Clinical Trials Headed For IPOs, M&A

Abrams, Sandra Lea
February 2005
Investment Dealers' Digest;2/21/2005, Vol. 71 Issue 7, p12
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the trend of increasing outsourcing of clinical trials by drug companies. As pharmaceutical, biotechnology and generic drug companies outsource more of their clinical trial testing to contract research organizations (CRO), these CROs are turning to the capital markets to raise money. The boomlet is also leading to mergers in this $9 billion market, which is expected to have 8.5% annual growth over the next five years. The most recent CRO to go public, PRA International Inc., debuted in November, raising $68.4 million with CSFB as lead manager.


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