Phase Forward to buy Covance; ePro goes to Japan

> Data management solutions provider Phase Forward has agreed to purchase the Interactive Voice & Web Response Services (IVRS/IWRS) business of Covance in a deal that includes the marketing of Phase Forward's InForm electronic data capture solution and Clarix interactive response technology solution to Covance clients. Release

> Japanese CRO CMIC Co. and ePro solutions provider PHT Corp. are collaborating on a consolidated service network incorporating ePro for Japanese drug makers conducting clinical trials. Release

> Velos, a clinical research management systems provider, has announced updates to its eResearch platform that aid the cancer researchers in fulfilling new registration requirements for the U.S. National Cancer Institute's clinical trials reporting program. Announcement

> ICON of Dublin, a provider of outsourced development services, has acquired Veeda Labs, which offers biomarker lab services. ICON release

> Privately held Sorrento Therapeutics, developer of a platform technology for generating human monoclonal antibodies, has signed a merger agreement with publicly traded QuikByte Software in which Sorrento becomes a subsidiary of QuikByte, which has no active operations. Announcement