Eisai has become the latest in a long line of companies to look to IT outsourcing for cost savings. The drugmaker has handed responsibility for the maintenance, operation and monitoring of much of its IT infrastructure in Japan and the U.S. to Accenture in a pair of long-term deals.
With the clinical trial community gathering for DIA 2015, eClinical tech vendors have been rolling out releases about their new tools, hires and deals. Here we round up a batch of notable news, including a new hire at Clinical Ink, deals for DocuSign and a visit to the FDA by Nextrials.
The United Kingdom's botched and aborted attempt to share certain patient healthcare data with drug developers and other groups has triggered another controversy. Officials responsible for sharing the data have admitted they are unable to handle the 700,000 requests by patients to opt out of the program.
Israel has become the latest country to disclose plans to create a population-scale database of linked genetic and clinical records. The current plan is reminiscent of the United Kingdom's 100,000 Genomes Project, with Israel considering working with tech firms to create a database of patients with rare genetic diseases.
The Allen Institute for Brain Science has released an online database of neuron cell types, building blocks it thinks will lead to the creation of computer models of healthy brains. Publication of the free database marks an important, early milestone for the research program triggered by a $300 million donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2012.
Bina Technologies has unveiled its first publicly known deal with a Big Pharma since it was bought by Roche. The agreement sees AstraZeneca tighten its ties to the genomic data analysis platform provider by becoming the first member of the Bina Alliance Program.
The World Health Organization has updated its position on the disclosure of clinical trial data. Having advocated greater use of registries back in 2005, WHO now wants to see the establishment of a more integrated IT system that includes data from new and old clinical trials.
A survey by analysts at William Blair has found that biopharma R&D staffers think making better use of existing data is their best hope of improving productivity. Almost half of the 133 respondents said the topic was the biggest remaining opportunity to improve R&D.
BioXcel has added another big name to its list of clients. Takeda is the latest company to sign up to work with BioXcel, a database-driven drug discovery shop that already boasts relationships with Alexion, Sanofi, Teva and Vertex.
Harvard geneticist George Church has backed Open Humans, an online platform that asks people to openly share their genomes and other personal data. The idea is to marry the underlying principles of the open-source and quantified-self movements to make more data available to more researchers.