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Expanding Irelandís involvement in clinical trials

Written by Robert McHugh, on 30th Sep 2016. Posted in General

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The HRB Clinical Research Coordination Ireland (HRB-CRCI) was officially launched yesterday.
 
It is hoped the hub will be central to building Ireland’s reputation as a preferred location to conduct clinical trials.

For the past decade, the HRB has been pursuing a very deliberate and strategic approach to develop Ireland’s clinical research infrastructure to ensure new research discoveries lead to improvements in peoples’ health, patient care and health service delivery.
 
To date, there has been 137 expressions of interest from Irish sites to participate in clinical trials, enabling Irish sites to be considered for study participation. HRB CRCI collates responses from all sites and provides a single national response to the trial sponsor.

There has been active promotion of the HRB CRCI service to more than 53 companies and engagement with 25 clinical research networks. The HRB CRCI has provided Clinical Industry Liaison support for 240 companies or projects from product concept to commercialisation.
 
Chair of the senior management team of HRB CRCI, Professor Joe Eustace said, "Our long term goal is to systematically address the barriers that limit the ability of Irish patients to access multicentre clinical trials and to ensure that Ireland is recognised internationally as a preferred location for such trials."

Director Lifesciences and Food at Enterprise Ireland, Deirdre Glenn added, "As co-funder of the HRB-CRCI, Enterprise Ireland recognises the need to bolster the Clinical Trial infrastructure in Ireland to benefit both indigenous and multi-national companies. The HRB-CRCI will establish quality standards and practices enabling companies to undertake trials in Ireland leading to new product development."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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