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June 06, 2012
Today marks the official opening of Nestlé’s Clinical Development Unit which is co-located at the Nestlé Research Center site in Lausanne, Switzerland. Established to strengthen Nestlé’s work in clinical development including clinical trials, the facility will act as a central location for Nestlé’s clinical development programmes.
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The new building comprises facilities for metabolic studies and has been accredited as an affiliated private health facility by the Department of Health and Social Action (Public Health Service) of the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland.
The Clinical Development Unit employs 40 people in Switzerland, including medical experts in dedicated therapeutic areas, as well as experts in project management, data management and biostatistics. Some staff members are based in other countries to manage local studies.
This new Unit will collaborate closely with scientists at the Nestlé Research Center and the Nestlé Institute for Health Sciences, as well as with other Nestlé R&D and business entities and external partners around the world to provide scientific and clincial evidence that our ingredients and products deliver consumer health benefits.
Clinical trials are recognized by food authorities around the world as a robust way of evaluating the effect of nutrients or foods on human health.
Conducting clinical trials to evaluate the impact of food and beverages on human health is nothing new for Nestlé. The Nestlé Research Center has been designing and carrying out clinical trials at its metabolic unit for about 10 years.
“It seemed only natural to bring together Nestlé’s experts to expand our clinical development capabilities through the creation of the new Clinical Development Unit,” said Dr. Thomas Beck, Director of the Nestlé Research Center. “It is mutually beneficial for our NRC scientists and clinical studies experts to be located in one centralized unit.”
Through the new Clinical Development Unit, the Nestlé Research Center expects to increase the number and complexity of clinical trials and thereby provide the scientific and clinical support for health claims and the safety, and communication of products which have functional benefits.
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