Elan Selects Medidata Rave(R) to Support Clinical Development Activities

    Neuroscience-Based Biotechnology Company Implements Industry's Leading
EDC Solution to Improve Study Efficiency and Gain Instant Access to Study Data

    NEW YORK, December 17 /CNW/ - Medidata Solutions today announced that
Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has selected Medidata Rave as its electronic data
capture (EDC), management and reporting solution. Elan plans to begin using
Rave in mid- and late-stage clinical studies in North America.

    Elan had limited previous experience using EDC and conducted mainly
paper-based trials. After a careful evaluation of the market landscape, Elan's
management team identified EDC as a critical component in clinical research
and began looking for an EDC solution that could address two major concerns.
First, the product had to easily integrate the data collected in an EDC system
with other systems across the company, as well as systems used by external
vendors and partners. Second, because much of Elan's data management is
outsourced, the company needed a solution that could be readily adopted by a
contract research organization (CRO) without prior experience with the

    Elan ultimately selected Medidata as its EDC provider from a field of
competitors, and by fully integrating Medidata Rave across Elan's systems and
clinical processes, the company expects to achieve greater access to clinical
and operational data that will enable earlier decision-making throughout each

    Medidata Rave offers several key benefits:

    --  A robust architecture that would easily integrate with their existing
systems in order to securely and efficiently share data;

    --  High acceptance by investigators;

    --  An easy learning curve, making the implementation of an additional
data system non-disruptive to researchers;

    --  Instant access to clinical data, making it easier to predict and
prioritize monitoring efforts to make site visits more effective;

    --  Intuitive case report forms (CRFs) that may help Elan data managers
to reduce "petty queries," keeping studies on time more often;

    --  The ability to access data in real time, allowing monitors to catch
and respond to problems as early as possible.

    "Each customer's clinical requirements differ, and Medidata is unique in
our ability to critically evaluate the technical and clinical needs of
researchers to understand how Rave can properly complement existing systems
and enhance the experience of each individual customer," said Tarek Sherif,
CEO of Medidata Solutions. "Medidata is proud to work with Elan as it moves
toward its goal of delivering promising therapeutics as safely and effectively
possible to serve patients and the health care providers caring for them."

    About Medidata Solutions Worldwide

    Medidata Solutions helps the world's leading pharmaceutical,
biotechnology, medical device and research organizations maximize the value of
their clinical research investments. Innovative process design, technology and
services streamline clinical trials by providing early visibility to reliable
clinical data - the lifeblood of every research organization. Working with
companies and institutions both large and small, Medidata Solutions helps
clinical researchers safely accelerate the process of bringing life-enhancing
treatments to market - on six continents and in more than 80 countries.
Medidata Solutions brings significant value to its broad client base with deep
clinical experience and expertise in more than 20 therapeutic areas, projects
in Phase I, II, III, IV, registries and surveillance, and studies with
thousands of investigators and tens-of-thousands of subjects. For more
information, please visit www.mdsol.com.

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