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NAMSA ACQUIRES CONTRACT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION, ÅKRN

Acquisition to Enhance Cardiovascular Expertise and Regional Presence in Europe

TOLEDO, OHIO and MADRID, SPAIN – BUSINESSWIRE—MARCH 21, 2022NAMSA, a world leading MedTech Contract Research Organization (CRO) offering global end-to-end development services, announced today its intent to acquire ÅKRN Scientific Consulting, a prominent European Medical Device CRO based in Madrid, Spain.

ÅKRN, founded in 2018, focuses on providing exceptional clinical and regulatory services to the medical device and diagnostic industries in Europe. Grounded in medicine and science, the organization assists Sponsors move MedTech products from medical discovery into clinical development, commercialization and Post-Market Follow-Up. Known for their expertise in Cardiovascular research, ÅKRN’s Team of Clinical Scientists and Project Managers serve as trusted Client Advisors throughout the complete clinical development process via diligent planning and superior execution.

“We are thrilled to welcome ÅKRN to NAMSA,” said Dr. Christophe Berthoux, CEO of NAMSA. “The organization is well-respected for their proficiency in European medical device regulations and providing exceptional clinical support to MedTech Sponsors. Adding them to our team will expand our depth of expertise, enabling us to meet the growing demand for safe, efficient clinical development and commercialization of life-changing medical products,” Dr. Berthoux concluded.

As the global leader in the medical device testing industry since 1967, NAMSA also provides Sponsors support in the areas of regulatory, reimbursement, quality, and clinical research services. NAMSA’s full continuum development services helps Clients overcome development hurdles, mitigate concerns and streamline commercialization efforts. Through proactive planning of varying global regulatory requirements and clinical research obligations, NAMSA’s services are proven to accelerate time-to-market and lower development costs up to 50 percent over industry averages.

“ÅKRN is a wonderful partner for NAMSA—I feel we have a perfect fit surrounding company values and a team that shares the same drive to provide exceptional service and resources to the medical device and diagnostic industries,” commented Dr. Maria Nyåkern, ÅKRN CEO. “Our team, strongly grounded in medicine and science, looks forward to partnering with NAMSA as we continue to increase our presence globally and in Europe. With the expanded expertise of our combined organizations, we will serve as the world’s leading CRO for Cardiovascular research services,” Dr. Nyåkern concluded.

The acquisition of ÅKRN increases NAMSA’s global scale, now serving MedTech Clients across 19 locations throughout APAC, Europe, North America and South America.

The price and terms of the intended transaction are undisclosed.

ABOUT NAMSA
Helping medical device Sponsors improve healthcare since 1967, NAMSA is the world’s leading MedTech Contract Research Organization (CRO) offering global end-to-end development services. Driven by its global regulatory expertise and in-depth therapeutic knowledge, NAMSA is dedicated to accelerating medical device product development, offering only the most proven solutions to move clients’ products through the development lifecycle efficiently and cost-effectively. From medical device testing; regulatory, reimbursement and quality consulting; and clinical research services, NAMSA is the industry’s premier, trusted partner for successful development and commercialization outcomes. Web: namsa.com

NAMSA Media Contact
Leah A. Davidson, MA, MBA, PCM
Sr. Manager, Global Marketing Communications
Email: ldavidson@namsa.com

ABOUT AKRN
Grounded in medicine and science, ÅKRN helps Sponsors move from medical discovery into clinical development, commercialization, and Post-Market Follow-Up. ÅKRN offers optimized regulatory and clinical services tailored to MedTech Clients and Partners in a cost-conscious and diligent manner. ÅKRN’s experience covers many medical device therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular devices and In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD). Web: akrnconsulting.com

AKRN Media Contact
Maria Nyåkern, MSc, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Email: maria.nyakern@akrnconsulting.com

Leah Davidson, MA, MBA

Leah Davidson, MA, MBA

Leah has been with NAMSA since 2016 and currently serves as Senior Manager of Global Marketing Communications. She possesses 20 years' experience within the medical device, healthcare technology and non-profit industries and has worked in various marketing and communications capacities throughout her career. In her role at NAMSA, she is responsible for the development and implementation of brand strategies and marketing communications initiatives that help drive the organization's sales and organizational growth goals globally.