US-based eClinical specialist Datatrak International reports that NTT Data Corporation, the Japanese supplier of information system services with which Datatrak struck a five-year enterprise agreement and marketing alliance last December, has put its first self-designed project using the Datatrak eClinical platform into production for a local clinical trial.

NTT Data has done so under Datatrak’s Enterprise Transfer Program, which allows clients to take an independent approach to the roll-out of electronic trials based on the eClinical software. At the moment, all Enterprise Transfer clients continue to host their projects through Datatrak’s global data centre. With further advances in the eClinical platform, though, these customers will soon have the option of hosting their own studies and licensing the product suite for multi-year periods, Datatrak noted.

“Our team has been working closely with NTT Data with the goal of empowering them to be independent with our platform so that both companies can gain increasing traction in the Japanese clinical trial market,” commented Dr Jeffrey Green, chief executive officer of Datatrak International. “This month, the teams at both companies were successful at accomplishing this milestone with what turned out to be a very complex clinical trial design.”

Presenting its third-quarter results recently, Datatrak said NTT Data had signed up a fourth client to use the US company’s eClinical platform during the quarter.

Another CRO Connect client

Separately, Datatrak announced that Diverse Lynx, an information technology, clinical research and data management company with headquarters in New Jersey, US, had joined Datatrak’s CRO Connect programme.

The programme involves a non-exclusive enterprise agreement and accreditation relationship that empowers contract research organisations (CROs) to design and conduct their own electronic data capture (EDC) trials using Datatrak’s eClinical platform.

Shubhendra Varma, president of Diverse Lynx, said the partnership was a “big step towards offering absolute clinical data management services for data capture, processing, analysis and management services in the most cost-effective approach with the highest quality”.