September Is Clinical Research Innovation Month

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Washington, D.C. – The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) today is proud to announce that Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) have been named its 2014 Legislators of the Year, to coincide with ACRO’s first-ever Innovation Month this September. Carper recently introduced the COMPETE Act and Upton, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, launched the House’s bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative earlier this year.

ACRO members work every day overseeing and improving the clinical trial processes that bring life-saving medicines and treatments to patients around the world who are waiting for cures,” said Doug Peddicord, Executive Director of ACRO. “Optimizing clinical trials, however, requires more than just the commitment of CROs and our research sponsors. Legislative and regulatory policies must be reformed to encourage and accommodate real-time responsiveness and innovation in the clinical trial space. That’s why we are proud to recognize Chairman Fred Upton and Senator Tom Carper as our 2014 Legislators of the Year. Both are leading the charge in Congress to increase cooperation, collaboration, and communication among regulatory bodies, research sponsors, and CROs-exactly what our industry needs and what patients deserve.

Chairman Fred Upton:Keeping America at the forefront of medical innovation requires bipartisan cooperation and real partnership among government regulators, medical professionals, scientists, patients, and trial sponsors. The bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative we began earlier this year is bringing these voices together to shed light on how our laws and regulations can be improved to better keep pace with scientific progress. I am honored to be recognized by ACRO for this work and am glad to count them as a supporter of our efforts.

Senator Tom Carper:It’s an honor to be named one of ACRO’s 2014 Legislators of the Year. Innovation defines American clinical research. To ensure this culture of world-leading innovation continues, tax policy in our country must encourage private investment in research and development-something the COMPETE Act aims to accomplish. The field of medicine, patients around the world, and the American economy will benefit from the increased investment an extended and improved R&D tax credit would bring.

To showcase the clinical research industry’s commitment to innovation and accomplishments in making the clinical trial process more open, expedient, and cost efficient, freshman Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA)-also a champion of CROs and advancements in life sciences-will be delivering remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives later this month.


Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) receives ACRO’s 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from ACRO Senior Vice President John Lewis.

ACRO’s John Lewis presents Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) with ACRO’s 2014 Legislator of the Year Award.


Every year, members of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) conduct more than 9,000 clinical trials in 142 countries around the world. The purpose is simple: bring life-changing medicines to market as efficiently and safely as possible, so patients can get the treatments they need.

Clinical trials today are more responsive, individualized, and effective. CROs are harnessing real-time data analytics and visual reporting software tools; they’re building innovative strategic partnerships, and breaking down communication barriers between trial sponsors, trial sites, patients, and even regulators.

These process innovations help patients get access to life-saving treatments faster and encourage continued investment in the development of medicines and rare-disease treatments around the world.

About ACRO
The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) represents companies that provide a variety of specialized services that support the development of new pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. The Association provides an active voice for the CRO industry globally. Through its member companies, ACRO helps improve the quality, efficiency and safety of biomedical research. ACRO member companies employ approximately 100,000 professionals worldwide and conduct research in 142 countries. For more information, please visit www.acrohealth.org. Twitter @acrohealth. YouTube @ACROHealthChannel. Facebook. RebelMouse.

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