Genzyme: Researchers gather more data than needed; ARCA, FDA reach agreement on trial design;

> "I think it is clear that a lot of studies are conducted with more information than is actually needed; therefore, stripped down models of studies have increasingly greater potential for use in the future," says Genzyme VP Paul Beninger.  Report

> ARCA and the FDA have agreed on a protocol that calls for two interim data analyses in a trial for bucindolol, a beta-blocker and vasodilator candidate. If results of either analysis meet spec, they could serve as the clinical effectiveness basis for FDA approval. Announcement

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> Oracle Argus Safety has triumphed in CRO Quanticate's selection of a database for pharmacovigilance. Article

> Version 8.8 of the Velos eResearch EDC system debuted at the company's annual meeting last week, boasting bio specimen management and enhanced financial management capabilities. Release

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