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Diurnal enrols first patient in Phase 2 trial

Diurnal has announced that the first patient has been enrolled into its CATCH (Chronocort As Treatment for Congenital adrenal Hyperplasia) trial.

The CATCH trial is a Phase 2 study in patients suffering from Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and is being run by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Maryland, US under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer of Diurnal, stated "We are delighted that the CATCH trial has started at the National Institute of Health. This is a significant milestone for Diurnal. The CATCH trial will demonstrate the efficacy of Chronocort in patients for the first time."


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About Cardiff Medicentre

Cardiff Medicentre is a dedicated incubator for biotech and medtech startups. The facility is set in the grounds of the University of Wales Hospital and is a neighbour to Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Established in 1992, Cardiff Medicentre is a joint venture between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, the Welsh Government and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. It was the first incubator of its kind in the UK and now provides 32 units of high quality office and lab space accommodation ranging from 284 sq ft to 1,045 sq ft. Low-cost desk leasing facilities are also available to encourage entrepreneurs to enter the Cardiff Medicentre community while writing business plans and raising finance.

Tenants at Cardiff Medicentre benefit from specialist support in establishing and growing their businesses. Their aim, and the aim of the Cardiff Medicentre management team, is graduation – the process of tenant businesses outgrowing the incubation facilities and moving into their own follow-on space, or being acquired.

Examples of successful graduate companies

  • Q Chip Ltd (completed $6 million venture capital investment round in 2011)
  • Cardiff Bioanalytical Services Ltd (acquired by LGC Ltd in 2010)
  • Cardiff Research Consortium (acquired by Capita Group plc for £11.6 million in 2009)
  • BioDynamics Research Ltd (acquired by Quotient BioResearch Ltd in 2008)
  • TrichoTech Ltd (acquired by Concateno plc for £11.25 million in 2007)
  • OnExamination Ltd (acquired by BMJ Group in 2007)

Published on Tue, 15th Jan 2013

 
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