires Future Healthcare's assets; creditors may challenge deal in court.

    The FBI is investigating Future Healthcare's top officers for possible bank and insurance fraud.

    CenterStage: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

    A discussion on the importance of understanding the true costs of clinical research

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