February 11, 2016

Exclusive Alliance With Physician Investigators Reduces Administrative Delays and Elevates Value Offered to Pharma and Medical Device Sponsors

(Waltham, Mass; Feb. 11, 2016) — Frenova Renal Research, the world’s only drug and medical device contract clinical development services provider dedicated exclusively to renal research, announced today the launch of F1RST Up (Frenova Rapid STart Up), an exclusive alliance with recognized leading physician investigators in the nephrology research community.

F1RST Up accelerates study startup by eliminating the administrative and contracting burdens often cited as primary reasons clinical trials are delayed.

Frenova, a Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) company, has a 16-year history dedicated exclusively to improving the lives of patients living with kidney disease. F1RST Up represents an exclusive group of clinical research sites carefully selected from Frenova’s investigative site network of more than 200 physician investigators who provide care to approximately 600,000 kidney disease patients.

F1RST Up is comprised of large, high-performing research site businesses with demonstrated clinical research success in vascular access and care, cardio-renal conditions, chronic kidney disease (CKD), end stage renal disease (ESRD), cardiovascular disease, rare diseases, infectious diseases and transplant.

“F1RST Up was conceived and organized with value for all of our stakeholders in mind,” said Kurt Mussina, general manager of Frenova. “We worked very closely with our F1RST Up physician partners and clients to both identify and magnify the value drivers for our sites, sponsors and patients. F1RST Up works because it takes a no-nonsense approach to moving immediately from study award to study start, and that is the foremost value driver for sponsors.”

About Frenova Renal Research

Frenova is the world’s only drug and medical device contract clinical development services provider dedicated exclusively to renal research. As a Fresenius Medical Care North America company, Frenova manages a networked system of clinical research assets and resources including more than 200 principal investigators and over 400 research-experienced dialysis facilities. Frenova manages clinical trials in kidney and its adjacent disease areas and medical conditions. Frenova also offers clinical trial sponsors access to over 180,000 active dialysis dependent CKD patients and 400,000 active non-dialysis dependent CKD patients. For more information, visit www.FrenovaRenalResearch.com

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier health care company focused on delivering the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of dialysis facilities, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs and urgent care centers, as well as the country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers, Fresenius Medical Care provides coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent. As the world’s only fully vertically integrated renal company, it offers specialty pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products and renal pharmaceuticals. (www.freseniusmedicalcare.us)

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