SGS accelerates drugs through early phase development


SGS clinical research announced it has strengthened its early phase drug development services by consolidating its consultancy portfolio into a single, comprehensive offering

SGS is a specialist life sciences contract research organisation (CRO) providing clinical research, bioanalytical, biologics characterisation, biosafety and quality control testing.

Bruno Speder, Head of Clinical Regulatory Affairs & Consultancy at SGS, said: “Increasingly we are finding smaller innovator companies that are seeking impartial and in-depth advice on drug development and how to progress a drug candidate through the crucial clinical phases in the most expedient manner.

“At SGS, we can establish a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of qualified regulatory, toxicology, pharmacology, therapeutic and biometric experts, who can assess projects and provide guidance to clients on how to reach a go or no-go decision safer and faster.”

Primarily aimed at small and medium-sized biotechnology and spin-off companies, this broad-reaching service will be able to support companies through designing a focused strategy and bringing compounds from the non-clinical to the clinical phase of development.

Wim van Loon, Managing Director at SGS Benelux, said: “SGS always aims to support its clients in anticipating and managing risks, and in making the decisions that ensure projects have the best opportunity of getting to market and securing a return on investment.

“By bringing together our experts in a single, dedicated offering, we can look to offer assessments at this crucial stage of drug development, which give clients the best advice to facilitate the optimal clinical trial set up and predicted outcome.”

Delivering solutions in Europe and the US, SGS offers clinical trial (Phase I to IV) services encompassing clinical project management and monitoring, biometrics, PK/PD modelling and simulation, regulatory and medical affairs consultancy. SGS has its own clinical unit in Belgium and two phase I patient units based in Belgium and Hungary.

SGS has a wealth of expertise in early phase clinical trials, first in human (FIH) studies, viral challenge testing, biosimilars and complex PK/PD studies with a focus on infectious diseases, vaccines and respiratory therapeutics.

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