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Covance Enters into Strategic Technology Agreement with GSK

Thursday, March 01, 2018

LabCorp®, a leading global life sciences company, announced today that its Covance Drug Development (Covance) business has entered into a strategic technology agreement with GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK). Under the terms of the agreement, GSK will use Covance’s Xcellerate® Monitoring, Xcellerate Insights, and Xcellerate Clinical Data Hub solutions in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with GSK,” said Dimitris Agrafiotis, Ph.D., chief data officer and head of Technology Products at Covance. “Xcellerate is a powerful technology platform that brings data to life to improve clinical-trial decision-making and accelerate trial results. It enables study teams to track the progress of their studies and identify and mitigate potential risks with greater insight and speed. This agreement demonstrates how the capabilities of our company combine to deliver on two of our core strategies: helping to bring cutting-edge drugs to patients faster and using technology to improve the delivery of care. Our relentless focus on our strategic initiatives is fueled by our mission to improve health and improve lives.”

A key component of the technology licensed by GSK is Xcellerate® Monitoring, Covance’s comprehensive implementation of risk-based monitoring, which enables assessment and mitigation of risk at the study, site and patient level. It also allows sponsors to strategically guide site monitoring resources and build quality and efficiency into their clinical trials, from commencement to completion. As part of the agreement, Covance will support GSK with implementation, starting in the first half of 2018.

Xcellerate® is an award-winning technology solution that uses advanced data integration, analytics and visualization capabilities to improve patient safety, data quality and protocol compliance throughout the clinical development process. The Xcellerate® suite offers timely, secure, integrated and contextualized access to clinical-trial data to reduce the cost, time and risks associated with clinical studies and enable full transparency and oversight of study conduct and performance.

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