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PPD, Inc. (PPDI) Acquires RCT Logic’s Exclusive License To Patented Clinical Trial Design Technology


9/3/2014 8:16:24 AM

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WILMINGTON, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) announced today that it has acquired RCT Logic’s exclusive license from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for the portfolio of patents related to its sequential parallel comparison design (SPCD). SPCD is an alternative method for conducting well-controlled clinical trials that substantially decreases the impact on trial outcomes of any placebo effect and will enable PPD’s clients to significantly reduce the time and cost of conducting their clinical trials. This methodology, which PPD is branding as Trimentum™, has been particularly effective in studying major depressive disorder (MDD), but is applicable to clinical trials in many disease areas where outcomes can be impacted by placebo effects.

“Through Trimentum, PPD can offer our clients a clinical trial method that derives more information from fewer patients. As a result, our clients will be able to conduct smaller, more efficient trials in all stages of drug development, enabling more informed investment decisions and accelerating the delivery of much-needed new medicines,” said Daniel Burch, M.D., PPD vice president of global product development and therapeutic area head for neuroscience. “The pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies have long recognized the need for a more robust and efficient option for conducting clinical trials. We anticipate these and other stakeholders will be receptive to the design and apply it to appropriate clinical settings.”

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