June 27, 2017Diary / IVR

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New EPRO Leader?

Genstar Buys ERT, invivodata

July 13, 2012

Hedge funds have been making waves in the clinical development industry for years, snapping up contract research organizations (CRO) with publicly-listed shares and putting them in private hands. Now the game appears to be shifting to undervalued technology firms. Genstar finalized the $400 million purchase of ERT, the #1 cardiac core lab, earlier this month. This week, Genstar wrote a second check. For an undisclosed sum, the private equity group added a top electronic patient diary provider, Pittsburgh’s invivodata, to the ERT portfolio. Based in San Francisco, Genstar is no stranger to clinical research. It purchased PRA International for $790 million in 2007. Genstar isn’t telegraphing whether it is considering a potential combination of PRA and ERT. That move would mirror some of the assets at Parexel, which Wall Street does appear to understand. It may not be clear for years whether such a move would please customers in pharma (by…more...

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Mainstreaming ePRO

PHT To Make Android, Apple Diaries

November 15, 2011

At its annual customer conference last week in its home town of Boston, PHT reviewed the last few years of growth in the electronic patient-reported outcome (ePRO) niche. Business has been…more...

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Consumer Grade Usability

PHT: Better Diary Reports

August 29, 2011

With the basic features and functions in place, many providers of clinical trial software are busy refining the ways that users get information in and out. Reports have been newly modernized…more...

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New Invivodata Product

Taking Patient Diaries Online

June 20, 2011

Major electronic diary providers all built their platforms around a Windows or Palm-based device that plugs into an electrical outlet. But that dependence on hardware is a bit cloudy going forward,…more...

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BioClinica's Trident

A New Way To Randomize

October 18, 2010

In this election season, there are too many unkind jokes about politics being the second-oldest profession. But that jesting got us to wonder. What is the second-oldest clinical trial technology? Paper was invented in China two thousand years ago, so the second-oldest prize belongs to ... interactive voice response (IVR), which depends on a mundane bit of…more...

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Differentiation Via Psychometrics

Ediaries & The Z Axis

August 09, 2010

Safety. Efficacy. Are those two cardinal notions of clinical development enough? Jean Paty has a third. He believes it is as central as safety and efficacy. Paty is co-founder and senior VP of scientific, quality and regulatory affairs at invivodata, a Pittsburgh, Penn., electronic patient diary firm. If safety and efficacy are the X and Y axes…more...

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Diary, Respiratory Deal

ERT Buys Carefusion

May 03, 2010

Are patient-reported outcomes a growth industry? A business? Philadelphia's ERT apparently thinks so, having just paid $81 million for the clinical trial business of Carefusion. The purchase could increase ERT's revenue by 50 percent, to perhaps $150 million yearly. That would put it in the general ballpark of the sales at Parexel's technology division or …more...

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Diary Deal

Quintiles, invivodata Partner

January 20, 2010

After doing 20 trials together, Quintiles and ediary supplier invivodata announced a closer partnership. For the large contract research organization, the relationship likely brings additional scientific firepower to a research niche newly legitimized by a final FDA guidance document in patient reported outcomes (PRO). For the Pittsburgh ediary supplier, meanwhile, the relationship will bring more projects and…more...

Regulatory Pressure

ePRO Tech Trends

PHT discusses the growth in the acceptance of ePRO as a core technology.

NCI Project

Mayo On Patient Primacy

The Mayo Clinic’s Jeff Sloan discusses where the field of patient-reported outcomes has come from and where it could be headed.

Interactive Listings

Diaries As Trial Engines

In the first of a ClinPage series, a sense of the centrality of the patient—and new levels of comfort with tools for electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO).

Almac, PHT, Medidata

3-Way Clinical Mashup

The technology firms have simplified the ways that customers can pass data from two systems to a third.

PHT Announcement

The Excitement of E-Diary Admin

The Boston patient-reported outcome firm discusses ways to make running diary projects a bit easier.

Parexel, Phase Forward

Two Giants Grow

The two Boston-area firms appear headed for a more intense IVR rivalry.

Rapid Launches

CRF’s New eDiary King

Rachael King, the new head of patient diary firm CRF, discusses trends and a robust pipeline.


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