US-based clinical services and technology solutions provider ePharmaSolutions has acquired Polaris BioPharma Consulting, a global patient recruitment and retention firm with headquarters in Slough, UK, for an undisclosed sum.

The driver for the acquisition was client demand for more in-country site-feasibility and patient-recruitment support in global clinical studies, ePharmaSolutions explained.

The deal expands both ePharmaSolutions’ global bandwidth and its core workforce, bringing on board “a team of experienced patient recruitment specialists in every major continent who can implement global projects at the local level”, the company said.

Polaris BioPharma started in 1999 as a boutique patient-recruitment and -retention firm supporting global pharmaceutical companies. It now has 20 local recruitment specialists providing in-country support for global recruitment campaigns.

Wealth of knowledge

“We have worked closely with Polaris over the last ten years on some very complex projects, and they have always delivered,” commented Lance Converse, founder and chief executive officer of ePharmaSolutions.  

“They have a wealth of knowledge of the regulatory, clinical and cultural landscape, from a local perspective, and have connections with varied regional referral sources to expedite study enrolment. This addition is integral to the company’s continued growth.”