Open Source Research Software

This news release by Akaza Research is particularly interesting for our Avert-IT project. First because it’s related to software for clinical trials and second because it’s Open Source.

We’re interested in exploring the types of business model we might build based on Open Source Hypopredict software.

Impact of Open Source on Clinical Trials Grows With Release of OpenClinica 3.0 Electronic Data Capture Software

(Waltham, MA) October 14, 2009 – Akaza Research is pleased to announce the release of OpenClinica 3.0, the newest version of the world’s most popular open source electronic data capture (EDC) software for clinical trials. This latest production release marks a significant milestone for open source software in the clinical trials field, adding a host of new capabilities designed to further accelerate the adoption of open source into mainstream research.

“OpenClinica 3.0 brings a new level of simplicity to EDC,” said Cal Collins, CEO of Akaza Research. “We have added powerful new capabilities and made them accessible through an intelligent, task-oriented user interface. Each user can be confident that OpenClinica will make them more productive at their job.”

Some of the enhancements in OpenClinica 3.0 include:

– Streamlined user interface that simplifies site usage
– Study progress dashboard
– Improved query workflows, with notifications, chain of custody, and task management
– Source data verification workspace
– Faster page load time
– Dedicated Study Build module
– Improved control over significant digits in eCRF data items
– Job scheduler
– Web services interface to allow for programmatic data interchange with other systems

“This release illustrates how an open source community can produce superior software,” said Paul Galvin, OpenClinica Project Manager at Akaza Research. “Contributions and input from both industry and academic users and developers across the globe has allowed us to release the most feature rich, thoroughly tested, and high performance version of OpenClinica to-date.”

As open source software, OpenClinica is free for organizations to use and modify. The software may be downloaded from http://www.openclinica.org with installation scripts as well as upgrade scripts for users utilizing the previous version of OpenClinica. A public demonstration instance is available at http://demo2.openclinica.org/OpenClinica-3.0.

OpenClinica Enterprise, the commercial distribution of OpenClinica, is available through Akaza Research. More information is available at http://www.openclinica.org/Enterprise.

Webinar Presentation of OpenClinica 3.0

Akaza Research will be conducting a webinar presentation of OpenClinica 3.0 on October 28, 2009 to demonstrate the new product and answer questions form the community. People may register for this free event at http://www.openclinica.org.

About OpenClinica®

OpenClinica is open source, web-based clinical trials software for electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical trial data management. OpenClinica facilitates data collection via electronic case report forms (eCRFs), and provides tools for data management and productive monitoring of clinical trials. OpenClinica supports CDISC standards and is designed to be compliant with industry and government regulations and guidelines such as 21 CFR Part 11, GCP, and HIPAA. OpenClinica is professionally supported by Akaza Research and has a worldwide open source community of over 7,500 users and developers. OpenClinica is freely available for download and use from http://www.openclinica.org.

About Akaza Research®

Akaza Research provides professional open source software for clinical trials. The company’s flagship product, OpenClinica, provides electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical data management (CDM) capabilities for clinical research. By bringing open source software into the mainstream of clinical research, Akaza is able to provide a cost effective technology solution that is more flexible and transparent than proprietary, closed systems. Akaza Research provides a full spectrum of OpenClinica-related products and services to a worldwide customer base through its OpenClinica EnterpriseTM solution. For more information about Akaza Research, see http://www.akazaresearch.com.

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