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BBK Worldwide Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Industry Leadership Through Innovation in Patient Enrollment
Date:6/25/2008

commercialize medical research. For Massachusetts biotech firms, Lombardia promises increased opportunities to expand their service offerings into Italy, providing additional sites for conducting clinical trials and otherwise furthering drug development.

"While this initiative is growing out of a partnership between Massachusetts and Lombardia, it ultimately will serve as a resource to global clinical trial sponsors regardless of where they are based," Brescia said. "We're confident it will become an invaluable forum for international knowledge transfer, and a model for creating centers of excellence like this in other regions of the world. In fact, the CRCM has already begun talks with the Chilean government about launching a similar initiative."

The CRCM also includes Tufts Medical Center and the Sackler School for Graduate Biomedical Sciences of Tufts University; Court Square Group, a Springfield-based IT consulting firm for life sciences; and Phase Forward of Waltham, a clinical trials software firm.

The centerpiece of the CRCM's efforts is a multi-phase project linking public health policy, clinical and translational research, and academic research to create a regional center of excellence that will provide streamlined access to support resources for both clinical trial sponsors and researchers in the Lombardia region, known as "the biotechnology capital of Europe."

"Establishing a center of research excellence in Lombardia will facilitate giant strides in enhancing drug development and getting new treatments to market sooner by improving access to an otherwise sophisticated and resource-rich region," Brescia says.

On another front, BBK has partnered with TCN e-Systems, LLC, to develop two Web-based solutions to help clinical trial sponsors establish and sustain an in-house center of excellence in patient recruitment. Called "Center of Excellence" and QuickTrainer(SM), these products follow the intuitive design of their flagsh
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