Quanticate Showcases its CRO Offering at the DIA Annual Meeting in Boston
By Margaret Biegle, Contributing Editor
June 26, 2008
The DIA Annual Meeting in Boston was the "event to attend" this year for all the technology developments in biotechnology, pharmaceutical. We met with CRO firms and learned of a new player in the market. I spoke with Andrew MacGarvey, Commercial Director of Quanticate, a CRO that offers a full range of services, who explained to me how excited he was to be participating at DIA since the company was launching their CRO services in the US. "We are experiencing such rapid growth that it just made sense to establish an office here in Cambridge, Massachusetts" stated MacGarvey. He explained that two of UK's service providers came together to form Quanticate in December of 2007 in order to deliver highly scalable clinical services, on and off site data management, statistical programming and analysis, medical writing solutions, and consultancy across all services.
In July of 2007, the company set up its first US operation but has since expanded. The Cambridge office currently has a staff of eight and there are still plans for expansion. Currently with nine offices on three continents and a staff of 200 plus members, Quanticate certainly seems to have the resources and capabilities to provide global CRO services. "We have a decade of experience in Clinical Data Management and the ability to see each clinical project through from CRF design and study set-up adctivities to data processing and database lock," added MacGarvey.
In terms of EDC and Clinical Data Management solutions, Quanticate provides an EDC system called ClinNav™. It provides a flexible approach to data collection and management in its ability to integrate into a customer's existing technology environment. Touted as a SAS based clinical data management solution, ClinNav provides on-line reporting, fast and easy deployment and an easy to use GUI interface, allowing users to simply "drag and drop" in order for endusers to easily build their own eCRFs. Additionally, Quanticate offers training and a Helpdesk facility in support of their EDC studies.
Quanticate's medical writing services team in the US is highly knowledgeable about clinical and regulatory writing and they shared how their team has had extensive experience in supporting all the various stages of the pharmaceutical development process. In talking with Ruth O'Halloran, who heads up the medical writing team, High Tech Views learned that in addition to clinical and regulatory writing, the team also writes scientific communications for publication and creates educational materials as well. "We pride ourselves in our highly qualified and experienced medical writing team who have in-depth knowledge drawn from the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organizations as well as academic research," said Ruth O'Halloran. Quanticate provides a team of medical writers with expertise in specific therapuetic areas in order to provide customization to fit with its customers' criteria.