PPD acquires patient recruitment/retention specialist firm Acurian

PPD has acquired Acurian, a leading full-service provider of clinical trial patient enrollment and retention solutions for the life sciences industry. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Providing analytics-driven services to many large- and mid-sized pharmaceutical companies, Acurian manages the entire patient recruitment cycle, from recruitment to enrollment to retention. These services utilize innovative, proprietary and highly predictive software analytics to customize the most efficient and cost-effective approach to recruiting patients for a customer’s clinical trial.

“Acurian’s best-in-class approach to patient recruitment will be an excellent complement to PPD’s clinical development expertise. Acurian will enable PPD to provide clients industry-leading services that accelerate patient enrollment and support their strategies for data-driven feasibility, site selection and enrollment delivery,” said David Simmons, chairman and chief executive officer of PPD.