HP-powered Community from eResearchTechnology to accelerate clinical research while enhancing its quality

Palo Alto 12 June 2000Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company and eResearchTechnology Inc. (eRT), a subsidiary of PRWW Ltd., have decided to close an alliance to jointly build the eResearch Network, establishing the foundation for an eResearch Community to accelerate clinical trials and facilitate information exchange for the pharmaceutical industry. The eResearch Network and Community will reduce the time and costs associated with the development of new drugs by creating global, on-line communities of patients, investigators, clinical research organisations (CROs) and sponsors, thereby facilitating high-speed research-transaction processing and presentation of quality research data.


The eResearch Network and Community will feature eRT's clinical research software running on an end-to-end hardware infrastructure which is powered by HP 9000 L-Class and N-Class servers. The HP solution not only delivers the compute-performance needed to power the portal for the analysis of complex clinical data, but also the levels of high availability and security required for the real time management of clinical drug trials. The eResearch Network will operate as a highly flexible, distributed, and hosted application. HP and eRT will work together with Medical Advisory Systems and USinternetworking Inc. to operate data centres across the globe with HP ensuring system uptime and service management levels, as well as delivering support services.

"Developing new drugs can take up to ten years and can cost about $500 million in the process", stated Joseph Esposito, president and chief executive officer of eRT. "Anything which can be done to shorten that process will accelerate time to sales for our pharmaceutical clients, and provide improved qualify of life for all of us. The eResearch Network and Community will unite the participants in clinical research by collecting, processing and presenting real time clinical data. This will help determine drug effectiveness sooner, and accelerate final reporting as well as regulatory approval. Our alliance with HP and selected application hosting providers will offer clients the benefits of our Web-based software, eliminating the need for them to build their own infrastructures."

"The pharmaceutical market at present is ripe for e-services such as the eResearch Network and Community", commented Jim Zafarana, worldwide marketing manager for HP's Technical Computing Division, who added that eRT is already an innovator in this particular field, and through its collaboration with HP, will continue to devise cutting-edge solutions for this important market. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, eRT, a subsidiary of PRWW Ltd., is a business-to-business provider of integrated software applications as well as technology consulting services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

eRT equally offers Internet and other technology-based solutions designed to streamline the clinical trials process by enabling its customers to automate many parts of a clinical trial. In addition, eRT is also a market leader in the delivery of centralised core-diagnostic electrocardiographic services on a global basis. In turn, Hewlett-Packard Company, a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services, is mainly focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure which is always on. HP has 86.000 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year.

Leslie Versweyveld

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