U.S. Department of VA Transitions all 105 Active Research Medical Centers to WCG’s IRBNet While an IPO Nears

U.S. Department of VA Transitions all 105 Active Research Medical Centers to WCG’s IRBNet While an IPO Nears

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a massive, sprawling health system—actually the largest integrated health care system in America—providing care at 1,293 facilities including 171 VA Medical Centers and 1,112 outpatient sites of care, serving over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. With over 105 active research medical centers governed by the Office of Research and Development, the health system sponsors and participates in thousands of clinical trials per year. Any new technology acquisition or implementation at such a vast system is noteworthy. And the VA, in a bid to adopt new technology to streamline research activities while standardizing the regulatory review for VA research operations nationwide, reported via the Office of Research and Development that all 105 research sites and the VA’s central IRB known as the Central Institutional Review Board fully transitioned to a technology called the IRBNet platform. TrialSite reports that WCG Clinical (WCG), the owner of IRBNet, plans on going public thanks to the directive of a major investor, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC. Initially, a group of central independent ethical review ...

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