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FDAnews Joins WIRB-Copernicus Group 

Long-time SIPA member FDAnews, which provides global regulatory information for executives in the clinical research, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, has been acquired by WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG), a leading provider of solutions in the clinical research field.

FDAnews joins clinical trial publishing leader CenterWatch to create a new resource for the life science community.

"We are very excited to join CenterWatch and the family of WCG companies and look forward to what we will collectively deliver to our clients," said Cynthia Carter, president of FDAnews/CenterWatch. "My team has long admired [their] products and we share WCG's mission of providing high-quality products and services to the industry." (That's Carter standing left receiving an award in June from Heather Farley of Access Intelligence for her service as SIPA president.)

FDAnews/CenterWatch provides a suite of well-respected newsletters, books, databases, market intelligence reports, conferences and webinars, including Drug Industry Daily, CenterWatch Monthly, the Clinical Trials Data Library, the Medical Device Quality Congress and the FDA Inspections Summit.

"We are delighted to welcome the accomplished team from FDAnews to our family of companies and excited to see what the combination of FDAnews and CenterWatch will produce for our industry," said Donald A. Deieso, chairman and CEO of WCG. 

Carter had a content partnership with another company Deieso was running several years ago, and the two reconnected earlier this year. "This is very exciting for us," Carter said. 

Added Deieso: "We have long prided ourselves on providing thought leadership and information solutions to the clinical trials community and look forward to extending our offerings to other segments of the biopharmaceutical and medical device ecosystem. Our clients will benefit from real-time access to regulatory actions, industry developments and other critical issues that affect life sciences organizations."

Like the other WCG companies, FDAnews/CenterWatch will operate independently as a publishing division within the group and will be respectively located in Falls Church, Va., and Boston.

CQ Announces Open Access for All Subscribers 

CQ is granting free unlimited access to CQ, its flagship legislative tracking, news, and analysis product, through Aug. 12. As of last Monday, all current CQ subscribers will get complete access to the newly renovated platform and its full range of data. This includes deep coverage of debates and votes in committee and on the floor, detailed analysis of health and budget developments, and reports on each day in the Senate. 

The offering is meant to support those on and around Capitol Hill whose recess has been cut short. CQ is proud to share in the burden.

Over the past several months, CQ has undergone a series of enhancements, driven by the needs of people at non-profits, associations, government offices, and more. The improvements enable users to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.

"We're thrilled to share CQ's unparalleled news analysis and easy-to-use, intuitive tools," said Matt Mansfield, senior vice president and chief innovation officer. "From CQ's detailed policy insights to a redesigned information experience, every part of the CQ universe has been reshaped. We worked with users every step of the way to deliver a powerful information suite that goes far beyond our already best-in-class legislative tracking."

Jim Wiesemeyer Joins Pro Farmer, Farm Journal Media 

Ag policy and trade expert Jim Wiesemeyer has joined Farm Journal Media as Washington Policy Analyst for Pro Farmer/Farm Journal. Wiesemeyer has a long connection to Pro Farmer as a consultant and now brings his decades of experience exclusively to Pro Farmer, the Cedar Falls, Iowa, based ag news, information and analysis service.

"This is a good day for Pro Farmer and Farm Journal," said Pro Farmer editorial director Chip Flory. "I've worked with Jim in four decades and nobody does a better job of policy analysis than Jim. Most importantly, nobody communicates to farmers and ag leaders what's happening in Washington and why it matters better than he does.

Fall Publishers Roundtable Set for Sept. 13 

The 2017 version of the Fall Publishers Roundtable, a long-time, go-to event on the SIPA calendar, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the SIPA offices. It is an intense facilitated discussion, designed exclusively to help you generate new strategies and then to move from those strategies to action.

Nowhere else will you be able to have the intimate, focused conversations that you can have in this format. The participants decide the agenda, discussions are confidential and you get to network over dinner and drinks the night before.

For more information and to register, click here.

If you have any news, hirings, transactions, awards or anything else you'd like fellow members to know about, please email me at  Thank you!

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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 and SIIA in 2013 as editorial director…