2017 commemorates 20 years of the CRO’s contribution to the drug R&D industry
Berlin - 7 February 2017 – In 2017 KCR celebrates its 20-year anniversary of contributing to the clinical research & development (R&D) industry. The contract research organization (CRO) was founded in 1997 by entrepreneur Marek Kiecana. Emerging from Central Europe, KCR today operates in 19 European countries as well as the U.S. and provides pharma and biotech companies with fully customized service solutions for optimized clinical trial execution.
“KCR was registered on 3rd May 1997, and was one of the first CROs in Central Europe. Our idea was to build a new spot in the clinical research market in the region because of its large population and centralized healthcare system,” said Marek Kiecana, founder of KCR and currently Chairman of the KCR Board, holding 75 per cent of the company shares.
“Being part of such a dynamically developing company like KCR and operating in the challenging contract research market has been a uniquely rewarding experience. When I started this journey 20 years ago, it was hard to imagine that by today KCR would be operating as an international CRO serving customers from all over the world, providing the full spectrum of services.”
KCR rapidly forged a path in Central Europe, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Balkans, and dynamically expanded to the East by setting up branches in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Being well established in this part of Europe, KCR has focused on strengthening its footprint in Western Europe over the last few years and on reaching its clients from its new head office in Berlin, Germany.
“We continue our development path as a full service CRO that aligns execution excellence and technology capabilities of a large scale organization with the agility of a 300-plus employees ‘company,” continued Mike Jagielski, CEO of KCR.
KCR would not make a successful story without its clients. “We are proud of having their trust and being part of their drug development programs,” added Mr. Kiecana. In cooperation with our clients we have spent 20 years on executing almost 500 trials, contracting more than 4,000 sites, recruiting near 50,000 patients and monitoring more than 20 therapeutic areas.”
“The world is changing rapidly, so does the clinical trial industry. We are uniquely positioned to engage in the most challenging research projects. Whilst we are satisfied with our achievements to date, we also believe the best for KCR is still yet to come. We would be happy to have our clients celebrating with us this and many more anniversaries,” summarized Mr. Jagielski.
KCR is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) providing clinical development solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. More than 300 professionals support clients with full-service capabilities across our three main service areas: Trial Execution (TE), Functional Service Provision (FS) and Late Phase (LP). Focusing on knowledge, quality and innovation, KCR offers reliable, customized and fast solutions to fulfill the clients' needs. The company’s geographical set up suits perfectly to deliver optimized trial execution strategies. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, KCR operates across 19 countries in Europe, Asia as well as the U.S.
This year the company celebrates 20th anniversary.
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