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INC Research and CISCRP Launch “Inspiring Hope” Ideathon to Boost Community Involvement in Raising Awareness of Clinical Research

RALEIGH, N.C., May 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- INC Research Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:INCR), a leading, global Phase I to IV contract research organization, together with the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process, have announced an innovative new initiative designed to promote greater awareness of the importance of clinical trial participation in advancing public health. The “Inspiring Hope” Ideathon, which kicks off June 1 and culminates with an event Sept. 27-28 at District Hall in Boston, provides a forum for stakeholders from across the clinical research environment to share and develop their ideas for effectively increasing the awareness of clinical trials among patients, healthcare professionals and the general public.

In a recent survey conducted by CISCRP, 81 percent of participants agreed with the importance of clinical research to discovery and development of new medicines, and 80 percent expressed they would be willing to participate in a research study. However, current data suggests less than 5 percent of the population ever participate in a clinical trial, with the greatest cause being lack of awareness.

“Clinical research is vital to the development of new drugs and treatments, but it is entirely dependent on patient participation,” said Clare Grace, Vice President, Site and Patient Access, INC Research. “The ‘Inspiring Hope’ Ideathon is the first initiative of its kind designed to generate new and unique ways to help raise awareness through a competition format. Together with CISCRP, our goal is to build a community of problem-solving advocates to present creative ideas that are feasible, sustainable and create a long-term impact in the broader clinical research community. We encourage industry thought leaders and clinical research advocates alike to contribute their visions for shifting the paradigm and improving healthcare quality and standards through clinical research.”

“There are numerous creative and innovative ideas that have been percolating among stakeholders throughout the clinical research enterprise to address the low level of public and patient awareness,” said Ken Getz, CISCRP Founder. “The Ideathon aims to tap into this rich pool of ideas and hopefully energize and mobilize this broad community of stakeholders to contribute to this important discussion. We're looking for diverse teams to push their thinking, and to take really creative ideas to the next level. Ultimately, the best collective ideas will inspire new thinking, new approaches and new solutions.”

The “Inspiring Hope” Ideathon is modeled after crowd-solving events conducted in many other industries and amongst entrepreneurial groups. This unique style of event involves rapidly solving a problem with a large group of people in an innovative and competitive style. By bringing unique perspectives to the table from all different facets of the clinical research enterprise, INC Research and CISCRP aim to build a community of advocates committed to increasing ongoing participation in clinical trials, stimulating more active engagement within the broader community and better recognizing trial volunteers.

Idea applications will be accepted June 1 through Aug. 8, 2016, and will be evaluated on innovation, feasibility, sustainability and impact. Submitted applications will be shortlisted and finalists will be invited to the Ideathon event Sept. 27-28 in Boston where they will collaborate live with a multifunctional team in a crowd-solving-type environment to further develop and ultimately present their solution to an expert judging panel. The 2016 “Inspiring Hope” Award winner will be named at the conclusion of the event and INC Research along with CISCRP will work together with the winning team to progress the chosen idea into a viable solution. Mentors and/or sponsors are needed to support participants with idea development or a financial commitment to support travel and accommodation for patients and non-profit patient advocacy groups attending the event. The call for participation as a mentor or sponsor also opens June 1.

To learn more about participation in the “Inspiring Hope” Ideathon, please visit www.inspiring-hope-ideathon.com or follow us on social media at #ideas4patients.

About CISCRP
The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public, patients, medical/research communities, the media, and policy makers about clinical research and the role each party plays in the process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the general public and patient communities. Visit www.CISCRP.org for more information or to support CISCRP.

About INC Research
INC Research (Nasdaq:INCR) is a leading global contract research organization ("CRO") providing the full range of Phase I to Phase IV clinical development services for the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. Leveraging the breadth of our service offerings and the depth of our therapeutic expertise across multiple patient populations, INC Research connects customers, clinical research sites and patients to accelerate the delivery of new medicines to market. The Company was named “Best Contract Research Organization” in December 2015 by an independent panel for Scrip Intelligence, and ranked “Top CRO to Work With” among large global CROs in the 2015 CenterWatch Global Investigative Site Relationship Survey. INC Research is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, with operations across six continents and experience spanning more than 110 countries. For more information, please visit www.incresearch.com and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter @inc_research.

Press/Media Contacts: Lori Dorer Senior Director, Corporate Communications INC Research Phone: +1 (513) 763-1380 Email: Corporate.Communications@incresearch.com Danielle Lavieri Marketing and Communications Manager Public and Patient Education Events CISCRP Phone: +1 (617) 725-2753 Email: daniellelavieri@ciscrp.org

Source:INC Research, LLC