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Covance and the Indiana CTSI to collaborate on early clinical research
Date:9/4/2013

aving new therapies and treatments," said Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Indiana CTSI, associate dean for translational research, and the Raymond E. Houk Professor of Psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine. "Our mission is to accelerate the rate at which this research travels out of the lab and into the care of the patients who need it. This alliance with Covance will greatly enhance our ability to accomplish this vital work."

Services provided by the Indiana CTSI include access to 24-hour nursing support, in-patient and out-patient facilities, on-site laboratory analyses and professional patient recruitment services. These patient recruitment efforts are strengthened through robust patient data from the Regenstrief Institute, a partner of the Indiana CTSI which houses the Indiana Network for Patient Care, in which more than 70 Indiana hospitals share nearly 80 percent of the state's electronic medical record data. Additional patient and support services are provided through its affiliation with IU Health.

The alliance between Covance and the Indiana CTSI was facilitated by BioCrossroads, an organization that advances Indiana's signature strengths in the life sciences by connecting corporations, academic institutions and philanthropic organizations.

"This is a major milestone for both Covance and the Indiana CTSI. It's the type of public-private partnership that really can influence breakthroughs in medicine," said Deborah Keller, executive vice president and group president, R&D Laboratories at Covance, and a member of the BioCrossroads Board of Directors. "Indiana is unique in its depth and breadth of drug development opportunities, both on the corporate and academic sides, and this collaboration is a shining example of bringing the two together thanks to the work and support of BioCrossroads."

Covance has been conducting Phase I clinical trials for more than 35 years. In addition to its 80-bed clinical resea
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Contact: Kevin Fryling
kfryling@iu.edu
317-278-0088
Indiana University
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