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Quintiles beefs up pharma data operations

By Anand Parthasarathy

BANGALORE, APRIL 11. The world's largest contract pharmaceutical organisation (CRO) is all set to make Bangalore the lynch-pin of its global data management operations. Dennis Gillings, Chairman-CEO of the North Carolina (U.S.)-based Quintiles Transnational Corporation, today announced the opening of a 300-strong Data Management Centre here to address the full gamut of contract research and clinical trial support operations.

The company which has had operations in Ahmedabad and Mumbai since 1997 is India's first — and so far the only — government-recognised clinical research organisation for protocol development, drug safety, clinical trials monitoring, centralised ECG reading services to international standards.

The Bangalore centre would help Quintiles consolidate its data operations, bringing together a number of smaller centres worldwide, into one large centre, Mr. Gillings explained. Its own experience with the top-class clinical expertise available in this country had motivated Quintiles to point at India to many of its international customers as an excellent base for clinical trials, he added. At present, about 2 per cent of the clinical trials it monitors — or 2,500 patients — are based in India.

But Quintiles was hopeful that this will soon rise to about 10 per cent.

Farzaan Engineer, CEO of Quintiles' Indian operations, said the company expected to ramp up staff to 1,000 across its centres here by the year-end.

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