Acro Members Play Prominent Roles At Partnerships Conference

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WASHINGTON, April 26, 2004 /PRNewswire/ — Member companies of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) will be prominent participants in the 13th Annual Partnerships with CROs and Other Outsourcing Providers in Orlando, Florida from April 26 to April 28, 2004. The event is expected to draw more than 1100 representatives of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, along with their CRO development partners and other service providers.

One of the outsourcing industry's best-known voices, Dr. Dennis Gillings, the Chairman and CEO of Quintiles Transnational, and in 2002 the first Chairman of ACRO, will deliver one of the conference's opening keynotes, "The Partnering Paradigm Advances: Delivering on Pharma's Promise."

Mr. Chris Kuebler, Chairman and CEO of [Covance] Inc., and current Chairman of the ACRO Board of Directors, commented, "As CROs move more and more toward becoming true partners in the development of new medical products, it is incumbent upon us to demonstrate and communicate the enormous value our industry brings to the table, and I am pleased that many of our members are sponsors of this important meeting."

In addition to Gold Sponsors [Covance] and Quintiles, ACRO member companies Omnicare Clinical Research, PAREXEL International, PharmaNet, PPD and PRA International are sponsoring meetings and events at the conference. Senior personnel of all ACRO members, including Kendle International and Medifacts International, will provide strategic insights on the continuing evolution of outsourcing in clinical development during the 13th Annual Partnerships.

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) fosters continued advancement of medical product development. Member companies, representing a multibillion-dollar global industry, provide a wide range of research and development services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies bring medicines to patients quickly and safely. ACRO provides a voice that represents the clinical outsourcing industry to customers, regulators, legislators and the public. (For more information about ACRO, visit Source Association of Clinical Research Organizations