Medical Device Consultants, Inc (MDCI), a Massachusetts-based regulatory consulting and contract research organisation focused on devices and diagnostics, has formed a strategic partnership spanning the US and Europe with the UK’s Clinical Development & Support Services Ltd (CDSS).

The collaboration, which will involve mutual referrals as well co-ordinated sales, marketing and presentation activities, will “allow clients access to the best of both organisations’ core strengths and geographical expertise”, MDCI said.

CDSS provides a wide range of clinical development services to medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, from Phase I to IV trials to monitoring and contract research nurses.

According to managing director John Illingworth, the combination of CDSS’ and MDCI’s skills and infrastructure will enable the two companies “to provide all the benefits of working with a large, multinational CRO, whilst retaining the personal, tailored service that both companies pride themselves on”.

Leslie Rose, director of clinical services at MDCI, said the main aim of the partnership was to support clients fully as they designed and conducted medical device and in vitro diagnostic trials in the US and Europe.

“The CDSS network of employee and contract clinical research professionals in the UK and across Europe complements MDCI’s full-service CRO activities,” Rose added.