December 13, 2018cardiovascular ecg

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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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Titans In Services, Tech

2009 Master Providers

May 05, 2009

Public or private. Contract research organization (CRO) or technology vendor. If a company specialized in supporting clinical trials, we considered it. It's no surprise: Quintiles is at the head of our…more...

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Hearts Seen Whole

A Case For Centralized ECGs

March 26, 2009

Is the pharmaceutical industry managing and assessing electrocardiograms (ECGs) as rigorously as it could? As consistently as it should? Should the FDA transition away from paper ECGs? Jeffrey Litwin has a…more...

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Huge QT Savings

NewCardio: Not Your Father’s ECG

March 03, 2009

Cardiology diagnostics technology firm NewCardio hopes to transform a key sector of the industry: the way cardiac safety is monitored in clinical trials. They’re not there yet, but the company has…more...

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Consistent Adjudication

Icon Sees Cardiac Opportunity

March 02, 2009

Blame Avandia. It was that diabetes blockbuster’s black box warning late in 2007 that got Jonathan Goldman thinking.  Chief medical officer of Icon Medical Imaging, Goldman pondered whether the FDA would start requiring diabetes drug developers to do more to monitor cardiovascular events. Then, last summer, the FDA’s endocrinologic and metabolic drugs advisory committee met. That galvanized…more...

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ECG Management

Clinilabs, AMPS Develop TrialPerfect

August 26, 2008

Clinilabs, a small Manhattan-based contract research organization (CRO), may have just positioned itself to effectively compete with more established or hulking competitors. Frustrated with the available software for processing electrocardiogram (ECG) data, Clinilabs connected with the tech company Analyzing Medical Parameters for Solutions (AMPS), also based in Manhattan, to come up with something that not only collects…more...

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Cardiovascular CRO

Integrium Goes to The Heart

December 10, 2007

The three founders of Integrium didn’t set out to start a contract research organization (CRO). It just ... happened. It was the mid-1990s. David Smith, Joel Neutel and Michael Weber were southern California-based clinical investigators. In the course of conducting their research at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center, they were being asked by pharmaceutical companies…more...

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Monday News Briefs

Cardiac Deal for Covance, eRT

December 03, 2007

eResearchTechnology (eRT) bought the centralized electrocardiogram business of Covance. The two firms signed an exclusive ten-year marketing agreement in which eRT’s centralized cardiac safety services will be used by Covance clients. “eRT is furthering its commitment as a leader in the cardiac safety field. The scale, expertise, and ancillary technology benefits that will be derived from the…more...

Russian CRO, ethical values

News Briefs

News for Friday, May 18.

Remote Cardiac Monitoring

Barron’s: Pfizer, Medtronic Attractive

The financial mag says some money manager’s think the selloff of Pfizer has been overdone. And Medtronic, in Barron’s and in a press release, connects to clinical trial patients wirelessly.

Facility Opens Early '07

Quintiles To Open Central Lab in India

The new lab is to be located in Leela Business Park in Mumbai, joining Quintiles’ core clinical research and electrocardiogram (ECG) businesses.


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