Medidata ups CTMS game; NIH re-ups with U Rochester for clinical/translational research;

> Medidata will buy best-of-breed, SaaS-based CTMS provider Clinical Force as the acquirer attempts to attract "large clinical development organizations as well as the largely underserved mid-market sponsors and regional CROs," according to CEO Tarek Sherif. Item

> The University of Rochester Medical Center has earned an additional five years to figure out how to cut the time from scientific insight to disease treatment through a $21 million NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award that backs up the $40 million award it received in 2006. Story

> Researchers are evaluating several Internet-based approaches to compare their effectiveness as weight loss treatment methods for rural women. Description

> Consultancy Paragon Solutions and trial services provider BioClinica have announced results of a study providing industry benchmarks for clinical trial supply management processes. Paragon Solutions release

> Trevena, a clinical stage pharma company, has selected the integrated InSpire EDC and electronic trial master file solutions from PharmaVigilant for use in the preparation, conduct and closeout of a trial across North America and Europe. PharmaVigilant release

> More than 12,000 people with Type 1 diabetes have enrolled in the T1D Exchange Clinical Registry, making it one of the largest Type 1 diabetes datasets in the U.S. and worldwide, say the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Jaeb Center for Health Research. Announcement

> Australian diet-spray maker SensaSlim, which has embroiled a prominent U.K. doctor by paying him $16,000 to act as its research director and promote the product, claims data from a 12,000-subject study are unavailable because the trial was conducted online. News

> The University of Queensland has established a half-terabyte "mirror" of British life sciences data and co-located it with the National Computational Infrastructure Specialized Facility in bioinformatics, yielding 3,144 computing cores in 384 nodes, 11.25 terabytes of RAM and more than 500 terabytes of disk storage. Story