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Synteract Joins Medidata Solutions’ Growing Roster of ASPire to Win Channel Partners

Growth-focused CRO Selects Medidata Rave to Support Strategy for Global Expansion and Further Enhance Mid-market Expertise


NEW YORK, N.Y. – June 9, 2010 – Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO), a leading global provider of SaaS-based clinical development solutions, today announced that Synteract has joined Medidata’s ASPire to Win® channel partner program. A full-service contract research organization (CRO) with an increasing global presence and extensive experience working with emerging biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device sponsors, Synteract will offer services around Medidata Rave®, the market-leading electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical data management (CDM) solution. 

Synteract works with drug and medical device sponsors across a wide range of therapeutic areas, with a particularly strong expertise in oncology, central nervous system (CNS), cardiovascular, respiratory and ophthalmology studies. Managing both drug and device trials in Phases I–IV, Synteract also has deep history in rescue studies, helping sponsors that have floundered under other services providers to switch to Synteract mid-study for project completion. With its recent addition of an office in the Czech Republic and several key international partnerships, Synteract viewed Medidata Rave’s broad market acceptance, as evidenced by its usage at investigator sites in over 100 countries, and its extensive multilingual support as important criteria in selecting Rave as the system to support its continued global growth. Synteract was also impressed with Medidata’s experience working with sponsors of all sizes and trials in all phases. 

“Partnering with Medidata was a natural choice for us. Like Synteract, Medidata takes pride in its commitment to customer service, through a combination of responsiveness and industry-leading innovation to bring value to customers’ global trials,” said Ellen Morgan, Synteract president and CEO. “Rave’s flexibility, scalable performance and broad EDC and CDM capabilities, including enhanced support for site monitoring and safety reporting, will enable us to help our customers further streamline their clinical research operations both internationally and domestically.” 

Synteract has chosen to provide full study build services around Medidata Rave—as well as data management and technical staff training, administration and reporting services—to provide sponsors with comprehensive Rave study support. Synteract’s first study using Rave is a pivotal Phase III, 300-subject, 85-site global trial that will also leverage Medidata’s Rave Monitor site visit reporting tool and the Rave Safety Gateway EDC-to-safety-system interface. 

“Synteract has established an impressive track record and solid reputation for understanding the needs and delivering the services specifically tailored for emerging sponsors—including providing high-quality, low-cost and local outsourcing solutions,” said Graham Bunn, vice president for Global CRO Partnerships, Medidata Solutions. “Becoming a Medidata channel partner and bringing Medidata Rave study build capabilities in house will support Synteract’s mission to expand its services globally and further increase its footprint in the mid-market.” 

Medidata first announced the ASPire to Win channel partner program in April 2005 to enable select CROs and other service providers to offer Medidata Rave implementation services. Since then, ASPire to Win has grown to include more than 25 partners, ranging from smaller clinical consultancies to large, global CROs. 

About Synteract 
Established in 1995, Synteract is a privately held, full-service contract research organization, dedicated to meeting the clinical needs of biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies. The company’s mission is to provide high quality yet personal service, working closely with drug and device sponsors as though a department within their company. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, with offices in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Overland Park, Kansas, and Prague, Czech Republic, Synteract has clinical trial expertise in a wide range of therapeutic areas, including a strong emphasis in oncology, central nervous system (CNS), cardiovascular, respiratory, and ophthalmology. For more information, visit http://www.synteract.com or contact (760) 268.8200. 

About Medidata Solutions Worldwide 
Medidata Solutions (www.mdsol.com) is a leading global provider of SaaS-based clinical technology solutions that enhance the efficiency of customers’ clinical development processes and optimize their research and development investments. Medidata products and services allow customers to achieve clinical results more efficiently and effectively by streamlining the design, planning and management of key aspects of the clinical development process, including protocol development (Medidata Designer®), investigator benchmarking and budgeting (Medidata Grants Manager®), contract research organization (CRO) benchmarking and budgeting (Medidata CRO Contractor®), and the capture, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trial data (Medidata Rave®). Medidata’s diverse customer base spans pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, academic institutions, CROs and other research organizations, and includes more than 20 of the top 25 global pharmaceutical companies. 

Contact: 
Susan McCarron 
Lois Paul & Partners 
781.782.5767 
Susan_McCarron@lpp.com

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