Comprehensive Clinical Trials Service for Patients and their Families

Collaboration based on shared philosophy to provide consumers with high

quality clinical trial information, placement assistance, education and

support



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from CenterWatch, Inc.

    BOSTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- CenterWatch and The HealthExchange
 (thehealthexchange.org) announced today the creation of a new service that is
 designed to match patients to appropriate clinical trials spanning all disease
 areas.
     At present, the CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service at
 www.centerwatch.com features information on more than 40,000 ongoing clinical
 trials across a wide range of disease areas, profiles of research centers, and
 listings of investigational drugs and their results in clinical trials.  The
 HealthExchange at www.thehealthexchange.org, is an online company devoted to
 patient recruitment and placement for clinical trials that offers an easy,
 informative, and confidential place for individuals to learn about, locate,
 and apply for clinical trials.
     The 450,000 monthly visitors to the CenterWatch website conduct their own
 research to identify clinical trials of interest, according to Ken Getz,
 CenterWatch Chief Executive Officer.  "Some patients, particularly those
 individuals facing severe and life-threatening illnesses -- are looking to be
 proactively matched with clinical trials.  Over the years, many patients have
 asked CenterWatch to add a placement service.  Through our collaboration with
 The HealthExchange, visitors can now receive active assistance in finding a
 clinical trial that fits their needs."
     "We strive to provide study participants with convenient access to
 comprehensive, high quality information and services that empower them to make
 informed decisions about medical treatment," said Getz.
     "We were particularly interested in a collaboration with The
 HealthExchange based on their commitment to providing a quality and
 confidential placement service for patients seeking assistance across all
 disease conditions.  As a result, some patients may now find life-saving
 options using a clinical trials placement service on the CenterWatch web
 site."
     Both companies share the philosophy that an informed consumer lies at the
 heart of successful clinical trials.  "Market research demonstrates that there
 is clearly a void in patient understanding about clinical trials," according
 to Victor Imbimbo, co-founder and chief executive officer of The
 HealthExchange.  "Our mission is to fill that void by ensuring that consumers
 are informed, their voices heard, and the wide variety of their needs met.
 This philosophy is critical for the long-term success of the industry."
     "There is clearly a need for high quality clinical trial information and
 advocate support to patients," said Imbimbo.  "By combining our services, we
 hope to offer the prospective clinical trial participant, physician, or
 advocate with the most comprehensive clinical trial information designed to
 suit their needs, in the most efficient manner possible."
 
     About CenterWatch
     CenterWatch is a Boston-based information services company that focuses on
 the clinical trials industry.  CenterWatch offers a variety of publications
 and services for clinical research and health professionals, patients and
 health consumers.  Along with special disease specific reports and profiles of
 centers that conduct clinical trials, CenterWatch also publishes a variety of
 online, searchable databases.  These include a directory of nearly 2,000 drugs
 in clinical trials, listings of several hundred drugs recently approved by the
 FDA, and hundreds of safety and effectiveness results of drugs in active
 clinical studies. In 2001, an estimated five million patients and their
 advocates will view these databases and listings of more than 42,000 clinical
 trials at www.centerwatch.com. CenterWatch is a subsidiary of Thomson
 Healthcare, publishers of the Physicians Desk Reference (R).
 
     About The HealthExchange
     The HealthExchange is devoted solely to clinical trials recruitment and
 placement.  It seeks to build the population of consumers participating in
 clinical trials by raising awareness of clinical trials as a treatment option.
 Based on research with consumers, The HealthExchange has designed a web site
 that provides a comprehensive resource that is a convenient, centralized
 source of information where individuals can gather information about treatment
 options for their disease or illness; search for clinical trials that may be
 relevant to them; or actually apply to participate in a clinical trial, all on
 their own timetable. The HealthExchange site offers an easy, informative, and
 confidential place for individuals to learn about, locate, and apply for
 clinical trials.  The site can be found at www.thehealthexchange.org.
 The company is headquartered in Stamford, CT.  Its technology office is
 located in Philadelphia, PA.
 
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SOURCE CenterWatch, Inc.
    BOSTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- CenterWatch and The HealthExchange
 (thehealthexchange.org) announced today the creation of a new service that is
 designed to match patients to appropriate clinical trials spanning all disease
 areas.
     At present, the CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service at
 www.centerwatch.com features information on more than 40,000 ongoing clinical
 trials across a wide range of disease areas, profiles of research centers, and
 listings of investigational drugs and their results in clinical trials.  The
 HealthExchange at www.thehealthexchange.org, is an online company devoted to
 patient recruitment and placement for clinical trials that offers an easy,
 informative, and confidential place for individuals to learn about, locate,
 and apply for clinical trials.
     The 450,000 monthly visitors to the CenterWatch website conduct their own
 research to identify clinical trials of interest, according to Ken Getz,
 CenterWatch Chief Executive Officer.  "Some patients, particularly those
 individuals facing severe and life-threatening illnesses -- are looking to be
 proactively matched with clinical trials.  Over the years, many patients have
 asked CenterWatch to add a placement service.  Through our collaboration with
 The HealthExchange, visitors can now receive active assistance in finding a
 clinical trial that fits their needs."
     "We strive to provide study participants with convenient access to
 comprehensive, high quality information and services that empower them to make
 informed decisions about medical treatment," said Getz.
     "We were particularly interested in a collaboration with The
 HealthExchange based on their commitment to providing a quality and
 confidential placement service for patients seeking assistance across all
 disease conditions.  As a result, some patients may now find life-saving
 options using a clinical trials placement service on the CenterWatch web
 site."
     Both companies share the philosophy that an informed consumer lies at the
 heart of successful clinical trials.  "Market research demonstrates that there
 is clearly a void in patient understanding about clinical trials," according
 to Victor Imbimbo, co-founder and chief executive officer of The
 HealthExchange.  "Our mission is to fill that void by ensuring that consumers
 are informed, their voices heard, and the wide variety of their needs met.
 This philosophy is critical for the long-term success of the industry."
     "There is clearly a need for high quality clinical trial information and
 advocate support to patients," said Imbimbo.  "By combining our services, we
 hope to offer the prospective clinical trial participant, physician, or
 advocate with the most comprehensive clinical trial information designed to
 suit their needs, in the most efficient manner possible."
 
     About CenterWatch
     CenterWatch is a Boston-based information services company that focuses on
 the clinical trials industry.  CenterWatch offers a variety of publications
 and services for clinical research and health professionals, patients and
 health consumers.  Along with special disease specific reports and profiles of
 centers that conduct clinical trials, CenterWatch also publishes a variety of
 online, searchable databases.  These include a directory of nearly 2,000 drugs
 in clinical trials, listings of several hundred drugs recently approved by the
 FDA, and hundreds of safety and effectiveness results of drugs in active
 clinical studies. In 2001, an estimated five million patients and their
 advocates will view these databases and listings of more than 42,000 clinical
 trials at www.centerwatch.com. CenterWatch is a subsidiary of Thomson
 Healthcare, publishers of the Physicians Desk Reference (R).
 
     About The HealthExchange
     The HealthExchange is devoted solely to clinical trials recruitment and
 placement.  It seeks to build the population of consumers participating in
 clinical trials by raising awareness of clinical trials as a treatment option.
 Based on research with consumers, The HealthExchange has designed a web site
 that provides a comprehensive resource that is a convenient, centralized
 source of information where individuals can gather information about treatment
 options for their disease or illness; search for clinical trials that may be
 relevant to them; or actually apply to participate in a clinical trial, all on
 their own timetable. The HealthExchange site offers an easy, informative, and
 confidential place for individuals to learn about, locate, and apply for
 clinical trials.  The site can be found at www.thehealthexchange.org.
 The company is headquartered in Stamford, CT.  Its technology office is
 located in Philadelphia, PA.
 
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 SOURCE  CenterWatch, Inc.