Emissary Launches TeamTrials Clinical Research Platform for Electronic Data Capture (EDC)

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2002

Contract clinical research organization Emissary Inc. today introduced TeamTrials, a comprehensive Web-based software platform for conducting clinical trials.

Emissary is using TeamTrials to streamline its customers' research studies, enabling faster, more efficient trials for new medical devices, drugs, biopharmaceuticals and other life-improving medical products.

"Working on the front lines of clinical research, Emissary understands the opportunities and challenges of bringing any new technology into the complex clinical trial process. TeamTrials was developed to transform the way clinical trial teams work, helping to unite all trial functions and participants on a single Web-based platform," said Dr. Steven Mayo, CEO and founder of Emissary. "A single platform helps to streamline every aspect of the trial, from study set-up and site selection to final data submission, and makes the best use of electronic data capture and a whole host of new technologies that cut clinical trial time and costs."

Medical product manufacturers continue to face mounting time-to-market pressures, making the adoption of technology-enabled clinical trial processes imperative. With the introduction of TeamTrials, Emissary can significantly reduce clinical trial time compared to traditional paper-based trials, translating into tremendous savings in operational costs.

TeamTrials accelerates the clinical trial process by enabling real-time interaction and collaboration among all members of the clinical trial team, including study sponsors, monitors, doctors, patients and institutional review board members. Based on a secure, field-proven Web application, the system offers electronic data capture (EDC), workflow automation, online patient diaries, document management, interactive voice response and a broad range of support capabilities. Emissary is currently expanding the platform to provide additional tools, such as time and resource tracking for the project manager, scheduling for the study coordinator and trial registration for the prospective patient.

Emissary has been conducting rigorous, detail-focused clinical trials for medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies since 1995. TeamTrials is now integrated into the company's operations and will be used for all clinical trials moving forward. The underlying TeamTrials technology was initially deployed in 1999 and has been used for a dozen studies to date, including a 19,000 patient registry.

About Emissary Inc.

Emissary Inc. is an international contract research organization (CRO) providing clinical trial management services to the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries. Emissary's experienced clinical research teams ensure rapid development of life-saving and life-improving medical products by making quality the priority in every clinical trial. The company is at the forefront of the CRO industry's effort to improve the clinical trials process with TeamTrials(R), a comprehensive software initiative that reduces the cost, time and complexity of clinical trials, benefiting patients, investigators and researchers throughout the global clinical research community. Founded in 1995, Emissary maintains headquarters in Austin, Texas, with key affiliates located throughout North America and Europe. For more information, visit Emissary's Web site at www.Emissary.com.

Emissary and TeamTrials are registered trademarks of Emissary Inc.