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EXCLUSIVE: Invesco bets $50m initially to fix clinical trials and reshape pipelines

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In a move that could rewrite the clinical trial handbook and rejuvenate drug product pipelines, one of the premier investors in blue chip pharma firms has placed a $50 million two-way bet on a private company that uses social media to make running clinical trials up to 75% cheaper. Invesco Perpetual, which has significant holdings in GSK, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Amgen and Merck among others, has now invested $50 million in DrugDev, an interactive network and data sharing platform for trial doctors. DrugDev will use Invesco's money both to acquire companies and build internal clinical trial technology capabilities.

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