PatientsLikeMe And inVentiv Health Partner To Accelerate Clinical Trial Research First Agreement Between the Online Patient Network and Global Clinical Research Organization Promises to Help Speed Recruitment for Drug Development

BURLINGTON, Mass., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- inVentiv Health, Inc., offering best-in-class clinical, commercial and consulting services, today announced a partnership with the innovative online patient network PatientsLikeMe to bring more people more quickly into medical research and clinical trials.  

This is the first such agreement between the global patient recruitment organization for inVentiv Health Clinical and PatientsLikeMe, whose 200,000 members share information and experiences on more than 1,500 different diseases and conditions. PatientsLikeMe members, already interested in the development of new treatments, can now become even more active in medical research by accessing information on clinical trials conducted by inVentiv's pharmaceutical customers.

"inVentiv Health will be able to quickly recruit potential trial participants by tapping into one of the fastest growing and most active patient networks online, so that our customers can speed up the development of drugs, devices and treatments to improve patients' lives," said Raymond Hill, President of inVentiv Health Clinical.

PatientsLikeMe members share their experiences so that they can learn more about disease, help others, and contribute data to real-time healthcare research.

"We've pioneered a way for people to learn from, share and contribute health data, and removed traditional barriers between researchers and patients," said Michael Evers, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Patient Advocacy at PatientsLikeMe. "inVentiv Health is a critical partner who shares our goal of streamlining research to quickly get better treatments to the people who need them."   

This agreement is inVentiv's third recent announcement of a novel partnership focused on accelerating clinical trials.  In March, the company announced that it had taken an equity stake in Mytrus, which has been expanding the boundaries of traditional clinical trial research with technology that allows trial sponsors to use electronic informed consent, a significant improvement in efficiency and speed.  Last week, the company announced a partnership with Medikly to gather data, enabling the faster recruitment of clinical trial investigators.

About PatientsLikeMe
PatientsLikeMe is a patient network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. Through the network, patients connect with others who have the same disease or condition and track and share their own experiences. In the process, they generate data about the real-world nature of disease that help researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, providers and nonprofits develop more effective products, services and care. PatientsLikeMe is a trusted source for real-world disease information and a clinically robust resource that has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research studies. Visit us at www.patientslikeme.com or follow us on our blog, on Twitter or via Facebook.

About inVentiv Health
inVentiv Health, Inc. is a leading global provider of best-in-class clinical, commercial and consulting services to companies seeking to accelerate performance. inVentiv offers convergent services that deliver extraordinary outcomes to clients whose goal is improving human life. In 40 countries around the world, inVentiv's 13,000 employees help clients rapidly transform promising ideas into commercial reality. inVentiv clients include more than 550 pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences companies, as well as companies that now see health as part of their mission. inVentiv Health, Inc. is privately owned by inVentiv Group Holdings, Inc., an organization sponsored by affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., Liberty Lane Partners and members of the inVentiv management team. For more information, visit http://www.inventivhealth.com.

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SOURCE inVentiv Health, Inc.



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