Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and Syreon Corporation to provide Integrated Clinical Trial Service Offerings ......

 

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and Syreon Corporation to provide Integrated Clinical Trial Service Offerings

Vancouver, BC, May 18, 2004 - The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and Syreon Corporation (Syreon) have signed a Cooperative Services Agreement to provide clinical trial solutions on a non-exclusive basis to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The two organizations will also work together to pursue joint marketing opportunities.

The strategic partnership unites VCHRI's clinical research support unit, and network of clinicians with Phase II-IV clinical trial experience in multidisciplinary areas with Syreon's experience in clinical data management, biostatistical analysis and medical writing services for national and international multicentre research.

Bernie Bressler, Director, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute says, "We are excited about working with Syreon to identify opportunities that we can work together on. Since VCHRI investigators have been and continue to be enrolled in Syreon's studies, the foundation for a relationship between our organizations has already been laid. Syreon's expertise in project and data management provides an excellent complement to our capabilities."

"VCHRI investigators possess world class knowledge across a broad range of therapeutic disciplines. We are confident that the blend of this expertise with Syreon's global, multicentre research platform will further enhance British Columbia's growing reputation as a leader in clinical research in Canada and internationally" says Cindy Trytten, Vice President of Syreon.

About Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is Canada's newest hospital-affiliated Research Institute. Created in June 2003, it is a joint venture between the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health. With $71 million in research funding in 2002-2003, VCHRI is the fourth largest research institute in terms of support in Canada. Research activities at VCHRI fall into 5 thematic research programs: 1) Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, 2) Immunity and Infection, 3) Neuroscience, 4) Prostate Cancer and 5) Respiratory and Critical Care. In addition to the thematic research programs, the institute has clinical research programs in Cardiovascular, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Reproductive Medicine. VCHRI offers contract services and collaborations in all of its thematic research areas.

About Syreon Corporation

Syreon Corporation is a Vancouver-based full service CRO (Contract Research Organization) with an active R & D program in the application of digital technology for rapid acquisition and on-line reporting of clinical trial data. Syreon Corporation specializes in Internet-based solutions for clinical trials and long term clinical and economic evaluation studies of chronic disease but also conducts traditional paper-based studies. Combining multidisciplinary expertise in clinical project management, data management and biostatistics, Syreon currently links investigators and industry sponsors in 28 countries on five continents.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Parimal S. Nathwani  Brendan Keown Director, Business Development Marketing Co-ordinator VCHRI Syreon Corporation 828 West 10th Avenue 500-555 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L8 Vancouver, BC V6Z 1C5 604-875-4111 ext 61910 604-676-5900 www.vchri.ca www.syreon.com

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