CRO Chiltern goes up on auction block

The global CRO Chiltern International has been put on the auction block, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday. The report says that Chiltern's private equity owners are looking for about £200 million, which would double what they paid for the company. Over the past year the CRO business has been going through a wave of mergers and acquisitions as the industry undergoes a major shakeout. That's created some quick profits for the groups that had been snapping up these companies. Chiltern conducts Phase I-IV studies in dozens of countries. Story