The Perceptive Informatics subsidiary of US-based contract research organisation (CRO) Parexel International is now “one of the industry’s largest eClinical technology providers”, its parent company said on closing its acquisition of ClinPhone last week.

Combining Perceptive Informatics with the UK-based clinical technology specialist “offers unprecedented access to eClinical technologies and resources”, giving clients and service providers “the benefits of an extensive line of products and services throughout the entire clinical development lifecycle”, Parexel stated.

The CRO paid £91 million (US$169.9 million) for ClinPhone, supplementing Perceptive Informatics’ medical imaging analytic capabilities, IMPACT Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) and Interactive Voice and Web Response (IVR) technologies with the UK company’s DataLabs electronic data capture (EDC) capabilities, experience with electronic patient-reported outcomes, additional IVR technologies and TrialWorks CTMS solution for small and medium-sized companies.

“We believe this acquisition further solidifies Parexel’s leadership in providing integrated clinical and technology expertise,” said chairman and chief executive officer Josef von Rickenbach. “Combining the sophisticated, in-depth capabilities of Perceptive and ClinPhone represents a major step forward for Parexel in meeting increased industry demand for a truly comprehensive eClinical platform.”

Parexel plans to issue updated financial guidance for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 and for the whole of the fiscal year after the close of the markets on 8 September.