Oracle, Aurora Health Care Develop Fresh Approach to Speed Delivery of New Patient Treatments

Monday, January 31, 2011

Collaboration Promises to Improve Efficiency of Clinical Trial Design and Recruitment

Redwood Shores, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2011

News Facts

Oracle and Aurora Health Care ( have entered into an agreement to work together to connect health care providers and the world’s leading life sciences companies in an effort to more rapidly deliver innovative therapies to patients.
The project will focus on the secondary use of clinical data for improving processes for clinical studies including comparative effectiveness research, safety monitoring and long-term observational studies.
As part of the agreement, Oracle will provide data management and analytics expertise to help Aurora Health Care leverage its clinical expertise and maximize the potential of Aurora’s biorepository, ORBIT, to further advance biomarker research.
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health system that serves 1.5 million patients a year across 15 hospitals and 155 clinics in eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. It is the largest health system in Wisconsin.

Supporting Quotes

“Enhanced collaboration across the healthcare and life sciences continuum is vital to driving continued innovation, including the discovery and development of next-generation treatments and therapies,” said Neil de Crescenzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit. “Oracle is pleased to collaborate with Aurora Health Care, applying our industry-leading data management and analytics capabilities to Aurora’s efforts to advance research and improve patient outcomes.”
“This is the future of medicine,” said Nick Turkal, MD, Aurora Health Care's president and CEO. “The opportunities created through this agreement with Oracle could transform clinical research. Aurora has a long history of offering the newest therapies and technologies to patients through clinical trials. We hope this project will allow us to work with industry to take research to the next level. We believe this collaboration will contribute to significant advancements that improve patients’ lives while lowering costs.”

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About Aurora Health Care

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Contact Info

Greg Lunsford
+1.650.506.6523 (

Mary Tobin
O’Keeffe & Company
+1.503.658.7396 (

Myrle Croasdale
Aurora Health Care
+1.414.299.1691 (