Litera, a US-based provider of content lifecycle-management solutions, has expanded its portfolio by acquiring the AxxiTRIALS clinical-trials portal from web technology specialist Axxiem Web Solutions.
No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction, under which AxxiTRIALS founder Susan Lewenz has joined Litera as vice president and general manager for the AxxiTRIALS franchise.
Litera president Karen Massand said the acquisition was in line with the company’s ongoing strategic focus on secure, compliant collaboration.
“We see AxxiTRIALS, with its emphasis on outstanding user interface, community building and engagement tools, together with Litera’s powerful document lifecycle, security and collaboration solutions, as an absolutely unbeatable combination,” Massand commented.
The AxxiTRIALS platform is designed to speed up “dramatically” site start-up, patient recruitment and end-to-end operations in clinical research.
It can improve operating efficiencies by uniting global clinical-trial teams, from the sponsor to contract research organisations (CROs) to trial sites, around a single interface that integrates with existing systems.
Customisable workflow tools and a compliant document-management system serve to accelerate the start-up process, ensure compliance and centralise key trial information, while keeping investigators and site coordinators engaged throughout the study.
“Interestingly, the CRO clients who have private-labelled our offering tell us that it has even helped them win new business, as many trial sponsors have now witnessed this speed improvement and demand a portal be used for their projects,” Lewenz noted.
AxxiTRIALS is used for studies of all sizes in locations worldwide, to streamline document handling from feasibility and site start-up to ongoing safety alerts, training and communications management, and locking of the trial master file.
Like other Litera products, AxxiTRIALS is designed to be “so intuitive that it requires little or no training, works on any device anywhere in the world and provides the right content and tools for the business process”, its new owner observed.
Litera’s existing suite of related offerings includes its Galaxy portal solution for document and matter collaboration across enterprises, as well as solutions for document templates and numbering, content assembly, document comparison, rights management, large/secure file transfer and synchronisation, and meta-data management.