News | July 25, 2011

PAREXEL Achieves 100th Asian Ethnobridging Study Milestone

Innovator of the ethnobridging approach, PAREXEL helps biopharmaceutical industry accelerate global development

Boston, MA /PRNewswire/ -- PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL ), a leading global biopharmaceutical services provider, announced today that it has achieved a significant milestone by completing its 100th Asian ethnobridging study, which is designed to help biopharmaceutical companies accelerate development for the Asia/Pacific market. PAREXEL is the innovator of the ethnobridging study —an approach to determine safety and tolerability, as well as possible pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences, in target ethnic populations. The goal of these studies is to assist PAREXEL clients in saving time and development costs in their global early phase programs.

"PAREXEL created the ethnobridging study concept, which was built on decades of experience in the science and practice of ethnically-sensitive clinical programs," said Sy Pretorius, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., Corporate Vice President and Worldwide Head of Early Phase. "Our pioneering ethnobridging approach assists clients in expediting early phase approval of compounds in certain international markets."

According to Dr. Pretorius, "The inclusion of Asian countries in global drug development strategies and registration of drugs in the Asia Pacific region have become increasingly important in recent years. To help our clients to fast-track development in Asian countries, PAREXEL applies leading-edge expertise through Asian ethnobridging studies to collect Chinese, Japanese and Korean data in the U.S. and UK for registration regionally in Asia. Achieving the milestone of our 100th Asian ethnobridging study reinforces our commitment to help biopharmaceutical companies prepare and execute global development plans for emerging regions, and bring new treatments to patients in Asia."

PAREXEL has enrolled over 3,500 subjects in Asian ethnobridging studies. Early phase experts at PAREXEL conduct Asian ethnobridging studies at its accredited sites in the U.S. and UK. These sites have access to an Asian population of over 1.2 million people, which allows PAREXEL to perform studies that conform to the regulatory requirements of China, Japan and Korea. PAREXEL experts have worked closely with Asian regulators to design studies, conducted outside of Asia for acceptance by the Asian regulators, that adhere to the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) E5 guideline. PAREXEL provides consultation on regulatory issues, protocol designs and analysis of data with relation to ethnobridging studies. The Company has a proprietary database and a dedicated enrollment team with experience in various specialized recruitment methods and access to some of the largest populations of first-generation Asians outside of Asia.

PAREXEL assists biopharmaceutical companies to manage development costs, accelerate development timelines and obtain earlier efficacy signals. PAREXEL accomplishes this by leveraging early phase capabilities that include a global capacity of beds and full scope of early phase studies and services—from concept to study report and beyond, with integrated services to prepare clients for later phase studies. PAREXEL has extensive, relevant experience and in-depth expertise to assist clients with ever more complex early-phase trial design and execution, as well as efficient delivery of better, faster go/no-go decisions from First-in-Human (FIH) through Proof-of-Concept. PAREXEL provides specialized trial designs, state-of-the-art technologies, biomarkers, and scientific expertise. With hospital-based units in the U.S., Europe, and South Africa, as well as a network of alliance sites, PAREXEL provides clients with excellent patient access specific to key therapeutic areas for early phase development. For more information about PAREXEL's early phase development capabilities visit: .

About PAREXEL International
PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global bio/pharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, consulting, and medical communications services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. Perceptive Informatics, Inc., a subsidiary of PAREXEL, provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 71 locations throughout 52 countries around the world, and has approximately 10,350 employees. For more information about PAREXEL International visit .

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