PAREXEL INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES PHASE I/IIA CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY UNIT
BOSTON, MA, July 21, 2005 — PAREXEL International Corporation (Nasdaq: PRXL) today announced the acquisition of QdotPharma, a leading Phase I and IIa Proof of Concept clinical pharmacology business located in George, South Africa. Established in 1996, the privately held company operates 32 beds and has therapeutic expertise in working with drugs to treat central nervous system, psychiatric, cardiovascular, and metabolic conditions. PAREXEL acquired the business and related facilities for approximately $6 million in cash and potential earn-out payments.
“The acquisition of Qdot further expands our service offerings in South Africa, and enhances the delivery of high quality and cost-effective products to our clients”, stated Josef von Rickenbach, PAREXEL’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We have seen an increasing demand from clients for Phase I and IIa services, and South Africa provides access to volunteers and patients in a cost-effective setting, thereby enabling us to efficiently recruit and screen these individuals for clinical studies. Qdot’s business provides a strong complement to FARMOVS, our existing Phase I and bioanalytical laboratory business which is located nearby in Bloemfontein, and we expect to obtain synergies in patient recruitment, shared business development leads, and pooling of other resources as the businesses work together.”
Professor Otto Muller, President of QdotPharma stated, “We are excited to be joining forces with a strong global service provider like PAREXEL, and know that the high quality systems that PAREXEL has developed over the years will further extend our capabilities to better serve clients.”
PAREXEL is one of the largest biopharmaceutical outsourcing organizations in the world, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, medical marketing and consulting services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. With a commitment to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise in clinical trials management, data management, biostatistical analysis, medical marketing, clinical pharmacology, regulatory and medical consulting, industry training and publishing and other drug development consulting services. Its information technology subsidiary, Perceptive Informatics, Inc., develops and offers a portfolio of innovative technology-based products and services that facilitate clinical drug development and are designed to decrease time to peak sales. The technology portfolio includes web-based portal solutions and tracking tools, Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRS), Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS), electronic diary and investigator database solutions. Perceptive also offers advanced medical diagnostics services to assess rapidly and objectively the safety and efficacy of new drugs, biologics, and medical devices in clinical trials. PAREXEL’s integrated services, therapeutic area depth and sophisticated information technology, along with its experience in global drug development and product launch services, represent key competitive strengths. Headquartered near Boston, MA, PAREXEL operates in 51 locations throughout 37 countries around the world, and has over 5,100 employees.
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