Akaza Research and Conecta Join Forces for OpenClinica in Italy

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Conecta and Akaza Research announce a development partnership aimed at bringing OpenClinica to to the Italian clinical research market.

Conecta, an Italian open source consulting company, and Akaza Research, developers of the leading open source Electronic Data Capture (EDC) software, jointly announce a development partnership aimed at bringing OpenClinica and OpenClinica Enterprise to the Italian clinical research market.

"OpenClinica is the most advanced open source EDC system in the market today", said Carlo Daffara, Research Drector at Conecta. "After extensive evaluation, we found the tool to be flexible, complete, and well developed according to best practices in the clinical research software market. The flexibility of open source and the validated approach help in bringing EDC to new markets that have been until now, locked into proprietary and inflexible solutions."

"We are pleased to be working with Conecta," said Benjamin Baumann, Director of Business Development at Akaza Research. "This partnership will further strengthen OpenClinica's presence across Europe, allowing more researchers to benefit from a professionally supported open source solution."

OpenClinica is already in trial use at the Disability Italian Network and the Tuscany Region, in a specialized study based on the WHO ICF protocol, and is being implemented for the Regional Health Care Authority of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. An early outcome is the development of an Italian localization of OpenClinica that is expected to be included in the next production release of the product. In addition, the groups will share code and best practices for the dynamic forms and complex validation functionalities.

About Conecta
Conecta is one of the leading European open source consulting companies and since 1995 has participated in 7 European research projects on open source software, including the first EU project on open source health care (SPIRIT). The main company activity is the creation of complex IT structures built on open source software, based on our internal database of over 11000 evaluated open source projects; among our customers are leading Telco operators, health care providers, public administrations and Aerospace companies.

About OpenClinica®
OpenClinica is open source web-based electronic data capture software for clinical research. It facilitates protocol configuration, design of case report forms, clinical data capture, and study/data management. OpenClinica supports HIPAA and 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines and is designed as a lightweight, standards-based, extensible, and modular platform. All versions of OpenClinica are available for download at http://www.OpenClinica.org.

About Akaza Research®
Akaza Research, the leading provider of open source clinical trial software, is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Akaza has developed and commercialized OpenClinica, the preeminent open source clinical trial data capture and management software platform. Akaza brings Open Source Software (OSS) into the mainstream of the clinical research enterprise by making robust, flexible, standards-based systems accessible for private and public research. Akaza Research provides OpenClinica support, training, and consulting services to its customers worldwide. See http://www.akazaresearch.com .

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