FDA contracts for Internet support, analytics

The FDA has signed a $53 million contract with IT service provider GlobalNet Services. The five-year deal covers Internet support and hosting services.

GlobalNet will provide content management, site development and support for the regulator's external and internal sites and applications. The service provider will maintain and enhance the sites and provide project management, hosting services, application development and maintenance, search solutions and technical expertise. GlobalNet also will provide analytics and caching services.

The regulator says it wants to be brought "fully into the 21st century." Its Advancing Regulatory Science for Public Health: A Framework for FDA's Regulatory Science Initiative describes ambitious plans involving software and collaborations for mining data from clinical trials and using modeling as well as adaptive and Bayesian clinical trial designs for drug development.

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