Revolutionizing the Clinical Trial Supply Chain with Acquisition of CLINapps

WAYNE, PA — Bracket, a leading clinical trial technology and specialty services provider, today announced the strategic acquisition of CLINapps Inc., an international software development and consulting firm that offers a comprehensive supply chain management product suite, designed to meet the unique requirements of biopharmaceuticals management.

Effective today, CLINapps will combine its complimentary product offering with the Bracket eClinical suite to deliver a wider range of digital solutions across a trial. With synergies across their individual product offerings, Bracket and CLINapps maintain significant opportunities to revolutionize supply chain management.

“CLINapps’ strong technology fits squarely into Bracket’s goal of transforming the way pharmaceutical companies manage data and interact with sites, investigators and patients,” said Jeff Kinell, CEO of Bracket. “We are extremely excited to converge with CLINapps and work to improve how sponsor companies manage their clinical supply chain.”

CLINapps’ product portfolio will be tightly integrated into Bracket’s eClinical product suite, adding significantly to the Company’s existing Randomization and Trial Supply Management (RTSM) capabilities. SmartSupplies, CLINapps’ flagship enterprise clinical trial material management software solutions, will give Bracket the opportunity to manage end-to-end clinical inventory management for sponsors. Bracket’s new integrated solution will advance areas of demand planning (forecasting), inventory management, cold chain distribution and controls electronic batch records and overall quality control on the labeling, release, assignment and return of clinical trial materials.

“This acquisition marks an exciting opportunity for CLINapps and we are so pleased to have partnered with Bracket to help take our eClinical clinical supplies solutions to the next level,” said Tim Elliott, CEO at CLINapps. “Upon recognizing the many synergies that existed, the opportunity to combine our conceptual and innovative solutions was an obvious answer to advancing this life sciences space.”

Founded in 1999, CLINapps maintains offices in San Diego, California and Hyderabad, India and will continue to operate these locations, expanding Bracket’s presence in North America and Asia.

About CLINapps
Established in 1999 with international offices, CLINapps is a fast-growing software development and consulting firm, creating state-of-the-art systems for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

With a full time staff of highly skilled industry professionals, and a strong customer focus, CLINapps has a track record of providing high-quality end-to-end solutions for leading Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical companies. By leveraging our extensive domain knowledge and applying proven technologies, our mission-critical solutions give customers a distinct competitive advantage.

About Bracket
Bracket, with seven offices and more than 600 employees worldwide, is a clinical trial technology and specialty services provider dedicated to helping biopharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations increase the power of their clinical research data by leveraging core competencies in Science, Technology, and Service. Bracket eCOA™ is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments. Bracket RTSM™ is a best-in-breed, scalable and configurable clinical IRT solution for the life sciences industry. Bracket Rater Training and Quality Assurance improve outcomes through customized training and quality assurance programs.

Revolutionizing the Clinical Trial Supply Chain with Acquisition of CLINapps

Byprimerano-jim  Jim Primerano, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, eClinical at Bracket

Bracket recently announced the acquisition of CLINapps Inc., an international software development and consulting firm that offers a comprehensive supply chain management product suite, designed to meet the unique requirements of biopharmaceuticals management.

Bracket has a long history of providing support for clinical IRT in clinical trials. Managing randomization and supply management is a bread-and-butter activity for every clinical trial. Bracket has focused on developing and deploying a sophisticated, reliable solution that is being used in hundreds of clinical trials today.

And Bracket has a long history of innovation in this area. From our development of the original “dynamic randomization algorithms” developed nearly 20 years ago, to our introduction of cutting-edge mobile tools to support research sites, we’ve always been committed to improving our technology.

clinappsWith CLINapps, we are able to join together with an organization with a similar history. The original CLINapps SmartSupplies technology was designed to assist sponsor companies be more efficient and effective in the planning, monitoring, and distribution of clinical supplies. Over the years, the CLINapps team has evolved their software solutions to better address the variety of needs related to your clinical supply chain. Product returns, forecasting, labeling, cold-chain management, are all essential components of managing your supplies in a clinical program.

CLINapps was formed in 1999 by Tim Elliott and Michelle Niles. Tim had worked in biotech, and understood first-hand the challenges related to working with clinical supplies. CLINapps set out with a mission to build reliable, enterprise software to handle tasks that had traditionally been managed manually or with spreadsheets. Tim and Michelle are staying on and will continue to work on making the SmartSupplies products best-in-class.

With synergies across our individual product offerings, we will combine our eClinical suite with CLINapps’ complimentary products offering to deliver a wider range of digital solutions across a trial. Together, we aim to revolutionize clinical trial supply chain management.

Effective on November 17, 2016, highlights of this strategic integration include:

  • CLINapps product portfolio will be tightly integrated into our eClinical product suite, adding to our existing Randomization and Trial Supply Management (RTSM) capabilities.
  • CLINApps’ flagship enterprise clinical trial material management software solutions, SmartSupplies, will give us the opportunity to manage end to end clinical inventory management for sponsors.
  • The integrated solution will advance areas of demand planning (forecasting), inventory management, cold chain distribution and controls, electronic batch records and overall quality control of the labeling, release, assignment and return of clinical trial material.
  • CLINapps maintains offices in San Diego, California and Hyderabad, India and will continue to operate these locations, expanding our presence in North America and Asia.

For existing sponsors and sites who are already working with either CLINapps or Bracket, you should expect no changes to your ongoing programs. By bringing together the Bracket and CLINapps technologies and complimentary functions, it is our hope that we can provide sponsor companies are more holistic and effective solution for their Randomization and Clinical Supply Chain management processes. It is a natural fit to expand into adjacent supply chain management solutions with patient randomization and supply assignment, and we feel that an end to end supply chain management solution will innovate how clinical research programs are operationally executed.

You can visit the CLINapps website for more information on the SmartSupplies product line, and you can read our press release here.

Bracket Volunteers at Fall Festival for Special Olympics

1On Friday November 4, a few Bracket employees (Pictured – Katie Degnen, Heather DiPietrantonio, Vanessa Smaletz, David Rucker, and Lauren Riley) spent the afternoon volunteering at the Fall Festival for Special Olympics located at Villanova University. What a great experience! They participated in their very own cheering section for the 7v7 soccer athletes. They cheered on two talented teams: The Lakers and The Flames. The athletes were beyond excited to hear their names called from the side lines! According to the Bracket team, FAVORITE Flames were definitely on fire, and they even made a rock star buddy. Meet Kevin, pictured in green!

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It is wonderful to see our company support such an amazing event. We at Bracket, look forward to volunteering again next year and hope others will join in on the fun!

Some Afterthoughts:

“Cheering for the athletes had such a positive effect on the atmosphere and their self-esteem that I actually felt it was more rewarding than doing something with a quantifiable result, like giving out food. The entire reason they came was for the excitement and to have fun, and I think by taking an active participatory role, we really helped foster that exciting environment.”- Vanessa Smaletz

It “filled my heart with joy to see the smiles on the athletes’ faces” – Heather DiPietrantonio