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Pfizer invests more into Singapore research facility

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 18, 2007

Pharmaceutical giant best known for the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra has set up Singapore’s biggest clinical research unit at Raffles Hospital. Here, Pfizer’s drugs will go through their first trials on humans on a larger scale than ever before.

With the opening of this $67 million facility for the first phase of human clinical research, Pfizer will close its six-year-old unit at the Singapore General Hospital.

The new place, at 3,000 sq m, is triple the size of its old one and has twice the number of beds for volunteers – 54, compared to the previous 27.

Its director of medical research Anthony Rebuck said Pfizer’s plan was to double the number of volunteers it attracts for its research, to 2,000 a year.

He said: ‘With our new location so close to the MRT station and the comfort of Internet access and leisure time they have in a peaceful environment, we are already hearing positive feedback from volunteers.’

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