SOURCE: Kika Medical

December 15, 2008 09:00 ET

KIKA CEO Linda Beneze Urges EDC Vendors to Ensure Sponsors 24x7 Access to Clinical Data

Cites Critical Importance of Data Replication to Avoid Costly Patient Re-Enrollment in Clinical Trials

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - As KIKA Medical, the leading provider of advanced EDC (electronic data capture) for clinical trials, celebrated 10 years of hosting sponsors' mission-critical clinical data with less than two hours of downtime, CEO Linda Beneze reiterated the vital importance of guaranteeing sponsors access to clinical data.

Ms. Beneze said, "In a clinical trial everything hinges on the data. The reliability of the system is absolutely vital to support the clinical trial. EDC vendors must protect sponsor's clinical assets 24x7. If an EDC vendor's systems are down even for a few hours, the downtime can cost tens of thousands of dollars and the overall trial process cannot be sustained."

If an EDC vendor's system crashes for any reason, it causes a decrease in efficiency which can lead to considerable frustration at the site and for the sponsor.

Ms. Beneze explained that EDC vendors must have a Disaster Recovery Plan and Return to Operations (RTO) plan to get servers up and running in less than a day in the case of a system crash.

KIKA's Veracity Web-based EDC system has a unique proxy store which automatically replicates data on the fly as it is collected and sends it to a mirror site that can take over in the event of a crash or natural disaster.

Ms. Beneze concluded, "It is the EDC vendor's responsibility to offer sponsors the best architected platform to ensure reliability without interruption."

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KIKA helps the world's most innovative medical device and biopharmaceutical companies bring much-needed medical solutions to the market faster. KIKA's Clinical Asset Management platform is an exclusive three-part approach to electronic clinical trial solutions: Veracity™ breakthrough Web-based technology, unparalleled Professional Services, and established T infrastructure. The result is flexibility and customization, end-user empowerment, and responsiveness and support. Visit www.kikamedical.com or call 1-617-619-9990 in the U.S.; +33 (0)1 53 17 95 70 in Europe; or email sales@kikamedical.com.

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