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News: Jorgen Mould PhD, BSc (Hons) joins Avance Clinical as Scientific Affairs Specialist

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The leading Australian CRO for biotechs and Frost & Sullivan 2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award winner Avance Clinical is pleased to announce the appointment of Jorgen Mould PhD, BSc (Hons) as Scientific Affairs Specialist.

Jorgen has over 23 years of experience in medical research and drug development.

With a passion for developing new treatments for human diseases, Jorgen has worked in positions that span the full spectrum of a drug lifecycle from bench side discovery to post-market approval.

Prior to joining Avance Clinical, Jorgen worked in the Neurology Medical team at Merck Healthcare where his background in neuroimmunology and neuroinflammatory disorders was used to build strong scientific partnerships with key external stakeholders.

During this time, Jorgen also gained considerable knowledge of late-phase clinical development and regulatory submission. Prior to this, Jorgen was Director of Ion Channel Biology at Bionomics Limited, where he was responsible for leading the pre-clinical development of small molecule therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic pain.

Other notable career highlights include 5 years postdoctoral work in the department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University, Chicago working on Influenza Virus and a 3-year appointment at the Institute for Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland identifying novel peptides as pain therapeutics.

Jorgen has a PhD in medical sciences from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland. Jorgen has published several peer-reviewed articles in prominent scientific journals and has contributed to numerous patents relating to small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

Avance Clinical Client Immunic, Inc. Announced Dosing of First Healthy Volunteer in Phase 1 Clinical Program of IMU-856, Targeting Restoration of Intestinal Barrier Function

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The leading Australian CRO for biotechs and Frost & Sullivan 2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award winner Avance Clinical is pleased to share the news that its client Immunic Therapeutics has announced dosing of the first healthy volunteer in the company’s phase 1 clinical program of IMU-856, an novel treatment for patients suffering from gastrointestinal diseases, including diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Immunic Therapeutics (Nasdaq: IMUX) isa clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing selective oral immunology therapies aimed at treating chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

According to the public announcement released by Immunic Therapeutics on 20 August 2020:

  • IMU-856, an orally available, small molecule modulator, serves as a transcriptional regulator of intestinal barrier function. Based on preclinical data, the compound appears to represent a novel and potentially paradigm-shifting approach to the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases by potentially restoring intestinal barrier function while maintaining immunocompetency.
  • Immunic’s Australian subsidiary, Immunic Australia Pty Ltd., received approval from the Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee in Australia to conduct a phase 1 clinical trial of IMU-856 under the Clinical Trial Notification (CTN) scheme of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The phase 1 clinical program includes single and multiple ascending dose parts in healthy volunteers. Subsequently, Immunic also plans to extend this program to assess biomarker, safety and drug trough levels in patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Hella Kohlhof, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Immunic, noted, “Current treatments for many gastrointestinal conditions focus on inhibiting inflammation and do not directly address impaired intestinal barrier function. In contrast, IMU-856 appears to have a unique targeted ability to strengthen and thereby normalize this function, potentially avoiding the bacterial triggers which can occur when the intestinal barrier is impaired. Moreover, because this approach appears to avoid any detrimental effects on the immune system, we believe that IMU-856 has the potential to change the treatment paradigm for gastrointestinal diseases.”

Avance Clinical Chief Scientific Officer Gabriel Kremmidiotis PhD, BSC Hon said “We consider ourselves fortunate to be working with Immunic on this exciting project. IMU-856 is the second compound that Immunic has selected Avance Clinical as their CRO. Our engagement in these projects has been from early planning, study design, preparation of the investigator brochures and clinical trial protocols. Working with the Immunic team and the Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee, we have been able to design clinical trials which include careful data informed adaptive elements aimed at expediting the transition of these promising products from healthy volunteers to the patient populations.”

See full announcement here: https://www.immunic-therapeutics.com/2020/08/20/immunic-inc-announces-dosing-of-first-healthy-volunteer-in-phase-1-clinical-program-of-imu-856-targeting-restoration-of-intestinal-barrier-function/

About Immunic, Inc.
Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of selective oral immunology therapies aimed at treating chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and psoriasis. Immunic is developing three small molecule products: its lead development program, IMU-838, is a selective immune modulator that inhibits the intracellular metabolism of activated immune cells by blocking the enzyme DHODH and exhibits a host-based antiviral effect; IMU-935 is an inverse agonist of RORγt; and IMU-856 targets the restoration of the intestinal barrier function. On August 2, 2020, Immunic announced positive top-line results from its phase 2 EMPhASIS trial of IMU-838 in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, reporting achievement of both primary and key secondary endpoints with high statistical significance, indicating activity for IMU-838 in this indication. IMU-838 is also in phase 2 clinical development for ulcerative colitis and COVID-19, with an additional phase 2 trial considered in Crohn’s disease. An investigator-sponsored proof-of-concept clinical trial for IMU-838 in primary sclerosing cholangitis is ongoing at the Mayo Clinic. For further information, please visit: www.imux.com.

Avance Clinical Client Atossa Therapeutics Announces Enrollment and Dosing Completed in First Group of Healthy Participants in Clinical Study of AT-301 Nasal Spray Being Developed for Treatment of COVID-19

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The leading Australian CRO for biotechs and Frost & Sullivan 2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award winner Avance Clinical is pleased to share the news that Atossa Therapeutics have enrolled and dosed the first cohort of healthy participants at CMAX Clinical Research in the Phase 1 clinical study using its proprietary drug candidate AT-301, being administered by nasal spray.

According to Atossa Therapeutics:

Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATOS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company seeking to discover and develop innovative medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need with a current focus on breast cancer and COVID-19, today announced that it has enrolled and dosed the first cohort of healthy participants in the Phase 1 clinical study using its proprietary drug candidate AT-301, being administered by nasal spray. This group of 8 participants received a single dose of either AT-301A (placebo) or AT-301B (active).

“Advancing our COVID-19 drug candidates through clinical studies as quickly as possible is our highest priority,” commented Steven Quay, M.D., Ph.D., Atossa’s President and CEO.

“We are very encouraged by the high level of interest in this study and the speed at which we enrolled this first group of participants. Our novel nasal spray drug candidate is being developed to provide a unique protective mucosal barrier with anti-viral properties within the nasal cavity, hopefully leading to lower infectivity and reduced symptoms in COVID-19 patients. If this can slow virus proliferation sufficiently to allow the patient to mount a strong, natural immune response AT-301 could significantly impact the current public health options for controlling COVID-19. We look forward to quickly completing enrollment of all cohorts in this potentially important study.”

The study is a double-blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled safety study of AT-301 nasal spray in 32 healthy adult subjects divided into two study groups. Part A consists of two single-dose cohorts receiving either active therapy, AT-301B, or the placebo comparator AT-301A at two different doses. Part B is a multiple dose arm with cohorts receiving either AT-301A or AT-301B for 14 days at two different doses. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of single and multiple doses of AT-301 administered via nasal instillation to healthy volunteers. Secondary objectives are to assess the incidence and severity of local irritation and bronchospasm following administration of AT-301 via nasal instillation. The study is being conducted in Australia.

Avance Clinical Chief Scientific Officer Gabriel Kremmidiotis PhD, BSC Hon said:

‘It is a privilege to have been selected by Atossa Therapeutics to manage their AT-301 nasal spray for COVID-19 clinical trial. This study is the latest addition to a number of studies that Avance Clinical has been managing for Atossa Therapeutics over the past 5 years. Our relationship with Atossa Therapeutics epitomises  Avance Clinical’s  service model where our team become part of the client’s drug development team, executing clinical development  with the big picture in mind, assisting our clients to achieve their goals across their whole product pipeline and not just delivering transactional clinical trial management.’

Adelaide, Australia-based CMAX Clinical Research is also part of the study and Jane Kelly, CEO at CMAX Clinical Research said, “I am excited to be at the forefront with Avance Clinical supporting Atossa Therapeutics develop a COVID treatment. South Australia was able to move quickly through ethics and get our first participant dosed at a record pace”.

ABOUT ATOSSA THERAPEUTICS

Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company seeking to discover and develop innovative medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need with a current focus on breast cancer and COVID-19. For more information, please visit www.atossatherapeutics.com.

See full announcement here https://atossatherapeutics.com/atossa-therapeutics-announces-enrollment-and-dosing-completed-in-first-group-of-healthy-participants-in-clinical-study-of-at-301-nasal-spray-being-developed-for-treatment-of-covid-19/

Avance Clinical Joins Medrio’s ‘Trial Talks’ Podcast about Why Clinical Trials are Thriving in Australia

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The leading Australian CRO for biotechs and Frost & Sullivan 2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award winner Avance Clinical, joins Medrio’s new podcast series Trial Talks (listen here https://medrio.com/podcast/why-clinical-trials-are-thriving-in-australia/).

Medrio, Inc. is the leading provider of eClinical technology to pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostics, and animal health markets. The first of the new Trial Talks podcast series features Avance Clinical CEO Yvonne Lungershausen and Director of Business Development Operations Sandrien Louwaars interviewed by Mike Novotny, CEO at Medrio.

Trial Talks is a clinical trials podcast series hosted by Medrio thought leaders. Trial Talks season one will focus on industry trends and challenges, unique solutions, and the perseverance of the industry through one of our toughest challenges, COVID-19.

Trial Talks season 1, episode 1 “Why Clinical Trials are Thriving in Australia” focuses on how Avance Clinical prepared for the pandemic, what tools were leveraged that allowed trial continuation, and why clinical trials are currently thriving in the region.

Medrio and Avance Clinical recently reached a milestone of supporting 150 clinical trials together.

Medrio and Avance Clinical’s successful partnership began in 2012 on a Phase I study with 103 patients and 14 sites, with Avance Clinical being Medrio’s first CRO partner in the Asia-Pacific.

Avance Clinical has utilized Medrio’s electronic data capture (EDC) solution successfully for the past eight years supporting 158 Phase I studies, 6,047 patients, and 236 sites. The HRECs usual review cycle in Australia, which takes only 4 to 8 weeks, coupled with Medrio’s ability to achieve FPI in less than three weeks is a perfect combination for accelerating study starts, a critical component to Phase I trials.

Yvonne Lungershausen, CEO at Avance Clinical said:

“Medrio has always been a wonderful partner to Avance Clinical. In addition to their EDC, we’ve used their ePRO and Direct Capture solutions, and we’re always impressed by not only their speed and flexibility but also their support. We know that if we have a question or need assistance that it will be addressed immediately and resolved quickly. Our partnership continues to flourish through ongoing clinical trials. We also recently had a great conversation with Medrio on their podcast, Trial Talks, about Australia’s unique position in the midst of COVID-19. I look forward to the continued success and growth of our partnership.”

Mike Novotny, CEO Medrio said:

“I’ve always been data-driven, and reaching the 150 trials milestone speaks volumes about Medrio and Avance’s relationship. Trust is earned, and I’d like to think that we’ve shown that we offer not only sophisticated clinical trial technology but also pride in our work. Our support team is available 24/7 and I am always proud to hear our customers speak so highly of them.

At Medrio we always have the patients in mind, and the faster we can get a trial up and running or provide support, the faster the patients in need will have the drugs, therapies, or devices that they need. I enjoyed interviewing Yvonne Lungershausen (CEO) and Sandrien Louwaars (Director of Business Development Operations) for the first Trial Talks podcast episode. It was fascinating to hear how Australia and New Zealand are operating in the midst of a global pandemic, and it highlights the perseverance of the industry and the Golden Age of pharma.”

About Medrio
Medrio is the leading provider of eClinical technology for pharma, device, and diagnostics clinical trials. Founded in 2005, the company’s cloud-based EDC, Direct Data Capture, eConsent, and ePRO solutions deliver fast, flexible, and easy-to-use tools for the collection and management of clinical data and patient-reported outcome responses. Study sponsors and Contract Research Organizations have used Medrio extensively in clinical trials across a wide array of therapeutic areas, with notable success in oncology, infectious disease, and more. Medrio has extensive experience in all study phases and leads the market in early-phase trials. The company serves over 600 customers globally, with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in numerous domestic and international locations. For more information, please visit http://www.medrio.com.

Avance Clinical Contracted for Atossa Therapeutics AT-301 Nasal Spray Clinical Study, Atossa’s Second COVID-19 Therapeutic Development Program

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The leading Australian CRO for biotechs and Frost & Sullivan 2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award winner Avance Clinical has been contracted to conduct a clinical study of Atossa Therapeutics’ proprietary drug candidate AT-301, to be administered by nasal spray. Avance has successfully completed multiple clinical studies of Atossa’s proprietary Endoxifen.

Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATOS) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company seeking to discover and develop innovative medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need with a current focus on breast cancer and COVID-19.

Yvonne Lungerhausen, CEO, Avance Clinical said:

“Avance Clinical is very pleased to be working with Atossa Therapeutics again on their second COVID-19 Therapeutic Development Program. Atossa is a valued long-term client that clearly understands the excellence in clinical research available in Australia, and the many benefits of conducting studies in the region.”

According to Atossa Therapeutics:

AT-301 is Atossa’s proprietary formula intended for nasal administration in patients immediately following diagnosis of COVID-19 but who have not yet exhibited symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization. It is intended for at-home use to proactively reduce symptoms of COVID-19 and to slow the infection rate so that a person’s immune system can more effectively fight SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus). Atossa also intends to conduct testing to determine whether AT-301 can be used as a prophylaxis to prevent or mitigate SARS-CoV-2.

The study is a double-blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled safety study of AT-301 nasal spray in 32 healthy adult subjects divided into two study groups. Part A consists of two single-dose cohorts receiving either active therapy, AT-301B, or the placebo comparator AT-301A. Part B is a multiple dose arm with cohorts receiving either AT-301A or AT-301B for 14 days. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of single and multiple doses of AT-301 administered via nasal instillation to healthy volunteers. Secondary objectives are to assess the incidence and severity of local irritation and bronchospasm following administration of AT-301 via nasal instillation.

“Our AT-301 nasal spray program is being developed for COVID-19 patients who are not hospitalized, which complements our AT-H201 program being developed for COVID-19 patients on ventilators,” commented Steven Quay, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Atossa. “Many COVID-19 patients are infected via the nasal passage, which makes a nasal spray therapy potentially very attractive. Collectively, the components of AT-301 are believed to replicate a ‘vaccine-like mechanism’ to help maintain a protective mucosal barrier within the nasal cavity with anti-viral properties that may lead to lower infectivity and reduced symptoms in COVID-19 patients due to their interference with the spike protein of the virus in the nasal cavity and upper respiratory tract. We may eventually develop AT-301 as a prophylaxis to reduce risk of being infected with COVID-19. For example, it could be taken as a daily vaccine-like treatment for people at higher-risk, such as TSA workers, emergency medical professionals and hospital personnel,” concluded Dr. Quay.

An application to commence the study has been submitted to the relevant institutional review board (IRB) and local regulatory authority in Australia which must be approved before commencement of the study. Pending these approvals, Atossa expects that the study will commence this quarter.

Adequate and well-controlled studies to demonstrate safety and efficacy must be successfully completed and regulatory approvals must be obtained before AT-301 may be commercialized. Atossa has filed provisional patent applications on AT-301 to treat patients diagnosed with, or to prevent, COVID-19 via nasal spray.

ABOUT ATOSSA THERAPEUTICS

Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company seeking to discover and develop innovative medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need with a current focus on breast cancer and COVID-19. For more information, please visit www.atossatherapeutics.com.

See full announcement here https://atossatherapeutics.com/atossa-therapeutics-contracts-for-clinical-study-of-at-301-nasal-spray-atossas-second-covid-19-therapeutic-development-program/

Avance Clinical Wins Frost & Sullivan “2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award”

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Adelaide, Australia – The leading Australian CRO for biotechs, Avance Clinical, accepted the prestigious Frost & Sullivan 2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award at a global virtual awards ceremony overnight.

According to Frost & Sullivan:

“The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards have identified and honored best-in-class companies that have demonstrated excellence in their respective industries. Award recipients were identified based on in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research conducted by Frost & Sullivan analysts and companies are typically studied on their revenues, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the industry in order to identify best practices.”

This is the first Frost & Sullivan award for the company which has seen rapid growth in the APAC region over the past year.

Avance Clinical CEO Yvonne Lungershausen commended her team of more than 100 clinical trial specialists throughout Australia and New Zealand.

“We have shown, with our repeat business rate greater than 75%, that our consistent sponsor focussed culture and nimble proactive approach wins every time. This has been recognised by the research team at Frost & Sullivan and the entire Avance Clinical team are very proud.”

“Australia, which has successfully managed the COVID-19 crisis, is open for business for clinical trials. This award further reinforces to the biotech community that this is an early phase specialist destination where they can turn around delayed trials.”

“Avance Clinical are experts in facilitating fast study start up with trials typically approved and initiated in under 6 weeks.”

Avance Clinical is an Australian owned Contract Research Organisation that has been providing high-quality clinical research services fit for global regulatory standards to the local and international drug development industry for 20 years.

Avance specialises in supporting biotech companies with their early phase clinical trials having conducted over 150 early phase (Phase 1 and 2) trials in the past 4 years involving treatment of over 8,300 participants across 95 therapeutic indications.

According to Nidhi Jalali, Analyst Best Practices, Frost & Sullivan:

“Within Asia-Pacific’s highly competitive CRO market, Avance Clinical stands out as a leader in early phase biotech clinical trials. The company offers a highly responsive and proactive service for biotechs wanting rapid and innovative clinical trial solutions, with the highest level of data compliance.

Avance Clinical is a full service CRO with a 20-year track-record.

The company has grown quickly over the past year doubling staff numbers and with plans to further expand in the region. Avance Clinical offers a real size match for biotechs that means better mission understandings and stronger customer service compared to some of the larger CROs.

Avance’s reputation for high-quality clinical trial outcomes leveraging its scientific and regulatory expertise has attracted an impressive 74% repeat business rate, underscoring the company’s position as a market leader.”

In addition to the impressive COVID-19 management in Australia, a key factor in sponsor demand is the speed, access to high quality sites and attractive cost of running trials in Australia including:

  • The Australian Government financial rebate of up to 43.5% on clinical trial spend
  • No IND required for clinical trials and streamlined regulatory processes
  • Advanced medical, research and scientific community, leading investigators and KOLs, and modern medical facilities

Watch video – how we work https://www.avancecro.com/

Australia’s reputation for FDA compliant scientific and research excellence, its advanced healthcare, and the opportunity to access patients in a less clinical trial competitive environment further reinforces its advantage as a destination for clinical trials.

For more information about the benefits of running your next study with Avance Clinical contact us: https://www.avancecro.com/contact-us/

About the Award

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards have identified and honored best-in-class companies that have demonstrated excellence in their respective industries. Award recipients were identified based on in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research conducted by
Frost & Sullivan analysts and companies are typically studied on their revenues, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the industry in order to identify best practices.

For the Market Leadership Award, Frost & Sullivan analysts independently elucidated the following key benchmarking criteria:

1. Technology Leverage

2. Customer Purchase Experience

3. Price/Performance Value

4. Growth Strategy Excellence

5. Customer Service Experience

6. Brand Strength

With its strong overall performance, Avance Clinical Pty Ltd has earned the 2020 Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award. We also recognize that your receipt of this award is the result of many individuals (employees, customers and investors) making daily choices to believe in the organization and contribute in a meaningful way to its future.

Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall Briefed on $50 billion Clinical Trial Sector During Visit to Adelaide-based Avance Clinical

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The leading Australian CRO for biotechs, Avance Clinical, hosted a visit with the Premier of South Australia the Hon. Steven Marshall MP to discuss the fast-growing clinical trials sector, currently worth $50 billion and increasing to $71.7 billion by 2024 according to Frost & Sullivan. https://ww2.frost.com/news/demand-for-cros-rises-to-strike-evolving-clinical-trial-models-for-target-therapies/

Avance Clinical manages biotech clinical trials in Australia, from its headquarters in South Australia, working with hundreds of clinics and research teams around the country to assess new drugs for regulatory approval that could make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Premier toured the facility in Thebarton and took a briefing on the sector from Avance CEO Yvonne Lungershausen and her team.

Avance Clinical CEO Yvonne Lungershausen said:

“Most of Avance Clinical’s biotech clients are from the USA while numbers from the EU and Asia are on the increase, particularly from China and South Korea.

Australia is a well-established location for international clinical trials and our management of the COVID-19 crisis has made it an even more attractive trials destination.

South Australia has managed the COVID-19 pandemic extremely well, allowing Avance Clinical to continue operations throughout the crisis. However, in other countries clinical trials have been suspended or closed, putting extreme pressure on the biotech sector.”

There are currently 764 clinical studies underway or planned in South Australia alone and a total of 2,225 in Australia.” (ClinicalTrials.Gov)

Avance Clinical is a medium-sized full-service CRO known for its nimble and collaborative approach, with more than 20-years of experience in managing early phase trials.

In addition to the impressive COVID-19 management, a key factor in sponsor demand is the speed, and attractive cost of running trials in Australia including:

  • The Australian Government financial rebate of more than 40% on clinical trial spend
  • No IND required for clinical trials and streamlined regulatory processes
  • Advanced medical, research and scientific community, leading investigators and KOLs, and modern medical facilities

Watch video – how we work during the COVID-19 pandemic here. https://www.avancecro.com/news/news-about-avance-clinical-covid-19-capabilities/

Australia’s reputation for FDA compliant scientific and research excellence, its advanced healthcare, and the opportunity to access patients in a less clinical trial competitive environment further reinforces its advantage as a destination for clinical trials.

Australian CRO Avance Clinical Designated an Essential Service as Strong Demand from Sponsors Continues Amid COVID-19 Crisis

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Leading Australian CRO Avance Clinical said there was still strong demand from Asian and US sponsors, and commended Australian sites that had risen to the challenge to deliver for Avance Clinical clients during this difficult time.

Avance Clinical is a medium-sized full-service CRO known for its nimble and collaborative approach, with more than 20-years of experience in managing early phase trials.

Avance Clinical’s Chief Strategist Ben Edwards said a key factor in sponsor demand is the speed and attractive cost of running trials in Australia. In particular, they include:

  • The Australian Government financial rebate of more than 40% on clinical trial spend
  • No IND required for clinical trials and streamlined regulatory processes
  • Advanced medical, research and scientific community, leading investigators and KOLs, and modern medical facilities

Watch video – how we work here https://www.avancecro.com/

Avance Clinical CEO Yvonne Lungershausen, who has a background in pure research, said sponsors saw the value of running studies in Australia.

“In addition, Australia is not as hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis which has meant we can work with sites to deliver studies that might otherwise be put on hold, costing time and money and causing crippling delays to drug pipelines,” said Ms Lungershausen.

“We are pleased to be the Australian CRO of choice for international sponsors,” she said.

“Australia’s reputation for FDA compliant scientific and research excellence, its advanced healthcare, and the opportunity to access patients in a less clinical trial competitive environment further reinforces its advantage as a destination for clinical trials.”