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Arizona Cancer Research Alliance Launches with Innovative Studies

Local oncologists and related clinical research specialists have partnered with Translational Research Management (TRM) to create a new, community-based physician coalition focused on cancer research: The Arizona Cancer Research Alliance (ACRA).

The ACRA announced the commencement of its first two collaborative studies in metro Phoenix and plans to launch 10 additional trials – set to enhance area access to investigational protocols and offer improved outcomes for patients.

Nationwide, community oncologists treat approximately 80 percent of cancer patients, and yet only a small portion of these physicians participate in clinical trials. In fact, of the 1.4 million cancer patients diagnosed each year, less than five percent ever participate in a research study.

ACRA is committed to opening a wide range of clinical trials designed to meet the needs of patients fighting the most common types of cancer. As the field of oncology moves toward personalized medicine, complex clinical trials will increasingly focus on select patient populations. The alliance provides an ideal setting to conduct these protocols, as they are unlikely to be feasible at any single site, regardless of size. ACRA currently includes 40 oncology professionals working at 17 certified research sites throughout the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Additionally, the alliance is contracted with 83 medical professionals (cardiologists, laboratory directors, interventional radiologists, radiologists and ophthalmologists) who are providing services at 53 locations.

“Bringing together the oncology community in this collaborative, multi-disciplinary fashion will mean additional care options for more patients diagnosed with cancer and discoveries leading to future innovation,” says Steven E. Finkelstein, M.D., Executive Director for ACRA, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist based in Scottsdale, and National Director of 21st Century Oncology’s research arm, the Translational Research Consortium (TRC).

Community partners also include the Arizona Molecular Imaging Center, Imaging Endpoints, Internist Oncologists, Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, Pinnacle Oncology Hematology, Southwest Hematology Oncology, Scottsdale Medical Imaging Laboratories and others.

“While it is true, we live in an era of revolutionary opportunities for advances in cancer care, historically clinical trials have been limited in scope and we now face an investigator shortfall,” explains Chris Beardmore, CEO of Translational Research Management. “After much hard work, ACRA creates an infrastructure to support physicians at the community practitioner level, allowing clinical trials to take place to provide benefit for physicians, patients, and improve our understanding of how to best treat cancer.”

For more information on ACRA, visit www.trmllc.com/partners-in-research/arizona-cancer-research-alliance.


Tempe’s CRA acquires Radiant Research

Tempe-based CRA Holdings, LLC announced that it has acquired Radiant Research, Inc. CRA Holdings is the company that also owns Clinical Research Advantage (CRA), another major player in the SMO market. By combining these two entities under the same investment portfolio, the organizations collectively have 57 sites with more than 550 research professionals and an aggressive plan for growth.

Over the past 15 years, Radiant Research has focused on common and chronic conditions that can be recruited from the general population. Radiant specializes in trials that require large numbers of subjects to be recruited in a short period of time, or complex trials that require specialized equipment or procedures. Radiant has large stand-alone facilities in which it conducts research; the company recruits studies primarily from an active database of over one million volunteers. CRA, on the other hand, is a practice-based organization, where 85% or greater of trial participants are recruited from the investigator’s private practice. This has allowed CRA to focus on trials where disease-state management is required. Both organizations are leaders in vaccine trial execution. The union of these two companies provides for better access to patients, an ability to conduct a diverse array of trials and broader geographic diversity.

“The Radiant platform will facilitate faster expansion of our model by utilizing the Radiant sites to help launch practice-based satellite locations in the cities where Radiant already has sites. We have grown CRA from seven to 37 sites in the last five years. In order for us to achieve our goal of 80 or 90 sites in the manner we have been doing would take us at least another five years.  The Radiant acquisition will be the catalyst for much faster growth in the next 12 months,” said Mark Hanley, CEO of CRA.

“By combining the models under one umbrella, we will be able to conduct almost every type of trial, be it point of care or studies more appropriate for a stand-alone research facility,” said Julie McHugh, CEO of Radiant Research. “We have been looking for a partner that has a shared vision for growth without any sacrifice in quality. In CRA, we have found that partner.”

The combined companies will continue to function under the names of Radiant Research and CRA, but will be looking to integrate and streamline their operations in areas where integration makes sense.

Tempe-based CRA is a provider of a range of research services to pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations. As a leading trial management organization, CRA operates from 37 sites across 17 geographic markets nationwide, helping trial sponsors bring drugs to market more quickly and efficiently. Founded in 1992, CRA has successfully completed more than 1,800 clinical trials on behalf of its clients. For more information, please visit www.crastudies.com.