United BioSource Corporation Announces Acquisition of Cognitive Drug Research, Ltd. to Advance Services in Cognitive Testing in Clinical Research

  • Leader in cognition measurement integrates into UBC to maximize measurement precision of pivotal endpoints and ensure data integrity.

BETHESDA, Md.--()--United BioSource Corporation (UBC) today announced the acquisition of Cognitive Drug Research, Ltd. (CDR), the leader in computerized cognitive testing for clinical trials. The CDR System is the most widely used computerized cognitive testing system in the world: it is used in more than 1000 trials encompassing approximately 50 different disease areas, validated in over 60 languages, and cited in more than 700 publications and abstracts. Additionally, CDR maintains the industry’s largest healthy subject, patient, and drug databases of cognitive effects, providing the standard for establishing the clinical relevance of compounds.

Computerized cognitive testing facilitates standardized administration, measurement precision, and the reliability of cognitive endpoints. Importantly, it enables the assessment of major aspects of cognitive function that are otherwise overlooked by traditional methods. The CDR System has demonstrated unparalleled sensitivity to cognitive enhancements as well as to impairments in a broad range of disorders. Increased sensitivity translates into significant cost savings as fewer study subjects are required to reach statistical significance.

“Our experience with both computerized cognitive testing and the measurement of clinician- and patient-reported outcomes has reinforced the need for a fully integrated solution to reliably assess cognitive function,” said Catherine Spear, Sr. Vice President at UBC. “CDR offers a solution no one else in the industry can provide; more than 20 years of clinical trial experience together with the largest, most comprehensive cognitive effects database encompassing tens of thousands of patients.”

“The premier evidence base, reliability, and global reach of the CDR System coupled with UBC’s validated rater training, assessment, and rater surveillance methods will provide an unprecedented opportunity for improved signal detection in the measurement of cognition and clinically subjective endpoints,” said Ethan Leder, CEO of UBC. “The addition of Professor Keith Wesnes, to the UBC scientific team and our integrated offerings will provide sponsor companies with the broadest, most seamless capabilities available.”

“We are excited to join the UBC family and take cognitive testing to the next level,” said Professor Keith Wesnes, Chief Executive and founder of CDR. “Combining the CDR System with UBC’s industry-leading solutions for standardizing the administration and scoring of clinically subjective outcomes measures offers pharmaceutical and medical device companies the unique ability to cost-effectively integrate computerized cognitive testing, rater training, and data quality monitoring to generate accurate, clinically relevant data in even the very largest, most complex development programs,” stated Professor Wesnes.

About Cognitive Drug Research

CDR is the world leader in automated cognitive function assessment in phase I through phase IV clinical trials. Founded by Keith Wesnes in 1986, CDR’s proprietary cognitive assessment system can be administered to virtually any patient population in any environment and provides rapid, sensitive, and highly reliable assessments of the core domains of cognitive function. The CDR System is used throughout the drug development process, from first-in-man trials to large worldwide phase IV trials. The CDR System has been used in more than 1000 trials, and is documented to ICH GCP and FDA 21 CFR part 11 standards.

About United BioSource Corporation

UBC accelerates the generation, analysis, and communication of real-world evidence by integrating scientific and operational expertise with innovative technology solutions to support global development and commercialization of medical products for life science companies.

The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Japan. For more information about UBC, visit www.unitedbiosource.com.

For a fact sheet on CDR please visit http://unitedbiosource.com/news/press-releases.aspx.

Contacts

United BioSource Corporation (UBC)
Adam Butler, +1 610-225-5900
info@unitedbiosource.com

Contacts

United BioSource Corporation (UBC)
Adam Butler, +1 610-225-5900
info@unitedbiosource.com